Military suspends troop withdrawal as security threats worsen
It also said that as a sequel to its planned review of the different military operations across the country, the DHQ-led operations were being “reinvigorated” to address the new security concerns in the country.Troubled by the Federal Government’s planned action in their respective states, governors such as Samuel Ortom of Benue State; Darius Ishaku of Taraba State and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, among other organisations and individuals in separate interviews with
The Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said in an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday that the military was not withdrawing troops at the moment.He added, “What is going on is that there is a review and an assessment of the various operations. There is an assessment that is going on presently. Teams have been sent out to check and evaluate the ongoing operations, and those operations include anti-banditry operation, Hadarin Daji, in the North-West and Whirl Stroke in the North-Central of Benue and Nasarawa states.
He added, “Some of the teams have concluded their assessments and are filing their reports presently. Like I told you, whatever review will be done about the military operations is going to be informed by the findings of the assessment teams sent out. So, as it is today, no withdrawal has been done, rather troops are intensifying in their operational areas.”
On January 6, 30 persons were killed after an Improvised Explosive Device went off on a bridge in the Gamboru area of Borno State.On January 9, 12 persons were killed by suspected herdsmen who also injured one at Kulben village in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, according to the state police command.
The attacks occurred a day before the state governor, Bello Matawalle, at the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Gusua, the state capital warned unrepentant bandits to surrender their arms.On Monday, January 20, Boko Haram insurgents abducted and killed the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, after they reportedly rejected a ransom offered for his release.
On the same day in Katsina State, gunmen, suspected to be bandits, killed one person and kidnapped 14 persons in Yangayya village in the Batsari Local Government Area of the state. The bandits also took away money and foodstuff from their victims.No fewer than 13 persons were also killed on Monday in a fresh attack by gunmen in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State. This came barely two weeks after suspected Fulani herdsmen killed 12 people in the Mangu Local Government Area of the state.
On February 9, suspected Boko Haram terrorists killed 30 persons, mainly travellers in a Borno village.On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, some gunmen again attacked Bakali village in the Fika District of Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State, burning 16 members of a family to death. The bandits were said to have locked up the 16 persons in a room before setting the house on fire.
And on February 14, suspected bandits killed no fewer than 30 persons in Tsauwa and Dankar villages in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
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