Terrorists now kidnap residents to raise funds – Army chief

Terrorists now kidnap residents to raise funds – Army chief

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has said the service has discovered the new tactics used by terrorist organisations in the country.

According to him, members of Boko Haram and the Islamic State for West African Province now kidnap for ransom and rob citizens to keep up with their nefarious activities.

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Lagbaja spoke during his visit to Maiduguri to assess the security situation in the state.

A statement on Friday by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said the COAS promised to provide combat enablers to support ongoing operations in the region.

It partly read, “The COAS lauded the troops for the operational successes so far achieved. He observed that new trends have been noticed in the activities of the terrorists, adding that they are now reverting to abduction for ransom, pillaging for logistics, and attacking civilians with Improvised Explosive Devices.”

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Onyema said the Army Chief would also be assessing the operations by troops of Operation Hadin Kai in a bid to ensure peace return to the state.

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