Being an area of operation where terrorists are known to be ever looking
for the slightest opportunity to attack and perpetrate heinous atrocities,
Nigerian troops are conversant with the need to maintain the highest form
of alertness always.
Every available information is factored into the intelligence that drives
every engagement or encounter in any part of the mission area. This
standard has not only been sustained but has been incrementally enhanced in
terms of capacity, troop’s deployment, coordination, troop’s mobility and
protection as well as logistics.
Regular patrols, surveillance, pursuit and actual combat engagement to
curtail or forestall terrorists’ activities and threats are also conducted.
This has substantially succeeded in preventing, frustrating or minimising
the effect of terrorists’ dastardly intentions and actions. This also
accounts for why the main intention of terrorists attack on Maiduguri and
other places could not succeed.
The effort of Amnesty International to use these unfortunate activities of
terrorists to find fault with the counter terrorism operations as usual, is
inaccurate and unfair.
In actual fact, the protection of civilian population is the essence the
entire counter terrorism operation. It therefore remains the priority in
all the indeed, the troops were prepared and duly engaged the terrorists in
all the instances referred to by Amnesty International.
The misleading conclusions by Amnesty International could have been avoided
if they had made meaningful efforts to verify the inciting allegations.
Whatever be the intention, the allegations, at best can only constitute a
distractive and misleading commentary or interpretation of the terrorists’
activities, the efforts to curb them and the actual situation on the ground
The Nigerian security forces remain willing and capable of discharging the
responsibility of defending the country’s territory and people.
Every intrigue aimed at undermining the nation’s capacity to handle its
security challenges will surely fail.