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Boko Haram: Gen. Nani hands over to Gen. Olabanji, urges troops to sustain tempo

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The outgoing General Officer Commanding 8 Task Force Division, Nigerian Army, Ali Nani, has urged officers and soldiers of the division to maintain the momentum achieved so far in clearing Boko Haram terrorists around the Lake Chad Basin.

Mr Nani, a major general, made the call during his farewell speech in the Division’s conference room and 242 Battalion parade ground in Kinnasara Military Cantonment,  Monguno on Saturday.

He pointed out that the succeeses recorded in the ongoing offensive against terrorists hiding  in Northern Borno and the fringes of the Lake Chad area, especially Chikin Gudu, were as a result of troops’ doggedness, comradeship, bravery and resilience.

He charged them to remain vigilant and accord his successor the same support and solidarity that was given to him.

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Continuing, he thanked the troops for their immeasurable sacrifices to ensuring that terrorists have no safe haven in the Division’s Area of Responsibility.

“I am handing over this command to my successor a fulfilled commander owing to the successes recorded during my tour of duty.  And I attribute this to the irrepressible courage and zeal of the troops”, he added.

One minute silence was observed in honour of fallen compatriots  who paid the supreme sacrifice in the fight to ensure that normalcy is fully restored in the division’s area of responsibility.

In his remarks, the incoming GOC, Stevenson Olabanji, thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, for giving him the opportunity to serve.
Mr Olabanji, a brigadier-general, commended the outgoing GOC for his achievements and pledged to uphold the ideals of the division and make it’s area of responsibility untenable for terrorists.
The climax of the event was the signing of the handing and taking over notes, presentation of command flag by the outgoing  GOC to the incoming acting GOC in the division’s conference room.

Also, the lowering of the old flag and hosting of a new one took place to symbolise the end and a beginning of a new era in the division.

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Mr Olabanji is a member of 37 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy. He was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on 22 September, 1990.

Before his appointment as the Acting General Officer Commanding 8 Task Force Division Nigerian Army, he had served in various military formations and held several appointments.
Some of units served and appointments held include the following: Army Headquarters Department of Army Training and Operations as Deputy Director  Peace Keeping, National Defence College Abuja as Directing Staff, Headquarters 2 Brigade Port Harcourt as Brigade Commander, 3 Brigade Kano also as Brigade Commander and Commandant, Amphibious Training School Calabar.


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