Special Forces eliminate scores of bandits on Kaduna-Abuja highway

Special Forces eliminate scores of bandits on Kaduna-Abuja highway

Special Forces operatives have reportedly killed dozens of bandits engaged in kidnapping on the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

The development came after the Special Forces were deployed to rein in the rise in the spate of kidnapping of travellers on the notorious route.

Video footage obtained by PRNigeria show the corpses of more than a dozen kidnappers that were killed this week. Some of the corpses were recognized as residents within some of the communities.

Also, PRNigeria quoted a security source who confirmed the massive deployment of troops; comprising military, police and intelligence operatives in selected communities along the highways; adding that the deployment gained more ground after the marching orders by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“Before the Presidential directive, some deployments were effected. The directive has now influenced more deployment and provision of equipment and intelligence gathering tools to fight the bandits.

“We have so far killed more than a dozen armed bandits who attempted to escape on motorcycles; after sighting the movements of the troops.

“Most of them are behind recent abductions on the highways…Some people identified the corpses as known faces within the communities,” a military source; who spoke on the condition of anonymity, disclosed to the medium.

Earlier in the week, President Buhari had ordered security chiefs to go hard on insurgents, bandits and terrorists and bring their campaign of destruction to an end. The President gave the charge during a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, November 25

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who addressed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said the police and other security agencies had been mobilised to intensify surveillance and patrols in pursuit of the criminals.

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