According to reports, the ongoing bombardments of the bandits by the Federal Military forces in their hideouts in the forest in Zamfara State have been yielding the expected result as many of the outlaws have been Killed, as well as captured.
However, there are news that some of the criminals are escaping to neighbouring sates. And some of them, while fleeing, have allegedly met with their waterloo as they ran into a soldiers’ camp in Walla forest in Niger State on Friday.
So far, since the decisive attacks on the bandits directly in their hideouts in their Zamfara State forests by the JTF began a week ago, a whole lot of them have perished, wounded and arrested upon the bombing of their shelters. And as for those of them who happened to have escaped from there, some of them must have relocated to some other states like Sheikh Ahmad Gumi had earlier disclosed in one of his recent Facebook posts.
However, they ran out of luck on Friday afternoon as some of them who could not withstand the military assaults fled the Zamfara state zone, and maneuvered their way through Katsina to Niger State.
But unfortunately for them, they found themselves face- to- face with a Soldier camp located in the forest within the state (Niger); hence, the two parties instantly engaged each other in a gun duel. And while many of them were gunned down, the others escaped with serious injuries sustained from gunshots. But unfortunately one of the soldiers lost his life in the shootout.
However, there are certain things that can be deduced as a result of the above incident. They are as follows:
- When the eliminated bandits were checked, it was discovered that they were not NigerIans. One of the proofs was that they had mane (long hair).
As some of the deadly bandits are foreigners, how did they find their way into the country to be constituting insecurity? Did their counterparts who are Nigerians invite them, or vice versa?
What do they really want, apart from kidnapping for ransoms?
- According to various reports, many of the bandits do not understand the terrains of the forests. That was what allegedly led to the above- mentioned encounter between them and the soldiers. Also, some of them had been said to ask locals to lead them through the right path as they were new to the environment; hence, they were strangers or non- Nigerians.
The borders that NigerIa shares with the neighbouring countries must be more manned than ever before. This is because it is through there that most of the currently troublesome bandits found their way into the country. Also, it is through the porous borders that they smuggle the enormous and sophisticated weapons they are using against the innocent Nigerians as well.