The Force Commander MNJTF Maj Gen Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim on Wednesday 22 March 2023 paid an operational visit to FOB Mallam Fatori in Sector 3 Nigeria.
Speaking during the visit, the FC appreciated the Commanding Officer for his proactive style of leadership since he assumed command and praised him for stabilizing the challenging location.
He said Mallam Fatori is strategic and hence the repeated attempts by the criminal terrorists to overrun the location.
He said he has noted the additional deployments that has improved the security of the areas but there is need for more equipment which he promised to take up with ASA.
He urged the CO and his men not to relent in their efforts to secure their AOR.
Addressing the troops in the location Gen Khalifa praised their courage and gallantry in thwarting all the attacks on their location and promised greater support to them.
He urged them to be disciplined and professional at all times.
Additionally, he condoled them in respect to their colleagues who paid the supreme sacrifice describing them as heroes who would never be forgotten and wish the injured ones a quick recovery.
Furthermore, he promised to look at the logistic challenges confronting the unit to enhance its fighting capabilities while encouraging them to be more offensive minded against the criminals rather than being on the defensive and urged them to reactivate their helipad soonest.
He was accompanied by Commander 19 Brigade , Brig Gen EA Orakwe who joined up at Baga Nigeria, He was accompanied by other senior officers from the HQ MNJTF.
The FC was received on arrival by the Commanding Officer of 68 Bn Lt Col A Onyeukwu and the FOB Bosso Major Yacouba Moumouni at the Bosso Helipad in Niger Republic.
He inspected a Guard of Honour mounted by Nigerien soldiers before proceeding to FOB Mallam Fatori where he also inspected a quarter guard mounted by troops of 68 Battalion.
After the traditional courtesies, the FC and his entourage were given detailed operational and administrative brief by the Commanding Officer 68 Bn.
The briefs highlighted the unit’s participation in Operation Lake Sanity, Operation Flood Sanity and other operational matters, achievements, challenges and prospects.
The Brigade Commander thanked the FC for his leadership and for his recognition of the challenges of a location like Mallam Fatori and said the troops would always make the MNJTF proud in all their activities.
The FC and his entourage had a guided tour around the camp to see the troops’ deployment and ongoing renovation projects within the camp.