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Army Inducts Combat Motorbike For Insurgents Mopping

By Mustapha Abdul Salaam

The Nigerian Army Monday inducted a combat motorbike battalion at the Headquarters of 25 Task Force Brigade, Damboa, Borno State, so as to meet up with the renewed strategy to clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the North East zone.

Similarly, it simultaneously launched the second set of 100 wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists at the occasion.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai while inducting the unit indicated that the essence of the battalion was to open and secure motorways from various towns to and fro Maiduguri, the Borno State capital and other parts of Yobe State.

The Army Chief stated that the battalion would serve as a force multiplier in the clearance operations of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists, adding that with the induction of the unit, troops’ presence would be available along the roads thus keeping them open and safe.

Ahead of the induction and launching ceremony, Gen. Buratai took time off to see and address troops located at Delwa and Bulabulin before arriving Damboa, after which he inspected a Quarter guards at the Brigade’s headquarters.

COAS was briefed by the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Lawrence Adeleke Araba and shown some weapons, vehicles and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making machines and equipment the formation recovered when they cleared Boko Haram terrorists camps at Talala and Ajingin recently.

Earlier, the Commander, 7 Division Garrison, Colonel Solomon Babatunde Kumapayi also showed Buratai vehicles, weapons and Improvised Explosives Making Devices (IEDs) his formation recovered from the terrorists at Kotokuma last week Friday.

Among the participants at the launch was the Borno State’s Secretary of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Ahmadu Musa. He praised the COAS and the Nigerian Army for their sacrifices and the initiative that would enhance safety and security on the roads.

He promised the continuous support of his organization to the Army in the mopping up of the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents and assured COAS that his union would distribute the banner containing the photographs of the wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists in all the State’s branches and other chapters.

Gen. Buratai also visited 254 Task Force Battalion, Sabon Gari located along Damboa-Biu road where he addressed the troops.

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