Nigerian troops have been asked to rigorously prepare for increase in security threats in the coming year
- This was disclosed by Faruk Yahaya, the chief of army staff (COAS) ho urged commanders to train troops on night operations and anti-ambush drill
- Troops who have been fighting insurgency in the north-east have suffered night attacks and ambush
The chief of army staff (COAS), Faruk Yahaya, has revealed that activities of criminal elements in the country will likely increase in 2022, The Cable reports.
He disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the COAS annual conference in Abuja, on Friday, December 10.
Going further, he said that the activities of the army have been appraised and efforts are being put in place towards better positioning to face the tasks ahead in 2022 and beyond.
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Killing of 322 police, 642 soldiers, indicate we are in very difficult circumstances, Northern Elders lament
Meanwhile, he directed commanders to train troops on night operations and anti-ambush drill, This Day newspaper added.
“In the course of the conference, we discussed vigorously salient issues affecting the performance of our constitutional roles and the sustenance of professionalism,” he said
“We have equally considered the various security issues plaguing our nation. Consequently, our focus for the coming year would be on developing capacities for improved performances across board.
“Emphasis will be placed on both individual and unit training that will enhance teamwork and professionalism.
“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.
“We must take the fight to the adversary in order to neutralise and defeat them."
Group to Buhari: Strengthen DIA to win war against insurgency, banditry
In another report, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to strengthen the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) in order to win the war against insurgency and banditry in Nigeria.
A statement sent to Legit.ng jointly signed by, Dr Aliyu Bello of Peace and Conflict Resolution Initiative and Ambassador Jude Uchenna of Alliance for Justice and Peace gave the advice to the president.
The group noted that the failure of the DIA in providing links that will lead the troops on the battlefield as well as rancour within the military hierarchy has affected the fight against insurgency and banditry
Giving insights as to why the war against insurgency and other violent crimes is persisting in the country despite huge support given to security agencies, the coalition stated that efforts of the National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Mongonu (rtd), is being hampered due to lack of coordination.
Nigerian military accuses CJTF commander, of aiding bandits in Kaduna
Sani, popularly known as Bolo in the area was arrested by troops of the Operation Thunder Strike and Whirl Punch.
Speaking on Sani's arrest, defence spokesperson, Brigadier-General Benard Onyeuko said Sani was arrested because he was aiding bandits in the state with their operations.