10 February 2013

Nigeria: NAF to Help Flush Out Armed Bandits in Kaduna

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has expressed its willingness to collaborate with the Kaduna State Government in order to flush out armed bandits that have continued to terrorise people in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of the state and communities in three neighbouring states.

It would be recalled that recently, armed robbers invaded Birnin - Gwrai town where five policemen were killed after they burnt down the police station. The bandits also robbed two commercial banks in the area.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Mukhtar Yero, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, said the NAF was prepared to collaborate with the state government to comb the forest around Birnin Gwari and environs to flush out the bandits.

Badeh, who described Kaduna as a home to the military, assured that by the time the state government concludes it plans to rid the area of criminals, the Air Force would ensure that the area becomes peaceful and safe for all to go about their normal business without any hindrance.

The Air Force Chief also urged the state government to take advantage of the Air Force Institute of Technology by sponsoring more of its indigenes for training in the institute to meet its manpower demand in the area of science and technology.

In his response, Governor Yero said the activities of armed bandits in Birnin -Gwari has been very disturbing, adding that the issue was being discussed with heads of security agencies in the state.

He said the state government was doing everything possible to collaborate with all security agencies to map out strategies to dislodge the bandits, stressing that he will reach out to NAF as soon as plans were concluded.

The governor expressed his determination to amicably resolve the land dispute between the NAF Base in Kaduna and the Barakalahu community in the state.

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