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Banditry: Nigerian army launches special operation

Banditry: Nigerian army launches special operation

The Nigerian Army 4 Special Forces Command in Doma has inaugurated ”Operation Planning Cadre” to tackle banditry and other security challenges in Nasarawa and Benue States.

This information was released in a statement on Monday in Lafia by Maj. Joseph Afolasade, the command’s acting deputy director for army public relations.

He claims that the Joe Akaahan Cantonment in Makurdi is where the special operation was launched.

Operation Whirl Stroke was started by Maj.-Gen. Sunday Igbinomwanhia, who is also the operation’s commander.

He said that the army will work with other security organizations and significant stakeholders to ensure long-term peace throughout the nation.

The commander said the army will not relent in its quest to defeat any threat to national security and the territorial integrity of the nation.

“We are at the forefront of fighting against insurgency, banditry, farmers-herders clashes, kidnapping, and militancy, among several other security challenges bedeviling the corporate existence of Nigeria.

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“These unscrupulous elements have deployed different methods and tactics in a bid to frustrate the successes recorded by the Nigeria Army in its operations.

“To this end, all personnel must possess the requisite capacity and competence to effectively tackle these challenges through deliberate understanding and deployment of principles and planning procedures for the conduct of operations.

“The Planning Cadre seeks to enhance the capacity and broaden the knowledge of participants on operational planning, processes, and manoeuvrist approach to warfare.

“I, therefore, enjoin you to take maximum advantage of this operations planning cadre to build capacity and develop competence.

“I am hopeful that the intellectual discourse during this cadre will provide useful policy options for the planning and conduct of contemporary and future Nigerian Army operations,” Igbinomwanhia said.

He thanked and the governors of Benue and Nasarawa States Hyacinth Alia and Abdullahi Sule for the friendly environment and cordial relationship with the Nigerian Army.

Maj.-Gen. Hilary Nzan, Commander 4 Special Forces Command, said that the operation Planning Cadre would provide the field officers the opportunity to learn and interact on the rudiments of operation to support and execute strategic plans.

“This is in line with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Command Philosophy, which is to transform the Nigerian Army into a well-trained, equipped, and highly motivated force towards achieving our constitutional responsibilities within a joint environment.

“The modules of the cadre were carefully designed to train and equip the officers with relevant operations planning essentials in the attainment of the army goals and objectives,” the Commander 4 Special Forces said.


All participants were encouraged to freely discuss any thoughts or suggestions that they felt would help the group achieve its goals.

He urged them to use the cadre to its fullest potential in order to comprehend the dynamics of effective synergy, collaboration, and solid coordination of activities with other security services.

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