The chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika yesterday revealed in Kaduna that the Army will train a special squad in the art of using dogs to fight Boko Haram – in the government’s renewed bid to fight domestic terrorism to a standstill.
“I’m glad to inform you that our second batch of our trainees on the use of dogs in the fight against terrorism have just completed their training and will soon be launched to join you to further make your work easier,” he said, speaking at a workshop at the One Division of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna.
That’s not all. According to the COAS, the army will be inaugurating 14 speed boats to be used in checking Niger Delta militancy. He impressed upon the commanding officers the need to innovative in tacking the security issues of the country, adding that a situation where Boko Haram would engage troops at checkpoints without much resistance was unacceptable.
There was some praise: “Let me therefore commend your efforts so far as the North-West and North-East zones of the country are beginning to see some respite from terrorist activities. But nearly is not good enough as we must ensure that the citizens are more secured and safe and living peacefully in locations of their choice. So, there is a lot of room for us to train harder and harder to improve on our performance.”
But ultimately, it was a call to action “It is high time for you and your men to be in war mood to be able to deal with the current challenges,” he said. “Otherwise, how do you explain that troops at checkpoint duty would be attacked by these decadence? And they sometimes do that and get away with it. This is an area you must work on.
“As you are out in the field at every point in time, make sure you are either conducting an operation or you are gathering intelligence. You must be doing any of the two at any point in time. If your area is too quiet, you have a reason to get worried.”