By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Senate on Tuesday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his
recent directive to launch a military offensive against bandits in
Katsina state, calling for similar operation in Kaduna, Zamfara, Niger
and Sokoto state.
The commendation followed a motion sponsored by Senator Aliyu Sabi
Abdullahi (APC – Niger North).
The Senate resolved that since bandits are now having a free field in
Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kebbi and Sokoto states, the military needs to
launch an operation in those places.
The lawmaker in his motion recalled that Senate had last week
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, considered two separate motions on the need for
the federal government to immediately address the growing spate of
banditry in Niger and Kataina States, respectively.
Senator Sabi Abdullahi said the upper chamber was “aware through a
Presidential Spokesman that President Muhammadu Buhari has authorized
the commencement of a major military operation to sweep bandits and
kidnappers out of Katsina state; as major proactive measures by
Special Forces to replace the reactive strikes against the camps of
these bandits and criminals”.
According to him, “the criminalities by these armed bandits and
kidnappers is carried out mostly under the cover of the contagious
forests reserves and areas stretching from Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna
and Niger States with pockets of safe havens in Kebbi and Asokoro
The lawmaker expressed concerns that “a major offensive in Katsina
State alone is likely to make the armed bandits and kidnappers seek
safer haven in Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger states which hosts the Zurmi
and Kamuku forests among others, further compounding the plight of
hapless and poor communities along these forest corridors.”
He added that, “it was the earlier massive operations in Zamfara and
Kaduna states that led the armed bandits to seek safe haven elsewhere,
this moving into Katsina and Niger States respectively; and some
others pushing their lick to some parts of Asokoro and Kebbi States.
The Senate in its resolutions, accordingly appealed to President
Buhari to expand the scope of the operations to include Zamfara,
Kaduna, Niger and Sokoto States and any other surrounding areas or
States that the armed bandits may want to seek safe haven following
the massive operation.
The upper chamber also called on the Military formations and the
Nigerian Police to increase their surveillance operation to track
movements by these armed bandits to recent them accessing any safe