Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 February 2013

Nigeria: NAF to Tackle Birnin Gwari Armed Bandits

Kaduna — The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh over the weekend pledged to assist the Kaduna State government in tackling the notorious armed bandits in Birnin Gwari local government area of the state.

Sunday Trust recalled that the bandits killed over 100 villagers in Birnin Gwari and in Dansadau emirate of Zamfara state.

Weeks ago, the bandits bombed police station in Birnin Gwari and killed four persons including three policemen.

During the operation that lasted for four hours, the bandits bombed banks and carted away undisclosed amount of money.

The attacks were carried out hours after the Emir of Birnin Gwari, Malam Zubair Jibril told the state governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero that the bandits had taken over his domain.

The Chief of Air Staff who spoke when he paid courtesy call on Kaduna State governor, pledged to collaborate with the affected in riding the forest.

Badeh said Kaduna State is home to any military officer as anyone who adorns the Air Force uniform was trained in the state.

He said Kaduna is a mini Nigeria, as it is a home to all ethnic, religious and political groups in the country.

He assured that by the time the state government concludes it plans, the Air Force will ensure that the area becomes peaceful and safe for all.

Responding, Governor Yero reiterated the commitment of his administration to tackle the bandits.

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