The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin has said that the
current spate of banditry activities in the northwest would soon be
over, as the launch of Operation Sahel Sanity was aimed at crushing
all of forms of criminality in the zone.
Olonisakin gave the assurance yesterday at the Nigerian Army Super
Camp IV in Faskari town, in Katsina State while on inspection of the
Exercise Sahel Sanity operational base.
The Chief of Defence Staff said Exercise Sahel Sanity is a realtime
exercise which is aimed at tackling banditry in Katsina, Zamfara,
Sokoto, Kebbi as well as Kaduna and Niger states.
“From the briefing that I have just received and from what I have seen
here today at this Nigerian Army Super Camp, there is no doubt in my
mind that the scourge of banditry will soon be a thing of the past and
all law abiding citizens will be able to resume their normal lives,”
He said in the last five years of the fight against insurgency,
banditry and other criminality, the armed forces have constantly re
strategized, restructured and developed models and approaches to address the nation’s security challenges.
Olonisakin explained that the Nigerian Army Super Camp concept is one
of efforts aimed at repositioning the Nigerian Army to better contain the
“To this end, I want to assure the COAS of the support of the Defence
Headquarters in whatever capacity maybe required towards achieving the
objectives of Exercise Sahel Sanity,” he assured.
The Chief of Defence Staff paid tributes to officers and men of the
Nigerian Army and the entire armed forces who through their selfless
services have continued to make tremendous sacrifices towards ensuring
the restoration of peace and normalcy in the country.
“I must commend the resilience and relentless spirits of all the
personnel taking part in this important exercise and all other
operations across the country to ensure peace and security for our
people as well as protect the territorial integrity of our father
land,” he said.
Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai
assured Nigerians that the ongoing Operation Sahel Sanity will bring
about reasonable state of security in the north west.
“Within this few days that Exercise Sahel Sanity commenced, tremendous
successes have been achieved in the areas of clearing the bandits,
arrest of bandits informants and logistics suppliers and also the
rescue of kidnapped victims, recovery of rustled cattle and most of
other criminal activities stopped,” he said.
Buratai commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support to the fight against insurgency, banditry and other crimes in the county.
“Today marks exactly five years of the appointment of the Chief of
Defence Staff, my humble self and the other Service Chiefs by
President Muhammadu Buhari. We thank Almighty God for giving us good
health and I assure you that we have not disappointed in carrying out
our responsibilities,” he said.