The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan, on Saturday disclosed that the Nigerian Air Force bombed hideouts of bandits terrorising the people of Farin Ruwa in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state.
Aruwan in his statement noted that the operation was carried out on the bandits’ hideouts on Thursday.
The commissioner further stated that the Nigerian Air Force conducted eight missions over identified bandits’ hideouts and other locations in 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.”
The commissioner added that the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai commended the pro-active efforts of the troops and their determination to remain on top of the situation.
“Regular ground and air patrols will continue in identified areas of security interest.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed service chiefs to work together in ensuring the war against insecurity in Nigeria is won totally.
The President instructed them to share ideas, intelligence information, and all that is needed to ensure insurgency is defeated and the sacrifice paid by security operatives who have lost their lives is not in vain.