The commander of ‘ Operation Last Hold ’, Abba Dikko has charged troops deployed for the operation to take their pre-deployment training serious and brace up for the task ahead of them.
It was gathered that Dikko also charged them to be disciplined and to remain professional at all times, saying the nation relies on them to address the various security challenges in order to ensure peace. The director of army public relations, Texas Chukwu, on Friday, June 1, in a statement said the commander gave charge while addressing the troops at their concentration area at Azare in Bauchi state.
The army launched the four-month long operation in Borno North on May 1, to clear remnants of terrorists in nine local government areas in that zone. It was also designed to destroy the terrorists’ strong points in the Lake Chad Basin general area.
General Abba noted that the nation relies on the sacrifices of members of the Armed Forces in various theatres of operations to suppress insecurity and bring about peace in the country.
He charged the troops to emulate the discipline and uprightness of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and brace up for the challenges ahead of them.
The Commander affirmed that discipline was a great asset which determines success in battle, adding that operation LAST HOLD which entails the deployment of additional manoeuvre Brigades, other critical assets and fire power will ensure the destruction of Boko Haram terrorist camps as well as strong points in the Lake Chad Basin general area.
The operation will facilitate return of Internally Displaced Persons – IDPs back to their communities, restore socio-economic activities and prepare ground for the conduct of 2018 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) in Northern Borno. Dikko charged the troops to brace up for the challenges ahead of them. Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian Army set up a media operation centre for the ongoing Operation Last Hold in the northeast region. The center is established to coordinate all matters relating to media activities as well as dissemination of useful and timely information to the general public.
The operation is expected to last 4 months commencing from Tesday, May 1 and it entails deployment of additional 4 maneouvre brigades.