Troops praised for success in Damasak, Malam Fatori

Brig.-Gen. Stevenson Olabanji

Brig.-Gen. Stevenson Olabanji, the Acting-General Officer Commanding, 8 Task Force Division of the Nigerian Army, has commended front line troops for expelling boko haram terrorists from Kareto, Damasak and Malam Fatori, Maiduguri.

Col. Timothy Antigha, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, gave the commendation after he made an assessment tour of front line troops in the area.

Antigha explained that the visit was aimed at having an on-the-spot -assessment of the enormous task of freeing northern Borno and the fringes of Lake Chad from boko haram terrorists.

Olabanji acknowledged their sacrifices and called for their relentless efforts to eliminate the terrorists from the area.

He warned the troops to hold on firmly to all equipment issued as the loss of any equipment would attract severe sanctions.

Olabanji urged them, particularly, junior commanders, to view their participation in Operation Lafiya Dole as an opportunity to learn the rudiments of the military profession.

“You are the future of the Nigerian Army, therefore, you should view this operation as a unique opportunity to learn and also provide quality and effective leadership to troops,’’ he said.

He commended the troops for their dedication and steadfastness in holding Malam Fatori in spite of the repeated attempts by boko haram terrorists to overrun the location.