Theatre Commander Seeks Deal With Police, Others To Crush Boko Haram

The Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA

DOLE, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, has called for closer collaboration with police and other

security agencies, to fast track successful implementation of the

counter-insurgency campaign.


Speaking during a familiarization visit to the Borno

Police Command on Wednesday Nicholas said that Operation Lafiya Dole was a joint operation to be

implemented in partnership between the military, police and other

security agencies in the North East.


Nicholas added that such collaboration was necessary to facilitate

restoration of civil authorities in liberated communities by police

and other agencies as enshrine in the constitution.


“The counter-insurgency campaign is not a military business alone, it

must comprise all stakeholders such as the  police, Nigeria Security

and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Immigration and Customs Services as

well as  Civilian Joint Task Force (CJFT).


“The visit is to enhance collaboration and fill the gap to enable us succeed.


“As far as we are concern, no one is superior; everybody must be

carried along to defeat Boko Haram. We are very committed to support

you discharge your constitutional responsibilities,” he said.


The Commissioner of Police, Mr Damian Chukwu, in his remark, pledged

support to the counter-insurgency operation and restoration of peace

in the state.


Chukwu disclosed that the command had deployed over 500 personnel to

the counter-insurgency operation.


“I am appealing to you to talk to soldiers who are always overzealous

while working with policemen in the operation,” he said.


Chukwu expressed the hope that such collaboration will bring an end to

the Boko Haram insurgency.


Also speaking, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Commander of the NSCDC,

advocated for truth and reconciliation committee, to address remote

causes of the insurgency in the society.


Abdullahi also suggested for periodic parley between security

organizations to promote synergy and enhance security network in the



The theatre commander visited headquarters of the police, State

Security Service (SSS) and NSCDC in Maiduguri.