24 March 2014

Nigeria: Terrorists Must Be Denied Any Chances for Mayhem - COAS

The chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, has charged officers and men involved in the ongoing counterterrorism operations in the Northeast to ensure that the terrorists do not have any breathing space again.

The insurgents had in the recent past come out to boldly, killing scores of people and razing communities to the ground.

But the army chief, at the weekend, warned the troops against giving the terrorists any breathing space or opportunity to breach security and perpetrate atrocities in any part of the region.

Minimah said this in Maiduguri while addressing officers in Giwa Barracks in the course of his operational tour to check on the deployment and disposition of troops in the counterterrorist campaign covering Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

Gen Minimah, who commended the troops for their resilience in the ongoing offensive against the terrorists, also assured them that necessary efforts were being made to ensure that the troops did not lack any requirement that is vital to accelerating the success of the mission.

He, however, warned against any form of indiscipline or mishandling of equipment available for the operation at the moment.

According to a statement issued yesterday by the Defence Headquarters and signed by its spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, the chief of army staff emphasised the need for the officers to continue to give the required leadership to the men.

He said that all the training and experience already imparted in all military personnel are now required to ensure that the entire effort at curbing the menace of terrorism succeeds as planned.

The army chief who was in the company of his Air Force counterpart, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, also visited the Military Hospital in Maiduguri and interacted with troops who were wounded in the course of the operation.

The commander of the hospital, Brig. Gen. Ike Okeke, while briefing the service chiefs, stated that most of the wounded soldiers are now in stable condition.

and some of them have expressed the desire to rejoin their units and colleagues in the operation.

The army chief, however, directed that the hospital should forward to him directly, any requirement for whichever case that required referral for further treatment anywhere in the world.

The service chiefs also conducted a comprehensive air surveillance of the entire mission area covering Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in addition to the direct inspection of some key locations.

They told reporters who accosted them for separate interviews in Maiduguri that they were satisfied with the progress of the operations and performance of the deployment so far, noting that substantial expectations of the counterterrorism campaign were being achieved satisfactorily.

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