•Vows to crush Boko Haram terrorists
•Inspects troops readiness, armoury for logistic support
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has relocated his operational base to Gudumbali and Damasak towns in a bid to forestall Boko Haram terrorists resurgence in parts of the North East.
Military authorities informed Global Sentinel on Wednesday that the Army Chief has since paid unscheduled visits to all units and formations in the North East for on the spot assessment of the battlefield.
He visited the strategic towns of Damboa, Damasak and Gudumbali among others.
Gudumbali is a Borno town close to Lake Chad that was temporarily lost to Boko Haram on Saturday but was recaptured by the Nigerian troops the following day sparking debates over the state of the war on terror.
But military sources has assured that Buratai is determined to halt Boko Haram sporadic attacks and ultimately stop the terrorists’ capability to regroup.
“He is presently paying unscheduled visits to all formations and units in the North East to check their operational readiness. In most of the units and Forward Operation Bases (FOB’s) visited all the troops were found to be at full alert.
“In a bid to finally curtail the recent sporadic attacks by Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in the North East, the COAS has relocated his operations headquarters to Gudumbali in Borno State. Hewill alternate between Gudambali and Damasak. Whilst there he has had series of meetings with the locals and village heads all aimed at finally breaking the nerve of BHT,” one of the source said.
The photo highlights of Buratai’s visit to Army units and formations in the North East:
Further findings also revealed that in all the units visited, the Army Chief was said to have personally instructed the armorers to open the arms store to enable him physically inspect the weapons including support weapons in their inventories.
“This is to ascertain that they were very well equipped. Most of the weapons were also tested for serviceability
“In all the units visited he holds durbars(meetings) with the junior cadre soldiers alone without their commanders. The idea is to get first hand information from them about their welfare and other matters,” the source.
Buratai also stopped in every village and assured the inhabitants of their safety.