Defence Ministry goes tough on Bandits, set to launch ‘Operation Accord’ in Niger, Sokoto, Katsina, other North West, North Central states

The Ministry of Defence has concluded plans for the commencement of “Operation Accord,” a major military exercise aimed at flushing out insurgents from the contiguous states of Kaduna, Niger, Katsina,Zamfara, Sokoto and parts of Kebbi state.
A Presidency source said Tuesday that while Tuesday’s Senate resolution is perfectly in order, “it is important to state that in his duty as Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari has already approved the commencement of this operation.”

The source said said beyond the announcement for the formation of the ‘Operation Accord,’ no other details concerning the mode, scope, timings, and other essentials of the operations would be revealed so as not to compromise its success.

“It is however important to outline the fact the all the states of the federation are equal and important before the President. None has suffered any discrimination up to this point, and none will be made to suffer any such discrimination in dealing with security and all other matters on account on their political differences with the government at the center,” the source said.