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Boko Haram: Nigeria Army forms new Division
Chief of Army Staff, Buratai

Boko Haram: Nigeria Army forms new Division

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has revealed the establishment of the Nigerian Army 8 Division located in the northern part of Borno state.

Buratai made this disclosure on Wednesday while delivering a lecture at the National Defence College, Abuja.

According to Buratai, the establishment of the new division was part of a strategic plan by the Army to boost military operations against terrorists, particularly in areas around the Lake Chad Basin.

“The establishment of the new divisions is part of a strategic plan to improve on the Nigerian Army’s operational capabilities in the face of emerging threats to national security.

He confirmed that the establishment of the additional formations would bring the number of divisions in the Nigerian Army to eight.

“Emerging threats to the security of our nation which have been aggravated by the proliferation of armed groups have added to the task of the military in protecting the lives of Nigerians and the integrity of its territory.

“The focus of the Nigerian Army today is to find lasting solutions to these contemporary threats posed by the activities of the armed groups and their allies.

“The Nigerian Army, therefore, remains poised to the extermination of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria; today, they can no longer hold any territory as it used to be in the past that is why they have resorted to the use of IEDs to hit soft targets.

“We have established the 8 division located in the northern part of Borno specifically to clear the area of the remaining terrorists elements while another division, 6 Division, will be established in the South-South,’’ the boss said.

Before now, in August 2014 the Army established the 7th Infantry Division in Maiduguri. Thus on account of this insurgency of Boko Haram, this will be the second division established to specifically curtail battle the treat.

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