Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai on Saturday said the Nigerian army will continue to be ruthless with criminals in hot zones.
Buratai reiterated this commitment during a visit to the Army Super camp four, Faskari, operational base of the troops in the Northwest.
He said the military was ever determined and ready to fish out and kill the bandits who have been terrorising citizens until the country becomes completely rid of banditry.
According to the COAS, between July 6 to September 12, 2020, hundreds of bandits were neutralised, others arrested, while a large number of informants were also arrested from Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara States under Operation Sahel Sanity.
He urged residents of the affected communities not to relent in disclosing the identities of criminals in their localities, insisting this would assist in ensuring security in Nigeria.
He said; “The bandits and other criminals are not spirits. They live among people. Let me assure you, we shall continue to be ruthless with the criminals. We are determined to work harder along with the support of other sister agencies to achieve peace in Nigeria.
“But, the earlier these criminals are not shielded, the sooner we will win the insecurity challenges. I will urge our people especially in the communities our men are in operation to always supply us with credible information on the criminals so that together we will win the battle against insecurity.”
Earlier, Maj. Adamu Ngulde, a media officer at the base, briefed the chief of army staff, that the troops had killed 103 bandits and arrested 149 others in the last two months of the commencement of the operation.
He also disclosed that the troops arrested thirty-nine informants and collaborators of the bandits.