Banditry: We are unaware of killing of innocent civilians – Zamfara govt.

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Zamfara State Government has denied official knowledge of innocent citizens allegedly being killed during air strikes on suspected bandits camps by the air component of Operation Sharan Daji.

The denial was made by the Secretary to the Government, Prof. Abdullahi Shinkafi when he received a high powered investigation team from the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) headquarters in Gusau on Friday.

“The report making rounds in some media outlets that civilians were killed during air strikes by personnel of the NAF in some parts of the state is not the official position of the state government.

“l did not receive any official report to this effect, but only got to know about it in the media.

“Instances of collateral damage are not supposed to go public but should be discussed in order to avoid future occurrence,” he said.

The SSG said the information was “an observation from the Council of Chiefs which needs to be substantiated.

“It is an observation by a group of stakeholders that needs to be ascertained,” the SSG maintained.

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