The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Isidore Henry Edet has said that the division arrested Boko Haram insurgents on a daily basis.
The GOC made the assertion at the Inter-Denominational Church Service organised to commemorate the Nigerian Army Celebration Day at Saint Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, in Ikeja Cantonment.
According to him, ”Almost on a daily basis, we arrest Boko Haram members that flee into Lagos just like they flee to other places.
”They have seen that the war is being won so they are running. So, the army, in conjunction with other security agencies, arrest them almost on a daily basis.
”Initially they deny when we ask them questions, but when we probe further, they start revealing where they fought, how they killed soldiers, how they detonated bombs in post office in Maiduguri and so on.
”By this, we do what we need to do by sending them to the higher authorities to do what the laws and the constitution of Nigeria says it will do with them,” he said.
Gen. Edet also said the officers and soldiers in the army should be thankful to God for witnessing another army celebration day, adding that many colleagues had died during the fight against Boko Haram.
He continued, ”Many of our colleagues have died in this war against Boko Haram. Some of them, we have seen their graves and some we did not see.
”So we have every reason for those that are still alive to thank God for giving us victory against Boko Haram.
”So many others are amputated, some are even using crutches because they fought against Boko Haram so that we would have one country.
”About a year ago, we were object of public ridicule, those of us in uniforms, if we talk, the public will say go and fight Boko Haram and stop making noise.
”But we thank today that the Almighty God who trained our hands for war has taken the shame away.
”And now the Nigerian People are proud of us again as their soldiers saying we are at the front line,” he said.
The GOC said that terrorism and the insurgency of Boko Haram had taught everyone to be security-conscious as a person and country, adding that security was everybody’s business.
The GOC on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai wished every soldiers and officers of the army a good celebration of the day.
”The marking of this day is very important. The COAS wants us to also thank God for giving us victory over Boko Haram and the enemies of this country.
”While thanking God for giving us victory, we should not also let down our guards because Boko Haram has not giving up, so we should always be at alert,” he said.
He also warned soldiers to be careful of what they say in public and the company they keep, adding that their 100 percent loyalty was to the president and COAS.
The Chaplain who spoke on divine intervention during the service, Lt.-Col. I. G. Mairiga, said that the soldiers and the country in general needed divine intervention to win at all times.
The inter-denominational service was attended by senior officers, officers and soldiers in the army.