Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai said yesterday that the Army will continue to collaborate with other security agencies to safeguard lives and property and protect the territorial integrity of the country.
Buratai spoke with State House correspondents after paying a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the recent deployment of a battalion of soldiers to Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State, was in line with the Army’s guidelines.
He said: “We will continue to operate along with other security agencies that have been charged with the responsibility of securing our country. The deployment of a battalion to Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State is in line with the Nigerian Army’s order of battle that was approved in 2016 and we are going to implement all the directives of our Commander-in-Chief to achieve strategic objectives of the Nigerian government.
“So, that is essentially why we had to deploy a battalion there and the soldiers will work alongside other security agencies.”
On the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, the Chief of Army Staff said: “That is progressing very well and Nigerians should be rest assured that our ‘Operation Last Halt’ will further consolidate on the achievements so far made and we hope the Internally Displaced Persons in that area will go back to their communities and pick up their lives again.”