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COAS decorated, promises end to insecurity

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Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, has said that several bandits and other criminals undermining national security “have been sent to God to go and answer for their crimes.”

The Army Chief said this on Wednesday, while speaking to State House Correspondents, shortly after he was decorated with his new rank by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

Yahata reassured Nigerians that the Army would ensure that the current spate of insecurity was brought under control.

He said, “We are already getting successes and we will leverage on that including our experience in this job and by the grace of God we will get there.”

Speaking earlier at the decoration ceremony, Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.) said the new Army chief had started his job well.

Magashi said, “Like every other chief, his mandate is to bring an end to banditry, kidnapping and the Boko Haram issue and right form his assumption to date, there is a lot of improvement in the way we have been fighting this war.”

Explaining the President’s remarks that criminals would be treated in the language they understand, the Defence Minister said, “I don’t think there is anything wrong with getting rid of an enemy if he also wants to get rid of you and that is what the President is saying; you cannot own a weapon illegally and be allowed to stay alive because that weapon can be used against you.”