Boko Haram: Deployment of drones in our operations in the northeast successful – Army

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Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief
of Army Staff (COAS), said the days of Boko Haram will soon be over with the use
of drone in the northeast by the Army.

Buratai disclosed this while
fielding questions at a dinner and media interactive session organised for
editors and defence correspondents in Maiduguri on Saturday.

Buratai said that applications of
drones and new technologies were critical in modern warfare to ensure
successful implementation of the counter insurgency campaign.

He disclosed that the army had
utilised drones in surveillance and research, adding that the process was
effective in execution of its operations against the dreaded Boko Haram
insurgents.

Buratai said: “now, even the
uniform is technology-based, it will be tagged wherever you are; it sends
signal when you are in danger, and these issues are very important.

“Technology is playing important
role in warfare and we are not left out; we have in place a transformation and
innovation department.

“The department is working on
research and developments not only on basic equipment but equally more
scientific and technological facilities to enable us to carry out our
operations.

“We are also working on
deployment of drones; the Nigerian Air Force has been deploying drones in our
operations in the northeast and they are deploying more, it has been very
effective in this operation.

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“For surveillance, local drones
are deployed and when new ones are also deployed, it will be effective and
useful in the operation”.

According to him, the military
has also deployed modern military hardware, rehabilitated office and house
accommodation, clinics and executed viable projects for the improvement of
personnel welfare and boost their morale.

Buratai added that the military
would equally deploy modern scanning machines to check vehicular movements and
enhance security on high ways.

The army chief called for closer
media-military relation to check the spate of terrorists’ propaganda and
campaign of calumny against the Nigerian Army.

While commending the media for
effective coverage of counter insurgency campaign, Buratai tasked them to
educate the people, to discourage terrorists’ propaganda.

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