July 20, 2024

Reps committee assures military unwavering support, improvement of operational capacity

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson has assured the Nigerian Armed Forces of unwavering support and the readiness of the legislative body to provide all necessary resources and support to enhance the operational capabilities of the military.

The lawmaker also expressed heartfelt commendations to the Armed Forces of Nigeria for their remarkable achievements and steadfast dedication in recent times.

Benson in a statement he signed said the successes recorded in various operations across the country underscore the bravery, professionalism, and unwavering commitment of the military personnel to safeguarding the nation.

He highlighted the numerous victories against insurgents, bandits, and other criminal elements that have threatened the peace and security of Nigeria, emphasizing that the achievements are a testament to the resilience and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform, who tirelessly work to ensure the safety and security of all Nigerians.

“The recent successes of our Armed Forces in various operations across the country are highly commendable. These victories not only reflect the strategic prowess of our military leadership but also the dedication and bravery of our soldiers, airmen, and ratings. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their relentless efforts to protect our nation,” he added.

The Chairman highlighted that troops under the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have continually delivered significant blows to terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Region through a series of daring operations.

He said, ”In one such operation conducted on 15 June 2024, several terrorists were neutralized and 34 women and children were rescued from insurgents. Additionally, in Abia State’s Ihechiowa community of Arochukwu Local Government Area the Nigerian Army, in collaboration with other security agencies, have impressively intensified their efforts against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN). Our troops raided and cleared IPOB/ESN camps in the Umudi Forest and Umuaku areas of Umunneochi Local Government Area (LGA), thereby liberating the communities from the clutches of miscreants and terrorists.

”Similarly, on Saturday, June 15, 2024, the Nigerian Navy Ship Soroh discovered and deactivated an illegal refining site in the Isonogbene area of Brass Local Government Area, Bayelsa State. This site contained unspecified quantities of stolen crude oil and illegally refined AGO. This operation underscores the Nigerian Navy’s proactive efforts to protect national assets and ensure the sustainable management of Nigeria’s natural resources.

”In addition, the Nigerian Air Force carried out impressive airstrikes on June 17, 2024, in Katsina State, resulting in the elimination of over 80 terrorists. These strikes, along with previous ones in various parts of the northwest and northeast, have significantly disrupted terrorist activities and enhanced the safety of several communities for their residents.

The lawmaker then assured the Armed Forces of the House of Representatives of unwavering support and reiterated the readiness of the legislative body to provide all necessary resources and support to enhance the operational capabilities of the military, ensuring they are well-equipped to tackle any security challenges that may arise.

“Be rest assured, we will continue to prioritize the welfare, training, and equipment needs of our troops to maintain their operational readiness and efficiency,” Benson affirmed.

He called on all Nigerians to continue supporting and appreciating the Armed Forces, acknowledging their sacrifices and contributions to national security, urging citizens to remain vigilant and cooperate with security agencies to ensure a safer and more secure Nigeria.

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