Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen.Tukur Buratai, flanked by hundreds of soldiers in military vehicles, launched another operation to mark the 2020 Army Day, codenamed ‘Operation Sahel Sanity’, on Monday to tackle banditry and terrorism in the Northwest.
Buratai, who flagged off the military operation at Faskari, Katsina State, said the exercise and other ongoing military operations, were meant to restore normalcy and peace in the affected states and Nigeria, generally.
He declared, “The Nigerian Army will be conducting Operation Sahel Sanity with the support of other sister security agencies, including the police, the DSS and the authorities of the affected states.
“We are determined to get rid of banditry, cattle rustling and other crimes in the Northwest and part of the North Central.”
While the Army was launching the operation, a group of terrorists invaded Yar Gamji village, about 150k away from Batsari Local Government Area around 10a.m. and killed 30 farmers cultivating their farms.
The terrorists estimated to be about 200 stormed the village on motorcycles through the forest areas to launch the attack.
The residents reportedly sent distress calls to security operatives who subsequently mobilized to repel the attackers, who later retreated to the forest after a firefight with security forces.
Daily Trust on Saturday reported that as at this week, there are 6,914 internally displaced persons at the three designated camps in Katsina with 3260 at Faskari; 3,611 at Dandle and 43 at Batsari.
Violence in the Northwest region has forced tens of thousands of refugees to flee to Niger. As of 2020, the UN refugee agency reported over 60,000 refugees in Niger fNorth-WestWest Nigeria.
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