The Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan said the Nigerian Air Force neutralized scores of bandits terrorising the people of Farin Ruwa in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The commissioner said operational feedback to the state indicated that the raid was carried out on the bandits’ hideouts on Thursday.
Aruwan said the air component conducted eight missions over identified bandits’ hideouts and other locations of interest around the state.
According to him, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance flights were conducted over the Kaduna-Abuja Highway, Akilbu and Barebari, where normal activities were observed.
He said,”The situation was similar over Saulawa and Maguzawa. At Farin Ruwa however, scores of bandits were sighted on motorcycles. They were duly engaged and neutralized by the fighter jet crew.
“Other locations covered include Riyawa Sarki, Sabon Gida Riyawa, Bunu, Hayin Maidawa, Buruku, Ungwan Yako and adjoining settlements, as well as Kidandan, Dogon Dawa, Sabon Fili, Maguza, Damari and Ngede Allah.
“More armed bandits were sighted with herds of cattle along the track from Ungwan Yako to Kuduru. They were engaged and neutralized by the crew.
“A night patrol mission was also carried out covering the Kaduna-Abuja highway, Olam Farms, Rijana, Polewire, Kateri, Jere and parts of Kaduna metropolis. No suspicious activities were reported.”
He said Governor Nasir El-Rufai commended the pro-active efforts of the troops and personnel, commending their determination to remain on top of the situation.
“Regular ground and air patrols will continue in identified areas of security interest,” he added.
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