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Defence Minister Dan-Ali Visits Maiduguri on Buhari’s Order

SAMBISA FOREST CAMP ZERO. 1. ; Minister of Defence, Brig Gen Mansur Dan-Ali, representing President Muhammadu Buhari inside Camp Zero during the opening of the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship at the Sambisa Forest Borno State on Monday MAR 27 2017. STATEHOUSE PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE.

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, on Wednesday flew to Maiduguri on President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to assess situation on ground and report to him following recent attacks in Borno North.

Dan-Ali confirmed this to newsmen after he held a two-hour crucial closed door meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, at the Military Command and Control Centre.

Also in attendance were the Chief of Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, Principal Staff Officers at the Army Headquarters and Theatre Commander, Operation Lafia Dole, Maj.-Gen. Benson Akinroluyo.

The senior Officers in charge of the Air Force and Navy components of the operations, as well as some field commanders attended the meeting.

Dan-Ali said: “I am here on the instruction of Mr President, to come and see the happenings in the Theatre Command of the Operation Lafia Dole”.

`I have been briefed by the Commander and the Chief of Army Staff.

“I am here to know what is expected, what the president should do to make things work and I have been briefed.

“So, I will take home all the briefings by each and every of the commanders here,’’ but declined to give further details.

Dan-Ali left for the Republic of Chad after the meeting.

He is expected to hold a meeting with his Chadian counterpart in view of recent attacks by the Boko Haram terrorists on areas bordering Chad and Nigeria.




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