Worried by the recurring killings in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has charged his troops to wipe out the armed bandits in the area within three weeks, saying the battle must now be taken to their hideouts.
Meanwhile, the COAS has flagged-off the 2 Battalion Forward Operation Base (FOB) at the troubled Birnin-Gwari area as part of measures to address the insecurity witnessed in the local government.
It would be recalled that armed bandits had within the last five months killed over 100 persons, including 11 soldiers in various villages of Birnin-Gwari local government.
Sequel to the recurring killings, President Muhammadu Buhari in reaction to the recent attack pronounced the establishment of an Army battalion in the area.
Addressing troops at the official flag-off of the FOB for Operation ‘Idon Raini’ at the proposed site of the Battalion at Kanfanin Doka village of Birnin-Gwari, General Buratai stressed that, he must receive a very resounding results that will finally bring the criminals to their knees.
The Army Chief said, “We are no longer going to adopt the defensive approach, it must be offensive. Since the battle has been brought to you, you must take it back and crush them wherever they are.
“The killings must stop, the wanton destructions of property must stop, not only within Kaduna state but across the country.
“In the next two, three weeks, there must be a very resounding results that will bring these criminals to their kneels finally.
“They are not coming from the moon or coming from outer space, they are within this territory. I don’t know why you cannot go to where they are and get them fished out.
“Am happy with the initiative of the General Officer Commanding 1 Division and all the commanders for the new approach and I want to see a decisive result at the end of this operation.
“The commanders have briefed me thoroughly of your challenges and be rest assured we have already started addressing some of these challenges.
“We must respond decisively and commanders must be personally held responsible for any lapses, they must decide and take appropriate action, and anything outside that, they must be held responsible.
“The next deployment must commence immediately. Other areas of logistic support, your welfare, be rest assured we will do our best to provide for you,” said COAS.
Earlier, when the COAS paid him a courtesy visit at the Emir of Birnin-Gwari’s palace, the emir, Alhaji Zubairu Jibril Mai Gwari II expressed confidence in the army, saying with full military deployment, the bandits can be wiped out within a short period.
According to the Emir, “These people, the bandits cannot be contained by mounting of road blocks or staying on the road, so the security operatives have to take the fight to them in the bush otherwise they will continue to unleash mayhem”.