GOC of Army’s 3 Div, Lt-Gen Hassan Umaru, warns Officers against taking sides in conflicts
Officers of the Nigerian Army have been warned not to take sides in any conflict, and if found wanting would face the consequences of their actions.
They have also been warned that, any soldier found aiding or abetting any act of arson, vandalism or unprofessional conduct, would be severely dealt with according to the extant law.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army, Lt General Hassan Umaru, disclosed this on Monday, while briefing newsmen in his office in Rukuba Barracks Jos. He said that the president’s visit has boosted the morale of the troops in the Northeast, adding that, “we have been working hard to address the challenges, including supplying fighting equipment to the Army in the field.”
According to him, “we have urged the troops to follow rules of engagement in their operations and know when to respond,” adding that, “we are doing quite a lot to meet up to the deadline of the federal government.”
He further expressed confidence that, there is no place under the control of Boko Haram sect against ongoing general speculation from people, and appealed to the general public to be on the watch out to see the Sambisa forest problem from which the federal troops had dislodge all of the insurgents.
He warned those Igbos threatening the peaceful coexistence of the country over agitation for Republic of Biafara state, to the extent of destroying lives and properties, to stay clear, and warned all and sundry – more specifically those who are threatening and agitating for the dismemberment of the country.
General Umaru noted that, “those clamoring for the Biafara state are committing treasonable felony and arson to cause wanton destruction of lives and properties that, once deployed, I don’t know whether we have Biafara people in Nigeria.”
According to him, “we shall apply the Rules Of Engagement (ROE) to the latter with the hope that such circumstances would not arise that we shall be deployed on such operations, because, let nobody make any mistake within the ambit of the law.”