Ser­vice chiefs com­ply with di­rec­tive, ar­rive Maiduguri

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Uth­man Abubakar & Olatunji Omirin, Maiduguri

The ser­vice chiefs and the di­rec­tor of De­fense In­tel­li­gence, with the ex­cep­tion of the Chief of Naval Staff, ar­rived Maiduguri yes­ter­day in com­pli­ance with the pres­i­den­tial di­rec­tive for them to re­lo­cate to the North­east to re­strate­gize to­wards suc­cess­fully check­ing the surge in Boko Haram in­sur­gency.

Af­ter a 4- hour closed-door meet­ing by the De­fense, Army and Air Force chiefs with Com­man­der and of­fi­cers of Op­er­a­tion Lafiya Dole, the Di­rec­tor of De­fense In­for­ma­tion, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said the ser­vice chiefs’ ar­rival in Maiduguri was the de­ci­sive launch pad for the re­newed war against the Boko Haram ter­ror­ism by the Nige­rian mil­i­tary.

The De­fense spokesman said dur­ing their meet­ing, the ser­vice chiefs also re­viewed facts sur­round­ing the lat­est Boko Haram resur­gence that led to the death of over 69 per­sons, in­clud­ing NNPC and Univer­sity of Maiduguri staff and mem­bers of civil­ian JTF in Bornoyesu, with some of them miss­ing.

He dis­closed that the meet­ing, presided over by the Chief of De­fense Staff, Gen­eral Gabriel Olonisakin, re­viewed the strate­gic di­rec­tion and op­er­a­tional plans of the ter­ror war to give fresh im­pe­tus to the ac­tions, moves and ef­forts of the mil­i­tary in the North­east.

Enenche ex­pressed the De­fense Head­quar­ters’ ap­peal to the com­mu­ni­ties di­rectly af­fected by neg­a­tive acts of ter­ror­ism and crim­i­nal­ity to di­vulge in­for­ma­tion to the se­cu­rity agen­cies to as­sist in com­bat­ing the in­sur­gents.

Enenche said, “The Chief of De­fence held a brief­ing session with the Chief of Army Staff , the Chief of Air Staff , the The­atre com­man­der and se­nior of­fi­cers of the mil­i­tary high com­mand at the Mil­i­tary Com­mand and Con­trol Cen­tre on 1st Au­gust 2017, on the re­viewed strate­gic di­rec­tion and op­er­a­tional plans , in com­pli­ance to the di­rec­tive of the Act­ing Pres­i­dent.”

The spokesman re­as­sured that the COAS di­rec­tive to the of­fi­cers and men of the Nige­rian mil­i­tary to ar­rest the Leader of Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau dead or alive was still sacro­sanct, and the ser­vice chiefs’ pres­ence in Maiduguri would help in that di­rec­tion.

He said re­newed op­er­a­tions in­cluded re­struc­tur­ing, re­strate­gi­zlng and in­tel­li­gence, among oth­ers, to com­pletely end Boko Haram in­sur­gency.

Photo: IPAC

Bauchi State Gov­er­nor, Muham­mad Abubakar (2nd left) re­ceives the pres­ti­gious award of ex­cel­lence from for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar, dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual con­fer­ence of In­ter-Party Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (IPAC) in Abuja yes­ter­day. With them is IPAC Chair­man, Mo­hammed Lawal Nal­ado (right), and wife of the gov­er­nor, Ha­jiya Hadiza Muham­mad Abubakar

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