Niger: COAS Yahaya satisfied with troops’ efforts to tackle insecurity

COAS Faruk Yahaya

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has said he is satisfied with efforts of troops to tackle insecurity in Niger where bandits have been holding many communities by the jugular through series of mass killings, abductions and looting.

The Niger State Government has also said Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist groups have set up camps in some parts of the state.

But Gen Yahaya who spoke while addressing troops of the two formations during his maiden operational visit to Nagwamatse Barracks, Kontagora, Niger State did not speak about the upsurge in activities of bandits and terrorists in the state.

Instead, he commended the high spirit displayed by the troops of Artillery Corps and Nigerian Army Training Centre in combating insecurity in Niger State.

He therefore urged them to sustain the current operational tempo by consolidating on successes recorded thus far, according to a statement released by Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in Abuja on Monday

Gen. Yahaya urged troops to remain resolute and committed in discharging their operational responsibilities.

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He said his visit was to have an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the location.

Yahaya assured them that he placed high premium on the welfare of officers, soldiers and their families and would not backtrack in promptly addressing their needs and challenges.

Commander, Corps of Artillery, Maj.-Gen. Taritimiye Gagariga and the Commander, Nigerian Army Training Centre, Maj.-Gen. Oluyinka Soyele, separately told Gen. Yahaya that socio-economic activities had been restored in Kontagora.

Gen. Yahaya inspected newly-acquired combat platforms and presented a Toyota Hilux truck to the Regimental Sergeant Major of Headquarters, Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery.

“It is in demonstration of his pledge to boost troops’ morale and motivate senior non-commissioned officers, to restore regimentation in the Nigerian Army,’’ Gen. Nwachukwu stated. (NAN) (

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