Defence minister asks Buratai to remain in north-east till security improves

Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, has directed Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff, to remain in the north-east until the security situation in the region improves.

Tukur Gusau, the public relations officer of the minister, made this known in a statement issued on Monday.

He said Dan-Ali gave the directive when he met with the chief of defence staff and 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, to oversee the conduct of operation Sharan Daji.

He mandated the chief of defence staff and 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.

According to Dan-Ali, this is to enable them meet up with the current threats and security challenges in their areas of responsibility.

"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 said.

He announced that the army council and navy board had considered and approved the promotion of qualified senior military officers to their next higher ranks.

The minister said: "In a related development and a show of concern to the welfare needs of members of the Armed Forces, the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has directed the enhancement of the welfare of troops particularly those serving in operational areas within the country."

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