Nigeria: DHQ - Military Determined to Contain Terrorism, Armed Banditry

18 June 2021

Abuja — The military high command said yesterday it remained resolute in its determination to contain terrorism and armed banditry and other vices in the country.

It said coordinated military operations conducted across the country had abated terrorism and armed banditry in the country.

Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said that the coordinated military operations across the country had contained the activities of terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements at the end of second quarter of the year.

Speaking at a briefing in Abuja, Acting Director, Defence Media Operation (DDMO), Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, said military operations had ensured a decrease in criminal activities across the country.

"Considering our operational activities in the various theatres of operation as highlighted in the brief, comparatively there is a decrease in the criminal activities within the period under review.

"This is as a result of troops' operational efforts to deny criminals freedom of operation and we remain resolute to take decisive and adequate actions to further abate terrorists and bandits' activities as well as other vices across the country", he said.

Onyeuko said "the military high command also lauds the efforts of the troops for their resilience and unrelenting commitment and we wish to encourage the general public to support our efforts by providing credible and timely information that will facilitate our proactive engagements," he said.

On the non-kinetic operations of the military in the South-east, Onyeuko said the recent dialogue with stakeholders and leaders from the zone would lead to sustained peace.

"In an extra-ordinary non-kinetic approach to the seemingly intractable security challenges in the South-east, on 11 June 2021, the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), led a federal government delegation to Enugu for the HMOD/CDS security meeting with stakeholders in the South-east geopolitical zone", he said.

He said the minister was accompanied by the Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, as well as representatives of the service chiefs.

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