The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Task Force Division, Brig-Gen. Stevenson Olabanji, has charged troops of 118 Task Force Battalion engaged in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, to cultivate the culture of deliberate equipment maintenance in order to ensure a successful operation.
Olabanji in a statement on Sunday by the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations (DDAPR), Col. Timothy Antigha, made the charge when he visited the Battalion Headquarters recently in Gudumbali, Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno state.
Speaking further during the visit, the GOC reminded troops that their equipment is part and parcel of them and that their loss or capture can serve only to strengthen the adversary.
He added that the final phase of the operation to dislodge the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists who are still operating in remote islands within the Lake Chad Basin is in the offing.
“The tempo of ongoing clearance operations will be increased, so be prepared, you may be ordered at any time to clear the remnants of Boko Haram elements in the identified locations,” he said.
Olabanji urged them to be vigilant and always maintain high level of discipline at all times.
The GOC assured the battalion of the commitment of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai to addressing pending welfare and logistics issues.
Earlier, the Commanding Officer 118 Task Force Battalion, Lt-Col. OP Oyekoke outlined the tasks of his battalion and assured the GOC of the readiness of his officers and soldiers to discharge their duties in accordance with extant Nigerian Army regulations.
Olabanji was accompanied on the visit by the Commander 7 Brigade, Brigadier General Olayinka Soyele and Principal Staff Officers of the Division.