The Defense Headquarters (DHQ) says the army has deployed its special forces to carry out targeted operations across the country as part of a renewed response to address the threat of insurgency, kidnappings and other security threats.
The Director of Defense Media Operations, Edward Buba, Major General, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja on the operations of the armed forces on Thursday.
Buba said the military was aware of the apprehension caused by the kidnappings, particularly with the recent developments recorded in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other areas.
He said troops across the country were working assiduously to address the situation both in the immediate and long term to ensure the safety of lives and property.
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“We are redoubling our efforts to ensure that citizens live in a peaceful environment and have prosperous lives. This is achievable and we are focused on achieving it.
“The armed forces would destroy the cancer of terrorism that is ravaging our country, thereby creating situations like those occurring in Plateau State.
Plateau State on the map used to illustrate the story.
“The situation of insecurity we face is self-inflicted by citizens themselves.
“However, it is our duty to protect citizens and create a safe environment for them to have a prosperous future,” said the Defense spokesperson.
Buba added that the army has constantly readjusted its operational strategies to adopt the best course of action to ensure success.
According to him, the army has deployed special forces at some of the critical points to carry out specific operations.
“We have also deployed various enablers on the battlefield to enhance intelligence and strike capability against these terrorists.
“We are encouraging warring factions to sheathe their swords.”
Abuja City Gate, Abuja
Buba also spoke about the ongoing security operations in the FCT.
“As for the FCT and its environs, offensive operations are underway in the following locations: Cashew Forest, Kwaku, Gwombe, Gadoro and Tukuba, all in the Kuje Area Council.
“Other areas covered were: Kawu, Igu, Tokulo, Gaba, Zuma 1 and Zuma 2, Shere, Mpape, Jikoko, Berger Quarry and Nukuchi Villages, all in Bwari Area Council of FCT.
“In neighboring FCT states such as Niger State, troops are carrying out operations in Gauraka, Apo Forest, Gyedna/Sabon Wuse and Garam in Tafa LGA of Niger State.
“Furthermore, troops covered Numan and Basa in Akwanga and Nasarawa LGAs of Nasarawa State respectively,” he said.
On the Mangu crisis in Plateau, Buba said it was being handled by troops deployed in the area to restore normality.