Nigerian Military Clears Bandits’ Camp Along Kaduna-Abuja Expressway

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The Nigerian Military has confirmed the destruction of bandits’ camp and in the process killed several of them along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters Abuja, Maj Gen John Enenche stated this on Wednesday.

He says the successful onslaught on the camps around Kuku area of Kagarko Local Government Area along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway axis of Kaduna State was a joint offensive operation of the Land and Air Components of Operation THUNDER STRIKE.

According to Enenche, the operation was executed yesterday, 17 November 2020, on the heels of credible Human Intelligence reports indicating that a cluster of huts and other structures at the location served as hideout for a notorious bandits’ leader, named “Major”, along with his fighters.

“The first wave of the Air Component’s airstrikes, which involved 6 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft undertaking 5 missions in a total of 13 sorties, commenced at dawn and targeted the cluster of huts housing “Major”. The attack aircraft hit some of the target structures and neutralized some of the bandits.”

Enenche disclosed that the second wave of attacks was executed by NAF helicopter gunships which, while continuing to engage the bandits’ location, also provided close air support to the Land Component as they advanced from Kagarko via Kuku into the bandits’ enclave.

According to him, this paved way for the ground troops to overrun and destroy the camp without effective resistance from the bandits.

He added that a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft remained airborne providing situational awareness for the troops throughout the operation.

Enenche commended the Land and Air Components for their professionalism and urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits.

“Furthermore, the Armed Forces of Nigeria sincerely appreciates the continued support and cooperation of all well-meaning Nigerians, as it keeps up the tempo of operations to defeat all enemies of the Nation,” Enenche explained.



Atinuke Nukay

Atinuke Nukay is a Presenter/Reporter for TV360 Nigeria, Abuja Bureau.  She is a Media/Communication professional, who has worked as a ICT journalist, and is also specialized in Business, Telecommunications, Gender Issues and several other Beat-reporting for more than a decade.  Atinuke currently covers the National Assembly for TV360. She has garnered robust and wide international exposure over the years.  She is a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and also the Vice President, Nigeria Information Technology Reporters' Association (NITRA) Abuja Chapter. A graduate of Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism, Abuja. Atinuke is a business communication strategist and image perception management professional and a member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).


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