Gunmen suspected to be bandits have invaded the army barracks of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, and carted away a herd of cattle within the early hours of Thursday.
The incident occurred round 2: 00 am because the gunmen arrived on the barracks and began capturing sporadically within the air to trigger panic within the Army group.
Though the precise variety of the cattle stolen couldn’t be decided, an eyewitness informed SaharaReporters on Thursday night that the cows wouldn’t be lower than 100 in quantity primarily based on earlier expertise.
According to the supply who spoke on situation of anonymity for safety causes, the cattle have been owned by Army officers.
He, subsequently, expressed shock that the barracks might be so porous for bandits to assault with none type of resistance.
The supply informed SaharaReporters the primary time it occurred was final yr and that about 400 cows have been taken away by the bandits in what he described as a cold assault on the barracks.
He, nevertheless, mentioned among the animals discovered their means again to their ranch.
The Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in Kaduna State is a coaching facility for the Nigerian Armed Forces, together with the military, air pressure, and navy.
“Around 2: 00 am on Thursday, gunmen invaded where cattle are kept at Jaji barracks in Kaduna here. Those cattle are owned by some military officers. So, they are kept at the Mammy market, inside the barracks at Jaji here. I cannot tell you the number of cows taken by these bandits but before the operation, they were shooting sporadically in the air.
“Even the people outside the barracks heard the gunshots. And this was not the first time. The first time it happened was last year. That one happened close to the Firing Range. They went there and took away all the cattle. About 400 cows were taken away. Some of them (cows) managed to come back to their ranch,” the supply mentioned.
When requested if the bandits got here with a truck or any automobile to convey the cattle, the eyewitness mentioned they didn’t drive any truck.
He mentioned they took the cattle away on foot.
The supply expressed concern that the barracks at all times accommodate Army officers from different African and Asian international locations who take some programs on the faculty, including that it might be a humiliation ought to a foreigner be kidnapped on Nigerian soil.
He additionally lamented that each the army personnel and civilians residing within the barracks and the areas surrounding the army base are not secure.
He mentioned there have been a number of assaults launched by bandits on the communities.
“They didn’t come with any vehicle. They would just come on foot and push the cattle away. This is telling us that one day, even, the Army officers in the barracks can be kidnapped. And the barracks are one of the most strategic barracks in the country.
“In the barracks there, there are houses that even foreign Army officers that are taking courses live in. The Jaji barracks are among the largest in the country and if this kind of thing is happening there, that means we are not safe anymore.
“There was a time even military officers from African and Asian countries came for courses there. Majors and Captains do come there from different countries. Every graduation, you will notice that about 17 African countries participate. It means that even foreign officers can be abducted. And if this happens, it is a slap on the face of the country.
“I don’t know if the military authorities are doing anything to see how they can tackle the issue. What I want you to know is that even the immediate areas surrounding the barracks are being attacked daily, and nothing is done. Outside the cantonment, barely a kilometre away is not safe,” he mentioned.