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Boko Haram: Defence Chief identifies lapses in anti-terror war

By Joseph Erunke

ABUJA—THE Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, said yesterday the Defence Headquarters had identified lapses that resulted in failures concerning the joint operations of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the prosecution of war against Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

In a seeming reference to the terrorists recent resistance of high-powered operations of the military, resulting in deaths of some troops, Olonisakin said the development had necessitated the building of operational capacity for the Forces.

He insisted that the Defence Headquarters, after reviewing some past and ongoing joint operations of the Armed Forces, identified the gaps in the planning and execution of joint operations but did not, however, disclose the faultlines.

Delivering a keynote address at the opening ceremony of  Advanced Joint Operations Planning Course in Abuja, Olonisakin,who noted that the current trend in modern warfare brought about the need for joint operations among members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, expressed happiness that the development had significantly degraded Boko Haram capabilities and restored governance in the North East.

“Notwithstanding these achievements, the Defence Headquarters has reviewed some past and ongoing joint operations and identified some gaps in the planning and execution of these operations,” he said.


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