Osinbajo Orders Buratai, Others To Relocate To Maiduguri

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has just ordered the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, and Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar to relocate to Maiduguri, Borno state capital immediately.

Following the emergency meeting with some service chiefs yesterday’s evening, July 27, the Acting President made this directives.

According to Osinbajo, it becomes necessary for the army chiefs to relocate to see what exactly are happening at the hotbeds of Boko Haram insurgency.

Apart from Buratai and Abubakar, those who attended the meeting were Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence; Gabriel Olonisakin, chief of defence staff and Ekwe Ite-Ibas, chief of naval staff.

Speaking with state house correspondents after the meeting, Dan-Ali said:

“We just finished a meeting with the acting president and the three service chiefs. We agreed that they should move back to the command centre again and see what are the things happening there.

“We have also agreed that we should get more surveillance devices, cameras that will be able to see distant attackers coming to the position of our troops.

“Also, the period of the raining season is a difficult moment for us. We cannot dominate the environment like what we do during the dry season but efforts are geared towards regaining our areas. All these ambushes that are happening would be stopped.”

Upon his assumption of office, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the relocation of military command and control centre from Abuja to Maiduguri.

Boko Haram has renewed attacks since Buratai ordered his men to capture Abubakar Shekau, leader of the sect, within 40 days.

Recall, Boko Haram sect killed soldiers, members of the civilian joint task force and oil experts in Magmueri local government area of Borno on July 26, 2017.

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