Insecurity: Army Chief, Lt. Gen Yahaya Reads Riot Act to GOCs, Field Commanders: We are not an Army of Prisoners of War, Be Ruthless with Bandits,Terrorists & Kidnappers.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Faruk Yahaya has charged General Officers Commanding (GOCs), Force Commanders of the various theatres of operation against banditry, terrorists and kidnappers to note that Nigerian Army is not an army of prisoners of war.

Consequently, he has directed Field Commanders in battle to “stay ruthless in dealing with perpetrators of violent crimes that undermine national security of the country”.

He gave the charge just as he tasked Army Commanders “to plan for the possible increase in scope and dimension of the activities of violent state actors in the coming year”.

Gen Yahaya who was speaking at the closing ceremony of the COAS Annual Conference 2021 also emphasized “on the need to ensure the observance of human rights in our activities”.

He added, “Commanders must ensure that their troops master the art of night operations and anti-ambush drills by engaging in effective night operations and anti-ambush drill training.

To those fueling and perpetrating violent criminality in different parts of the country, Yahaya said, “Let me cease this opportunity to advise those fueling the crises in various locations across the Country to desist from their unpatriotic acts as we remain committed and unapologetic to ensuring that peace returns to every part of the Country in no distant time.

“The Nigerian Army, within the ambit of the rule of law, will continue to ensure that all peace-loving citizens of this Country go about their legitimate businesses and live their lives without fear or intimidation.

The COAS said, “In line with the theme of the Conference which is ‘Building Nigerian Army Capacity in Combating Emerging Security Threats in a Joint Operations Environment’, I am convinced that this Conference has provided the much needed direction towards building capacity of the Nigerian Army to accomplish assigned missions within a joint environment in defence of our dear country.

“In the course of the Conference, we have ideated vigorously over salient issues affecting the performance of our constitutional roles and the sustainment of professionalism. We have equally considered the various security issues plaguing our nation.

“Consequently, our focus for the coming year would be on developing capacities for improved performances across board. Emphasis will be placed on both individual and unit training that will enhance teamwork and professionalism.

“In this regard, I want to urge commandants of NA and Corps schools to ensure they conduct realistic training in their various insitutions to ensure our officers and soldiers are equipped with the right skills and competencies to confront all criminal elements in the various theatres of operations.

“I want to remind formation and unit commanders on the need to ensure systematic inspection of arms and ammunition as well as the various holding facilities.

“Additionally, the directive on the new procedure for the conduct of range classification exercise has been communicated to all participants for compliance. Thus, commanders must ensure that units under command adopt this new procedure which is aimed at ensuring accountability and security of controlled items in the NA.

“In the conduct of our operations, commanders must be proactive and aggressive in order to defeat the adversary. We must ensure all our deployments in the theatres of operations are held in strength to defeat any attack.

“Commanders must also look at the possibilities of conducting wide range of operations against bandits and terrorists. We must take the fight to the adversary in order to neutralize and defeat them.

“Commanders are also urged to develop contingency plans to ensure our forces always retain the initiative in all our theatres of operation.

“In that vein, Commanders must plan for the possible increase in scope and dimension of the activities of violent state actors in the coming year.

“As you go back to your locations, you are to ensure the prompt implementation of the decisions and directives as they relate to your command.

“I expect that with the improved support we have in terms of logistics and other key combat enablers, we should strive to decisively defeat the adversaries in all theatres of operations.
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Therefore, I want to urge all commanders to remain committed and determined to positively change the tide of events with respect to insecurity in the country.

“On behalf of the officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, I wish to most respectfully reassure Mr President of the unalloyed loyalty and commitment of the Nigerian Army to the defence of democratic governance in Nigeria.

“I also want to assure Nigerians that in the coming year, there shall be visible signs of improved security across the Country.

“Let me once again cease this opportunity to advise those fueling the crises in various locations across the Country desist from their unpatriotic acts as we remain committed and unapologetic to ensure peace returns to every part of the Country in no distant time.

“The Nigerian Army, within the ambit of rule of law, will continue to ensure that all peace-loving citizens of this Country go about their legitimate businesses and live their lives without fear or intimidation.

“I charge you all not to rest on your oars as we forge ahead in the onerous task of securing our dear country.

“Let me also at this point, emphasize on the need to ensure the observance of human rights in our activities even as we stay ruthless in dealing with perpetrators of violent crimes that undermine national security of the country.

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