Army vows to dislodge miscreants in Birnin Gwari

By Chesa Chesa

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai says his officers and men are collaborating with other security agencies in the country to dislodge miscreants who hide in the Birnin Gwari axis of the Kaduna expressway to kidnap and murder residents and travellers.

Soldiers and other security personnel have also been victims of criminals along that highway, even as 87 travellers were kidnapped last week.

Buratai who spoke to State House Correspondent shortly after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari, recalled that persistent carnage perpetrated by hoodlums along that highway informed the setting up of an army battalion in the area.

“We will continue to cooperate along with other security agencies that are charged with the responsibility of securing our country and the deployment of a unit there is quite strategic, it is in line with the Nigerian Army order of battle that was approved in 2016.

“We have to implement all of them to achieve the strategic objective of the government. This is essentially why we have to put the battalion there and to work with other security agencies,” Buratai said.

On the status report on the activities of Boko Haram in the North East, the chief of Army staff assured that the ongoing Operation Last Hold by troops will further consolidate the army’s achievements in the area.

He said the operation which aims at consolidating on the overall successes made by the army will culminate in the eventual return of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their various communities.

According to him: “It has gone very successful, it’s progressing very well and be rest assured that the operation Last Hold will further consolidate on our achievements so far but we hope the internally displaced persons from that community will go back to their communities and pick up their lives again.

“I think that is the aim of this our operation Last Hold, it is a consolidation of the overall successes that we have achieved in the North East”.

The Chief of Army Staff said he was in the Presidential Villa to brief President Buhari on latest operations of the army.

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