The Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies have launched a joint operation called ‘Operation Accord’ as a concomitant operation by all the theatres of operations in the North West and North Central regions of the country targeted at tackling banditry and other criminal activities.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche stated this during a news briefing in Abuja.
Major General Enenche said “all identified hideouts and hibernations of the enemies will be decisively cleared through land and air combat actions through Operation Accord”.
He noted that this could easily be achieved through provision of credible information that could translate to actionable intelligence.
According to him, in the North East, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies have been on the offensive against the terrorists mainly through the land and air components of Operation Lafiya Dole.
Enenche explained that the significant feats achieved in this theatre include deletion of key BHT/ISWAP commanders, destruction of their logistics bases and cutting off their supply routes.
Equally, their camps have been in disarray as a result of the killing of some of their key commanders through airstrikes and artillery bombardments on their identified locations. This is in addition to the aggressive mobile clearance operations and air interdictions. Thus, the terrorists now carry out attacks in depleted strength on soft targets which is being effectively countered by the gallant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
“Following closely, in the North West and North Central parts of the country, the gallant troops through land and air offensives successfully neutralized 392 bandits since the commencement of Operation Katsina, which seriously degraded the bandits and other criminal elements in the two zones. Consequently, those bandits that escaped resorted to reprisal attacks on civilian targets”, he said.
However, Operation Accord was pre-emptively planned by the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to handle this situation. In this regard, the Chief of Defence Staff ordered the commencement of operation.
Meanwhile, the Military High Command has congratulated all the gallant troops of Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country.
Source: Voice of Nigeria