Chief of Defense Staff to Troops: Flush out bandits, kidnappers, criminal elements from North West Region
Ebonyi- The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Monday, charged the Nigerian Army to flush out bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements from the North West Region and the country at large.
The CDS who gave the charge at the Army Special Super Camp 4 Faskari Katsina State, during his operational visit and address to troops of Exercise SAHEL SANITY, commended the initiative and resilience of the Nigerian Army towards ending insecurity in the North West (NW).
In a Press Statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, the CDS extolled the officers and men of the NA for a successful Exercise.
He explained, that though, the Step Up Headquarters is in Faskari in Katsina State, there was need to consolidate on putting up blocking forces in the contigious States of Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara.
According to him, the initiative will make criminals not to have ease of action or movement.
“I am happy to note this operation is not limited to Katsina and Zamfara States, as you have already assigned blocking forces in the contigious states of Kaduna, kebbi, Niger Sokoto and Zamfara States and i urged you to consolidate on that to deny the bandits ease of action and movement”.
He also applauded the NA and other sister Agencies for protecting the sovereignty, territorial intergrity of Nigeria and checkmating banditry activities within the NW.
“From the briefing I received and what I saw, there is no doubt banditry will soon be a thing of the past in Nigeria.
“Accordingly, Gen Olonisakin said that he was impressed with level of preparedness for the operation and the layout of the Super Camp. He, therefore, Commends the initiative of the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai for the noble Super Camp Concept and the commitment and resilience of all the personnel taking part in the exercise.
“Super Camp concept is one of the strategies to professionally better position the NA to face the current challenges and it is a commendable initiative on the part of the NA’s leadership.”
He also assures the COAS of the support of the Defence Headquarters in whatever may be required towards achieving the objectives of the exercise.
He used the opportunity to thank the President Muhammadu Buhari for his numerous supports and invaluable guidance to the Armed Forces of Nigeria and reiterate the commitment and loyalty of the Nigerian Military to the President and Commander In Chief.
Earlier in his welcome address the COAS thanked the CDS for finding time to visit the troops which is a morale booster to the troops on the exercise and the entire officers and men of the NA.
He assured the CDS of the readiness, Commitment, determination and loyalty of the Nigerian Army to combat all forms of security challenges facing the nation.
Gen Olonisakin was accompanied on the visit by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, represented by Rear Admiral TT Dakwat and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar represented by Air Vice Marshall IO Amao.