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Insurgency: Nigerian military launches Mobile Strike Force

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  • To protect, sustain human rights in Operation Lafiya Dole

Babatunde Opalana 


The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, Tuesday flagged off Mobile Strike Teams (MST) of soldiers to ensure complete denial of freedom of action and final decimation of Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast sub-region of the country.

Launching the strike teams in Maiduguri at the Maimalari Cantonment parade ground, Attahiru said: “The strike teams are achieve a long range patrols and ambushes deep into the hinterlands of Sambisa Forest and northern Borno.”

He said the efforts are to ensure the successes of Operation Lafiya Dole that and enhance the military operations efficiently.

He said: “As you look forward to being deployed today, I want to remind you that success in battle revolves around discipline, intelligence, self-confidence and ruthless determination to succeed.

“One reason for this is because our primary task of waging war remains an intensely human endeavor.”

Military combat, according to him, demands that soldiers put their lives at risk, a situation that makes them acutely aware that it’s handling requires zero defects.


Attahiru said:  “This is one reason why every fighting force must be disciplined, confident, resolute, focused and determined. You must, therefore, understand that your effectiveness is the foundation upon which our tactical and operational state will depend upon.”

He said the pre-inductions training at the Nigerian Army Special Forces School (NASFS), Buni/Yadi, in Yobe state; has given the military strike force the necessary impetus to the outstanding performance of opening up MRS and all rural settlements safe.

He also wished the troops successful outings in their respective endeavours.

Mobile Strike Team (MST) of Operation Lafiya Dole
R-L: Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen Ibrahim Attahiru; and General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Brig-Gen. Ibrahim Manu Yusuf at tha launch of MST in Maiduguri on Tuesday, August 15, 2017





Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has said that the fundamental human rights of people will be “protected, ensured and sustained” in the ongoing military Operation Lafiya Dole to end Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East sub-region of the country.

Announcing this  on Tuesday,  the Chief of Civil/Military Affairs,  Maj-Gen Nuhu Angbazo, at a Human Rights Sensitisation workshop in Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri said the human rights sensitisation workshop; will enhance civil/military relationship, as troops continue with military operations to end Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism in the Northeast.

The sensitization workshops have also been carried out in 81, 2, 6, and 82 Divisions of the Nigerian Army in the south and central parts of the country.

He said, “We are now moving to the 7 Division of Nigerian Army, which you’re covering for the first time; to protect people’s human rights, while the military operations are ongoing in the Theatre of war.

“We also intend to go down to the Brigades to continue with awareness and interactive sessions. It is supposed to be able to discuss with our officers and troops and let them know the global best practices in our operations.”

Chief of Civil/Military Affairs, Maj-Gen Nuhu Angbazo

The vision of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, according to him, is to have a professional responsible Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles, stressing that “It is very important that we ensure that in every aspect of our military operations; we make sure it is done using operational means of best practices,”.




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