The Nigerian Army has launched a new operation as part of fresh efforts to totally defeat Boko Haram terrorists in the country.
The new operation, code-named Operation TUKA TAKAIBANGO was launched on Thursday in Yobe State at the 27 Brigade Tactical Headquarters Buni Gari.
The Chief of Training and Operations Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. NE Angbazo who represented the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai at the launch noted that the move is targeted at launching fresh ideas and personnel against the terrorists, with a view of wiping them out completely.
“Operation TUKA TAKAIBANGO has become more expedient as it will boost the efforts by troops of the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole to enable the Nigeria Army to deal with the emerging threats of the BHT/ISWAP with the Northeastern part of the country.
The operation is meant to be theatre wide targeting known insurgents’ enclaves/hideouts for neutralization and clearance. At the end of the operation, it is envisaged that citizens will be free to move about, conduct their farming and other businesses in a safe and secured atmosphere devoid of any insurgents’ threat and harassment,” Maj. Angbazo explained.
He added that troops deployed for the operation will follow professional rules of conduct and global best practices in the discharge of their duties.
He assured members of the public of their safety and protection as they go about their lawful activites.
“The safety and wellbeing of the innocent and law-abiding citizens especially those living in the rural areas have been deliberately factored in the planning of this operation,” Angbazo declared.
He added that “the troops taking part in the operation would be guided by the professional Code of Conduct, Rules of Engagement and respect for human rights, ”while the general public is enjoined to remain vigilant of fleeing suspected terrorists and criminals trying to find safe havens within the communities from military operation”.
He announced that the operation had since started on 3rd, January 2021.
Meanwhile, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has vowed not to negotiate with foreign bandits inflicting pains on the people of the state.
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Bello said the reason is that the bandits have never been honest in their talks.
The governor said most of the bandits operating in the North are from Mali and Sudan and are recruited through social networking platforms such as Facebook.
He noted that some village heads have been arrested for inviting and harbouring bandits in the state. Bello said his administration would deal with any village head found dealing with the bandits.
The governor, however, asked the president to help the state against banditry and the repair of deplorable roads in the state.