Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi said the Nigerian military’s anti-banditry operations have increasingly enabled farmers in the state to access their farms without threats.
Army public relations director Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement that the governor made the observation when he received the Army Chief of Staff (COAS), the Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, in Birnin-Kebbi on Tuesday.
Bagudu said farmers in Danko Wassagu, in the south of the state, have returned to their farming occupation, urging the military to support operations and bring lasting peace to the state and Nigeria.
He praised the Nigerian military for providing assistance to the civilian authority at a critical time when non-state actors who created insecurity in society were protected by unpatriotic citizens.
Bagudu urged the military to continue working in synergy with other security agencies and stakeholders to rid the northwestern part of the country of banditry.
He pledged the state government’s commitment to work with the Nigerian military and other security agencies to tackle insecurity in the state.
The governor presented to SFOC reconfigured operational vehicles built by the state government.
He said the operational vehicles have been reconfigured under the supervision of the deputy governor, retired Col. Samaila Dabai, to provide operational platforms for the troops.
He assured SFOC that the vehicles would soon be handed over to the troops for deployment.
SFOC commended the state government and the people of Kebbi for their support for the Nigerian military.
Yahaya added that renewed measures would be taken to address security challenges affecting the state while calling on the government to raise awareness of the danger of colluding with bandits to create panic in their communities.
He also noted that all hands must be on the bridge to resolutely face the prevailing security situation.
At the palace of the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashar, COAS called on traditional leaders to guide the conduct of members of their communities against tacit support for bandits.
He added that cooperation with the troops would add value to the relentless efforts of security agents to restore law and order in the geopolitical zone in the northwest of the country.
In response, the emir commended SFOC for embarking on an operational tour of formations and units to provide guidance and advice on how to overcome the security challenges facing the country.
During an operational visit to the 1st Battalion in Birnin Kebbi, COAS urged the troops to remain focused and professional in the conduct of each operation.
He assured them of the adequate supply of more and modern equipment to enable them to carry out their mandate effectively.