•Requests for more personnel to reopen ‘bandits-disrupted axis’
Godsgift Onyedinefu and Nosa Enobhayisobo
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai on Tuesday, paid an operational visit to Headquarters 1 Brigade Nigerian Army and frontline troops of Operation Hadarin Daji fighting kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed banditry and other forms of criminalities in the North Western part of Nigeria.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sagir Musa, who made this known in a statement said the visit is in commemoration of the 2019 Eid-El-Fitr celebration.
According to the statement, the Army Chief who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations Army, Maj-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, urged them to remain steadfast in the ongoing efforts to checkmate insurgency, banditry and other associated insecurities in Nigeria.
Buratai however commended the troops for their “dedication, sacrifices and loyalty to the Nation. “
The statement informed that Buratai later proceeded to the front line on Operational visit to troops deployed at the Forward Operation Base (FOB) Kauran Namoda, Operation Hadarin Daji in Zamfara State.
He used to opportunity to interact with troops while boosting their morale by charging them to defeat all forms of criminality especially armed banditry in their Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Buratai urged the troops to sustain the tempo by ensuring the criminal elements are defeated to enable them return to their respective station to enjoy “barrack life”.
In addition, he enjoined the troops, to “sustain the tempo by ensuring the criminal elements are defeated to enable them return to their respective station to enjoy barrack life, assured them of enhancement in their welfare package and remuneration.”
The COAS later paid a visit to the newly inaugurated Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Mohammed Bello, alongside members of his entourage.
The Governor applauded Buratai for his commitment in ensuring Nigeria becomes a peaceful entity.
He pledged to support the Nigerian Army by providing the necessary logistics to ensure the menace of armed banditry is eliminated across the State.
Additionally, he requested for more manpower to enable troops reopen the Gusau — Katsina — Sokoto road occasionally disturbed by bandits.