Monguno: Buratai lauds Army for subduing terrorists
The Chief of Army Staff [COAS], Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai has congratulated officers and men of the Army Super Camp, Monguno for their resilience and bravery in holding and dealing with the members of the Boko Haram/ISWAP group that attacked Monguno town on 13 Jun 20.
The COAS is highly impressed with the high number of casualties inflicted on the insurgents in Monguno town and the number of Boko Haram members and equipment captured or destroyed by the gallant troops with the support of the Air Task Force.
He urged them to remain vigilant, firm and resolute in containing the threat finally.
The COAS further charged the Commander OPLD to consistently engage in massive offensive patrols to all identified terrorists’ locations and enclaves within the theatre to ensure the terrorists are denied freedom of action and eliminated.
Buratai uses this opportunity to assure the troops and people of the North West especially Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States that he would soon be there to ensure that the insanity of the bandits is decisively curtailed.
He is also impressed with the performance of the troops in the ongoing OPERATION ACCORD and HADARIN DAJI. He urges them to maintain the momentum.
Details of the Boko Haram terrorists’ equipment captured or destroyed in Monguno town will be released in due course through a press release.
In a previous press release issued by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, the Nigerian Army pledged to track and neutralize Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and bandits in Borno, Katsina and Sokoto States.
The statement reads:
The Nigerian Army is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident in which suspected retreating Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists with a few sleeper cells within communities ambushed and killed innocent women and children in Faduma Koloram village, Gubio LGA of Borno State.
Already a large contingent of military personnel have been drafted in the general area to track and apprehend or neutralize the perpetrators.
We have also mandated the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE to enhance security, dominate the area and reassure the affected communities of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to protect the population.
The Nigerian Army equally notes with great concern about banditry incidents in some parts of the north western part of the county across Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States.
It has come to our knowledge that some bandits are shifting base and venting their anger on hapless citizens because of the ongoing operations in Katsina State.
While we sympathize with fellow Nigerians and the good people of Borno, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States in particular, on these unfortunate incidents, we would like to assure all of our unrelenting effort in engaging with communities to rid our society of any and all remnants of these criminal elements.
We would like to state further that the Nigerian Army in conjunction with Nigerian Air Force, sister service, other security agencies and the affected States governments, will make efforts to clear all known bandits hideouts in those states as more troops are being mobilized as directed by Mr President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
We would also like to assure that these types of heinous crimes will not go unpunished and will not be allowed anywhere in our country.
We further wish to reiterate that the Nigerian Army is committed to investigate the circumstances of these callous attacks by desperate Boko Haram criminals and the bandits on innocent civilians.
We would ensure that appropriate action is taken to mitigate against any future incidents.
While thanking Nigerians for their understanding, we implore all to continue to support and cooperate with the troops as they carry out their duties.
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