Nigerian Army said it has inducted a combat motorbike battalion at the headquarters of 25 Task Force Brigade, Damboa, Borno State, to help fight Boko Haram terror war in the North-East.
The army stressed that the initiative is aimed at ensuring the renewed strategy of clearing the remnants of terrorists, even as it launched the second set of 100 wanted terrorists at the occasion.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said in a statement yesterday that the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, while inducting the unit, stated that the essence of the battalion is to open and secure motorways from various towns to and fro Maiduguri and other parts of Yobe State.
Prior to the induction and launching ceremony, the COAS took time off to see and address troops located at Delwa and Bulabulin before arriving Damboa. On arrival, he inspected a quarter guard at the brigade’s headquarters.
The army chief was briefed by the Brigade Commander, Brigadier-General Lawrence Adeleke Araba, and then showed him some weapons, vehicles and Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, making machines and equipment that the formation recovered when they cleared Boko Haram terrorists camps at Talala and Ajingin recently.
Earlier, the Commander, 7 Division Garrison, Colonel Solomon Babatunde Kumapayi, also showed the COAS vehicles, weapons and IEDs that his formation recovered from the terrorists at Kotokuma on Friday.
Inducting the combat motorbike unit, the chief of army staff stated that the battalion will serve as a force multiplier in the clearance operations of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists. He stated that with the induction, troops presence will be available along the roads thus keeping them open and safe.
A visibly elated Secretary, National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Borno State, Alhaji Ahmadu Musa, showered encomiums on the COAS and the army for their sacrifices, adding that the initiative would enhance safety and security on the roads.
He assured of the continuous support of his organisation to the army towards the mopping up of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists, promising the COAS that they will display and distribute the banner containing the photographs of the wanted terrorists to all their branches and other chapters.
Buratai also visited 254 Task Force Battalion, Sabon Gari, located along Damboa-Biu road where he addressed the troops.

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