By Sadiq Umar, Abuja.
The Nigerian Defence headquarters has set up a Military Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri in its renewed effort aimed at decapitating the Boko Haram insurgents operating in the north-east zone of the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari, had at his inaugural address to the nation, vowed to relocate the military command to Maiduguri, the hub of insurgent attacks, in his determination to stamp out the terrorist group from Nigeria.
A statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Monday in Maiduguri, the Military announced that, a reconnaissance and advance team for the establishment of Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) for “Operation Zaman Lafiya for the fight against terrorism and insurgency has moved to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital”.
The move is in compliance with Presidential pronouncement and the Chief of army Staff’s directive, the statement added.
The statement further said that the team, led by a Two -Star General, has already commenced work in earnest and it was comprised of elements of the officer of the Chief of Army Staff, all the relevant Army Headquarters Departments and other combat support components.
Adding that it would serve as a forward Command base for the Chief of Army Staff and other Service Chiefs.
“The centre is essentially an elaboration of an already existing Army Headquarters Command and Control arrangement. From now on, the fight against terrorism and insurgency would be monitored, coordinated and controlled from this centre.
“I wish to inform you also that its establishment would not create another layer of Command structure but would add impetus and renewed vigour to Operation Zaman Lafiya, all aimed at bringing terrorism and insurgency to an end”, statement added.
It stated that an alternate Command centre was also being established in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.