- Nigerian troops, supported by gunboats and fighter jets, launch an offensive against kidnapping gangs in Zamfara
- Federal agencies previously shut down telecommunications services, security sources for The raids in the northwestern state
- Villagers say the fleeing bandits are now kidnapping community residents in neighboring Sokoto state
Sokoto – Bandits suspected of fleeing air strikes by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in the Bakura-Talata-Mafara axis in Zamfara state stormed Dange on Tuesday, September 7th At least 20 residents were abducted in Shuni District in Sokoto.
However, residents of Dange Shuni District told BBC Hausa that the area’s communities have seen a recent influx of bandits .
The Daily newspaper Trust reports that many bandit leaders and their foot soldiers were killed during the military attacks.
They have been reportedly killed by ground forces and aerial reconnaissance since the state was blocked off communications and restricted movement .
FG tries to end escalating attacks in Zamfara
Recall that the federal government instructed telecommunications networks to use two services operated in Zamfara For weeks because of the deteriorating security situation in the state.
The policy was issued on Friday, September 3rd by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to all telecommunications providers in the country .
The order was made out in a letter signed by the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta.
In one Similarly, the Minister of Communications and the Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami, announced that the telecommunications sector puts security above economic benefit.
September in Abuja during the official presentation of the NCC’s Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) 2021-2026, a podcast and a compendium of Danbatta speeches.
Professor Pantami said that the Telecommunications sector did not joke with safety, adding that while the sector supports the security institutions, it actually detracts from the economic benefits that should have flowed to it.
‘Terrorists, not bandits’
Meanwhile, Abubakar Bagudu, the governor of Kebbi State, has expressed concern about the activities of bandits wreaking havoc across the country.
Bagudu demands te Buhari-led government on Thursday, September 2nd, to declare the bandits terrorists.
According to the governor, even those who use weapons should be classified as terrorists carries and terrorizes people in an organized way.