By Nwangwu Uba
Aware of the activities
The lawmakers believe that the situation has gone beyond promises by the President of what to do to address the crisis but to ”declare state of Emergencies for the military to go and put an end to these killings ”. this is may be a hard decision by the President to take coming from the 8th National Assembly under the current leadership of Bukola Saraki , Senate President, Senate and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of House of Representatives.
Perhaps, if the President may not want to cue into the National Assembly advise, he may want it to come from the 9th National Assembly when the party would have its elected members to occupy the leadership f the Assembly and ready to work with the Executive to address the problems of the country. The outgoing leader of the Senate and the House of Representatives , that make up the Nation Assembly has worked like Cat and Mouse in the last four years, which had dragged the nation very backward.
the killer squads , according to Suleiman bello, an indigene of Zamfara, may have cashed in on the frosty relationship between the Executive and the National Assembly to create tension in and further polarise the country to expose the inability of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, government to tackle the insecurity problem in the country .
Many believe that the terrorrorists and Bandidits, operating in the flash point states , Borno and Zamfara states, have people who are giving them information on military plans to fully prepare to confront them in the baattle fied or lay ambush for the . It is not surprising why the efforts that had been made in the last four years By Buhari and the Security Chiefs appear not be yielding results. Bello noted that the President and the Security Chiefs have done all that could have decimated the Killer squads ranks in these flash point states and end the crisis with the deployment of security personnel and provision of fighting military weapons but have been sabotaged.
The information volunteered by one of the Bandits in Zamfara state on why the bloodshed would not end in the state speaks volume. ”We have people who are feeding us with information about every moves of the security operatives, particular the military against us”. This may have given members of the killer squads in these flash point states to beat their chest that the security Agencies personnel and the use of Air Force fighter jets to smoke them out from their hideouts cannot kill them because they get information of such attack fueling speculations that there may be fifth columnists in the states who are feeding at from the crisis. The Presidency believes that the Zamfara Chiefs and Monarchs were conniving with the Bandits” to sustain the crisis in the state. This may have denied by them as they allege the military airstrikes in the state have been targeted at private homes of villagers in the guise of fighting Bandits.
The Bandits complaints that the bloodshed which started about six years in Zamfara state would continue as long as the government continues to deploy more troops to the state clearly shows that that the country security Agencies personnel are winning the war and the need to sustain the effort. The troops concentration in Zanfara may have forced the Bandits to spread to the North Central states of Nassarawa, Taraba and Benue including Kaduna. Many fear that members of the Islamic Fundamentalist group , Boko Haram, who had been ravaging the north eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe may have penetrated the ranks of the Bandits in Zamfara to spread to other states in the north and make it ungovernable.
Only recently, soldiers engaged the bandits in exchange of bullets during a clearance operation in Aljumana and Ketere villages in the state. That much was confirmed by Clement Abiade, a Major and Spokes Person of the Soldiers Operation Sharan Daji. Abiade said the operation was carried with the Nigerian Army Deep Blue Special Forces, the Air Force and local vigilantes.
The seriousness of the gun battle was evident going by the killing of a soldier and injuring of six others including a vigilante by the hard fighting bandits. The Operation Daji Spokes Person admitted that the bandits were armed with sophisticated automatic weapons but were however overpowered by the superior fire power of the soldiers. The bandits were said to have abandoned their Camp when they could no longer face the soldiers.
Worried by the killing in Akwanga area of Nasarawa, soldiers who reportedly were on patrol along Nagi-Ucheki-Audu- Enger axis of the notorious Ger West local government area of Benue state , killed a bandit , last Friday when responded to an attack by the bandits who may have laid ambush for them. Onyema Nwachukwu, a Colonel and the acting Director of Defense Information , confirmed that the bandits flet the scene, when they knew that the soldiers were out for them.
Tsoldiers on the mop operation in the area , were said to have recoverd one AK 47 rifle, two rifle Magazines, 48 rounds of 7.62 mm ( special) ammunition, one machete, a mobile phone and a bag of charms from the fleeing bandits. Another patrol team ato Ikyoawe, Tsgumme and Tsongo Communities was said to have destroyed a Militia Camp after engaging the bandits in the Camp in a gun battle. The ramshakle bandits were said to have abadoned their weapons and other items including two rifle Magazines, 60 rounds of 7.62 mm (special) ammunition and two mobile handsets. Benue and Nasarawa , are two neighbouring states, which have suffered for too long in the hands of Herdsmen and now it is the turn of bndits who are terrosing the states. Nwachukwu, the Defense Spokes person who could not hide his feelings about the inrads being made by the soldiers into the bandit Camps has appealed to the preople of the two states to support the security Agencies to bring to an end to the ”iillicit and atrocious activities of the criminal elements and groups in the region”. The Defense Spokesman equally appealed to the general public to avail the security Agencies with information that would be ”useful in detecting the bandits and their sponsors in the states.
The bandits had attempted to enter Katsina, home state of president Buhari , through Kankara local government area, but the vigilantes in the area with the support of the police were able to frustrate their life but with loss of forteen lives, seven each on both sides.
Given the pressure on all fronts on the bandits by the security operatives, they have have tried to drag the international Community into the Nigeria crisis by killing and kidnapping foreigners. The latest of such criminal acts was the alleged killing of an expatriate lady, a Nigerian and kidnapping of three others when they invaded Kajuru Castle , a resort and Holiday centre in in Kajuru local goovernment Area of Kaduna state . Yakubu Sabo, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, and the state Police Command Image maker confirmed that the bandits shot spradically when then stormed the area to scare the workers and the guests to carry out their dirt attacks. Sabo assured that the Command is doing everything within its powers to ”rescue the three kidnapped persons , apprehend the criminal elements and bring them justice”.
Ahmad Abdulrahman, the state Commissioner of Police, believes that the arrest of the hoodlums would be made faster if people could assist the police with ”relevant information”. The three kidnapped victims were said to have been among the twelve guests who came to the Castle on Friday,, April 20, 2019, to lodge.
In spite of the renewed activities of the terrorist, bandits