Presidency says ‘bandits are on the run’ after new offensive by military forces

The presidency commended Nigerian security agencies and the current administration for the new offensive against banditry and terrorism across the country.

This was contained in a statement released on Monday by Femi Adesina, Special Advisor, Media and Publicity to President Buhari, titled “Security Update and Report: Bandits, Terrorists and Warlords – Neutralized, Eliminated and Wasted”.

According to Adesina, the past month has seen the elimination of four notorious bandit warlords who have repeatedly unleashed chaos on citizens across the country.

The presidency further noted that “the bandits are on the run” and “the entire northern region is gradually breathing a sigh of relief.”

The statement reads: “During the last four weeks of August 2022, four (4) notorious bandit warlords were neutralized and wasted. Bandit attacks have been negligible and have completely ceased. But the battle is not over.

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“Finally, the tables are turning. The bandits are on the run. The entire Northern Region is gradually heaving a sigh of relief. And the repercussions of the current onslaught of our patriotic military forces will soon reach every corner of our dear nation.

“In a short time now – every nook and cranny held bound by this satanic vermin born from the very cauldron of Hades, will be expelled. This terror and horror unleashed on our once safe and peaceful nation is finally on its way out.

Reported security incidents show that the northern regions experienced 65% of total security incidents in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022, with 2,331 fatalities.

Bandits are largely responsible for fueling violence and insecurity in these regions.

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