Security agencies have extended Operation Sharan Daji to towns bordering Niger Republic to forestall future security incidences in Zamfara, Sokoto and Birnin-Gwari axis.
President Muhammadu Buhari had met behind closed doors with Security Chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja to review security situation across the country, on the heels of his 10 days leave to London
The Minister of Defence Mansur Dan- Ali stated this while speaking with State House Correspondents after leading Security Chiefs to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
The Minister disclosed that the operation has recently been reinforced with more troops from the Nigerian Armed Forces, Nigeria Police and Department of State Services and is supported by the Intelligence, Surveillance and Recognizance Wing of 207 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force.
The Minister said the Army has also arrested some of the criminals ravaging the region while large cache of arms and ammunitions have been recovered “The joint operation has successfully arrested some suspected armed bandits and recovered arms and ammunition.
“Similarly, in other to checkmate the criminal activities along Abuja-Kaduna highway, security agencies have been directed to increase patrols along the axis to address cases of attacks and kidnappings.
“There was a review of Operation Safe Haven leading to appointment of a new Commander in the North Central.
The Minister reiterated the need for the deployment of the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in all areas liberated by the military in the North-East in order to consolidate on the gains of military operations as well as to enable the military push forward in its clearance operation
The Minister who briefed the Security Council, said the South-South region with Operation Delta Safe, has sustained its operations against illegal activities in the Niger Delta region with resultant reduction in illegal oil bunkering, militancy and pipeline vandalism.
“ In view of the engagement of troops in various internal security operations across the country we requested for provision of more equipment for the Armed Forces in order to sustain the tempo in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges across the country.”