The Nigerian Army has promised to provide security for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members deployed for electoral duties during elections.
The army has also promised to provide security for NYSC orientation camps across the country and corps members at their places of primary assignment.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, gave the assurance when he received members of the NYSC governing board, led by its chairman, Ambassador Fatima Barna Abubakar, on a courtesy visit to his office at Army Headquarters, Abuja.
Attahiru, who commended the board for the equitable distribution of suitable corps to the military and other government institutions for their primary assignment, equally commended them for using corps members during elections and assured them of adequate security.
Welcoming the delegation to his office, the COAS said, “Let me commend you for equitable distribution of suitable corps members to army establishments, schools and institutions as teachers, computer analyst, doctors, dentists and pharmacists.
“Let me also commend you for your efforts in using corps members during elections and I assure you of Nigerian Army’s support to secure the corps members during such assignments.
Read Also: Effective Leadership As NYSC Camps Resume
“I assure you of the Nigerian Army’s continued support for the NYSC to provide camp commandants, instructors and soldiers during orientation camps and provide security to the camp and their areas of primary assignments.
“I, therefore, implore the NYSC to introduce patriotism and entrepreneurship as subjects during orientation camps, to enhance national development.”
Earlier, Ambassador Fatima Barna Abubakar said they were at the army headquarters to congratulate the COAS on his appointment and solicit massive deployment of soldiers to NYSC orientation camps, especially at this time when banditry, kidnapping and other violent crime are on the increase.
The chairman, while thanking the Nigerian Army for always coming to the rescue of the scheme, said, but for the quick intervention of soldiers, most NYSC camps would have been razed during the #EndSARS protest.
Soldiers foil Boko Haram attack on army base in Gwoza, kill 11 terrorists
The Nigerian Army said its soldiers on counter-insurgency operations in the North-East have foiled a terrorist attack on its military base in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State and killed 11 members of the Boko Haram group.
The soldiers engaged the terrorists who tried to infiltrate the town from Gwoza Madara mountain to attack troops of 192 Battalion stationed in the town in a fierce gun duel.
The soldiers were said to have recovered over 12 AK-47 rifles, anti-aircraft gun, motorcycles and several other weapons from the terrorists.
“The Tango 9 troops responded rapidly by engaging the terrorists with a high volume of firepower and instantly neutralised some of them, while others were forced to retreat.
“We have counted at least 11 corpses of the terrorists after exploring the general area.
“With the aid of heavy firing and mortar bombs, troops engaged them at their mountainous den,” a military source told Defence Report.
“The troops also recovered about a dozen AK-47 rifles, anti-aircraft gun, motorcycles, as well as several other items from the terrorists.”
Source: Daily Sun Newspaper