Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has assured of the Army’s resolve to support the ongoing peace process between the Government of Zamfara State and the armed bandits to in the state.
This was contained in a press statement issued by Colonel Sagir Musa, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations. He said Buratai made the remarks when he paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Zamfara State in Gusau the state capital.
“He expressed confidence in the peace process as an opportunity for the unrepentant bandits to lay down their arms and key into the peace process,” Buratai remarked.
While urging members of the public to continue supporting the Army with credible information that can assist or enhance their operations, Buratai equally enjoins the bandits to hand over their weapons or face aggressive and offensive operations.
The Army chief had visited troops in 1 Brigade Area of Responsibility where he interacted with the troops fighting armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and other forms of banditry in Zamfara and other surrounding communities.
During the Sunday and Monday visit which was to ascertain the state of the operations the army chief charged the troops to deal with unrepentant criminals: “And to adhere to Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct as well as respect human rights of all law-abiding citizens”.