BHT ATTACK ON TROOPS: BURATAI SAYS SUCH MUST NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.
Following last Sunday’s attacks on troops locations in Gukak and Gajigana by Boko Haram terrorists ’during which it was reported in the social media that soldiers deployed by the Nigerian Army to battle insurgency took to their heels when they could not with-stand the firepower of the group, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai has warned his men that such behaviour must not be allowed to repeat itself in the North East.
Expressing ‘dissatisfaction’ with Commanders over conduct of troops under their Command, the Army Chief called on the public especially those residing in the affected area to support and cooperate with the troops by exposing suspected Boko Haram terrorists that live among them.
Buratai who was speaking when he visited Gajigana, Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State on assessment of troop’s location that was attacked by the terrorists, remarked that the “recent wave of attacks by terrorists in Gulak and Gajigana should be seen as isolated cases that would not be allowed to repeat itself because adequate measures are being taken to deal decisively with the any of such occurrences”.
The Chief of Army Staff while fielding questions from journalists that accompanied him, stated that he was there to see things for himself, assess the situation and give necessary directives.
Speaking further with the Commanders who included the Brigade Commander, 5 Brigade and the Commanding Officer 234 Battalion, Buratai assured that the military and the security agencies would continue to improve their performances.
He also warned troops to be more proactive and alive to their duties as everything is being done to support them.
“It should also be noted that the recent attacks had every element of criminality; as such the people need to fully support the security agencies to finally defeat terrorism and criminality in our society” Buratai said.
The Army Chief was accompanied on the visit by the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Acting Director Military Intelligence and the Acting Provost Marshal (Army).
Also on the entourage were representatives of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigerian Police attached to the Military Command and Control Centre.
A statement signed by Colonel Sani Usman said, “It will be recalled that Boko Haram attacked our troop’s location in Gulak on Sunday which was repelled. The troops also killed 3 Boko Haram terrorists, while quite number escaped with gun shot wounds”.
“In addition, a Toyota Hilux, 1 PKM gun, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun, 3 AK-47 rifles, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade tube and 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb were recovered by the troops.
“Other recoveries include, 1 Charger, 7 Boxes of 7.62mm Link, 1 GP 340 Hand Held Radio, 4 Boxes of 7.62mm X 54mm Ammunitions, 3 Anti-Riot Hand Held Grenade, as well as 30 Cleaning Kits, 2 Packets of Artillery Primers and 97 pieces of Zela fuse.
“The troops are further pursuing the escaping terrorists and also exploiting to further block such kind of incursion through their blocking position.
“The troops at Gajigana were attacked in which a soldier lost his life. The location has also been reinforced and the troops are now poised for any eventuality.
“As we have entered the month of December, it is important to state that we have also entered a very critical part of the fight against terrorism and insurgency in our country.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate its total commitment and determination to the war against the Boko Haram terrorists. Consequently, we solicit for the continued support, cooperation and understanding of all Nigerians in this regard.”
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