We’re sending criminals to God to answer for their crimes – COAS

July 7, 2021
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We’re sending criminals to God to answer for their crimes – COAS

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•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

fully addressed.

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

country, stated:

‘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

Sun)


Source: News Express


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