By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau & SULEIMAN AHMED MISAU, Katsina
The Deputy Commandant, National Defence College (NDC), Major General Elias Attu has described the establishment of Super Camps as a novel idea to stem out banditry and other nefarious activities out of the country.
General Attu stated this while interacting with journalists when he visited the Nigerian Army Special Super Camp IV in Faskari.
He said the concept of the Super Camp is important due to the nature of warfare and operations that is being carried out in Nigeria where most of the crises are intra states.
“We engage non state actors who engage in acts of terrorism and all other crimes whose major preoccupation is to frustrate the government and also ensure good people of the states don’t live in peace and harmony,” he said.
He added that with the rates of banditry and insurgency, proper force or conventional operations cannot be planned without the Super Camp.
“With Super Camp, we plan from here with actionable and timely intelligence and with good relationship with the locals who are peace loving people generally, we now know how to pick out the bandits and engage them one on one,” he said.
General Attu said the Super Camp is effective and with the sustenance of the Camp and the ongoing Operation Sahel Sanity the issue of banditry in north west will be put to rest.
The Deputy Commandant said to ensure force protection, there must be a firm base to operate from and to muster troops and move on to carry out operations.
“After having force protection, you can project your force and that is what Super Camp has being doing,” he said.
General Attu commended the resilience of the officers and men of the Nigerian Army conducting the Operation Sahel Sanity to rid the north west of bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers.
He also commended the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Yusuf Tukur Buratai for providing needed leadership which has being motivating the Nigerian Army to keep up it mandate of securing the country.
“We the Nigerian Army have a responsibility under the constitutional to ensure that this country is safe and secured, there is no way they will say there is insecurity anywhere and the army will turn blind eyes and say no or do it half way and go back,” he said