Super Tucano: ISWAP reshuffles cabinet

Super Tucano: ISWAP reshuffles cabinet

Monday, January 10, 2022 10:35 am


By Richard Elesho

The leadership of the terrorist group, Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, has reshuffled its cabinet. This follows sustained aerial bombardment by the Nigeria military owned Super Tucano fighter jets, which has killed many fighters and commanders of the embattled group.

PRNigeria gathered that there was a two-day meeting which was held at the instance of the ISWAP Leader, Sani Shuwaram at the weekend. Those who attended were members of the Shura Council and terrorist commanders from the Marte axis. There were delegates from Garal, Kayowa, Tumbum Murhu, Kurnawa, Chikun Gudu, Tumbumma, Kwalaram, Kirta, Wulgo and Jubularam among other notorious insurgent camps.

Some of the newly appointed commanders included Abubakar Dan-Buduma who is to oversee Bakkassi Buningil and Doron Buhari; Muhammed Ba’ana for Kirta; Mohamet Aliamir for Kwalaram; Bakura Gana for Jubularam; Malam Musa for Jubularam; and Mohamadu Mustapha for Marte.

According to sources, the meeting dwelled on the loss of commanders and fighters from the airstrikes of the Super Tucano aircraft deployed by the Nigerian military. They targeted terrorist infrastructure, armouries, camps, and high valued locations in Marte and Abadam in Borno and other locations in the Lake Chad axis.

Meanwhile, as fleeing bandits raid villages on their escape routes from aerial bombardments, military intelligence operatives are aiding the release of captives from enclaves of bandit leaders willing to embrace peace.

One of Nigeria's Tucano air craft in Florida

One of Nigeria’s Tucano aircraft

PRNigeria gathered that while the reluctant and panicky bandits are attacking communities along Anka and Bukkuyum axes of Zamfara State, some bandit leaders are waving the olive branch. That is the leaders at Shinkafi and Tsafe areas have sent emissaries to the authorities, seeking peace and have continued to release kidnapped victims in their custody.

The bandits in Zamfara State have been thrown into panic in recent times, with consistent aerial attacks coming from the Nigerian Military. That was after the government officially called bandit groups as terrorists.

Security sources told PRNigeria: “While fleeing their locations with their animals due to sustained bombardments, the bandits engaged security vigilantes and raided villages on their escape routes. Some of the communities they attacked are Barayar Zaki, Rafin Gero, Rafin Danya and Kurfa.

“The criminal elements are alarmed at the rate at which the military onslaught is getting to them in recent times. The consistent attacks have decimated their population, as many bandit commanders and terrorists have been killed,” the sources said.

According to the sources, the labelling of bandits as terrorists gave the military a legitimate right to deploy full force against them and their leaders in Zamfara and the other Northern States.

“Realising the implication of the official tagging of banditry as terrorism by the federal government, some of their leaders have released large numbers of their captives in Shinkafi, Tsafe and Kaura axes as they seek peace talks.

“A non-kinetic approach in collaboration with the state government and other security agencies, spearheaded by the intelligence service of the Nigerian military, is helping in facilitating the release of more captives across Zamfara State.

“The ‘brutal’ offensives are ongoing at areas where bandit-terrorists are proving ‘stubborn’ as fighter jets have been ‘careful’ during bombardment missions to avoid collateral damage as innocent citizens, especially kidnapped victims, can be caught in military onslaughts,” the sources added.

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