EXCLUSIVE: Huge Military Land in Kontagora Harbouring Camps of Bandits Terrorizing Niger ….
Issues Heighten on Alleged White Helicopter Hovering over Communities
An unlimited plot of land belonging to the Nigerian Military (NA) in Kontagora native authorities of Niger State is harbouring armed bandits terrorizing a number of elements of the State, PRNigeria has gathered.
Involved in regards to the improvement, the Nigerian Military below the present management is devising new measures to sort out the actions of the criminals on its land and in neighbouring communities.
The bandits have established their camps at Matan Kari, Fagai, Ozowo, Bihima and Kan Libo, amongst different mountains inside the military land. The camps, in accordance with checks by PRNigeria, are mountainous areas, throughout the large hectare, the place the criminals first collect their kidnapped victims, earlier than shifting them to Kaduna, Zamfara and different Northern States, through forests’ paths. They’re additionally being utilized by bandits working throughout the axis to congregate herds of rustled cattle, earlier than ferrying them past the State’s borders.
The ‘flat and levelled surfaces’ on high of the mountains, in accordance with an undercover safety officer and a few locals, is the place a yet-to-be-identified personal helicopter typically ‘touches down’. They, nonetheless, couldn’t inform who owns the helicopter, and the mission it repeatedly undertakes to the bandits’ hideouts. He additionally advised PRNigeria that every time the white helicopter hovers round communities inside Kontagora and Mariga axis, bandits’ assault follows.
It was learnt staff of policemen and native vigilantes launched into daring missions to the infamous camps of the bandits, on three separate events final yr. Photographs of some gadgets found on the mountainous hideouts, which embody syringes, cans of soppy drinks, spare elements of motor cycles, plugs, amongst different relics, had been sighted by PRNigeria. The massive military land, which begins from the navy Barrack in Kontagora city, extends over to Mai Guge neighborhood, in Mariga native authorities. It’s virtually 40km in size.
Credible sources stated not solely banditry, and kidnapping, however unlawful mining secretly thrives on the land, too. Apart the Barrack, the Nigerian Military Corps of Artillery (NACA) and the Nigerian Military Coaching Centre (NATRAC) are the 2 different navy establishments situated in Kongatora LG. Although the expansive military land is but to be fenced, a deep pit apparently for a basis has been dug, proper after the Barrack gate, earlier than getting into Kontagora metropolis. The muse pit, protecting over forty kilometres, extends to Mai Gegu.
The military, at numerous factors beside the Kontagora-Mariga street, mounted the signage of their land, indicating possession. It warned trespassers to maintain off. The inscription on the signage reads: “Nigerian Military Coaching Space Kontagora Military Land Preserve Off/Ba Shiga”.
PRNigeria learnt that the Kambaris, had been the unique homeowners of the land. However they bought it to the military, over 30 years in the past. And whereas the Military is but to begin coaching its personnel, bandits have discovered ‘haven’ within the fallow land, utilizing it to hold out their terror-inducing crime. There are a number of cases, the place bandits emerge from numerous factors within the military land, a few of the displaced villagers advised PRNigeria. They then, cross the kontagora-Mariga street to assault Usande, Magauta, Dutsen Magaji, and different sparse communities, on the opposite facet of the freeway.
A seasoned intelligence officer working for a safety company in Kontagora, who declined to provide his title, stated the ‘unfenced and porous’ military land is the explanation bandits have been having a area day invading communities and wreaking havoc, throughout elements of Niger East. He stated the bandits’ camps additionally served as escape routes for the criminals when different safety personnel are mobilized for counter and rescue operations. He stated when bandits assault communities surrounding Kontagora city, they fled with their victims and rustled cattle to their camps inside the military land. “Sadly, the military will deny us permission to chase the fleeing criminals. We’ve, on a number of events, knowledgeable the navy authorities that their area is utilized by bandits for canopy, however they refused to cooperate with us, typically telling us that the individuals our intelligence studies point out are bandits, are literally not,” he added.