Report from Abuja on Monday says the country’s Military Command and Control Centre has moved to Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State where the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents reside to unleash terror on innocent and law abiding Nigerians.
According to Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, the movement was in compliance with the Presidential pronouncement and the Chief of Army Staff’s directive to relocate the base of Nigeria’s Service Chiefs to the troubled state.
He said in a Press release: “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, Borno State”.
Usman further hinted that the team, which is led by a Two-Star General, has already commenced work in earnest and it is comprised of elements of the Office of the Chief of Army Staff, all the relevant Army Headquarters Departments and other combat support components.
He said the Centre will 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”, Usman added.
The Acting Director of Army Public Relations disclosed further that an alternate command Centre is also being established in Yola.