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BREAKING: COAS orders troops to defeat terrorists, bandits, others

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has directed commanders to renew their strength and ensure that criminal elements in the country are defeated.

He ordered that the commanders work with other security agencies to ensure that the environment is safe and secure for citizens.

The COAS spoke at the closing ceremony of the Chief of Army Staff Combined Second and Third Quarters Conference 2023, at the Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess 1, Asokoro Abuja.

This was contained in a statement on Friday by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Onyema Nwachukwu.

It read, “The COAS expressed the commitment and capability of officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army in ensuring a safe and secure environment for good governance and socio-economic development, in collaboration with sister services and other security agencies.

“The COAS averred that the briefs and presentations made during the conference have reinforced the tasks and clearly depicted the challenges ahead of the NA.

“He charged all formation commanders to calibrate their strength to deal a decisive blow to the nation’s adversaries. He added that the far-reaching decisions made during the conference will propel the NA to redefine its training and operational activities in order to actualize desirable outcomes.”

He said the COAS also presented cheques to 10 maiden beneficiaries of the Army Personal Insurance Scheme in an effort to provide financial security and support to families of personnel who died in active service.

“The gesture by the COAS is an expression of the Nigerian Army’s appreciation of the service and sacrifices of its personnel in defence of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation,” the statement added.