The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Major-General Adebayo Olaniyi has said that a new device developed by army engineers can detect insurgents within four to five kilometres radius afar off location.
Olaniyi expressed hope that the new invention which is a major breakthrough in the military operations especially against armed insurgents in northern Nigeria will rid the country of bandits.
He told journalists in Makurdi during an interview at the closing ceremony of the Combat Support Arms Training (COSAT) Week 2013 that the military is winning war against terrorism.
“If you closely observe the rate of bomb throwing and armed attacks by the insurgents in the last three months has drastically reduced, compared to the days before the declaration of state-of-emergency in the affected states’” he maintained.
Similarly, the Chief of Army staff, Lt General Azubike Ihejirika in his closing remark presented by Olaniyi lamented the dearth of manpower and equipment in the Nigeria Army.
He disclosed that the discussions at the training workshop held at the Nigeria Army School of Military Engineering barracks, Makurdi proposed among other things the establishment of a separate agency for checking the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
He advocated inclusion of internal security as a primary role for the armed forces among others in the collective effort to combat contemporary security challenges.