The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, laid wreath at a Heroes Cenotaph in the northern Borno town of Monguno, in honour of officers and soldiers who paid the supreme price fighting terrorism and insurgency in defence of the country.
According to a statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the COAS laid the wreath at the Headquarters Sector 3 Joint Task Force, North East Operation HADIN KAI, as he continued his operational tour of the North East theatre of Operations.
While addressing combined troops of Sector 3 and the Hybrid Force, General Lagbaja pointed out that it is very significant to pay tribute and lay wreath in memory and honour of gallant officers and soldiers, who paid the supreme price to defend the North East from the strangulating hold of ISWAP/ Boko Haram terrorists.
He assured the troops that the transformation currently sweeping through the Nigerian Army in terms of proficient training, adequate equipment and welfare, will leave no Army formation or unit untouched.
He pointed out that amenities in Army Cantonments and Barracks will be revolutionized to bring succour to personnel and their families.
While charging them to sustain the onslaught against the insurgents and restore sanity in the Lake Chad region and northern Borno, Gen Lagbaja urged the troops to be resolute and not to rest on their oars, as the war against terrorism and insurgency rages.
Earlier, the Commander Sector 3 Joint Task Force NE Operation HADIN KAI, Brigadier General WM Dangana had briefed the COAS on ongoing Operations Desert/ Lake Sanity ll, as well as Operation Harbin Zuma to clear the insurgents from the Tumbuns (Islands) and the Lake Chad basin.