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Insurgency war won, Buratai declares


Chief of Army staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai PHOTO: NAN

Chief of Army staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai PHOTO: NAN

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The insurgency war in the North East geo-political zone has been won by the country, according to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

He made the declaration yesterday in a speech at a conference on security challenges organised by the Federal University, Dutsin-ma, Katsina State, noting that recent happenings were a rumbling of a dying group.

Represented by Brigadier General I.K. Ikpere, he assured the citizenry that the military was poised to combing the Sambisa Forest for the remnants of the terror group.

While acknowledging the escalation in armed conflicts between herdsmen and rural communities as well as other criminal acts, he noted that the threats require deeper understanding through rigorous academic and intellectual exercise. He stressed that it was only when the origin, nature, causes, manifestation and dimensions were understood that solutions could be proffered.

The state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, said for result, government at all levels must tackle the pervasive illiteracy and poverty in the land.

While lauding the military for the success story in the North East, he feared that the problem would not abate if the twin issues were not urgently addressed.

The vice chancellor, Professor Haruna Kaita, said it was the tradition of the institution to organise public lecture series biannually on burning issues with a view to educating, enlightening and sensitising the public, government officials and policy makers to happenings in the society.

In a related development, four policemen are on the brink of dismissal as the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Adamawa State Police Command is currently probing the quartet for allegedly diverting bags of rice meant for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state.

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