BY PETER DURU
MAKURDI—The General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in Enugu, Major General Adebayo Olaniyi, weekend, said that the Nigerian military and other security agencies were winning the war against terrorists and insurgency in parts of the northern states.
Olaniyi who spoke to newsmen in Makurdi at the end of the Nigeria Army Combat Support Arms Training Week 2013, observed that security issues were a global phenomenon and not peculiar to Nigeria assuring that the military and other security agencies were tackling it appropriately.
He said: “We are actually winning the war against terrorists and their acts in our country. If you closely observe, the rate of bomb throwing and armed attacks by the insurgents in the last three months has drastically reduced as compared to days before the declaration of state of emergency in the affected states.
“All we need to do is to ensure the constant training of our officers and men and in no time we’ll get there. We must, however, also note that terrorism is not something you will attack and relax. That is why we have continued to train harder than we used to, but I must also point out that security is everybody’s business, the public should always avail security and military personnel the necessary information that will aid our operations.”
The GOC who spoke on the new device developed by the Signal Corps of the Nigeria Army, to detect armed insurgents within four to five kilometres radius, said the invention was a major breakthrough in the military’s onslaught against terrorists in the country.
While soliciting for cooperation between the military and the civil populace, Olaniyi said, the “the army has already embarked on medical outreach programmes, construction of water projects and other community based services in order to sustain a healthy relationship with the civil populace.”
On the concluded Nigeria Army Combat Support Arms Training Week, he stressed that the training had further broaden the knowledge of officers on various issues that would help them enhance their professional responsibilities.