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Attahiru orders troops to rid Borno communities of terrorists

Attahiru orders troops to rid Borno communities of terrorists

By Tada Jutha, Maiduguri

The Chief of Army Staff, Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru has ordered troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to rid Borno communities of Boko Haram terrorists,

The targeted communities include Marte, Chukungudu, Kernoa and Keta areas in the Lake Chad Basin of Borno state.

Attahiru gave the order Sunday while addressing over 400 troops at the Army Super Camp 9, Dikwa.

According to him, the essence of the visit was to motivate the troops in the ongoing counter-terrorism and insurgency operations.

His words: “In the last few days; we had attacks in your areas of responsibility. It’s now high time we get back and fight through and our forces ahead of us.

“I also bring you greetings of President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.”

“Areas around Marte, Chukungudu, Kerenoa and Keta must be cleared in the next 48 hours,” assuring that the required support is provided to achieve the enormous task.

He said troops must go to the targeted areas and do the needful, as he is behind them to end insurgency and restore peace.

While assuring them the 48-hour operations, he said: “Be rest assured of all the support required and I’ll ensure you do your job professionally in ridding the terrorists from the enclaves of Lake Chad Basin.”

He said that the issues of over-stay of soldiers will soon be addressed, including inadequate operational vehicles in the theatre command.

On troops’ morale, he added: “I know your morale remains high to end this war against Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.”

While addressing residents at Dikwa, he said: “We’re to protect Dikwa, Mafa, Marte and Maiduguri from the insurgents.

“Our troops will continue to fight Boko Haram bastards and deal with them decisively by doing the needful of chasing them out from communities.

He, therefore, urged the people to assist the Army with prayers, so that peace could be restored in affected communities.

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