Be Decisive And Alert In Countering Insurgency, COAS Tells Troops


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Nigerian Army, Major General Faruk Yahaya has charged troops in the Theatre of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) to be decisive and alert in the fight against ISWAP and Boko Haram Terrorists in North-Eastern Nigeria.

According to a communique by army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the COAS gave the charge while addressing troops of Sector 3 Operation HADIN KAI/Multinational Joint Task Force, Monguno, during his maiden operational tour of the Sector on Saturday, 26 June 2021.

General Faruk Yahaya, who lauded the level of discipline and commitment to duty exhibited by troops of the Sector, however, admonished them to be apolitical, decisive, and circumspect in all their operational engagements.

General Yahaya tasked both officers and soldiers of the Sector to conduct decisive offensive operations against the terrorist groups marauding in the theatre of operation.

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He charged them to sustain the aggressive tempo of the operations and keep the flag flying, in order to bring the insurgency to an end in the northeast.

The COAS was accompanied during the tour by the Chief of Operations (Army) Major General Ibrahim Yusuf, Theatre Commander Operation HADIN KAI, Major General Christopher Musa, the Provost Marshal (Army) Major General Robert Aiyenigba, Chief of Military Intelligence (Army) Brigadier General Danladi Salihu, Maritime Component Commander OPHK Commodore Richard Shammah, among other principal staff officers.


Troops Arrest Suspected Bandit In Possession Of Military Kits

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Troops of the Nigerian Army, operating along Mokwa-Jebba road, arrested a fleeing bandit during a stop and search operation along the road on Sunday.

The arrest was effected at about 9:00pm, when the troops intercepted a car traveling from Zuru to Ibadan. The vigilant troops spotted an occupant of the vehicle, who claimed to be Sgt. Aminu Sule.

Upon a body search, the occupant was found to be in possession of a pair of camouflage uniforms, military boots, a knife, and substance suspected to be some charms.

On further interrogation, the suspect confessed to be traveling to Ogbomosho in Oyo state. He further claimed that the uniform and boots belonged to his brother who is a soldier.

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However, on closely scrutinizing the suspect, he was discovered to be fleeing from the ongoing operations in Niger state to a safe haven. The suspect was immediately apprehended and handed over to the police at Mokwa for further investigation.

Authorities of the army say the heat on bandits and other criminal elements in Niger State has caused them to start fleeing to supposed safe heavens.

The Force enjoined members of the public, particularly around Niger and contiguous states are therefore enjoined to be vigilant and report any suspected movement of fleeing bandits to security agencies.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya in a communique by army spokesman Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, assured law-abiding citizens of Niger State and indeed Nigeria of the safety of their lives and property.

He further enjoined citizens to be wary of such sinister movements by fleeing bandits and continue to support the security agencies with useful information to enable them to maintain peace and security of the country.