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DHQ says special forces mobilised to tackle bandits, kidnappers

Defence spokesman Edward Buba disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday on the armed forces operations.

• January 25, 2024
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa [Photo Shettima]
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa [Photo Shettima]

The Defence Headquarters says the military has deployed its special forces to conduct targeted operations across the country as part of the renewed response to tackle the menace of insurgency, kidnapping and other security threats.

Defence spokesman Edward Buba disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday on the armed forces operations.

Mr Buba said the military was conscious of the apprehension occasioned by kidnappings, particularly with recent events recorded in Abuja and other areas.

He said troops across the country were working assiduously to address the situation in the immediate and long term to ensure the safety of lives and property.

“We are redoubling our efforts to ensure that citizens live in a peaceful environment and have a prosperous life. This is achievable, and we are focused on achieving it.

“The armed forces would destroy the cancer of terrorism that is ravaging our country, thereby creating situations such as is ongoing in Plateau. The situation of insecurity that we are confronted with is self-inflicted by our own citizens upon one another.

“Nevertheless, it is our duty to protect citizens and create a safe environment for them to have a prosperous future,” the defence spokesman said.

According to Mr Buba, the military has constantly rejigged its operational strategies to adopt the best course of action to guarantee success.

The military deployed special forces to some of the hotspots to conduct targeted operations, he stated.

“We have also deployed several battlefield enablers to enhance intelligence and strike capability on these terrorists. We are encouraging the warring factions to sheathe their swords,” Mr Buba stressed.

Mr Buba also spoke on ongoing security operations in the FCT.

“As for the FCT and environs, offensive operations are ongoing at the following locations: Cashew Forest, Kwaku, Gwombe, Gadoro and Tukuba, all in Kuje Area Council. Other areas covered were Kawu, Igu, Tokulo, Gaba, Zuma 1 and Zuma 2, Shere, Mpape, Jikoko, Berger Quarry and Nukuchi Villages, all in Bwari Area Council of FCT.

“In neighbouring states to the FCT, such as Niger State, troops are conducting operations in Gauraka, Apo Forest, Gyedna/Sabon Wuse and Garam in Tafa LGA of Niger State. Additionally, troops covered Numan and Basa in Akwanga and Nasarawa LGAs of Nasarawa State respectively,” he said.

Mr Buba said the Mangu crisis in Plateau was being handled by troops deployed to restore normalcy.


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