Defence Minister Maj-General Bashir Magashi (retd) has disclosed that the Federal Government will soon commence recruitment of officers and soldiers across the country.
Speaking at the headquarters of the Theatre Command in Maiduguri when he led The Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor and other service chiefs on an operational visit, the Magashi said the move is part of the government’s strategy to meet up manpower shortfalls as the country battles insurgency and banditry.
The Minister said the motive of the visit was to assess the fighting spirit of the troops of operation Lafiya Dole and also to motivate them. While addressing the troops, Magashi intimated them of the government’s plan to recruit more hands to relieve battle fatigued soldiers.
“Very soon we will embark on the recruitment of other soldiers and officers so that we improve the manpower holding of our armed forces,” he said.
“We will bring new equipment, new skills in which I will like all of you to benefit from to enable you to be more proficient, more effective in this assignment you’re doing. We have lost time; we are now almost ten years in this operation.
“There are many other operations that we are doing in terms of banditry and other things in this country and I am sure that given the right tools, you will do this country proud. We believe in you, your training, professionalism and we believe you can do the country the requirements of beating the Boko haram as we have it now.
“There are a lot of you outside in other places both in the northwest, north-central and even in the southwest and south-east. Please see this as a sacrifice, see this profession as the profession that it only God you should fear.”
Speaking further, the Defence Minister told journalists that the government takes the welfare of the troops serious, hence the directive for proper documentation of all issues.
He added, “We have already directed that all their problems be put on the paper to enable us to study it and come up with a plan.
“We have also studied their requirements and we have come here to verify and see how best we can proceed so that we can end this war.”
Troops Arrest Suspected Boko Haram Informant In Yobe
Meanwhile, Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have arrested a suspected Boko Haram informant in Kamuya, Yobe State.
According to a statement issued on Sunday by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the suspect was identified as Modu Ari. The army spokesman said the informant whose spying activities and that of his accomplices were responsible for the attacks on troops position by terrorists in the state.
“On interrogation, he confessed to having revealed troops’ movements and position to his Boko Haram collaborators,” the statement partly read.
“Investigation is however ongoing to unravel the network of local informants whose nefarious activities have endangered troops on clearance operations around the fringes of Timbuktu Triangle.”
The army spokesman said the unfortunate sabotage of troops movement by Ari and his accomplices made it possible for the terrorists to attack the rear element of troops on patrol.
He stated that troops from the Tactical Headquarters of 27 Task Force Brigade and Army Super Camp 3 Buratai repelled the attack, stressing that their own troops suffered some casualties.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff has encouraged troops of Operation Tura Takaibango to keep their fighting spirit up and to remain dedicated in the effort to flush out the remnants of the terrorists as quickly as possible.
He charged them not to relent even in the face of gross unpatriotic acts of some locals who are snitching on their movements and positions.
The COAS also admonished citizens to as a matter of patriotic duty, avail the troops of credible and timely information that will help them flush out the adversaries.