Buratai to troops in Zamfara: Deal decisively with criminals; respect human rights.


Abuja ------------Following the killing of 10 soldiers by armed bandits in Zamfara State, the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt General Tukur Buratai has directed troops fighting bandits, marauders and other criminals in the northwest states of Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto to deal decisively with all criminal elements in their areas. Buratai spoke while addressing the troops at the Headquarters 1 Brigade in Gusau, Zamfara State, just as he commended them for their commitment and professional disposition at sustaining and consolidating on the ongoing peace deal in the state. He specifically asked them to maintain aggressive posture against unrepentant bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers. According to a statement signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, Buratai reiterated the combat readiness and resolve of the Nigerian Army to protect the lives and property of all law abiding Nigerians. "He further enjoined the troops to remain disciplined, committed, dedicated and absolutely loyal to constituted authority at all times. "General Buratai reiterated his charge to the troops to always adhere to the Nigerian Army's extant Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct during operations and training exercises, as human rights violations by any personnel will never be condoned. "No officer or soldier should take laws into his/her hands, innocent civilians must be protected at all times, rights abuses will never be encouraged, condoned or go unpunished," Col Musa further quoted the COAS as saying, even as he assured the troops of the commitment of the Army under his leadership to ensure their welfare and those of their families. Buratai also promised the speedy completion of the numerous ongoing residential and office accommodations, water projects as well as provision of medical facilities in the newly established barracks in Gusau among others in the newly formed units and formations across the country. While in Gusau, the COAS inspected ongoing projects in the barracks and visited soldiers wounded In action at the Federal Medical Centre there. Earlier, he had visited the Zamfara State Governor Bello Mutawalle in Government House Gusau to thank him for his interventions in the Army Barracks Gusau where water and electrification projects are being executed by the state government.

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