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Boko Haram: IDPs Can Now Return Home – Army

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The outgone General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division of the Nigeran Army, in Borno State, Major Gen Ibrahim Manu Yusuf, has said that part of successes recorded by the Nigeran Army in the war against insurgency in Borno and Northeast was its ability to create the avenue for the return of displaced persons to their various communities in Borno State.

Maj Gen Yusuf added that the Nigerian Military should not be judged by the number of terrorists killed, but by the number of the insurgents that deserted as well as the number of them that have surrendered to troops.

The former GOC stated this yesterday, at a farewell dinner and breaking of Ramadan fast organised in his honour at the Nigeran Army Command Guest House in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He expressed his appreciation to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, for giving him the opportunity to serve as the GOC of the largest Division of the Nigerian Army in the country.

He also thanked the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, staff of the 7 Division, Governor Kashim Shettima, International NGOs, Borno State government and good people of Borno, security agencies as well as the members of the Civilian JTF and hunters for their support and contributions to the military and 7 Division in particular during his stay.

“The Nigerian Military has created the condition for return of the Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs ) back to their communities, while thousands have been rescued from the captivity of the  boko haram insurgents. As part of the federal government policy and Nigerian army mandate on humanitarian support, the division has rendered lots of humanitarian services to the IDPs and surrendered Boko Haram insurgents in line with the international standards”, Gen Biu said.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Abdulmalik Biu, has taken over as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division of the Nigerian Army following the deployment of Maj General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf, the former GOC, as the director, Nigerian Army Consult in the Nigerian Army Resources Centre, Army headquarters, Abuja.

Brigadier General Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, is a native of Hawul in Borno State, and a professional soldier and war veteran with several operational experiences, particularly a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOMOG) monitoring group in Liberia.

He has continued to witness steady development in his career, both in staff, instruction and command. He has served as Commander of 9 and 13 Brigades of the Nigerian Army respectively. Until this recent appointment, he was the deputy director, Human Factor at Defence headquarters.

Brigadier General Biu has several Military and Civil Medals among which are: Force Service Star, Meritorious Service Star, Distinguished Service Star and Pass Staff Course dagger. Others are fellow of Corporate Administration Institute, member, International Institute of Humanitarian Law and member of the National Institute.

The Acting GOC enjoys reading, writing, mentoring and making friends. He is happily married and blessed with children.

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