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By Ige Olugbenga

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Yusuf Buratai, has inaugurated ‘Operation Harbin Kunama’  (Scorpion Sting) in Kaduna, Kano, Plateau and Bauchi states following the spate of attacks on innocent lives in these states.

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Buratai stated this at an Army event attended by the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and other top government officials in Kafanchan.

The operation, according to the army chief, is expected to last for 30 days, after which the bandits would no longer be found anywhere in the states. He added that human rights protection was key to the operations.

Buratai, who said the first phase of ‘Operation Harbin Kunama’ was conducted in parts of Kaduna and Zamfara States in 2016, noted that the officers and men engaged in the operation would be guided by the rules of engagement.

Operation to combat security challenges

Also speaking on the exercise, Maj.-Gen. David Ahmadu, the Army’s Chief of Training and Operations, said that the operation which would take place in 1 and 3 Divisions, Kaduna and Jos areas of responsibilities, would be conducted in collaboration with other security agencies.

He said the operation is meant to aid civil authorities in combating armed banditry, kidnapping, cultism, civil unrest, ethnoreligious crisis and other security challenges.

The chief of operations called on the states’ residents not to panic as their safety and well-being are guaranteed during the period.