Nigeria’s Chief of army staff (COAS), Faruk Yahaya, has said the military is in a daring search for bandits and kidnappers to kill in order to end security challenges in the country.
Naija News understands that the COAS stated this in Minna, Niger State capital on Sunday while inaugurating some facilities at the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Nigerian Army, in the state.
Educating residents of the state on the need to provide accurate and useful information to the security agencies to tackle insecurity in Nigeria, the army chief said troops are doing their best to be on top of their game.
Yahaya urged gallant troops to be resolute in dealing with criminal elements and ensure that their weapons are recovered.
He said: “I am here in Minna today as part of my operational visits across the country to ginger our soldiers for the good job they are doing.
“I urge them to continue and to be more resolute and decisive in dealing with the criminals.
“When we engage criminals such as bandits and kidnappers, we are not looking for prisoners of war but to kill them and take their weapons.
“That is what we will continue to do until we stamp them out,” the COAS reiterated.
Speaking about the essence of his visit to the state, Yahaya said it is to interact with the soldiers and identify challenges they are facing in their operations and to address them and ginger the officers and soldiers to do more.
The COAS added: “We are addressing security challenges in collaboration with other security agencies and stakeholders. It is not easy to tackle security challenges but I must tell you that we are doing our best.
“There is the need for the public to give accurate and useful information to the security agencies to tackle insecurity.
“If we take security as everybody’s business, we will have more synergy and improve on what we are doing.”