2019: How Soldiers On 'Okada' Are Going After Boko Haram
The war against terrorists in northeast Nigeria is heightening just like it was in 2014 and 2015 prior to the general election.
Boko Haram has reinforced and its fighters are pushing again for an Islamic caliphate in the northeast and an end to Western education, attacking troops locations and carting away weapons.
To contain their activities in the northeast the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, had issued a directive to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, to take the war to their enclaves and flush out the remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs).
This demand was emphasised again by the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole, Brigadier General Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, when he met with troops in the northeast.
He asked them to redouble their effort with renewed vigour, gallantry and doggedness in the fight against insurgency.
Towards achieving this, the Commander 28 Task Force Brigade Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole, Brigadier General Mohammed Usman, charged troops of 117 Task Force Battalion (Bn) to be proactive and committed in the fight against insurgency while commissioning the Bn's Quick Response Group (QRG) Special Motor Cycle Section recently in Chibok.
General Usman stated that the motor bikes will certainly boost the fighting capacity and morale of the troops in the fight against Boko Haram Terrorists and Insurgency within the theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole especially around the Chibok general area.
A statement by the spokesman for 1 Division Nigerian Army, Colonel Ado Isa, said General Usman emphasised that with the creation of the Special Motor Cycle Section it would enable the troops to chase the terrorist completely out of their enclaves.
He further urged the troops to intensify the conduct of clearance and confidence building patrol within their Area of Responsibility which include Mbalala, Peyeso, Gatamarwa, Gogomdi, Shawa and Kwada amongst others in order to deny the insurgents freedom of movements and operations.
Receiving the Motor Bikes on behalf of the Bn, the Commanding Officer (CO), Lieutenant Colonel Abdulrahaman Bello commended the effort of the Nigerian Army (NA) especially the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) for approving the creation of the outfit which has no doubt boosted the fighting spirit of his troops.
Colonel Bello assured the Leadership of the NA of his Bn's readiness and commitment in the fight against insurgency and promised that the Motor Bikes will be deployed as appropriate to chase the terrorists out of their enclaves and neutralised them as well.
Highlight of the ceremony include commissioning of the Special Motor Cycle Section and Demonstrations by troops of 117 Task Force Battalion to the admiration of the Brigade Commander and his staff Officers.
Present at the occasion were the Chief of Staff and other Principal Staff Officers of the Brigade.
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