The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has charged troops to move deep into the bushes to engage and clear remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists from the North-East region.
The army boss gave the charge on Tuesday in Bama, after he decorated two officers and 63 soldiers with “Gallantry Medals” for their exceptional performances in the clearance operation.
The officers and soldiers are from 151 Armoured Battalion, 21 Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole.
Two solders died in those incidents.
The COS moved to the Theare Command of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, after the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo ordered service chiefs to relocate to Borno to take charge of operations, following renewed attacks.
“I won’t accept a situation where our troops are being unnecessarily killed or innocent civilians are ambushed on the highways or in some other areas.
“The remnants (of terrorists) that are roaming in the bushes and forests must be followed through.
“They must be identified and cleared. Don’t rest on your oars. We still have little to accomplish. You have done the greater part
“We are moving to the end of this operation, but there are still more tasks to be accomplished.
“It requires perseverance and discipline, so, let us work harder and clear these criminals,” Buratai told the troops.