Buratai assures of deadline to end Boko Haram insurgency
THE Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has assured Nigerians that the military would meet the three months deadline given by President Muhammadu Buhari to end the insurgency in the North-East and other parts of the northern states.
Gen. Buratai told journalists in Kaduna shortly after declaring open the 10th Nigerian Army Finance Corps Biennial Training Conference 2015, that the military is winning the war daily, insisting that it was possible to meet the deadline.
Meanwhile, in a bid to check the spread of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria, the presidential committee on the menace is seeking synergy with the military to effectively carry out its mandate.
This was disclosed in Abuja by members of the committee when they paid a visit to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, at the Defence Headquarters.
And in a bid to curtail crimes in Kaduna, the police have arrested owners of illegal arms’ factories in the state.
The suspects were paraded before journalists at the Headquarters of State Police Command.
In another development, the Taraba State Police Command has expressed its resolve to leave no stone unturned in mopping up illegally-acquired firearms and other dangerous weapons in the state.
This was made known by the Commissioner of Police, Ekechukwu Nwodibo, while briefing journalists on his giant strides since assuming office as the new police boss in the state.
The commissioner, who paraded before newsmen suspected persons said to have committed offences ranging from illegal possession of fire-arms to criminal conspiracy and theft of vehicles, said the command would not rest on its oars pending when criminals terrorising the state are flushed out.
While admonishing hoodlums in the state to desist from the hideous acts and seek alternative means of livelihoods, the need for the public to make relevant information on the hideouts of criminals to the police, he believed, has become vital to the command.
The Army chief, who did not elaborate much on the deadline during the interview said: “We will end Boko Haram very soon. It is possible to meet the three months deadline. We are very close to the insurgents. We are winning them on daily basis.”
While addressing the officers and men earlier at the conference, the COAS remarked that the Army has keyed into the change mantra of the Federal Government, especially in the management of finances, through the introduction of The Single Account (TSA).
The theme of the conference is “Impact of evolving Federal Government financial policies on operational roles of the Nigerian Army amidst dwindling budgetary allocation.”
Burutai explained that the TSA has given the Nigerian Army new ideas on how to make judicious use of its funds, while stressing that the change slogan of the Federal Government has brought to life existing financial policies that were dormant in the country over the years.
A statement issued yesterday by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar in Abuja, said the CDS tasked the committee to check the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria.
The committee chairman, Ambassador Gabriel Imohe, told the CDS that his visit was to seek mutual relationship with the military with a view to working with existing security agencies to curtail the illegal importation and use of small arms and light weapons.
The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Shehu Usman, said the suspects specialised in illegal production of arms and ammunition as well as supplying weapons to criminal gangs terrorising the southern part of the state.
According to him, during the raid, 37 locally-made pistols, 11 revolver pistols and 34 single barrel guns were