DHQ warns on clus­ter bombs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

De­fence Head­quar­ters yesterday warned Nige­ri­ans, es­pe­cially those in the North East, to look out for clus­ter bombs.

A state­ment by de­fence spokesman, Colonel Rabe Abubakar said the Nige­rian Army Engi­neers serv­ing in Adamawa State have re­cently re­cov­ered some clus­ter bombs at flash points.

He said the mil­i­tary high com­mand has dis­cov­ered that the Boko Haram ter­ror­ists in the ar­eas have used such lethal in­stru­ments over time to push their cal­lous cause.

Abubakar said: “For easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, it is im­por­tant to note that clus­ter bombs are bombs that house sub­mu­ni­tions, that is, smaller ex­plo­sives con­tained in in­di­vid­ual cases.” Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari says sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in na­tional se­cu­rity re­mains the top­most pri­or­ity of his gov­ern­ment as other so­cio-eco­nomic ini­tia­tives can­not be suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented with­out ad­e­quate se­cu­rity in the coun­try.

The Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent on Media and Pub­lic­ity, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari as say­ing this yesterday while speak­ing in an au­di­ence with Bri­tain’s Chief of De­fence Staff, Gen­eral Sir Ni­cholas Houghton. Pres­i­dent Buhari, ac­cord­ing to Adesina, reaf­firmed his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to end the Boko Haram in­sur­gency as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Buhari also called for more in­ter­na­tional sup­port for re­gional ef­forts to im­prove se­cu­rity in the Gulf of Guinea through which crude oil stolen from Nige­ria is shipped.

The pres­i­den­tial spokesman quoted Houghton as de­scrib­ing the Buhari Pres­i­dency as a huge op­por­tu­nity for Nige­ria to make progress.

Houghton, ac­cord­ing to Adesina, said he was very im­pressed with the progress Nige­ria had made in the war against ter­ror­ism un­der Pres­i­dent Buhari.

Pic Felix Onig­binde

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari (right), re­ceives the Chief of De­fence Staff, United King­dom, Gen. Ni­cholas Houghton, to the Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja yesterday.

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