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Army To Punish Troops Who Flee From Enemy Attack

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The chief of army staff (COAS), Lt Gen Buratai, has charged troops fighting insurgency in the northeast to be decisive and bring the activities of the terrorists to a complete stop.

In a goodwill message yesterday, to soldiers in the Northeast, the COAS urged troops to consider the recent attacks by the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs), the “last kicks of a dying horse,” trying to portray itself as powerful.

He, however, warned that any personnel who turned away in the face of any attack would be sanctioned according to military extant laws.

“The recent sporadic skirmishes from the BHTs should be seen as a desperate effort from a highly degraded and expiring adversary striving to maintain its notoriety and portray itself as formidable and cohesive; something that is completely false. It is merely the “last kicks of a dying horse”,”

He said the troops have achieved great successes over the Boko Haram Terrorists and charged soldiers not to relent in their efforts, adding that absolute success and conclusive victory remain inches away.

“The NA is not known for cowardly behaviour. We have contained several incursions and several security challenges bedeviling our dear country within the last three years and this would not be an exception.

“Consequently, any soldier that turns away in the face of enemy incursion would be appropriately sanctioned and made to face Field Court Martial in accordance with our extant laws,” he warned

He added that the consequences could be grave and enjoined troops not to be complacent by simply being contented with repelling their attacks but should rather go after them, capture them, and when absolutely necessary, be decisive with the daring ones.

On troops’ welfare, the COAS said he had directed that troops’ allowances be paid regularly as and when due and also directed that troops’ rotation be carried out as scheduled.

He further restated that he had also directed that passes be issued to officers and soldiers that require same to visit their families.

On logistics, Lt Gen Buratai said following the receipt of arms and ammunition consignment, more weapons are being injected into the theatre.

He therefore urged the troops to make judicious use of the weapons and ensure that they are effectively used against the terrorists and not taken away by them.

“We should continue to stand and fight even when the going gets tough and the ignorant and enemies of the state choose to castigate us,” he said

He cautioned the troops to be careful, stating that with the return of people to their communities, the terrorists have taken advantage of the large population in the towns and villages to infiltrate them.

“You must therefore be extra vigilant and establish good civil military relations with the locals. You are to use this to acquire actionable intelligence to prevent any attack on the communities as well as your positions.

“Your courage and gallant demonstration of our core values of sacrifice and selflessness amidst the daunting challenges being confronted daily in the theatre speak volumes about your professionalism and patriotism to the Nigerian State.

“I implore you to continue to uphold the trust the nation has placed on your noble shoulders for the maintenance of the sanctity of her territorial integrity. We must all remain steadfast. We must see this victory to a conclusive end. We must justify our oath of allegiance to our fatherland and dedication to her sovereignty,” he said



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