Attack on NDA is “normal banditry action,” says Gen.Irabor

As fear grip the public following Tuesday early morning terrorists attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in which two officers were killed  and one abducted,  the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor has  said it was banditry action.

The  CDS described the attack on Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) officers’ residential quarters, “as more of criminal activities associated with the normal banditry action which the military was already on the matter.”

Irabor  made this known in a statement signed by Director Defence Information, Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr on Tuesday. 

The CDS  who spoke on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 in Yola, during the Chief of Defence Staff interactive session with retired senior military officers in the North East Geo-political Zone, also  allayed the fears of the general public on the ongoing mass surrendering of Boko Haram (BH)/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) ex-fighters to the AFN.  

Gen Irabor posited that the solutions to the North East security challenges lie in the Region, as he was optimistic that the situation would get better and better in the days ahead.  

On the recent fear and apprehension making rounds about the mass surrendering of BH/ISWAP ex-members, “the CDS reassured residents and Nigerians in general to trust the relevant agencies that have been tasked with responsibilities of planning the rehabilitation of repented insurgents.”

According to him, “the Armed Forces of Nigeria would deal with the matter for the good of the Region, as there will be no loose ends.”

 The CDS appreciated the people of the North East for supporting the military operations thus far asked for more cooperation. 

He  expressed his appreciation to the citizens and residents of the North-East (NE) Region for genuinely supporting the ongoing intensive clearance operations by troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) towards the restoration of permanent peace in the Zone.  

The Defence Chief urged the military veterans to take full advantage of the security parley in evaluating the various military operations, as their patriotic and constructive assessment of the general security situation would add value to the ongoing actionable military offensive clearance operations.
 In his words, “what remain very clear is the desire and will of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to speedily turn around the fortune of the NE to a state where everyone will be happy again,” the CDS averred.        

The Chief of Defence Civil Military Cooperation (CDCIMIC), Rear Admiral Fredrick Ogu announced that the one day security parley to include the Chief of Defence Intelligence brief on the general security situation in North East, group presentations by the participants and then the interactive session. 
Earlier in his welcome address, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Division Nigerian Army (NA), Major General Ismaila Ali, who was represented by the Commander 23 Brigade NA, Brigadier General Aminu Garba commended the Defence Headquarters for  the laudable initiative of tapping from the wealth of experience of the retired senior officers. 
The CDCIMIC urged the veterans to make useful contributions towards the goal of securing the NE zone and the country at large.   
According to the GOC, the cross fertilization of ideas between the current leadership of the Armed Forces and its  veterans was tailored to finding workable ideas in surmounting the contemporary security challenges bedeviling the Nation.