By Sumaila Ogbaje
Abuja, Oct. 2, 2020 The Defence Headquarters says the Armed Forces have sunk 81 boreholes, renovated 14 schools and constructed 14 clinics and dispensaries in host communities during the third quarter.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this while presenting the third quarter scorecard of the military operations between July 1 and Sept. 30, on Friday in Abuja.
Enenche said that the projects were carried out in host communities as non-kinetic operations of the military in form of Civil Military Cooperation Activities (CIMIC).
He said it also renovated two worship centres, donated two buses as well as construction of road, installation of transformer and solar powered equipment in some host communities within the period.
According to him, the military also fostered several stakeholders and reconciliation meetings between hostile communities and carried out medical outreaches.
The coordinator stated that the troops had been engaged in series of land, maritime and air operations, involving both kinetic and non-kinetic activities across the country in major and subsidiary operations.
He explained that the land operations conducted among others across the various theatres of operation include; clearance, ambush, raid, picketing, cordon and search operations as well as artillery bombardments and aggressive patrols.
Others, according to him, were maritime operations involving anti-piracy, anti-illegal bunkering, anti-crude oil theft and anti-pipeline vandalism operations as well as other duties such as anti-smuggling operations.
“Furthermore, comprehensive air operations including air patrols, Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions, offensive air strikes, air interdictions, search and rescue operations as well as close air support and air cover for ground troops.
“These operations resulted in the deletion of several terrorists and bandits, inhibition of activities of economic saboteurs as well as exposure and obviation of other criminal activities.
“In all these efforts, some of our troops paid the supreme price.
“However, troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies have consistently exhibited gallantry and resilience in the various operations,’’ he said.
Enenche said the result of kinetic operations across the country during the third quarter showned that the military was winning the war against the enemies of the country.
The coordinator assured Nigerians that the armed forces would remain resolute and committed to this cause by sustaining the offensive towards restoring peace at every troubled zone of Nigeria.
He, however, commended the public for their support and further solicits their cooperation towards providing credible and timely information that would facilitate proactive engagements in military operations.
According to him, the third quarter performance of the operations is a show of our commitment, synergy and determination to lay down our lives to protect our great Nation.
“The gallant troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and operatives of other security agencies will sustain the tempo against the enemies of our dear Nation.
“The military high command commends all the gallant troops and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country for their resilience, doggedness and commitment.
“Troops are further encouraged to remain resolute and decisive in securing the country.
“The general public is thus encouraged to continue to support the gallant troops by providing credible intelligence to the troops operating within their localities,’’ he said.