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CDS, Service Chiefs visits troops in North West, vows maximum support for Operation Sahel Sanity/end of banditry in Nigeria.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin has commended the initiative, organization and resilience of the Nigerian Army (NA) in the ongoing Exercise Sahel Sanity which is intended to effectively end the insecurity in the North West (NW). 

He made the commendation during his operational visit and address to  troops of Exercise Sahel Sanity on Monday the 13th of July 2020 at the Army Special Super Camp 4 Faskari Katsina State, where he charged them  to flush out bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements in the region.

While extolling the leadership, officers and men of the NA for a successful Exercise so far, he urged that though the Step Up Headquarters is in Faskari in Katsina State, there is need to consolidate on putting up blocking forces in the contigious States of Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara so that the criminals will not have ease of action or movement.

The CDS used the opportunity of the operational visit to assure the troops of maximum support of the Defence headquarters in the task of flushing out the bandits and all other criminal elements noting that it is a sacred mandate that must be achieved.

His words, “I am happy to note this operation is not limited to Katsina and Zamfara States, as you have already assigned blocking forces in the contigious states of Kaduna, kebbi, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara States and i urged you to consolidate on that to deny the bandits ease of action and movement”.

Gen Olonisakin also applauded the Nigerian Army and sister services for protecting the sovereignty,  territorial intergrity of Nigeria and for checkmating banditry activities in the North West. 

“From the briefing I received and what I saw, there is no doubt banditry will soon be a thing of the past in Nigeria”, he stated.

The CDS  added that he was impressed with level of preparedness for the operation and the layout of the Super Camp. 

He commended the initiative of the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai for the noble Super Camp Concept and the commitment and resilience of all the personnel taking part in the exercise.

Furthermore, he disclosed that super camp concept is one of the strategies to professionally and  better position the Nigerian Army to face the current challenges saying it is a commendable initiative on the part of the NA’s leadership. 

Accordingly, he also assured the COAS of the support of the Defence Headquarters in whatever may be required towards achieving the end state of the exercise. 

Gen Olonisakin used the opportunity to thank the President, Commander In Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari for his numerous supports and invaluable guidance to the Armed  Forces of Nigeria and reiterate the commitment and loyalty of the Nigerian Military to the President and Commander In Chief.

Earlier in his welcome address the COAS, Lt. Gen Buratai thanked the CDS for finding time to visit the troops which is a morale booster to the troops on the exercise and the entire officers and men of the Nigerian Army.

A statement by Col Musa, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, quotes the COAS assuring the CDS of the readiness, Commitment, determination and loyalty of the Nigerian Army to combat all forms of security challenges facing the nation.

Gen Olonisakin was accompanied on the visit by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, represented by Rear Admiral TT Dakwat and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshall IO Amao.


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