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Defence mechanism rejigged following escalation of violence

Service chiefs at the Presidential village on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, following an attack on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line

The Defence Establishment says ongoing operations in Kaduna and Niger States, as well as the Niger Delta region, have been reorganized.

Mallam Garba Shehu, Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement on Wednesday, said the action was in accordance with a presidential directive and follows a recent spike in terrorist activity in those areas.

According to the statement, new infantry operations are being supplemented with intelligence and land-based assets to increase efficiency.

It said the air defence system are also being strengthened with newly acquired jets and drones, whose assembly and operator training have been accelerated to meet current demands, adding that Nigeria is also receiving assurances from manufacturers about the timely delivery of equipment on order and that efforts are being made to complete major procurements that are still in the works.

The statement refers to the Federal Executive Council’s approval of the largest single procurement of military vehicles in the country’s history.

Furthermore, it states that major operations are currently underway in the southeast and south-south, where the nation’s economic lifeline and electricity transmission lines are being secured from saboteurs.

The goal of the sponsored saboteurs is to deceive Nigerians into believing that the government cannot provide power, thus the rampant sabotage of equipment at switches and other critical points.

According to the statement, a substantial number of arrests have been made, assuring the nation that the government would honour its promise and that security concerns would be dealt with the severity that they demand.

Writing by Abdullah Bello, editing by Saadatu Albashir