The Military High Command has yesterday vowed that plots by criminal elements to carry out nefarious activities meant to discredit the government and security agencies would not deter it from sustaining the tempo of operations against banditry, kidnapping and terrorism, among other security challenges.
All this came on a day Defence headquarters explained that the renaming of the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the North East from ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ to ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ was to reflect the renewed spirit of collaboration in the North East operational environment.
Consiquently, DHQ went ahead to say that the combined efforts of the armed forces and other security agencies was a demonstration of the commitment, synergy and determination to lay down lives of personnel to protect the country.
It also noted that to ensure the Military High Command came out with improved ways of tackling the myriad of security challenges across the country. General Lucky Irabor,the Chief of Defence Staff and other service chiefs had visited the six geo-political zones and consulted government officials, traditional and religious leaders and interest groups for the purpose of sensitization on the current security challenges facing the country.
The Defence Media Operations Acting Director, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, who disclosed this, as giving he was giving an update on military operations across the country, said: “We will continue to sustain the offensive posture and will not relent until peace is restored to every troubled zone in Nigeria. The general public is also assured of our commitment to protect our economic assets anywhere.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor and service chiefs have conducted several operational visits to the various theatres of operation.
“They have been interacting with commanders, troops and other stakeholders in various theatres. Also, a Security Summit was held in March 2021 at the National Defence College with relevant stakeholders in attendance.
The Summit was aimed at promoting understanding and collaboration of stakeholders and key players on the kinetic approach that is expected to facilitate public support for kinetic action in Counter Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency, CTCOIN, operations in Nigeria.”
He went ahead to say: “As you are aware, some topical security issues were enumerated and discussed extensively during the interaction with the CDS and service chiefs.‘‘
“Sequel to that, we are now resuming our usual updates on the unrelenting and committed efforts of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies in tackling security challenges facing our dear nation.
“These operational efforts of the Nigerian military are intended to achieve sustainable peace and to ensure normalcy returns to all troubled zones of our dear country.
“Within the period in focus (May 1 to May 20), troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria remained resolute in their operations and engaged in series of kinetic and non-kinetic operations in all theatres of major and subsidiary operations.
“We also worked cooperatively and in great synergy with other security and intelligence agencies to gain several successful and credible outcomes in our operations.‘‘
“The plans and efforts of the criminal elements to perpetrate nefarious activities so as to discredit the government and efforts of security forces will in no way deter us from sustaining the tempo of operations.
“The high command of the Nigerian military wishes to thank the general public for their support and further solicit their cooperation in the fight against criminality in the Country.
“The Military High Command also commends all the gallant troops of the Armed Forces and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country for their resilience, doggedness and commitment.” he said.