Due to the rising security challenges across states, the Nigerian Army has in a memo directed its personnel to henceforth not embark on any private journey wearing military camouflage.
The directive is contained in a memo sighted by Naija News which is dated September 21, 2022.
Unit Commanders were asked to sternly warn their personnel to also desist from displaying military accoutrements in their private vehicles.
The Nigerian Army (NA) frowned at personnel who embark on unofficial journeys dressed in their full regalia, stating that aside from violating the regulations guiding NA, such acts also endanger the life of the participators.
The memo reads: “The current security environment across the country calls for more proactive measures to address the evolving threats, especially the personal security of NA personnel on leave or pass without military escorts. Sequel to this, References A to C directed formations and units on the need to adhere to directives prohibiting personnel from travelling in NA uniforms,” the memo read.
“Accordingly, References D requested commanders at all levels to sensitise personnel under command to desist from dangerous practices of displaying military accoutrements in their vehicles.
“However, despite these series of warnings and enlightenments, it has been observed that the NA personnel still embark on unofficial journeys dressed in NA regalia and sometimes display military accoutrements in their vehicles. It is instructive to state that this trend, aside from being inimical to the provision of the NA Dress Regulations, could also endanger personnel lives and properties especially en-route.”
The Nigerian Army confirmed last week that it arrested at least ten notorious terrorists recently while combing criminal elements from Kaduna State.
The top security arm in its bi-weekly reports of operations revealed that it identified one Alhaji Abubakar as the financier of two terrorist collaborators arrested in Zaria recently, Naija News reports.
The operation reportedly carried out by troops of Operation Hadarin Daji also helped in the rescue of twenty-one kidnapped victims from different locations in the state.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, while giving details of the operation in the briefing handed down to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, September 22, noted that the troops arrested the suspects on Sept. 15 at Access Bank, PZ Branch in Zaria.
According to him, the terrorists were trying to withdraw the sum of N14 million deposited into the account of Abubakar when the troops cornered them.
He said relevant agencies were working assiduously to track the said financier and others who had been fingered for terrorism financing.
While reiterating the commitment of the military and other security agencies to ending terrorism in the country, Danmadami said the troops conducted operational activities in villages, communities, and towns in Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and the Kaduna States during the period and neutralized 16 terrorists.
He said the air component on Sep. 13, conducted an air interdiction operation at an identified terrorist hideout in Dutse Babare in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.