The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has directed the Chief of Defence Staff, Tukur Buratai, to remain in the North-East until security situation improves in the turbulent region.
The Public Relations Officer of the Minister, Tukur Gusau, in a statement indicated that the Defence Minister issued the directive when he met with the Chief of Army Staff and other Service Chiefs in his office.
The Minister also directed the General Officer Commanding 8 Division to relocate his Tactical Headquarters from Sokoto State to Zamfara and to oversee the conduct of Operation Sharan Daji.
Dan Ali ordered the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of Army Staff to effect changes in the operational commands of Operations Delta Safe in the Niger Delta, Lafia Dole in the North East, Sharan Daji in Zamfara and Katsina states and Awatse in the South-west.
Dan-Ali explained that “this is to enable them meet up with the current threats and security challenges in their areas of responsibility.”
The Minister further explained that, “The President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has also directed the emergency procurement of critical equipment for the armed forces in line with the Federal Government policy of procuring equipment from Original Equipment Manufacturers through government to government basis.”
He declared that the President has directed the enhancement of the welfare of troops, particularly, those serving in operational areas within the country.