Nigerians will now need identification cards under a new military exercise tagged Operation Positive Identification, says the Nigerian Army.
This statement came from the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai who said the move is to uncover those with questionable identities.
Buratai spoke during the launching of routine military exercises, Crocodile Smile IV, Egwu Eke IV and Ayem Akpatuma II recently.
According to him, the move will stop dislodged and fleeing insurgents from getting into peaceful zones.
He said the exercise will take off in the northeast but will later be extended to other parts of the nation.
Buratai was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations in the Nigerian Army Maj.-Gen. E. O. Udoh.
The Army Chief noted that the exercise became “necessary owing to the myriad of emergent threats that are burgeoning across the geo-political zones.
“As part of its constitutional roles, the Nigerian Army, acting in aid of civil authority, is poised to combating these threats.”