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Lake Chad, no longer safe haven for terrorists, COAS assures Nigerians

Following the graduation of 55 Nigerian Army soliders in Advanced Watermanship, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has said that Lake Chad, which used to be a hideout for terrorists will no longer be a safe haven for them.

The Army chief disclosed this while speaking at the graduation of the soliders in Jaji, Kaduna on Tuesday.

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He said Boko Haram terrorists are not in control of any territory in Nigeria.

The army chief also disclosed that the 55 soldiers would be included in the amphibius battalion which would soon be established to tackle the insurgents in the Lake Chad.

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and the Chief of South African Army (COSAA) Lt Gen. Lindile Yam flanked by other officers while inspecting an armoured fighting tank at the Infantry Corps Centre (ICC) in Jaji on Tuesday. PIC BY: Maryam Ahmadu-Suka.

According to Buratai, “You are all aware of the ongoing event in the country especially, the security landscape between 2013 to mid 2015. I am referring the situation in the north east. However, between middle 2015 to date, the insurgency and terrorist elements have suffered the highest degradation.

“They no longer control any territory in particular in our sovereignty; this is due to correct strategies, employment and disposition of the right force with the tremendous backing of the Commander-in-chief, President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the good will of the citizens contributed immensely to the successes achieved so far.

“There is no gainsaying that the focus on effective training adopted in the last 3 years has been the heart of our successes. It is pertinent to say that lessons learnt from our counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations have to a large extent guided our training and our operational planning.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and the Chief of South African Army (COSAA) Lt Gen. Lindile Yam flanked by other officers while inspecting an armoured fighting tank at the Infantry Corps Centre (ICC) in Jaji on Tuesday. PIC BY: Maryam Ahmadu-Suka.