The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai yesterday vowed that the army will make the lake chad basin unahabitable for terrorists and that it will no longer be safe haven for them, adding that Boko Haram terrorists are no longer in control of any territory in Nigeria.
General Buratai stated these in Jaji yesterday at the graduation and demonstration by 55 soldiers who underwent the Advanced Watermanship Course.
The army chief however disclosed that, the 55 soldiers would be included in the amphibius battalion which would soon be established to tackle the insurgents in the Lake Chad.
According to Buratai, “You are all aware of the ongoing event in the country especially, the security landscape between 2013 to mid 2015. I am referring the situation in the north east. However, between middle 2015 to date, the insurgency and terrorist elements have suffered the highest degraduating.
“They no longer control any territory in particular in our sovereignty, this is due to correct strategies, employment and disposition of the right force with the tremendous backing of the Commander-in-chief, President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the good will of the citizens contributed immensely to the successes achieved so far.
“There is no gain saying that the focus on effective training adopted in the last 3 years has been the heart of our successes. It is patinent to said that lessons learnt from our counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations have to a large extent guided our training and our operational planning.
“Earlier on, in the north east campaign known as Operation Lafia Dole, it became evident that we needed to develop the mobile style capability. This informed the development of mobile bridge concept which involves organising the troops into mobile strike teams. Today, you have witness the employment of mobile strike teams with the incision of troops in small team by air to conduct raid operations and the subsequent execration through the water body in small groups and parties.”
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