Olayemi Esan, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters says, in line with the reorganization of the Armed Forces of Nigeria with the appointment of new service chiefs, the operations of the Armed Forces will be reorganized to tackle the security challenges in the country, urging all stakeholders to give maximum support to the leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this on Thursday while giving update on the operations of the Armed Forces across the country in Abuja.
Enenche said, the changes in Armed Forces leadership would usher in new modus operandi for tackling the security challenges in the Country.
He said, the service Chiefs led by the Chief of Defence Staff Major General LEO Irabor (GSS) commenced action at all levels which includes carrying out strategic, administrative, operational and logistics adjustments, changes and reviews, to improve the security situation in the Country.
"The Service Chiefs on assumption, immediately hit the ground running by conducting an operational visit to the North East" he said.
Enenche also added that they have also visited some operational areas in the Country to interact with troops and commanders in the field in the various theatres.
It is aimed at ensuring that the military high command come up with new ways and means of tackling the security challenges.
Giving update on North West zone, Enenche stressed that Troops of Operations HADARIN DAJI have continued to sustain their efforts by carrying out out several land and air operations in the Zone.
"These include clearance and ambush operations as well as aggressive ground and aerial patrols in order to ensure security of lives and property within the Zone" he said.
In the North East Zone, Enenche stressed that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole working together with other security agencies on various occasions made contact and engaged some Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province criminal elements.
He said, in the various encounters, more terrorists’ enclaves have been destroyed along with their logistics facilities and scores of their fighters neutralized through ground and air strikes at different locations in the North East Zone.
The Coordinator also stated that in the North Central Zone, Troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies are also sustaining the fight against armed banditry and other criminal vices in the Zone with remarkable results.
"Several combined land and air operations were conducted within the period, which resulted in the neutralization of scores of armed bandits and recovery of caches of arms and ammunition" he said.
He noted that, as the land troops maintain aggressive fighting patrols to dominate the theatre of operation, the air component dominated the airspace with air reconnaissance activities.
Maj.Gen John Enenche also adde that in South-South Zone, troops of Operation Delta Safe conducted anti-crude oil theft and anti-illegal bunkering operations as well as other anti-illegal maritime activities, and in the process, deactivated several illegal refining sites within the period in focus.
"In the course of the operations, large quantities of stolen crude oil and illegally refined AGO as well as some equipment were recovered" he said
Enenche also revealed that in the South West Zone, troops have sustained their efforts in the fight against pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft as well as other economic saboteurs through raids and arrests within the period.
"Several pipeline vandals and smugglers were arrested and handed over to appropriate prosecuting authorities for necessary action. Also, several bags of foreign parboiled rice and illegally smuggled items and vessels were seized" he said.
He therefore appealed to Nigerians for support in tackling security challenges confronting the nation.
"Our collective efforts are essential in the fight against the various security vices in the country.
The Military High Command reassures the general public of its untiring dedication towards securing the Country.
Members of the general public are enjoined to continue providing timely information on the activities of criminals in their various localities to the military and other security agencies for prompt and effective action" he said.