By Ben Agande
Kaduna—THE Chief of Army staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai has ordered officers and men of the Nigerian Army to wipe out armed bandits unleashing mayhem on the Birnin Gwari axis of Kaduna State within three weeks.
The Army chief, who flagged off the 2 Battalion Forward Operation Base (FOB) charged the military to go on the offensive against the bandits.
Heavily armed bandits in the Birnin Gwari axis of the state have killed over a hundred people, including 12 soldiers and five policemen.
According to him: “We are no longer going to adopt the defensive approach, it must be offensive. Since the battle has been brought to you, you must take it back and crush them wherever they are. The killings must stop. The wanton destruction of properties must stop, not only within Kaduna State but across the country. In the next two, three weeks, there must be very resounding results that will bring these criminals to their knees finally” he charged the troops.
While commending the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Army in Kaduna for his initiative, the Army chief enjoined the troops to bring about “decisive result. They are not coming from the moon, or coming from outer space, they are within this territory. I don’t know why you cannot go to where they are and get them fished out. I am happy with the initiative of the General Officer Commanding 1 Division and all the commanders for the new approach and I want to see a decisive result at the end of this operation.
“The commanders have briefed me thoroughly of your challenges and be rest assured we have already started addressing some of these challenges.”
We must respond decisively and commanders must be personally held responsible for any lapse, they must decide and take appropriate action, and anything outside that, they must be held responsible. The next deployment must commence immediately. Other areas of logistic support, your welfare, be rest assured we will do our best to provide for you” he said.