By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has given marching order to the military to crackdown on bandits operating in rural communities in Zamfara State.
The order came on the heels of fresh attacks on some communities in Shinkafi and Maradun Local Government Areas.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja, said the order was to enable the army carry out the new mandate of fishing out the criminal elements that had been terrorising the people for some time.
The statement further stated that President Buhari has approved the request of the Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali, retd, for the stationing of a full battalion of Special Forces in Zamfara State, and the operationalization of the newly-established 8 Division of the Nigerian Army in Sokoto in the new Order of Battle, OBAT.
The statement read: “The President has also approved the movement of the 1 Brigade of the Nigerian Army from Sokoto to Gusau upon the take-off of the 8 Division.
“To tackle the desperate actions of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-east, through the use of mostly female, underage girls as suicide bombers, President Buhari has equally approved the setting up of an intelligence fusion centre in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, for the purpose of gathering and sharing intelligence among the security agencies in the country.
“This phase of the war will be intelligence-driven and the new centre is expected to intensify the harvesting and sharing of intelligence so as to bring to an early closure, the desperate last-minute activities of the terrorists.”
Also speaking to State House correspondents after the inauguration of National Council on Nutrition at State House, Zamfara State Governor, Abdullaziz Yari said the issue of cattle rustling had been on for over a decade and that it had been on and off.
He added that there had been many efforts by the state and federal governments to curb the menace, stressing that the issue of criminality in the country knew no ethnicity.
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