By Joy Odor
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General JOHN ENENCHE has confirmed that the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI has again attacked another armed bandits’ camp in the Southwestern part of Kwiambana Forest in Zamfara State, neutralizing scores of their fighters.
Disclosing this in a press release made avialiable to newsmen from Defence Headquarters, Abuja on 12 July 2020, Major General JOHN ENENCHE said this is in continuation of the sustained onslaught against armed bandits and other criminal elements in the North-West and North-Central States of the Country.
H said “this was achieved through air strikes executed on 10 July 2020 after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports and series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions established that a group of structures hidden under the dense forest vegetation served as hideouts for suspected Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements and fighters under the notorious armed bandit kingpin, Dogo Gede.
“The Air Component therefore dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location.
“The attack aircraft took turns in engaging the target causing damage to some structures in the camp and neutralizing scores of the criminals.
Several bandits, who were seen attempting to flee on foot and on about 15 motorcycles, were mopped-up in follow-on attacks by the helicopters.
“HUMINT sources later revealed that several of the bandits were neutralized and their motorcycles destroyed as a result of the air strikes”he noted.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar therefore commend the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI for their professionalism.
He also urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations to eradicate all armed bandits.
While the Armed Forces of Nigeria sincerely appreciate the continued support and cooperation of all well-meaning Nigerians, as we keep up the tempo of our operations to defeat all enemies of our Great Nation.