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The chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, on Thursday visited troops engaged in the war against terrorism in various North Eastern part of Nigeria.

The visit termed “operational visit” was also aimed at boosting the morale of soldiers fighting insurgents in the region, army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said.

Commending the troops for their efforts in turning the tide against insurgents, Mr. Minimah encouraged them not to relent in the tasks.

Troops visited by the army chief included the 7 Division Strike Group and 121 Special Force Battalion comprising of the Armed Forces and Nigerian Army Special Forces located in Pulka, 26 Task Force Brigade in Gwoza, 28 Task Force Brigade and 174 Battalion in Mubi.

Mr. Minimah urged the soldiers to be more dedicated, professional and continue with the same zeal and determination till attainment of the set objective of locating and destroying Boko Haram camps and enclaves.

Receiving briefings from commanders of various units, Mr. Minimah stated his determination to continue to support and encourage them and enjoined them to maintain the momentum.

In his brief, the Brigade Commander, 26 Task Force Brigade Gwoza, Itenuma Irabor, a colonel said, following the recapture of Gwoza, and military presence, normal life activities have returned in the community.

Mr. Irabor said his Brigade was working with the Borno State government and youth vigilantes for screening of returnees and preventing infiltration of fleeing terrorists from Sambisa forest.

He also said his Brigade had embarked on measures to enhance cordial relationship with the civil populace.

Stating that achievements of the troops against insurgents in the recent weeks have brought international recognition and rekindled national pride, the army chief informed the troops that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and Nigerians were proud of them.

Mr. Minimah was accompanied by corps commander of Nigerian Army Engineers, Major General SJ Davies, Provost Marshal Army, Major General PAT Akem and Director Military Intelligence, Major General LW Wiwa.

Others were General Officers Commanding 3 and 7 Divisions, Major General FO Ali and Major General LO Adeosun, the Coordinator of Nigerian Army Aviation Service, Major General LEO Irabor, Chief of Staff, Office of Chief of Army Staff, Brigadier General SE Oduonwa and the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman.

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