The Chief of Defence Staff Urges Troops to Eliminate Boko Haram Extremists for Fulfillment and Victory

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admin October 12, 2023
Updated 2023/10/12 at 8:24 AM

In a bid to combat insecurity, Katsina has deployed 1,456 watch corps. The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, has given orders to the armed forces to eliminate Boko Haram, ISWAP terrorists, bandits, and other criminals to ensure the safety of the people and their property.

In a speech addressed to over 1,000 soldiers in Maiduguri, Borno State, Musa urged them to pursue these threats to their hideouts in Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad region.

He emphasized the army’s commitment to defending the country by actively seeking out these criminals rather than waiting for attacks.

The defence chief issued a warning to the troops stationed in the North-east, cautioning them against engaging in indiscipline, selling ammunition, drug abuse, and collaborating with terrorists on the frontlines. He also assured the officers and soldiers that those who perform well in the frontline will be automatically promoted to higher ranks in the military.

Additionally, the welfare of the troops is a top priority, and they will be granted rotational leave every two years to spend time with their families.

In another development, the Katsina State Government has sent 1,456 members of the Katsina State Community Security Watch Corps (KSWC) to the eight local councils that are currently facing serious security challenges.

This deployment is aimed at supporting the efforts of security agencies in combating banditry and other related crimes. The first batch of the corps underwent rigorous two-month training, which involved instruction in areas such as intelligence gathering, weapon handling, and maintaining positive relations with civilians.

They were sent to Batsari, Faskari, Jibia, Dandume, Danmusa, Kankara, Sabuwa, and Safana. Katsina is one of the states facing security challenges caused by terrorists, kidnappers, and rustlers.

Since the problem emerged over a decade ago, hundreds of lives have been lost and thousands of people have been injured, kidnapped, raped, or had their communities pillaged.

During the graduation and deployment ceremony at the Muhammadu Dikko stadium in Katsina, Governor Dikko Radda emphasized the necessity of recruiting the watch corps to address the security situation in many communities.

Radda stated that his administration has made security a top priority and will be taking further action in the coming months to ensure the swift elimination of banditry and other related crimes.

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