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Defence Minister Orders Army Chief To Remain In Northeast

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The minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, has directed  that the Chief of Army Staff remain in the North East until security situation improves.

The minister gave the directive yesterday after a meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and Service Chiefs at the Ship House in Abuja.

In a statement by the public relations officer to the Minister of Defence, Col. Tukur Gusau, the minister also ordered the General Officer Commanding the 8 Division, Nigerian Army to relocate Tactical Headquarters from Sokoto to Gusau, Zamfara State to oversee the conduct of Operation Sharan Daji.

He further mandated the Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff to effect changes in the operational commands of Operations Delta Safe in the Niger Delta, Lafiya Dole in the North East, Sharan Daji in Zamfara and Katsina States and Awatse in the South West.

This decision he said is to enable them meet up with the current threats and security challenges in their areas of responsibility.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari has also directed the emergency procurement of critical equipment for the Armed Forces of Nigeria in line with the federal government policy of procuring equipment from Original Equipment Manufacturers through government to government basis.

“The Council/Board also considered and approved the promotion of qualified senior military officers to their next higher ranks,” he said

In a related development, the President also directed the enhancement of the welfare of troops particularly those serving in operational areas within the country.

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