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  • Updated: February 26, 2024

Banditry: Military can exterminate armed groups — Governor Sule

Banditry: Military can exterminate armed groups — Governor

Governor Abdullahi Sule has expressed confidence in the Nigerian army's capability to effectively tackle armed groups causing unrest in the nation.

Speaking during the 2023 West African Social Activities of the Nigerian Army’s IV Special Forces command in the Doma LGA on Sunday, Sule commended the army and other security agencies for their relentless efforts in combating kidnapping, banditry, and other security challenges across the country.

The governor also commended the special forces personnel in tackling criminal elements within Nasarawa.

Sule lauded the force for maintaining its annual social event, WASA, which is aimed at bringing officers and their families together to strengthen the existing bonds among different ethnic groups in the military.

The governor further said that the event was an opportunity for officers and soldiers to mingle and showcase their cultures and traditions.

He added that it was a pointer to the resolve and determination of the army to create an avenue to socialise with fellow soldiers and families.

The governor, therefore, assured the army of the state government’s support.

“The IV Special Forces is a specialised component of the Nigerian army which is saddled with the responsibility of Air-bound operations, counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, foreign-internal defence and unconventional warfare among others.

“I am much aware of your operational efforts in the various parts of the states, some of which led to our gallant men paying supreme prices in service to the nation.

“In recognition of your patriotic service, this administration will continue to support the efforts of our security personnel through the provision of security vehicles for surveillance and other support to ensure the protection of lives and property of our citizens,” Sule added.

Earlier, the special forces command commander, Hillary Nzan, explained that WASA was created to take officers and soldiers away from their routine regimental life to an atmosphere where they can unwind and relax freely with one another and civilians.

He promised to sustain the fight against all crimes within the command’s jurisdiction and reiterated the army’s commitment to remain responsive to the task of defending the country’s territorial integrity.

Awards of excellence were presented to five officers who distinguished themselves.

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