The army chief of staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, tasked troops fighting with bandits, marauders and other criminals from Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto states to take decisive action, against all criminal elements in their areas of operation.
General Buratai launched the charge while addressing troops from the 1st Brigade headquarters in Gusau, Zamfara state on Monday.
He commended the troops for their commitment and professional determination to support and consolidate the ongoing peace agreement and reconciliation agreement in the state, urging them to maintain an aggressive stance against unrepentant bandits, kidnappers and cattle thieves.
He took the opportunity to recall that the Nigerian army was ready for action and committed to protecting the lives and property of all law-abiding Nigerian citizens.
“I encourage the troops to remain disciplined, committed, dedicated and absolutely loyal to the authority they have at all times,” he said.
General Buratai reiterated his obligation to the troops to always abide by the rules of engagement and code of conduct of the Nigerian army during operations and training exercises, as human rights violations man committed by staff will never be tolerated.
According to him, “no officer or soldier should be legalized, innocent civilians must be protected at all times, rights violations will never be encouraged, tolerated or left unpunished”.
He assured the troops of the commitment of the army, under his direction, to their well-being and that of their families.
Buratai also informed the troops of the rapid completion of the numerous housing and offices currently under construction, water supply projects and the provision of medical facilities in the new Gusau barracks as well as other new units and formations. formed across the country.
During his stay in Gusau, the COAS inspected ongoing projects in the barracks and visited wounded soldiers in action at the Gusau Federal Medical Center in the state capital of Zamfara.
He had gone a day earlier to Bello Mutawalle, governor of Zamfara State, at the government headquarters in Gusau to thank him for his interventions at the army barracks in Gusau, where procurement projects in water and electrification were executed by the state government.