Two criminal activities - kidnapping and cattle rustling - are increasing in Nigeria's North Central and North Western regions, but the Nigerian Army says it is re-strategising address the challenge. 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, asked officers on Thursday to redouble effort towards tackling the spate of kidnapping and cattle rustling in the country.

It is Eid-el-Fitr celebrations, the Army Chief issued a statement to felicitate with soldiers on the occasion.

He says the new strategy will help the army deal decisively with some of the situations in North Central and North Western part of Nigeria.

He wants officers and soldiers to redouble efforts in the collective discharge of their constitutional roles.

“In the pursuit of this, I charge you all to maintain discipline, be committed, dedicated, resilient and courageous in the discharge of your duties,” he said.

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“The army had within the last few months recorded successes in various operations launched across the country.

“These activities include the successful conduct of Operation Deep Punch II, Exercise Ayem Akpatuma (Exercise  Cat Race), Operation Last Hold which is ongoing and the hosting of the African Land Forces Summit in Abuja to mention but few.

"Furthermore, we have effectively tackled the Boko Haram insurgency," the statement read.

He also expressed his commitment to transform the Nigerian Army into a more potent and responsive force that would effectively curtail contemporary security challenges.

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