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Army Upbeat at Arrival of New Weapons

August 25, 2014

Augustine Osayande

THE Army is banking on the upcoming shipment of weapons into the country to end the insurgency in the North-East, a senior official said.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, gave the assurance while addressing troops of 2 Brigade Port Harcourt at a visit to army formations and units in Rivers State.

According to him, military hardware would soon be imported in furtherance of the Federal Government resolve to end Boko Haram activities.

It could not be ascertained where weapons would be sources from but a number of countries have in recent months pledges to assist Nigeria in the war against terror.

"The equipment ordered by the Federal Government will soon be coming into the nation's shores in a few weeks' time. As soon as the equipment comes in, we will launch a major offensive toward ending this madness of insurgency in the North-east of the country," Minimah said.

He said under Jonathan, the army had witnessed significant improvement in personnel welfare and institutional capacity to confront the nation's security challenges.

He added that efforts were also being made to reduce oil theft in the Niger Delta in response to new techniques devised by oil thieves to sabotage the nation's economy.

"We cannot say we will completely stamp out oil theft in one day, but then the greater act in pursuing oil thieves is ongoing, and we will see greater result with time," Minimah said.

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Source: AllAfrica

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