Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Kenneth Minimah (middle) and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu commiserate with an injured soldier at the Maimalari Cantonment Military Hospital, Maiduguri. 20 March, 2014. Standing in the doorway is the GOC 7 Division, Major General Ahmed Mohammed (aka General Bandit).
PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
May 6, 2014
The Army Headquarters has directed all its units to embark on equipment and material audit as part of efforts to effectively combat terrorism in the country.
Brig.-Gen. Olajide Laleye, Director, Army Public Relations, gave the directive on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference. Laleye said the audit was to enable the army determine whether such materials were in short supply, unserviceable or obsolete.
He stressed the need to adequately equip the army to enable it be “eminently prepared to embark on long campaigns’’ for the defence of the country and its citizenry.“Without doubt, the Nigerian Army is committed to operation in aid of civil authorities in virtually all states of the federation.”
Laleye said prosecution of large scale counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations, as well as numerous operations in aid of civil authorities across the country,had put enormous pressure on the army.
The army spokesman said the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, has approved the promotion of 296 officers, who displayed gallantry in the war against terrorism in the North East. According to him, the promotion is part of efforts to boost the morale of the officers.
He also said that henceforth, the Army would support families of deceased officers until the entitlements of such personnel were paid. “Also,allowances and promotion of personnel are to receive prompt consideration,’’ Laleye said.
He said that the army had set up a ward at the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, to provide specialised medical attention to soldiers wounded in the war against insurgents.
Laleye appealed to the public to assist the army with useful information to rid the country of terrorists.