Security: “Insurgents Are Bandits And Will BeTreated As Such”-Buhari

Suleiman Umaru

Those who think that  the major security problem of Nigerian were the Islamic Fundamentalists, Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African States Province ISWAP, fighters  in the north east geo-political region , comprising of Adamawa, Borno and  Yobe  states may have  to do a rethink.

Edward Kallon, the United Nations, UN, country Director who could not hide his feelings when he visited Samel Ortom , governor of Benue state, on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, that the  biggest security  challenge of the country were the armed herdsmen and Bandits operating in Central and north west geo=political region of the country.

Kallon, was said to have  the Ortom, the Benue state governor,  that the killings  that had had been linked to the  herdsmen and Bandits in different parts of the country were far more than of the BokoHaram and IWAP, in  in the north east  in the last 10 years.  He cited  the killings by the groups in the last six months. According to him over 1,400people   have been killed as a result of kidnapping  and Banditry  in the north Central and north west since  the conduct of the last general elections that produced the states and Federal Lawmakers, governors and the President.

 The UN country Director,  who disclosed that the statistics of  killings linked to the two killer squads was not a mere estimate  but statistics , obtained from  the government, blaming  the killings to ‘’institutional failures  at all levels of governance’’. This is an indictment on Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressive  Congress, APC, led government , who had made  Nigerians to believe that the APC Administration has done exceedingly well in the area of security of lives and property compared to the People’ Democratic Party , PDP, which ruled the country for sixteen years.

 The Envoy  believes  that that the Buhari Administration still have a lot to do in the area of security.    ‘’Pay attention to ‘’issues of security in the country’’, he was said to have told the Katsina state born Nigerian President,  instead of  heaping blames on past regimes.

The President may have understood the language as he has vowed to treat Boko Haram and IWAP,  terrorists in the north  as Bandits as the government intensifies efforts  in the fight against insurgency  in the region. He insists that the BokoHaram insurgents have been degraded but some of its fighters  are still  nuisance  around the Lake Chad  and surrounding Islands.

He was said to have told Peter Maurer, the President of International Committee of Red Cross, ICRC, that the country  was Cooperating  with Chad, Niger and the Central African country of Cameroon as well as other countries  in the African Continent  and other parts of the world   to finally flush out the insurgents from the region.

Destroyed Gun Truck By NAF In Borno

Many believe that the full involvement of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, into the war, appear to have given the ground soldiers an edge  over the Insurgents. This is evident going by the various damages that had been inflicted on the terrorist in their Sambisa forest hideout in Borno state. The most recent  of such  deadly raids  was the destruction of two ammunition –laden gun  trucks  in northern Borno, allegedly belonging to ISWAP.  Ibinkunle Daramola, a Commodore and NAF, Director of Public Relations  in a Statement  confirmed that the trucks  were  destroyed  by the Air Task Force , ATF, of the Operation Lafiya Dole. Giving an insider information, the Air Force Commodore , disclosed  that the NF Alfa Jet that carried out the raid  had embarked on a reconnaissance  mission on the Gudumali-Zari-Garunda axis  of the state but  spotted the IWAP  gun trucks  emerging from Jumaacheri  settlement  heading towards  Garunda. The fighter jet has no option but to track it as it attempted to evade detection  by driving into foliage. The Alpha Jet Air Force pilot said to have engaged  one of gun fitted trucks  which was camouflaged under a tree , in successive passes  scoring  accurate hits , leading to the neutralisation of some of gun truck occupants.

The second gun truck was to have been tracked where it was abandoned  under  another tree in the area and immobilized. It was a bad day for the ISWAP fighters who  had  mapped out the  areas to be attacked in  the Garunda axis of Borno state. Recall, the President had told the ICRC, helmsman, who called on him at Aso Rock , recently that  the government was  actually making use of the Air force to neutralize the Insurgents.  

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