As the fight against banditry by the military is garnering momentum, bandits seem to be at the mercy of soldiers. Stringent measures taken by the government such as the shutting down of telecom bases and closure of some markets has left these criminals clueless. In September 2021 alone, many bandit camps have been bombarded by the Air Force with the aid of the super Tucano fighter jets.
The security of any country depends on the strength of its Army, Navy and the Air Force. That's why a considerable amount of money is budgeted to them. Countries around the world are spending billions to increase external forces, avoid external attacks and protect their respective nations.
It has all been good news for Nigerians for the past few weeks, as Nigeria security Operatives recorded so many victories over the two terrorizing groups in Northern Nigeria, Boko Haram, and Bandits. The Nigeria Army, Police force, and Air force have been working collectively to put an end to these evildoers in the Northern region of the country.
[OPINION] NAF Allegedly Paying N20m Ransom To Bandits: The Media Has The Responsibility Of Supporting The War On Terror
Isn't it funny when Boko Haram or ISWAP make unverifiable claims, some outlets gorge on it like ravenous wolves? But when the Nigerian military announces gains the same outlets go on a fact-checking spree. According to a report by Nigerian Tribune, The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has falsified the claim by the Wall Street Journal article, a stoke brokerage focused entity, that an Air Force personnel had delivered an N20 million ransom to bandits operating in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun allegedly seized by the bandits.
Recently, an ugly incident was witnessed in Buhari Village located within the Yunusari area of Yobe state. As obtained from the Daily Trust, a military aircraft believed to belong to the Nigeria Air Force, allegedly bombarded the village in what appeared to be a missed target, killing about 10 villagers in the process, and injured several others.
It is no longer news that Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, played host to Air Marshal Frank Opara at the Government House in Owerri yesterday. The Governor made this known today on his verified Facebook account. The post has generated a lot of mixed reactions from Nigerians.
Among the sectors that have enjoyed massive infrastructure and equipment boosts by President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is the Military. He has provided them with state-of-the-art military equipment. One of them will be discussed in this article. By waging a comprehensive war against insurgents and other violent criminal groups in the country, on the 6th of February 2021, the Buhari administration handed over to the Nigerian Air Force a second Mi-171E battle helicopter, which it bought to help achieve this objective
(Photo Credit: istock) The Nigerian Air Force has officially, denied the allegation, that it paid the sum of N20 million to bandits, to prevent them from shooting down the official plane of President Muhammadu Buhari. The allegation was brought forward by Wall Street Journal, the report stated that an official of the Nigerian Air Force, paid the sum to bandits, who operate at Rugu forest in Katsina State.
Reports reaching us from Sahara Reporters have confirmed the abduction of retired Air Vice Marshal Sikiru Smith by masked gunmen in Ajah area of Lagos State. According to his driver, the retired AVM engaged in a struggle with the gunmen before he was successfully kidnapped. Recall that the country has been struggling to curtail the activities of kidnappers who attack both civilians and military personnel without remorse.
According to a report by Peoples Gazette, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday issued a statement purporting collusion between some elements in the media and armed bandits seeking to undermine President Muhammadu Buhari’s FEC forts to contain acute insecurity. This is coming as the Air Force spokesman Edward Gabkwet responded to The Wall Street Journal article that an Air Force personnel had delivered an N20 million ransom to bandits in Katsina forest to buy back an anti-aircraft truck that bandits could use to bring down the president’s aircraft.
As the fight against banditry by the military is garnering momentum, bandits are now devising new means to outsmart soldiers. Reports have it that bandits in Sokoto State have now resorted to letter writing as a means to demand ransom after the government shutdown telecommunication bases in some parts of the state.
Accidents happen all the time, but when it involves the Nigerian Air Force armed with Super Tucano attack aircrafts, among others, it tends to do a lot of damage to civilian lives. This scenario appears to be playing out a little too often however, as it has been reported that about 20 people lost their lives this past Sunday, when a fighter jet accidentally bombed a community in the Lake Chad region near Borno state.
According to reports, the Nigerian Air force has mistakenly bombed a community in Borno State, leading to the death of many Nigerians. The community is located at Lake Chad region of the state. This incident happened on Sunday, and it was reported that about 20 people lost their lives to the cold hands of death as a result of this.
The Nigerian government has intensified efforts to tackle banditry and other violent activities in the northwestern region. The people of Nigeria should unanimously throw their support behind this latest military onslaught on suspected bandit groups terrorizing remote communities in the northwestern region. Part of the plan put in place by the Nigerian security forces includes the disconnection of all sorts of telecommunications in the region.
According to the Nation News, some armed bandits abducted a retired two-star Air Force, Air Vice Marshall Sikiru Oladimeji Smith in Lagos State yesterday. His brother, who was a former Inspector General of the NigerIan Police Force, Musiliu Smith, and the present Chairman of the NigerIan Police Commission, allegedly said that Mr sikiru's driver, Corporal Odiji, had reported that he (Sikiru) was whisked away by some masked armed men around a place known as Blenco, and rode onboard a boat in the direction of Ikorodu.
Air Force Mistakenly Bombs Borno Town. A fighter jet operated by the Nigerian Air Force has mistakenly dropped a bomb on a Nigerian community in the Lake Chad region, the AFP reported on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Peoples Gazette At least 20 people, said to be fishermen, were killed in the airstrike that occurred on Sunday in Kwatar Daban Masara, the French newswire reported on Tuesday morning saying information about the tragedy had been slow to circulate due to obsolete communications infrastructure in the area.
According to Peoples Gazette, a U.S based media giant, The Wall Street Journal, has alleged that the Nigerian Air Force paid the sum of twenty million Naira (N20m) to bandits operating in the Rugu Forest, in Katsina State, in exchange for the Anti-aircraft gun seized by bandits some time ago.
Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma on Monday received Air Vice Marshal Frank Okpara, who was on an official visit to the state. The governor, during the meeting with Air Vice-Marshal, Frank Okpara promised to flush out what he described as unrepentant bad eggs from the entire state.
Air Force Mistakenly Bombs Yobe Community. According to report, the Nigerian Air Force has mistakenly bombed another community in Nigeria’s war-torn North-East. Photo Credit: Peoples Gazette Dozens of civilians were said to have been killed and others wounded after a military operation said to have occurred by error.
It was believed that no fewer than 50 bandits were killed after the Nigerian troops launched a fresh attack on an insurgent group around Saulawa-Farin Ruwa axis of Birnin Gwari local government area. The operation was carried out by both ground and air force on Tuesday. In a statement released by kaduna state commissioner for home and internal affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the ground troops were supported by the air force through an Air Force helicopter gunship.