We’re sending criminals to God to answer for their crimes – COAS
Posted by News Express | 7 July 2021 | 172 times
•Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya
By JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya has declared
that many bandits and other criminals undermining national security ‘have
been sent to God to go and answer for their crimes.’
The COAS reassured that the Army will continue to give its best to ensure
that current security challenges troubling some parts of the country are
The Army Chief made the remarks Wednesday while speaking to State House
Correspondents shortly after he was decorated with his new rank by
President Muhammadu Buhari.
He further declared that successes were already being recorded, adding that
the military would leverage on it and its experience.
Gen Yahaya, who pledged his unalloyed loyalty to President Buhari and the
‘I want to most sincerely appreciate the President and Commander in Chief
of the Armed Forces for the confidence reposed in me and now being
decorated Lieutenant General and Chief of Army Staff.
‘I want to pledge my unalloyed loyalty on behalf of the officers and men of
the Nigerian Army. We would also continue to do our very best to arrest the
current insecurity, which includes insurgency and other violent crimes.
‘We are already getting successes and we will leverage on that including
our experience in this job and by the grace of God we will get there.’
Also speaking, Minister of Defence Major General Bashir Magashi (retd) said
the new Army Chief had since started his job very well.
‘I think like every other Chief his mandate is to bring to an end to
banditry, kidnapping and the Boko Haram issue, and right from his
assumption to date, there is a lot of improvement in the way we have been
fighting this war.
‘The planning is thorough and the activities are going according to
operational plans and I am sure with that kind of arrangement, we will get
out of the insurgency problem,’ the minister said.
Gen Magashi said all those perpetrating insecurity across the country would
be brought to book, adding that those picking arms against security
personnel would also be punished.
‘If you commit an offence, you will be arrested, tried and if you are
guilty you will be punished. But for anybody picking arms against a
soldier, you know what that means and we will also treat him according to
the law,’ he said.
Clarifying the president’s controversial comment that criminals would be
treated in the language they understand, the Defence Minister said:
‘I don’t think there is anything wrong to get rid of an enemy if he also
wants to get rid of you, and that is what the president is saying you
cannot own a weapon illegally and be allowed to stay alive because that
weapon can be used against you.
‘We will take on anybody who is carrying arms. Nigeria will not allow that
to continue to happen. That is our message,’ the minister warned. (Daily
Source: News Express
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