President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the deployment of additional troops to aid the ongoing operation in the North-east to take down Boko Haram.
This was revealed at press briefing at the National Briefing Centre on Terrorism in Abuja on Tuesday also revealing that the proposed plan to supervise the activities of the military forces have been put in place and would soon commence.
In a briefing to journalist, the Coordinator and Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri, stated that the additional troops were deployed to complement the activities of the recently formed Regional Alliance against Insurgency although the numerical strength of the troops wasn’t disclosed.
“We cannot disclose this for operational reasons, you do not want to disclose your strength to your enemies,” Omeri said.
Also at the centre, the Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, explained that the operational structures were set up in identified locations, mainly in operational zones.
“Structures for coordination of the activities of the inputs of allied countries’ forces in the ongoing search and rescue operations had been set up and is awaiting take-off,” he explained.
Speaking on the twin bomb explosions that rocked the central area of Jos metropolis yesterday, Omeri said security forces had been mobilised to the scene of the blasts and adequate information on how the bombing was carried out would be ascertained.
“We got information from Jos that two explosions occurred in the central area of Jos; the police and other security forces in the city have mobilised to the scene; we will eventually have adequate information on what has happened,” he stated.
Omeri recalled that the North-central city has had security challenges, but said the armed forces and other services had strived very hard to ensure peace in the area.
“Jos is in the North-central zone and has had its own challenges, you also know the efforts of the armed forces and other services in ensuring peace, including the communities that have shown determination and strong resolve to have peace,” he said.