The Nigerian military has disclosed that it is concerned about the possible interstate movement of armed bandits across the nation particularly in the North.
The Defence Headquarters raised the alarm where it amplified worries in some quarters that armed bandits might be fleeing to other states following the sustained firepower of the military against them in the Northern states.
However, the Defence Headquarters in a briefing in Abuja by the coordinator, defence media operations, Major General John Enenche, has assured that the armed forces has put proactive measures in place to handle the situation.
He disclosed that the military is working in conjunction with the police and other security agencies to prevent the interstate movement of armed bandits and other criminals.
To buttress the point, he disclosed that air assets have been deployed to cover Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, and Kogi states.
Enenche urged the public to continue to make credible information available to the security agents in their area to help in eliminating the threats across the country.
In his words; “There are worries from some quarters in the North West and North Central parts of the country that armed bandits could escape from states where the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies are conducting various operations at the moment, to other states.
“In this regard, the High Command of the Nigerian Military hereby assures all concerned that proactive measures are in place to handle such occurrences. To address this specifically, all current operations are in synergy with the ongoing operations in the North West to tackle interstate movement of armed bandits and other criminals within the North West and North Central zones. In addition, air assets have been deployed to cover Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi states.
“I am to affirm that, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is totally committed to tackling all the security challenges in the country until normalcy is restored. Hence, the public is requested to continue to provide credible information to the Nigerian Military.”
Naija News reports that the suspected mass movement of alleged criminally-minded persons despite the ban on inter-state movements due to the COVID-19 lockdown has birthed outcries from some Nigerians.