Jet fighters have conducted air patrol over suspected bandit camps in Birnin Gwari LGA and Kaduna – Abuja Highway to engage the bandits, Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan has said.
In a statement, Friday, Aruwan said some bandits were seen by the air patrol and were immediately engaged but they quickly took cover under some thick trees and thus escaped being neutralised.
He said the air patrol on Thursday night over Kaduna-Abuja Highway was equally successful as there was free flow of traffic without any incident.
“Air platforms on Thursday conducted armed missions over identified bandit locations in Birnin Gwari local government area.”
According to the operational feedback to the Kaduna state government, the fighter jet was deployed following the sighting of armed bandits on motorcycles around Rikau.
“However the crew were unable to make clear contact as the bandits scrambled beneath dense vegetation to avoid being spotted by the fighter jet. Probing shots were nevertheless fired on the suspected hideout.
“A second crew conducted air patrols along the Kaduna-Abuja highway, followed by a night patrol through the expressway to Jere, Kateri, Akilbu, Polewire, Rijana and Olam Farms. Normal human and vehicular traffic was observed all through the mission.
“Governor Nasir el-Rufai received the feedback with gratitude, commending the troops and fighter jet crews for the frequency of patrols in the areas of interest.
“Troops are sustaining aggressive fighting patrols on the ground and in the air, along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari, Kaduna-Abuja and Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos roads,” he said.