Anti-Banditry: CDS Visits Troops on Exercise Sahel Sanity in Katsina

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin has commended the initiative, organization and resilience of the Nigerian Army (NA) in the ongoing Exercise SAHEL SANITY which is intended to effectively end the insecurity in the North West (NW).

He made the commendation during his operational visit and address to troops of Exercise SAHEL SANITY on Monday the 13th of July 2020 at the Army Special Super Camp 4 Faskari Katsina State, where he charged them to flush out bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements in the region.

While extolling the leadership, officers and men of the NA for a successful Exercise so far, he urged that though the Step Up Headquarters is in Faskari in Katsina State, there is need to consolidate on putting up blocking forces in the contigious States of Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara so that the criminals will not have ease of action or movement.

General Olonisakin states “I am happy to note this operation is not limited to Katsina and Zamfara States, as you have already assigned blocking forces in the contigious states of Kaduna, kebbi, Niger Sokoto and Zamfara States and i urged you to consolidate on that to deny the bandits ease of action and movement”.

He also applauded the NA and sister services for protecting the sovereignty, territorial intergrity of Nigeria and for checkmating banditry activities in the NW.

According to him – “From the briefing I received and what I saw, there is no doubt banditry will soon be a thing of the past in Nigeria” – Gen Olonisakin stated.

Accordingly, Gen Olonisakin said that he was impressed with level of preparedness for the operation and the layout of the Super Camp. He, therefore, Commends the initiative of the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai for the noble Super Camp Concept and the commitment and resilience of all the personnel taking part in the exercise.

He opines that super camp concept is one of the strategies to professionally better position the NA to face the current challenges and it is a commendable initiative on the part of the NA’s leadership.

He also assures the COAS of the support of the Defence Headquarters in whatever may be required towards achieving the end state of the exercise. He used the opportunity to thank the President, Commander In Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari for his numerous supports and invaluable guidance to the Armed Forces of Nigeria and reiterate the commitment and loyalty of the Nigerian Military to the President and Commander In Chief.

Earlier in his welcome address the COAS thanks the CDS for finding time to visit the troops which is a morale booster to the troops on the exercise and the entire officers and men of the NA. He assured the CDS of the readiness, Commitment, determination and loyalty of the Nigerian Army to combat all forms of security challenges facing the nation.

Gen Olonisakin was accompanied on the visit by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, represented by Rear Admiral TT Dakwat and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar represented by Air Vice Marshall IO Amao.

Acting Director Army Public Relations
13 JULY 2020




1. The Chief of Defence Staff General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin paid a scheduled operational visit to the Nigerian Army Super Camp 4 in Faskari Katsina state on Monday 13 July 2020. During the visit the CDS received information and operation brief on Op SAHEL SANITY.He later addressed the troops participating in the operation. He was accompanied on the visit by the representatives of the Chief of Naval Staff and the Chief of Air Staff.

2. In his welcome address the Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai welcomed the CDS to the Army Super Camp 4 Faskari. He informed him of the tremendous achievement of Op SAHEL SANITY within the short period of its flag off. He mentioned the rescue of kidnapped victims, neutralization of some armed bandits and recovery arms and ammunition, more than 700 cattles and over 500 sheeps. These achievements he said has helped the locals to go about their normal economic and agricultural activities without any hindrance. He thanked the CDS for finding time to visit the troops in the frontline.

3. The Chief of Defence Staff in his address commended the leadership of the Nigerian Army for the establishment of the Auper Camp, the successful completion of NADCEL 2020 and the flagging off of Op SAHEL SANITY to completely rid the entire North West zone of the country of banditry, cattle rustling and other forms of criminality. He said the military is constantly restrategizing on ways of fighting terrorism, banditry and other forms of criminality. One of such ways is the Suoer Camp concept. He pledged the support of the Defence Headquarters to the Nigerian Army in its operations.

4. He commended the soldiers for thier resilience and also paid special tribute to officers and men who have continued to make sacrifices in the defence of our fatherland. He also noted that the military is the last line of defence. He also expressed gratitude to the Commander in Chief President Muhammadu Buhari for his guidance and support to the military.

Benard Onyeuko
Brigadier General
Acting Director
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
13 July 2020