Tuesday, January 17, 2017

War on Terror: Nigerian Army Establishes Motorbike Battalion

Chief-of-Army-Staff-Lt-Gen-Tukur-Buratai

In a bid to phase out terrorism from the North-East, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai on Saturday, commissioned a Motorbike Battalion in Borno State.

The COAS also released a list of wanted Boko Haram suspects, wanted on different level terrorist activities.

The Army Chief also re-opened one of the major road leading to Maiduguri, Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road closed to traffic for over two years as a result of the insurgency in the area.

While launching the Motorbike Battalion, the Chief of Army Staff said the new Battalion will be registered under the 25 Task Force Brigade, Damboa, Borno State. He said the decision for the introduction of the combat motorbike is to ensure that the roads are safe.

He said with the introduction of the combat motorbike “our troops will be able to pursue the Boko Haram sect anywhere.”

The military high command brought up the idea as it had become evident that troops were finding it difficult to penetrate terrorists’ hideouts using military vehicles, especially in the dreaded Sambisa Forest.

Reports point that it is difficult pursuing the terrorists in some parts of the North East as a result of the topography being a muddy area and this hinders the movement of the troops.

Further more he added that: “The safety on this road is in care of the Brigade Commander of 25 Task Force Brigade. I do not want to hear any attack on this road, motorists plying this road must be safe.”

It will be recalled that the Boko Haram sect have in recent times launched a new method of attack, where they attack villages and victims on motorbikes and horses.

However, the COAS went further by appealing to the public to provide useful informations to the military or security operatives, that will see names on the list apprehended.

He said the new list of 100 suspected terrorists is for the members of the public to identify and report their whereabout so that they could be brought to justice.

He said: “The hundred Boko Haram members declared wanted have their faces on the poster. The members of the public should look at the poster very well and report appropriately.”

On the reopened Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road, the Secretary of Borno State Chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Adamu Musa, expressed appreciation to Buratai, for making it a reality, while appealing for more check-points on the road to forestall attack on motorists.

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