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Army, Air Force chiefs storm Boko Haram enclave

Abuja, Nigeria - The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen Kenneth Minimah, and his Air Force counterpart, Air Marshal Adekunle Amosu, Thursday ended a three-day operational visit to units within the 7 Division Area of Responsibility executing the ongoing military operations against Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country.

The two Service chiefs visited frontline troops in all the locations where the Boko Haram sect has attacked innocent civilians in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States from 18-20 February, 2014. The three States are still under a state of emergency.

It is the first time the heads of the Army and the Air Force have embarked on such a trip.

Addressing the troops during the visit to their different locations, the Army Chief advised the soldiers to make discipline their watch word at all times and remain resolute in the face of security challenges facing the country.

Gen. Minimah reminded the troops of their responsibility as soldiers, noting that as professional soldiers, they must rise to the defence of their fatherland and not yield any ground to the forces of evil under any circumstances.

He noted that the present security challenges facing the nation are not insurmountable if troops are well led and remain vigilant while carrying out assigned duties.

He commended the troops for their hard work and dedication to duty and promised that their welfare would remain his top priority, urging them to imbibe good maintenance culture to ensure the continued serviceability of their equipment.

Minimah charged the troops, particularly those in the border units, to ensure that arms and ammunition were not smuggled through their Areas of Responsibility.

He further urged troops to steadfastly observe the Rules of Engagement in the conduct of the ongoing operation.

Gen Minimah assured troops that training and provision of equipment would be given the desired attention and charged commanders at all levels to replicate this by ensuring that training and retraining of troops under command are accorded adequate priority especially in the current fight against terrorism.

Pana 21/02/2014