The Theatre commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas today held a meeting with Heads of security agencies in Borno State. The security meeting which is the Theatre commander's maiden meeting with security stakeholders in Borno state took place at the Military Command and control Centre in the Headquarters Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole.
Delivering his opening remarks, the Theatre commander stated that since assumption of office, he had desired to meet with security stakeholders in the three major states of the North East, particularly Borno State which he described as the epicentre of the counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in the region. He stated that it was necessary to meet to foster acquittance and close the gaps in the security architecture of the state and the north east generally. While giving an overview of the operational activities of troops, Major General Rogers Nicholas, noted that presently troops have overran Boko Haram positions in Sambisa and have physically occupied Camp Zeiro, adding that several Boko Haram logistics including combat and non combat vehicles as well as weaponry have been destroyed in the ongoing Operations DEEP PUNCH 2. He stated further, that there was need for synergy and information sharing at all fronts to successfully drive the operations. He called on all not to hesitate to share information amongst themselves. The Theatre commander informed all of the closure of road Bama-Maiduguri and Gwoza-Damboa. He said the closure became necessary to prevent fleeing Boko Haram insurgents from escaping from the ongoing onslaught by troops. He urged all to intensify effort in ensuring that fleeing insurgents are apprehended. On the curfew in place in Borno state, the Theatre commander noted that it should be jointly enforced by all security agencies. He urged all to ensure compliance on the part of some security operatives and personnel who have been using their position to encourage violation of curfew and beating security check points. He pointed out that such such unsavoury attitude will not be condoned.
The Theatre commander also addressed the need for the the relevant security agencies to complement the effort of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole by deploying operatives and personnel in some of those areas that have been liberated by the troops.
Discussing Boko Haram suicide bombing activities in the theatre, the Theatre commander urged all to be more proactive, vigilant and ensure regular patrols of the vulnerable areas such as Muna Garage and Molai areas.
The Theatre commander also waded in on the challenge of lack of operational allowances for personnel
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