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Deal with criminals, respect human rights, COAS tells troops



The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has directed troops fighting criminals in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, and other states to deal decisively with all undesirable elements in their areas of operation.

Buratai gave the charge while addressing the troops at the headquarters of 1 Brigade in Gusau, Zamfara State.

He commended the troops for their commitment to sustaining peace in the state and urged them to maintain aggressive posture against unrepentant criminals.


The COAS used the opportunity to reiterate the combat-readiness and resolve of the Army to protect the lives and property of all law-abiding citizens.

He enjoined the troops to remain disciplined, committed, dedicated and absolutely loyal to constituted authority at all times.

Charging the troops to always adhere to the Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct during operations and training exercises, as human rights violations by any personnel will never be condoned, he said, “No officer or soldier should take laws into his/her hands. Innocent civilians must be protected at all times. Rights abuses will never be encouraged, condoned or left unpunished.”

He assured the troops of the commitment of the Army under his leadership to their welfare and that of their families.

Also, he promised the speedy completion of the numerous ongoing residential and office accommodations, water projects and provision of medical facilities in the newly established barracks in Gusau and other units and formations across the country.

While in Gusau, the COAS inspected ongoing projects in the barracks and visited Wounded-In-Action (WIA) soldiers at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC).

The previous day, he visited the Zamfara State Governor Bello Mutawalle in Government House, Gusau, to thank him for the interventions in the Army Barracks in Gusau where water and electrification projects were being executed by the state government.

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