5 security operations ongoing to deal with bandits, kidnappers – FG

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There are at least five security operations, counter and preemptive being undertaken by the Nigerian police, the army and the air force to deal with banditry and kidnapping, the Federal Government said on Sunday.

The security measures are Operation Puff Adder, Operation Harbin Kunama 3, Exercise EGWU EKE III’,  Operation DIRAN MIKIYA’ and  Operation SHARAN DAJI.

The measures and their dividends were outlined in an elaborate statement by Femi Adesina, Special adviser to President on Media in response to criticisms accusing government of not doing enough to combat the incidents of kidnapping and banditry ravaging some parts of the country.

“These are no doubt times of great security challenges for our country, and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is not leaving any stone unturned to restore sanity and calm,” Adesina said.

“Operation Puff Adder (Nigerian Police), Operation HARBIN KUNAMA 3 (Nigerian Army) and Exercise Egwu Eke 3 (Nigerian Army) have all been launched in 2019, to complement the existing Operations Sharan Daji (launched in 2016 by the Nigerian Army) and Diran Mikiya (launched 2018 by the Nigerian Air Force). All of these operations are focused on tackling banditry and criminality in the North West of Nigeria.

“It is the constitutional duty and responsibility of government to safeguard lives and properties. The Buhari administration remains committed to this, and despite recent spikes in the spate of crime and criminality, the evildoers will be beaten, and badly, too. The ravening clouds can never be victorious. Soon, they shall no longer possess the sky,” he added.

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