The Nigerian Army has inducted a combat motorbike battalion at the Headquarters of 25 Task Force Brigade, Damboa, Borno State to boost the renewed strategy of clearing the remaining elements of Boko Haram terrorists.
Also launched during the event, was the second batch of the portraits of 100 wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, while inducting the unit, stated that the essence of the battalion was to open and secure motorways from various towns to and fro Maiduguri and other parts of Yobe State.
Prior to the induction and launching ceremony, the Chief of Army Staff took time off to see and address troops located in Delwa and Bulabulin before proceeding to Damboa.
He also inspected a Quarter guard at the Brigade’s headquarters and was briefed by the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Lawrence Adeleke Araba, who showed him some weapons, vehicles and Improvised Explosive Devices, IED-making machines and equipment, recovered from cleared Boko Haram terrorist camps at Talala and Ajingin recently.
Earlier, the Commander, 7 Division Garrison, Colonel Solomon Babatunde Kumapayi also showed the COAS vehicles, weapons and IEDs-making devices recovered by his formation from the terrorists at Kotokuma on Friday.
Inducting the combat motorbike unit, the Chief of Army Staff said: “the battalion will serve as a force multiplier in the clearance operations of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.”
“With the induction of the unit, troops presence will be seen along the roads, thus keeping the roads open and safe.” General Buratai stated.
A visibly elated Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Borno State, Ahmadu Musa showered encomiums on the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army for their sacrifices and the initiative.
Musa said that “the motorbikes would enhance safety and security on the roads” and promised continuous support of his organisation to the Army as they mop up the remaining Boko Haram terrorists.
He also gave assurance that the banner containing the portraits of the 100 wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists would be displayed and distributed in all the union’s branches and other chapters.
Before leaving Borno, the Chief of Army Staff also visited 254 Task Force Battalion, Sabon Gari located along Damboa-Biu road, where he addressed troops stationed there.