Again, army warns militants
*Procures New Hardware, Vehicles To Boost Troops’ Performance
In its continuous search for peace in the Niger Delta, the Army has commenced the process of reviewing existing intelligence architecture in the region so as to end militancy.
Piqued by incessant attacks on oil and gas installation, the army said it cannot tolerate destruction of critical national assets, vowing that everything must be done to guard, protect and defend the country’s fledging democracy.
This is just as the Chief of Army Staff; Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, disclosed that the procurement of new military hardware, weapons and vehicles will enhance the operational and administrative efficiency of troops in theatre of war against Boko Haram in the Northeast of the country.
Buratai, who spoke to journalists, Friday, after inspecting newly procured and some refurbished military equipment, weapons and vehicles at the Army Armoury and Mechanical Workshops in the 7 Division of Nigerian Army, Maiduguri; said the platform and vehicles buttress the efforts of the Federal Government to ensure the military pursues counter-insurgency operations.
Buratai disclosed that the procurement of some vehicles would have force multipliers, as they will be used for both operational activities and administrative convenience in the theatre.
On whether the renewed attacks, including bombings, justified military’s claims that it has degraded Boko Haram, Buratai said it was a fact that the military has defeated Boko Haram, maintaining that what remains was for the insurgents to surrender.
Speaking at his resumption of duty in Port Harcourt, Pioneer General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim, said the presence of critical national assets and infrastructure in the Niger Delta, underscores the need for a review of the Order of Battle (ORBAT), which necessitated the establishment of the 6 Division covering Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers State.
“The division comprises 2, 16, and 63 Brigades with support elements. This arrangement would help curtail the activities of Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, banditry, inter communal clashes, illegal bunkering, kidnapping, robberies, Niger Delta Avengers and pipeline vandalism as prevalent in the area” said Abdulkarim.