Go extra mile in tackling bandits, emir urges Army

By Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi

The Emir of Zuru, Major General Muhammadu Sani Sami (rtd), Gomo II, has appealed to the Nigerian Army to go the extra mile in tackling bandits who have been attacking resident of the area by engaging on more aggressive patrols, effective smart ambushes and promptly responding to distress calls from affected communities.

The Emir made the call during the visit of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 8th Division, Sokoto, Major General U. A. Yusuf at his palace in Zuru town.

In a communiqué issued after the visit of the GOC, signed by the Secretary, Zuru Emirate Council, Hassan Muhammad Gado, the Emir noted that the army must be wiser and better than the bandits.

Parts of the statement read: “His Royal Highness, the Emir of Zuru also spoke about the security challenges in the Emirate and called on the Army to go an extra mile in the following areas; engaging in more aggressive mobile patrols, carrying –out effective smart ambushes, promptly responding to distress calls from communities and destroying bandits’ camps or hideouts in the area.

“In addition, the Emir expressed confidence in the capacity of the GOC, given his antecedents in the Nigerian Army and wished him success.

“The Nigerian Army, according to the Emir, remains the last hope of the masses when it comes to protection of lives and property. On this note, the Army must be wiser and better than bandits,” he said.

The Emir also recommended that the state and federal governments should provide logistics and equipment to the Nigerian Army in order to enable them effectively combat banditry and other criminal activities in Zuru Emirate.

Earlier, the GOC of Nigerian Army 8th Division, Sokoto, Major General U, A Yusuf, accompanied by some senior officers, had told the Emir that the Nigerian Army would need the support of the traditional leaders in the Emirate to successfully defeat the bandits.

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