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Army appoints new head of anti-terror unit

17 August 2015, 07:01Augustine Osayande

Abuja – The Nigerian Army has appointed Major General Yusha’u Mahmood Abubakar as the new Commander for its anti-terrorism unit in the Northeast.

Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, has confirmed the appointment of Abubakar as the head of the unit under the auspices of “Operation Lafiya Dole.” 

Usman said the appointment was to meet up with the established time line of bringing to a successful conclusion the fight against terrorism and insurgency. 

“The Nigerian Army has appointed a new Commander for OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE. He is Major General Yusha’u Mahmood Abubakar. Until this appointment, he was the Commander of Nigerian Army Armoured Corps,” Usman sad.

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Usman noted that it was the first time the Nigerian Army was deploying from Corps Headquarters in the field. 

“Although it is a unified command coordinating 3 and 7 Divisions of the Nigerian Army as well as other elements of Operation LAFIYA DOLE," he said.

"One important point to also note is that this is the first time the Nigerian Army in its history is deploying Corps Headquarters in the field,” the Army spokesman said.

He added that the appointment was with immediate effect.  

The Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai recently to rename the ‘Operation Zaman Lafiya’ to ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ which means “Peace by Force. 

- CAJ News

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