We arrest Boko Haram on daily basis-GOC

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
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
”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
”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
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
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
”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
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
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.

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