Over 5,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have returned to their villages in Zamfara as a result of operation bush clearance carried out by the military in other track down bandits terrorizing communities the state

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The Nigerian Army had launched Operation bush clearance called in Hausa language Sharan Daji to dislodge the bandits and provide effective securities to the communities that where under attacks in the past few months from the hand of some bandits. Omokoshaban.com learn that some bandits were operating freely with this stipulated area for sometimes as such terrorizing the community within the areas.

With this development, Nigerian Army have no other option but to lunch and operation bush clearance in other track down the bandit within the areas. The operation, was said to have started on July 1, 2018, is being carried out across the troubled areas in the Northwest and North Central parts of the country.

NTA news report that The outgoing Force Commander of the operation, Maj.-Gen. Muhammad Muhammad made the disclosure while speaking with journalists shortly after handing over the command to his successor, Major.-General Stevenson Olabanji in Gusau on Wednesday.

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Muhammad said residents displaced by armed bandits especially around Galadi, Kwaddi and Katuru villages in Zurmi and Shinkafi Local Government Areas of the state were back home safely.

According to him, the operation has bring stability to the affected area and neutralized many bandits while others on the run are being hunted by troops.

The outgoing commander also said that farming activities have gradually began in other villages which were affected by the bandits’ attacks in Maradun Local Government Area.

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He expressed full confidence that the new commander would handle the operation until all bandits are neutralised and the communities made safe for normal activities.

Earlier, Olabanji, the new commander of Operation Sharan Daji, pledged to pursue the operation with renewed vigour.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Olabanji, recently reassigned from Monguno in Borno, will also serve as the Officer Commanding of the newly established 8 Division, Nigeria Army, Sokoto.

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The division will oversee army formations in Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi and Katsina states. (NAN)

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