Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has given troops of 2 battalion in Kompanin-Doka, Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State three weeks to flush out bandits in the area.
Birnin Gwari has been under constant attacks since last year and two weeks ago, over 70 people were killed in Gwaska community, while many houses were burnt.
Following the incessant killings, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the establishment of an army battalion and a police area command.
Addressing troops at the flag-off of the forward operation base (FOB), tagged operation “Idon Raini” in Birnin Gwari area on Monday, Buratai said “in the next two, three weeks, there must be resounding results that will bring these criminals to their knees finally”.
“The criminals are not coming from the moon or coming from outer space, they are within this territory, I don’t know why you cannot go to where they are and get them fished out,” he said.
“The killings must stop, the wanton destruction of property must stop, not only within Kaduna state but in the north-west, the north-central and across our country.
“We must respond decisively and commanders will be personally held responsible for any lapses . You must decide and take appropriate action, anything outside that, you will also be held responsible,” he added.
He also noted that the Nigerian Army would no longer adopt a defensive approach but an offensive approach.
“We are no longer going to adopt the defensive approach, it must be offensive. Since the battle has been brought to you, you must take it back and crush them wherever they are,” he said.
“I am happy with the initiative of general officer commanding, 1 division and all the commanders and I want to see a decisive results at end of this operation. The GOC have briefed me thoroughly on your challenges. Be rest assured we have started addressing some of these challenges.
“I can see the type of mobility that you have, the motorbike and the try-circles. We have equally added some few trucks to enable you have more fire power and mobility. You must utilise them effectively. I have told your commanders what to do and you must apply them to achieve the desired result.
“It’s unfortunate that the insecurity is equally turning against the security forces. We are first and foremost supposed to ensure that we protect ourselves. If we cannot protect ourselves, it will be difficult to protect any other person.
“I am saying this against the unfortunate incident that happened here, in this particular place where 11 of our colleagues were unfortunately killed.
“Our training must be applied on the ground. Whatever we have learnt during training, must be applied on the ground. You must apply all the techniques and the procedures and the tactics for the type of operations you are deployed to performed. So we expect very high standard of operation. A situation where our troops don’t observe the basic routines must be avoided,” Buratai said.