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Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai

The military has assured that it will soon stabilise the troubled areas of Zamfara State and Birnin-Gwari axis of Kaduna State.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, gave the assurance during his routine operational visit to troops in Kafanchan and Kachia in Kaduna.

Buratai, who said he visited to inspect ongoing projects and assess the combat-readiness of the troops in the field, disclosed that there were plans to restore normalcy in the troubled areas.

He told newsmen after the tour: “This is routine operational visit to see the troops, to look at what we have in Kaduna, the school of artillery, and to see some of the infrastructure in place, and to see what the troops are also doing in respect of operations.

“This place is one of the Nigerian Army’s Forward Based Operations (FBOs), which we later developed into a full battalion. We just acquired some of the equipment needed by the battalion, which we will soon start using in the area.”

On the motorcycles which he said would be deployed to the area, he said: “This is internal security issue and something that we must prepare for. The troops have to be on alert to maintain security.”

When asked why stabilising the troubled areas of Zamfara and Birnin-Gwari was proving difficult, having restored peace in Southern Kaduna, the COAS said: “Nothing is making it difficult. Be assured that those places will be stabilised very soon.

He explained that they were reinforcing troops and equipment as well as adjusting deployments in that area. “We are getting the relevant platforms to ensure all the security agencies are able to deal with those security threats,” he said.

The army chief had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Kaninkon, Malam Tanko Tete, and Emir of Jema’a, Alhaji Muhammadu Isa Muhammadu, where the hosts appreciated the army and the government for improved security in their domains.



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