The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Saturday, added that large cache of arms and ammunition were also recovered during the operation.

The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) on Sunday said that the air component of its Operation Hadarin Daji has neutralised about 200 armed bandits in Katsina State.

It also said that no fewer than 35 fighters of the Boko Haram terrorist (BHT) group and the Islamic States of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have been killed by troops of the Nigerian military at different encounters in Borno State.

Major General John Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (CDMO), who disclosed these in an operation update re­leased in Abuja, said that the bandits were neutralised in a multiple air strikes by troops.

General Enenche said that the mission was in continua­tion of the offensive to rid the North West of the country of armed bandits and other crim­inal elements.

Accordingly, he said: “The air component of Operation Hadarin Daji has neutralised close to 200 armed bandits in multiple air strikes conducted at Ibrahim Mai’Bai’s Camp in Jibia Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State and Kurmin Kura in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State on May 22 and 23, 2020.

“The air strikes were ex­ecuted after series of intelli­gence, surveillance and recon­naissance (ISR) missions led to the confirmation that the two locations were being used as hideouts for some notorious armed bandit leaders whilst also serving as collection points for rustled cattle.

“Accordingly, air compo­nent, employing Nigerian Air Force ground attack air­craft and helicopter gunships, engaged the two locations in multiple passes, destroying the makeshift structures in the camps as well as killing the bandit leaders and their fighters.

“Human intelligence (HUMINT) sources later confirmed that close to 200 armed bandits were killed in the air strikes at the target locations.”

While commending the troops for their professional­ism, the military high com­mand directed them to remain resolute towards eradicating all armed bandits thus achiev­ing the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to re­store normalcy in the North West and North Central zones of the country.

Meanwhile, no fewer than 35 fighters of the Boko Haram terrorists (BHT) group and the Islamic States of the West Af­rica Province (ISWAP) have been killed by troops of the Nigerian military at different encounters in Borno State.

This was contained in an operation update released on Sunday by the military high command in Abuja.

Major General John Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (CDMO), said in the update that the terrorists were neu­tralised by different teams of the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ in their determination to rid the North East of terrorism.

General Enenche said in continuation of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, a subsidiary of Operation Kantana Jimlan troops of Army Super Camp 6 and 7, conducted a long range fighting patrol on May 11, 2020 and cleared Adzunge and ad­joining villages.

The South East Governors’ Forum has expressed dismay that the Inspector General of Police allegedly reneged on its agreements on practice and composition for establishment of community policing in the zone.

The chairman of the forum and Ebonyi governor, Chief David Umahi, made the disclo­sure at the end of its meeting in Enugu on Sunday.

The chairman said that the recent communication from the IGP, Mohammed Adamu, did not conform with the initial agreement reached with him during his visit to the zone.

“The South East governors and their leaders request the IGP to revert to our initial agreement reached on Com­munity Policing at Enugu.

“The forum agrees that all South East States House of Assembly should commence the process of enacting the state security laws in line with the South East Joint Security Programme.

“In the circumstance, we cannot begin implementation of it until the programme re­flects our earlier agreement,” he said.

On COVID-19, the governors urged Igbos nationwide to stay safe and obey all directives to contain the spread of corona­virus (COVID-19).

According to him, the forum have directed all Igbos living outside Igbo land to obey all existing COVID-19 orders, pres­idential directive on inter-state movement, World Health Or­ganisation (WHO).

He said they should obey the Nigeria Centre of Disease and Control (NCDC) hygiene pro­tocols, Presidential Task Force and directives of South East governors and directives of all governors where they live.

The governor said that the forum agreed to further engage the NCDC to scale up testing of coronavirus in South East states.

The governors commend­ed President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Works and the governor of Anambra, Willie Obiano, on the extent of work at the second Niger Bridge,” he said.

On the economy, Umahi said the forum agreed to set up committees at the various states to work with Federal Government, World Bank, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) on repositioning the economy in the zone.

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