Kaduna state government on Monday said a military unit patrolled the Zangang hill in Kaura local government area but found no bandits, contrary to claims by some groups that there are over 600 armed bandits on the hill.
According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, following the public alarm raised by the Kaura groups on the presence of hundreds of armed bandits on the Zangang hills, the state government reached out to the security agencies for immediate action on the matter.
“Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), the military units deployed by Defence Headquarters in response to the security challenges in Plateau, Bauchi and parts of Kaduna state, and a detachment of the Special Forces of the Nigerian Army carried out extensive fighting patrols to the said Zangang Hill on 21st June 2020.
“The fighting patrol stretched up to the Kagoro Hills and other suspected hideouts. Troops did not encounter any group of armed bandits throughout the extensive fighting patrols.
“Furthermore, not a single bandit camp was found in the area and there is also no evidence of human activity in and around the hills as the reader will glean in the pictures attached to this press statement,” Aruwan said.
Speaking further, the Commissioner expressed gratitude to the Commander of OPSH, Major General CC. Okonkwo, and his team in Sector 7 (Southern Kaduna) under the leadership of Col. GU. Akpan, officers and men for a job well done.
“The government wishes to reiterates its appeal to aggrieved communities, individuals and groups to always have recourse to the law so as to avoid killings and counter killings that deepen the vicious cycles of reprisals.“Contrary to the misreading of the security challenges, what stands out as a major impediment to peace has been the resort to self help and jungle justice, rather than complying with the rule of law.
“Citizens with credible information on any criminal activity, including banditry, are encouraged to confide their suspicions to security agencies and government for prompt action.
“The Security Operations Room, a 24-hour security information centre is available to be receiving details discreetly on 09034000060, 08170189999 and [email protected] for immediate action,” Aruwan said