The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai on Thursday said that the Operation Positive Identification would not hinder the day-to-day activities of Nigerians. Buratai made this known while fielding questions from the House of Representatives Committee on Army in Abuja.
Represented by the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj. Gen. Usman Muhammed, Buratai said the army had submitted a detailed report on the OPI to the committee. He said the military is involved in Operation Lafia Dole in the North-East and that there are other sub-operations within the major operation. Buratai said that the OPI is one of the sub-operations which is ongoing in the North-East zone.
According to him, based on credible intelligence, Boko Haram terrorists are no longer in their enclaves, they are spreading out away from their traditional strongholds. The Army Chief said the OPI which started on September 22 in the North-East was based on the intelligence.
Buratai said the military has a tradition of initiating operations towards the end of the year to reduce crime during the Yuletide.