The Nigerian Army has launched a special military operation code named, Operation Harbin Kunama, aimed at flushing out armed bandits in the southern part of Kaduna State.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, launched the operation at an event attended by the State Governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai.
General Buratai said the operation, which lasts for one month, is being carried out in six states in Nigeria’s north-west and north-central regions.
He said the operation was part of the internal security responsibility of the military, bestowed on it by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to the Army chief, the operation will enable the troops to comb the nooks and crannies of Southern Kaduna, and flush out all the criminals from their hideouts.
He said that it would also help to restore peace and security to the area and other neighboring states where armed bandits have been carrying out series of attacks.
Commending the Army for the intervention, Governor El-Rufai expressed hope that the operation would restore confidence and enable the people to go about their normal businesses.
He, however, stressed the need for people of the area to tolerate each other, irrespective of their ethno-religious differences.