Abuja – The Commander of `Operation Last Hold’, Maj.-Gen. Abba Dikko has charged troops being deployed for the operation to take their pre-deployment training serious and brace up for the task ahead of them.

A member of the Nigerian Armed Forces Sniper Unit wearing a ghillie suit takes part in an exercise during the African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) military demonstration held at General Ao Azazi barracks in Gwagwalada on April 17, 2018.
The African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) is a weeklong seminar held in Nigeria, bringing together land forces from across Africa to discuss and develop cooperative solutions and improve transregional security and stability. / AFP PHOTO /

Dikko also charged them to be disciplined and remain professional at all times, saying that the nation relies on them to address the various security challenges in order to ensure peace.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu said in a statement on Friday that the commander gave charge while addressing the troops at their concentration area at Azare in Bauchi State.

The army launched the four-month long operation in Borno North on May 1, to clear remnants of terrorists in nine Local Government Areas in that zone.

It was also designed to destroy the terrorists’ strong points in the Lake Chad Basin general area.

The operation will facilitate return of Internally Displaced Persons – IDPs back to their communities, restore socio-economic activities and prepare ground for the conduct of 2018 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) in Northern Borno.

Dikko charged the troops to brace up for the challenges ahead of them.

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