- The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya says commanders must look at conducting a wide range of operations against bandits and insurgents
- Yahaya who made the suggestion on Friday, December 10, also directed commanders to train troops on night operations and anti-ambush drill
- Nigerians troops who have been fighting insurgency in the northern region have suffered night attacks and ambush
Amid the fight against terrorists and bandits, commanders of the Nigerian army have been urged to devise means of conducting a wide range of operations.
The Punch reports that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya made the call at the closing ceremony of the Chief of Army Staff Conference on Friday, December 10.
According to Yahaya, soldiers can tackle criminal elements by mastering the art of night operations and anti-ambush drills.
He went on to note that this can be achieved by engaging in effective night operations and anti-ambush drill training.
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Speaking further, the army boss directed the troops to take the fight to the camps of terrorists and bandits and ensure they are neutralised.
While calling on the commanders to develop contingency plans to ensure that the forces always retain the initiative in all theatres of operation, the chief of army staff warned sponsors of insecurity to desist.
“Commanders must a look at the possibilities of conducting a wide range of operations against bandits and terrorists.
“Furthermore, commanders must ensure that their troops master the art of night operations and anti-ambush drills by engaging in effective night operations and anti-ambush drill training.”
Increase in security threats
In an earlier report by The Cable, the chief of army staff directed commanders to prepare for a “possible increase” in security threats in 2022.
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He explained that the activities of the army have been appraised, adding that efforts are being put in place towards better positioning to face such threats in 2022 and beyond.
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Legit.ng previously reported that he battle against insurgency is far from ending as more attacks are being carried out daily in some parts of the country.
Yahaya, while reacting to the crisis brewing tensions in the land, has said that bandits, insurgents and kidnappers will be treated “in the language they understand.”
He made this statement on Wednesday, September 15, at the closing ceremony of the chief of army staff combined second and third quarters conference in Abuja.