Lt -Gen Faruk Yahaya, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on Monday, warned his field Commanders that he would not listen to excuses for failure in battles against criminals and terrorists in the country.

Farouk Yahaya

General Yahaya, who gave the warning while declaring open the COAS quarterly conference in Abuja, also commissioned seven Cyber Warfare Vehicles.

The COAS advised that Commanders must seize initiatives and take decisive actions to defeat threats in their respective areas of responsibility.

The Army Chief stated that the Nigerian Army under his watch would remain resolute and continue to chart progressive paths towards tackling the security challenges confronting the country.

“I have directed that serious attention will be given to sustaining and improving the tempo in all ongoing Nigerian Army operations across the country.

“I have also directed for the conduct of special operations, especially in the North Central and North West regions.

“Commanders must therefore glean from my Command Philosophy to ensure that operational and administrative proficiencies of the Nigerian army units and formations are sustained and improved upon.

“Commanders must seize initiatives and Commanders must take initiatives, they must take decisive actions to defeat the threats in their respective AORs. I will not again take or accept any excuses. Gentlemen, failure is failure irrespective of the circumstances”, he said.

Acknowledging logistics constraints affecting operations across the country, the COAS disclosed that efforts were being made to provide combat enablers that would enhance and boost military operations.

General Yahaya added that concerted efforts were also in place to eliminate the threat of improvised explosive devices which has been a major impediment to troops and the operations in Operation Hadin Kai.

While acknowledging the imperativeness of training and retraining of troops for operational efficiency, he reiterated his determination to rebuild fighting capacity, confidence and morale of troops across theatres of operation in the country.

The vehicle commissioning was the highpoint of the opening ceremony of the Chief of Army Staff Combined Second and Third Quarters Conference 2021.

The Commander of the Nigeria Army Cyber Warfare Command (NACWC), Brigadier General Abubakar Adamu, highlighted the characteristics of the vehicles before it was commissioned.

These characteristics, he said, included VSAT (Ka-Band Antenna), High frequency 26.5-40 GHz band, High throughput Broadband Internet, Easy to Mount and Self-pointing to Satellite, two-axis motorized system, with the camera of the vehicles also covering 6.5km distance with a 120-degree angular view.

“It has night vision capability and 360-degree auto track,” the General added.

For the voice over Internet Protocol, he said, the vehicles have communication with the Nigerian Army Ops Centre, Office of the COAS and NACWC.

He disclosed that other capabilities of the vehicles included Command and Control, Quick Internet set-up at halt capabilities (wired and wireless), surveillance on the move and digital map.