The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said the Army is deploying spiritual warfare to counter Boko Haram and its propaganda.
Concise News understands that Buratai said this on Tuesday during the 2019 Chaplains annual Training Conference and Retreat in Sokoto.
He was represented at the event by the Director of Civil-Military Affairs Brig. Gen. Timothy Olowomeye.
”We were involved in a joint seminar on Spiritual Warfare as an effective means against insurgency and other forms of restiveness,” he said.
”Boko Haram and the likes cannot be defeated by kinetic military warfare alone.
”Finding appropriate counter-narratives against these violent extremist sects will immensely be a big push towards eradicating their negative activities in Nigeria.”
Also, he added that ”These tendencies have caused disorder and wanton destruction of lives and property of many innocent citizens who have continued to look unto the government for solace.
”President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to offer succour and renewing the hope of the country’s citizens through the relentless efforts of our Armed Forces and other security agencies.
”We, therefore, must call to mind always that the noble task of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation while also being proactively involved in aid of our civil authority is our prime responsibility.”
Also, he called for further partnership between the Directorates of Civil-Military Affairs (DCMA) and the three Religious Directorates in the bid to tackle the security challenges.
Top Police Officer Abducted
Meanwhile, the Police in Kaduna state, northwest Nigeria, have confirmed the abduction of an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Musa Rambo.
Concise News understands that Rambo is the Police Area Commander for Suleja.
The Spokesman for the command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said the ACP was abducted on Saturday at about 3.30pm, adding that the kidnappers have contacted them, demanding a ransom.
According to the police official, the abducted officer’s car, with registration number KRD 753 BT, and his ID card were found abandoned along the road by a team of Operation Safe Heaven – a police squad for special operation.
It was learned that Rambo’s vehicle was abandoned near Kanock Bridge, a border area between Kaduna and Nasarawa.
“The State Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga assures the public of the command’s resolve to secure the release of the victim,” a statement from Sabo read.
“He enjoin the people of the state to continue to support the Police with relevant information that could help the command to overcome the recent security problems.”