The Kaduna State Government said Nigerian army did not encounter any group of armed bandits at Zangan Hill in Kaura local government of the state throughout the extensive fighting patrols.
It could be recalled that few days ago, some groups in Kaura Local Government alleged in a press statement, the presence of over 600 armed bandits at Zangang Hills.
In a statement by the Commissioner, Kaduna State Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), the military units deployed by Defence Headquarters in response to the security challenges in Plateau, Bauchi and parts of Kaduna State, and a detachment of the Special Forces of the Nigerian Army carried out extensive fighting patrols to the said Zangang Hill and stretched up to the Kagoro Hills and other suspected hideouts.
“Troops did not encounter any group of armed bandits throughout the extensive fighting patrols.
He said not a single bandit camp was found in the area and there is also no evidence of human activity in and around the hills as the reader will glean in the pictures attached to this press statement.
“The Kaduna State Government commends the Commander of OPSH, Major General CC. Okonkwo and his team in Sector 7 (Southern Kaduna) under the leadership of Col. GU. Akpan, officers and men for a job well done.
The Government also reiterates its appeal to aggrieved communities, individuals and groups to always have recourse to the law so as to avoid killings and counter killings that deepen the vicious cycles of reprisals.
“Contrary to the misreading of the security challenges, what stands out as a major impediment to peace has been the resort to self help and jungle justice, rather than complying with the rule of law.
“Citizens with credible information on any criminal activity, including banditry, are encouraged to confide their suspicions to security agencies and government for prompt action.”