- The presence of COAS General Faruk Yahaya in Sokoto state has perhaps sent a strong message to the bandits
- Yahaya was at Goronyo market in Sokoto state on an operational visit after the recent attack by bandits which left many dead
- The Army chief charged the troops to be more proactive and professional in the discharge of their duties in the area, so as to put an end to such attacks
Sokoto state- The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya on Monday, October 18, charged the troops to redouble their efforts against bandits.
Following the recent attack by bandits on Goronyo market in Sokoto state which resulted in the killing of 40 persons, Yahaya on Monday, commenced an operational visit of the 8 division area of responsibility with a charge to troops to put more efforts in routing the bandits from their camps and enclaves, Vanguard reports.
The COAS gave the charge just as the Governor of Sokoto state, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stressed that the recent attacks on Goronyon village was quite disheartening and therefore informed the need to review strategies of military operations in the zone to prevent a reccurrence.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the governor, Yahaya assured, that the NA will not disappoint the government and people, as effort is ongoing to reorganise and rejig the operations in the Northwest.
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At the Headquarters 8 Division, the COAS received a brief on the security situation of Sokoto and the contiguous states from the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major General Uwem Bassey.
He commended the officers and soldiers of the Division for their commitment and urged them to redouble their efforts in the fight against banditry.
General Yahaya advised the commanders to always appreciate the contributions of other stakeholders for supporting the NA in the ongoing joint operations.
Earlier, Governor Aminu Tambuwal called for additional deployment of troops to the state, in a bid to stem the rising insecurity currently being experienced, a report by Channels TV also indicate.
Tambuwal made the request on Monday, October 18, when the COAS, Yahaya, visited the state.
The governor said as a result of the ongoing military operations in Zamfara state, criminals have been migrating to Sokoto, rendering the state insecure.
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Legit.ng reports the president, who made this known on Monday, October 18, said the nation’s security forces are waxing stronger in equipment.
A statement by the force's spokesman, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, said Yahaya "expressed delight on the successes so far recorded by the troops and urged them to redouble their effort in order to consolidate on their successes."