MASSOB, IPOB, OPC, Niger Delta Militants are closely Monitored – Army
Activities of non-state actors such as agitators in the South East, militants in the South-South, insurgents in the North East and members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in the South-West are being closely monitored by the Nigerian military. The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Division of Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen Kasimu Abdulkareem, has said.
He, therefore, called for collaboration among security agencies to defeat the non-state actors, saying they pose grave threat to national security.
Major Gen Abdulkareem spoke on Tuesday at the inauguration of the 2016 Operational Planning Cadre for officers of 2 Division of the army in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Abdulkareem stated, “In the new environment, therefore, non-state actors pose grave threat to national security. Manifestations and trajectory of these threats have brought new dynamics to conflict environment. Security agencies must therefore close ranks, train together and share intelligence so as to defeat emerging threats.”
He stressed that the activities of Niger Delta militants, secessionists bid of the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are being observed and closely monitored, adding, “The need for Nigerian Army, therefore, to be on top of the security situation is non-negotiable.
“We are aware of the security challenges of our time. In spite of these challenges, significant achievements have been made in progressively dismantling terrorists’ infrastructure and denying them freedom of action,” he said.
The four-day awareness seminar, according to the GOC, would elaborate on the threat analysis of the operational environment in line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai.
The a seminar is being attended by personnel of the Nigerian Army, Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigeria Immigration Services (NIS), the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).