Terrorism must end December–Army
The Nigerian Army said yesterday that no amount of distraction would deter it from ending terrorism in Nigeria by December.
Maj.-Gen. Yushau Abubakar, the Theater Commander, Operation “Lafiya Dole”, gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen in Maiduguri.
Abubakar was reacting to recent suicide bombings in some parts of the country.
He noted that the bombings were aimed at diverting the attention of the military from achieving its target.
“I want to assure all that for every second that passes, we get more committed to fighting the insurgents; we cannot be deterred. We are doing as much as we could to ensure that we completely eradicate the insurgents as quickly as possible because we are aware of the timeline within which to complete the task,’’ he said.
He said the military had already gotten clues about those involved in the recent suicide bombings in Maiduguri.
“We searched the houses and certain items that we recovered at the vicinity gave us some clues,’’ Abubakar said.
He said although investigations had commenced on the clues, it would take time to reach a conclusion.
“Investigation on those that we suspect that are either participating or hiding, fuelling or conniving with those that carried out those acts, is ongoing. They will be exposed in due course,’’ Abubakar assured.
He appealed to Nigerians to be security conscious to avoid future occurrence.
“The citizens need to know that security is their personal responsibility as individuals. They must be able to secure themselves and doing so means they need to be security conscious. Any suspicious movement within the environment should be reported to security agents immediately,’’ he advised.
Meanwhile, the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri yesterday said the early morning explosion on the outskirts of Maiduguri was from routine testing of military equipment.
Speaking to newsmen, spokesman of the Division, Col Tukur Gusau, urged residents not to panic, saying,
“It is a routine test firing of our weapons to ensure that they are in a state of readiness,’’ he said.