Ter­ror­ism must end De­cem­ber–Army

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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.

(NAN)

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