The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, has called on commanders of various theatres of operation to prepare for a possible increase in attacks by bandits and terrorists among other criminal elements disturbing the peace of the nation.
Addressing senior officers at the closing ceremony of the COAS Annual Conference 2021 in Abuja,where he that the focus of the army for the coming year would be on developing more capacities for improved performances across board.
According to him, the officers must take the fight to the adversary in order to neutralise and defeat terrorists and bandits.
“Commanders are also urged to develop contingency plans to ensure our forces always retain the initiative in all our theatres of operation. In that vein, commanders must plan for the possible increase in scope and dimension of the activities of violent state actors in the coming year.”
“Emphasis will be placed on both individual and unit training that will enhance teamwork and professionalism,”
The Army chief urged commanders and commandants of the Nigerian Army to ensure that they conduct realistic training in their various institutions to ensure that officers and soldiers are equipped with the right skills and competencies to confront criminal elements in the various theatres of operation
“Furthermore, commanders must ensure that their troops master the art of night operations and anti-ambush drills by engaging in effective night operations and anti-ambush drill training”, he added.