The newly appointed Service Chiefs yesterday stormed Borno State, as they made their first official trip to the centre of the war against Boko Haram terrorist group, promising to step up the war against insurgency, and other violent criminal activities in the area.
On arrival in Borno, Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Major General Leo Irabor, led the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo and Chief of Air Staff, CAS, Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, to a courtesy call on Governor Babagana Zulum at the government house.
Governor Zulum, while addressing the service chiefs, called for aggressive collaboration with armed forces in neighboring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.
Zulum also sought enhanced ties between the military and civilian population to bridge trust deficit and increase military’s access to credible intelligence gathering which he said, was key to success in the fight against insurgency.
The Governor assured the military chiefs of his administration’s commitment and support to the armed forces in the ongoing war.
Zulum also urged the service chiefs to tolerate fair and constructive criticisms that might be made in good faith to enhance their productivity.
He called on the military to ensure sustained operations to deny insurgents breathing space by blocking all routes to avoid terrorist moving from one region to another.