The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has directed troops of the Nigerian Army to sustain offensives against insecurities by insurgents and bandits in Nigeria.
Yahaya gave the directive while addressing troops during an operational visit to 23 Brigade, Yola on Saturday, November 27.
He urged them to continue to eliminate the criminals to a point of surrendering.
Yahaya’s directives was made known in a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in Abuja.
He assured the Army of his commitment to addressing all challenges confronting the troops to enable them to perform optimally.
He said that the troops needed to consistently train and also bring their combat experiences to bear in tackling the adversaries decisively.
The COAS also inaugurated two blocks of soldiers’ accommodation during the visit in line with his commitment to improve the welfare of personnel and boost troops’ morale.
He urged them to ensure adequate maintenance of the facilities and put them to good use.
Meanwhile, popular Kaduna-based renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has criticised the declaration of bandits as terrorists by the Federal High Court in Abuja, describing it as mere political expediency that will come to no effect.
Gumi made this call on Saturday, November 27, in a statement by his media aide, Tukur Mamu; noting that the same similar pronouncement had been made by the Federal Government to the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in recent time without effect.
He, however, noted that the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organisation was also backed by court order; but the international community did not accord it recognition.
1st News had learned that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday declared the activities of bandits’ groups; as acts of terrorism in a case brought against two violent criminal groups.
Mohammed Abubakar, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Federation, had filed an ex-parte application; seeking to prohibit the activities of the ‘bandits’.