The Nigerian Army has cautioned citizens of the country against any attempt seeking disintegration from Nigeria. Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, reminded Nigerians of Army Rule Of Engagement (ROE) for internal security operations.
“The Nigerian Army would like to send an unequivocal warning to all and sundry, more specifically to all those threatening and agitating for the dismemberment of the country, committing treasonable felony and arson, as well as wanton destruction of lives and properties that once deployed, we shall apply the ROE to the letter,” Col. Usman said.
The ROE, according to him sets out the circumstances and limitations under which force may be applied to achieve military objectives in furtherance of government policy. He said once the rule was deployed on any internal security, it is the duty of an officer or soldier to ensure the enforcement of law and order in conjunction with other security agencies for the restoration of peace. He said the troops “are duty bound to intervene in any situation to avoid a breakdown in peace, stability or law and order of an area where they are deployed”, noting that it is inexcusable for troops to stand aside and watch the security situation deteriorate leading to loss of lives or damage to property without intervening. He said such would only be employed if all others means had failed or if explosive devices were used. He warned the people to comply, reiterating that fire would only be opened as a last resort as a measure to avoid collateral damage.
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