Against the backdrop of continued attacks on military locations and killing of soldiers by Boko Haram Terrorists, and the killing of security personnel by armed Bandits in Zamfara, the federal government has directed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai to relocate and remain in the North East until the security situation improves.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) the 8 division of the Nigerian Army, with headquarters in Sokoto, Major General Stevenson Olabanji to relocate to Zamfara state and coordinate the onslaught on marauding armed bandits who killed 50 police officers last weekend.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin was directed to carry out the reorganization of Operation Delta Safe in Niger Delta, Operation Awatse in the South West, and Operation Sharan Daji in the North West.
A statement signed by Colonel Tukur Gusau, spokesman of the minister of Defence said, made the disclosure in an update on Army Council and Navy Board Meetings in Abuja on Monday.
It reads, “The minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan Ali met with the CDS and Service Chiefs on Monday 3 December 2018 at the ship house, headquarters of ministry of defence and consequently directed the Chief of Army Staff to remain in the North East until security situation improves.
“Similarly, the General Officer Commanding 8 division, Nigerian Army was also directed to relocate his tactical headquarters from Sokoto to Gusau, Zamfara State to oversee the conduct of operation Sharan Daji.
“The Chief of Defence staff and the Chief of army staff were also mandated to effect changes in the operational commands of Operations Delta Safe in Niger Delta, Lafiya Dole in the North east, Sharan Daji in Zamfara and Katsina states and Awatse in the South West.
“This is to enable them meet up with the current threats and security challenges in their areas of responsibility.
“The President, Muhammadu Buhari has also directed the emergency procurement of critical equipment for the armed forces of Nigeria in line with the federal government policy of procuring equipment from original equipment manufacturers through government to government basis”.
“The council board also considered and approved the promotion of qualified senior military officers to their next higher ranks.
“In a related development and show of concern to the welfare needs of members of the armed forces, the President has directed the enhancement of the welfare of troops particularly those serving in operational areas within the country.”
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