Buratai declares war on bandits, cattle rustlers

Buratai declares war on bandits, cattle rustlers
July 12 01:15 2016

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has
assured residents of North West that the army will clear
the remnants of cattle rustlers and bandits terrorising
their communities in few days.
He said the myriad of security challenges in the North
West would be largely addressed by the end of the
army’s training in Bakura forest of Zamfara on Friday.

Buratai gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy
call on Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State in Gusau
on Monday.
He said the training was organised as part of activities
to mark the 2016 Nigerian Army Day Celebration
(NADCEL) in Gusau.
He said the army remained determined to end the
scourge of insecurity across the country through real
time operations and trainings.

“The 2106 Nigerian Army Day Celebration is an
extended celebration that fully incorporates real time
security operations amidst our routine training.
“While we celebrate, we will also address issues
relating to insecurity in Zamfara state and parts of the
North West in general.
“Though we are not just starting this operation, we
have been on it and have recorded a number of
successes against the bandits and cattle rustlers.
“I want to assure the people that at the end of our
exercise this week, Zamfara state will be free of bandits
and cattle rustlers.

Buratai said the army was also using the 2016 NADCEL
to boost public confidence in the army through various
programmes including medical outreaches and display
of the army’s capabilities.
He said the army’s resolve to rid the nation of criminals
and divisive elements would extend to the south where
kidnappers and pipeline vandals were operating.
“While we carry out this operation, we will also display
our capability to assure Nigerians that the army
belongs to them and they must trust the army to secure
“We will also go to the South-South in particular to
clear out all the criminals that are operating there and
others that are threatening to divide Nigeria.’’
Gov. Yari, represented by his deputy, Malam Ibrahim
Wakkala, expressed hope and confidence that the issue
of rustlers and bandits would eventually be addressed.

He assured the army of the support and cooperation of
the state government and the entire people of Zamfara
in their effort to address the challenge.
The governor, however, appealed to the military
hierarchy to consider the state government’s proposal
of extending the troops’ stay in the state.
“We are confident that you will succeed here in
Zamfara just like you are succeeding in the north east.
“We will give you support as a government and will
mobilise the people to cooperate with you on your
“We are however requesting that you extend the stay of
troops in Zamfara to two years’’, he said.
The army chief and his team also paid homage to Alhaji
Ibrahim Bello, the Emir of Gusau, in his palace.
At the Emir’s palace, Buratai urged improved civil and
military relations in order to enhance gathering of
intelligence for military operations.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports the emir, in
a brief remark, prayed for the success of the military
operations against criminals across the country.
NAN also reports that the high point of the 2016
NADCEL is the field training at the Bakura forest in