Buratai extends Operation Sahel to December
From Bala Abubakar, Gusau
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has threatened that the Nigerian Army will continue to deal ruthlessly with bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other criminals in the Northwest Zone.
Buratai gave the warning at Faskari while briefing newsmen after inspecting the operational base of the Operation Sahel Sanity at Nigerian Army Super Camp.
The COAS said the Nigerian Army would continue to deal mercilessly with criminals till when they are totally deleted from the zone and the nation as a whole.
“Be rest assured the troops are determined to deal decisively with criminals not only in the Northwest but the entire country,” he stated.
Buratai said to sustain the tempo of the successes recorded by the troops, the ongoing Operation Sahel Sanity aimed at curbing banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other nefarious activities in the Northwest and Northcentral would be extended to December this year.
He said the operation was achieving desired results, hence the need to extend it which was earlier scheduled to end this month.
Since the commencement of Exercise Sahel Sanity on July 6, 103 bandits have been killed, 147 bandits, 39 informants/ collaborators, five gun runners arrested.
137 kidnapped victims rescued, 3948 cows and 1627 sheep recovered while 13 buyers of stolen cattle were arrested.