Brace Up For Insurgents, New GOC Tasks Officers
The new GOC made the assertion shortly after took over from his predecessor, Major-General Fatai Alli, who has been posted to the Army Headquarters as the Chief of Training and Operations (CTOPs).
While assuring that troops would continue to engage the terrorists groups at their camps and hideouts within and outside the states, Major-General Umaru urged officers to be proactive in their engagements, adding that the era of troops waiting for the insurgents to attack first has gone.
After his address to the officers and soldiers of Maxwel Khobe Cantonment, the new GOC moved to Damaturu, Yobe State, where he is expected to address the troops at their various locations, as well as seek means to deal with their immediate challenges. He’s also billed to visit Yola, Adamawa State capital, where he will address the officers and soldiers with the aim of boosting their morale and encourage them in the fight against the terror group.
According to a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of the Division, Col. Texas Chukwu, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) General Umaru is a member of Regular Combatant Course 29 at the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna Nigeria. He was Commissioned Second Lieutenant (2LT) at the completion of his Cadet Course and posted to the Nigerian Army Armour Corps (NAAC).
Recently, the Army Headquarters (AHQ) released the posting and appointment of Generals and other senior officers to enable them to occupy some vacant positions in the formations and Units of the Nigerian Army. The move, it was geared, aims at delivering effective military professionalism, to meet the present Chief of Army Staff’s vision to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional role.
Meanwhile, the immediate past elected chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government Council of Plateau State, Dr. Emmanuel Loman, has once again alerted the Federal Government that there is Boko Haram and terrorism in Barkin Ladi and Riyom Councils of the state. He alleged that the terrorists are using the two councils as buffers to launch devastating and deadly attacks on the state.
Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, Loman informed that what has been happening in Barkin Ladi and Riyom areas of the state is “purely a case of terrorism or you may call it a Boko Haram insurgency. I urge the Federal Government to give both councils close watch because of the activities of terrorism and terrorist attacks. As it is, the attention of the federal government is only in the North East of the country,” he said.
On Tuesday, August 11, when the convoy of the House of Assembly Committee on Security that has been going round the 17 councils in the state for reconciliation, was coming to Jos, it met helpless youth, women roaming the streets in the area due to imminent attacks, which took place in the night of Monday, (August 10) and led to loss of lives.