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Armed forces kill terrorist kingpins in 3 geo-political zones

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The Nigerian armed forces have neutralised scores of terrorist kingpins in the Northeast, Northwest and North-Central geo-political zones.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, made the claim on Tuesday in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting on “Communicating government policies, programme and activities.

He said operations executed in recent weeks through various airstrikes and ground attacks, yielded results because of effective synergy and collaboration between security agencies.

Mr Amao was represented at the meeting by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, director, Public Relations and Information, Nigeria Air Force.

The meeting was organised by the National Orientation Agency, NOA.

“We believe that effective synergy and collaborative efforts with sister services and other security agencies will go a long way in addressing the security threats bedevilling our nation.

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“These collaborative efforts between security agencies have no doubt, yielded tremendous results.

“Scores of terrorist kingpins have been neutralised in various airstrikes and ground attacks in the last few weeks in the Northeast, Northwest and North central,” he said.

He added that NAF also conducted medical outreaches across the country to strengthen civilian-military relations with the host communities.

About 400,000 people benefitted, he said.

Also speaking at the event, NOA’s Director-General, Garba Abari, urged stakeholders in the security sector to explore civilian-military relations to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful Nigeria.

Mr Abari recalled that in December 2021, NOA, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders held a two-day national summit on “Non-kinetic response to insecurity to complement kinetic efforts to stave insecurity.”

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“Today, we are here to explore areas of synergy aimed at deploying effective non-kinetic strategies to stave insecurity in Nigeria,” he said.

According to him, the aim is to instigate conversation that will produce ideas that will add value to the recommendations produced at the national summit.

In his remarks, Chris Ngwodo, the Director-General, Centre for Early Warning, said non-kinetic response to insecurity played a critical role in complementing security operations.

He said that the centre would support the design and implementation of the strategies to achieve the desired results.

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