By Emmanuel Daudu, Abuja
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor today, Tuesday 9 March 2021, led the Service Chiefs and other Principal Staff Officers of the Defence Headquarters and Services Headquarters, on a one-day operational visit to Operation HADARIN DAJI, Zamfara State. The purpose of the visit was to assess the ongoing military operation in the state, as well as appraise the combat and operational readiness of troops in the Area of Operations.
According to the Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a press release made available to Africa Security Investigation news, today
9 March 2021 stated that on arrival at the Force Headquarters, OPHD, Gusau, the CDS and Service Chiefs were briefed on operational activities and achievements of the Operation by the Force Commander Major General Aminu Bande after which the CDS addressed the troops.
According to the release, the CDS commended the officers and men of OPHD for their concerted efforts and urged them not to relent, but to continue giving their utmost best to ensure the return of lasting peace to Zamfara State in particular, and the North-West zone in general. He urged them to be ruthless and more aggressive in decisively routing out unrepentant bandits and other criminals within the North-West zone comprising Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and Kebbi states.
General Irabor charged the troops to remain focused, committed and resolute in discharging their duties while assuring that the Service Chiefs would support and do all that was needed to enhance their fighting capabilities and efficiency in their Area of Operations. He equally assured the troops of improved welfare and prompt resolution of administrative challenges bedeviling the operation.
The CDS and Service Chiefs thereafter paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Dr Bello Mohammed MON at the government house, Gusau. While receiving the CDS, Governor Bello Mohammed made a case for more modern war hardware to be provided for the security agencies operating in the state. This, according to him, would help nip the current spate of insecurity confronting not only Zamfara State, but the entire country. The Governor equally enjoined the military to clear all the bandits’ camps in the state, stressing that this would go a long way to eliminating them.
In his remarks, the CDS assured the governor, and indeed Nigerians in general, of the determination and resolve of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies, in decisively dealing with all criminal elements operating across the various zones of the country.