Troops of the Nigerian Army in continuation of the crackdown on criminal syndicates have encountered and overpowered several terrorist elements in the northeast theatre of operation even as free medical outreaches by the Army have been extended to some communities as part of non-kinetic military efforts to win the support of the people.
Col. Aminu Iliyasu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja.
He said, “With sustained tenacity to rid the entire country of criminal elements for a safer and conducive environment, particularly as the Yuletide season approaches, troops of the Nigerian Army have continued to intensify their operations against all forms of criminality across the country.
“In the North East Theatre of operations, troops of 5 Brigade in conjunction with elements of 5 Brigade Field Ambulance deployed at Damasak the administrative headquarters of Mobbar LGA of Borno State conducted a Free Medical Outreach and Immunisation Exercise on 12 December 2019 at North Wango Village of the same LGA.
“The Exercise is the brainchild of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai under the Buratai Intervention Task Force as a non-kinetic engagement by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to compliment both governmental and non-governmental agencies in real-time health delivery to communities in the North East theatre of operation.
“During the exercise, a total of 207 children were immunized with Polio vaccine while 122 adults equally benefitted from the Free Medical Outreach which includes, medical consultations, health advisory, diagnosis, administration of drugs, eye test and distribution of free medical eyeglasses among others.