The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has disclosed that troops have been deployed to hot spots in Zamfara State and Birnin Gwari axis of Kaduna State.
He spoke on Tuesday during an operational visit to troops in Kafanchan and Kachia in Kaduna State.
Buratai, in an interview with journalists, said, “This is a routine operational visit to see the troops, to look at what we have in Kaduna, the school of artillery, to see some of the infrastructure that have been put in place and to see what the troops are also doing in respect of operations.
“This place is one of the Nigerian Army’s Forward Based Operations, which we later developed into a full battalion. We just acquired some of the equipment needed by the battalion, which we will soon start using in the area.
“This is internal security issue going on, and this is something that we must prepare for. The troops have to be on alert to maintain security.”
On why it was difficult to stabilise Birnin Gwari and Zamfara, he said: “Nothing is making it difficult. Be rest assured that those places will be stabilized very soon.”
“We are reinforcing our troops there, we are reinforcing our equipment as well. We are adjusting the deployment in that area. We are getting the relevant platforms to ensure all the security agencies are able to deal with those security threats.”