•Target terrorist sleeper cells, outposts, informants
The Nigerian military chiefs in response to the recent upsurge in Boko Haram terrorist attacks and in compliance with the recent Presidential directive by the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, have relocated to Maiduguri, the epicentre of the North-East Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism Operation against Boko Haram terrorists.
This is coming against the backdrop of the terrorist’s ambush attack, abduction and killing of some members of the oil exploration team to Lake Chad including soldiers, Civilian JTF (Vigilantes), and staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as well as those of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).
To this end, the Service Chiefs led by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin on Tuesday commenced the Command and Control of the Operation from the Military Command and Control Centre.
In this regard, Olonisakin held a Briefing session with the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, the Theatre Commander and Senior Principal Staff Officers of the military high command at the Military Command and Control Centre .
They reviewed strategic direction and operational plans, in compliance to the directive of the Acting President.
This move and action, the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. John Enenche stated,
are expected to give impetus to the military effort in the North-East Operations.
Enenche expressed the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) appeal to the public and people in the areas affected directly by the negative acts of terrorism and criminality, to come forward with credible information that will further assist the security and response agencies to tackle this menace.
He said it is necessary to point out some of key information required and main target of the military chief, which include:
•Terrorists sleeper cell locations
•Terrorists concentration areas and outpost locations
•Collaborators and informants to the terrorists
•Suspicious habitations and living quarters within rural and urban centres
•Suspicious isolated settlements and camps outside normal living areas
The Defence Spokesperson affirmed the Armed Forces of Nigeria commitment to ensuring that peace and tranquillity is restored to the North-East.
“Thus the cooperation of the general public, particularly those in the affected areas is highly solicited,” he stated.