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Terrorism & Banditry: Expunge all Operational Lapses, COAS Charges Commanders

Paul Michael, Abuja

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Faruk Yahaya has charged all operational commanders to expunge all operational lapses in the fight against terrorism, kidnapping and banditry in the country.

The COAS said this on Saturday during a tour at the 31 Brigade Area of Responsibility in Minna, Niger State. He noted that the Nigerian Army shall continue to provide combat hardware and logistics to enhance the campaign against criminals and their activities in the country.

According to a statement by Director Public Relations of the Nigeria Army, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the COAS enjoined operational commanders to work in synergy with sister services and other security agencies to effectively dismantle the network of banditry and kidnapping in their areas.

The statement also added that the operational tour is in continuation of the ongoing evaluation and review of troops’ performance in the fight against terrorism, banditry and other sundry crimes in the country.

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The statement read, “Addressing Operational Commanders in Minna, the COAS charged them to take appropriate tactical measures and bold steps to tackle the menace of banditry and kidnapping in their areas of responsibility, adding that they must be thorough circumspect to expunge all operational lapses in the ongoing anti banditry campaign.

“Gen Yahaya encouraged the commanders not to be hesitant in communicating their challenges to the Army hierarchy. He maintained that the Nigerian Army will continue to ensure combat hardware and logistics are provided to reposition and enhance ongoing operations.

“Gen Yahaya assured that in consonance with his philosophy of command, the welfare of personnel has topped his priority list, since he assumed command. The COAS enjoined them to work in synergy with sister services and other security agencies in order to effectively dismantle the network of banditry and kidnapping in their areas.”

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