CHANNELS TELEVISION, LAGOS
12 December, 2012
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim has announced that Nigeria is relating with neighbouring countries like Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic with a view to fighting terrorism in the northern part of the country. Admiral Ibrahim urged security forces in the north eastern part of the country to be alert and abide by the rules of engagement.
He made the call during a visit to the headquarters of the Joint Task Force
(JTF) in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe
state. Admiral Ibrahim had earlier visited the JTF headquarters in Borno
state. The Chief of Defence Staff, on arrival in Damaturu, was received by senior military officers. Accompanied by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, Admiral Ibrahim charged officers of the JTF to be law abiding in the discharge of their duties.
The CDS who was visiting the volatile
northeastern part of the country to assess military formations as well as
evaluate the security situation in the
region, is optimistic that the Federal
Government will win the war against terrorism. The visit of the defence chief to the states is to boost the morale of the officers and men of the Joint Task
Force that has been deployed to the
northeast geopolitical zone of the
While congratulating JTF over its gallantry, he thanked them for the
selfless service to their fatherland and
urged them to sustain the tempo. Addressing the JTF officers in Damaturu and Maiduguri, the CDS noted that the military has made sacrifices to ensure the incessant cases of terrorists’ attacks within the affected areas are resolved, pointing out that all efforts will be made to ensure success.
He said with the support of the two state governors and those of the residents, the case of the insurgents
will soon be a thing of the past as he
urged residents of the states to recognise the good work the officers are doing towards the restoration of
peace in the area.
Speaking to journalists after the address the CDS said the war against the insurgents has already been won and with the efforts the JTF is making, all these challenges will soon be over.