The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has tasked officers and soldiers of Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps (NAIC) to be proactive in the provision of intelligence to the armed forces to combat various security threats across the country.
Buratai gave the charge on Wednesday while commissioning the newly constructed Headquarters Annex of the Intelligence Corps in Abuja.
The COAS said he made deliberate efforts to enhance the overall operational capabilities of Nigerian Army since assumption of office by implementing innovative strategies towards ensuring that army was always ahead of the adversary.
He said, “To this end, we have also made deliberate effort to enhance the welfare and administrative standard of military personnel and formations respectively towards new infrastructure development and overhauling of the existing ones to meet international standards.
“The new headquarters of Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps Complex annex being commissioned today is one of such projects.
“Let me state categorically that it is not coincidental that I have made conscious effort to ensure general uplift of capability of Nigerian army intelligence corps.
“This is given the primacy of intelligence in combating contemporary asymmetric threats to national security, in addition to the fact that I consider the Nigerian army intelligence as very important.
Buratai emphasized that a well equipped and administered army intelligence that functions optimally would have a multiplier effects across the full spectrum of all military operations and activities.
“I want to therefore seize this opportunity to enjoin officers and soldiers of the corps to reinvigorate their collection and analysis efforts to Nigerian army and indeed the whole nation to combat the myriad of asymmetric threats to our collective existence and security,” he said.
Earlier, the Chief of Military Intelligence, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Samuel Adebayo, stated that the new headquarters annex came barely nine months after the new headquarter was inaugurated in 2018.
He commended the COAS for the prompt release of funds for the timely completion of the project, adding that the operational capabilities of intelligence corps had been enhanced.
He said that the building would be housing the critical operational support element of the Nigerian army intelligence corps and it s already equipped to ensure optimal performance.
Noting that “No Army Chief has committed so much resources into the Intelligence Corps like Buratai has done, Adebayo added that in order to ensure maximum utilisation of human intelligence the COAS has approved funds for the training of officers.
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