We will eliminate all non-state actors occupying communities, forests – Chief of Defence Irabor

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor

The Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, has stated that the military has concluded arrangements to neutralise non-state actors and other agents of violence in the nation.

The CDS noted that the military would kill all illegal occupants of communities, forests and countryside.

He stated this at a one-day National Defence and Security Summit in Abuja on Monday.

He noted that Nigeria is currently experiencing a wide range of national security threats including terrorism, insurgency, farmers/herders conflict, ethno-religious conflicts, kidnapping and banditry.

“Our strategic objectives are manifold and imbued to neutralise non-state-actors and other agents of violence in our communities, forests and countryside to stabilise the security situation across the nation, to facilitate law and order; and lastly to provide the enabling environment far peace and development.

“These presuppose that the military would need support from other security agencies during the operations and would be required to give support to others at different stages of the internal security effort.

“On behalf of the officers and men/women of the armed forces, I pledge our unalloyed loyalty to C-in-C and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The mandate shall be delivered; fear and despair shall be extinguished from our land. Nigeria will have peace again,” the CDS said.

He noted that the Armed Forces of Nigeria were committed to ensuring the return of peace to different parts of Nigeria being confronted by insurgency, and other forms of insecurity challenges.

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