The Nigerian Army on Saturday honored five officers from Operation Hadin Kai JTF who have distinguished themselves and displayed outstanding bravery, dedication and commitment in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.
According Zagazola Media Networkthe soldiers received the Theartre Commander Commendation Award.
Among the soldiers was Lt. Col. IA Manga, who reportedly led several counter-insurgency operations in northern regions, including Sambisa Forest. He would have contributed to the capture of several terrorists and the recovery of ammunition.
The Theater Commander, Joint Task Force Northeast, Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa also honored approximately 80 officers, soldiers and journalists with medals of bravery for their outstanding performance in the campaign to counter-insurgency.
According to General Musa, among the 80 winners are members of the Nigerian Air Force, Navy, Police, Department of State Services, Nigerian Customs, Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration, Civil Defense and Civilian JTF.
Other recipients include; journalists who have played a vital role in their reporting on the fight against terrorism in the region.
Zazangola reported that while presenting the medals and awards to the recipient, Musa instructed them to continue to show professionalism in ending the war while the Nigerian military would continue to provide adequately for their welfare.
Musa said, “On behalf of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired), I would like to congratulate everyone for registering another milestone which is the 62nd anniversary of our independence and winning the Medal of Honor for our participation and bravery.
“Operation Hadin Kai is a joint operation that is designed for all of us to play a role in ending all forms of insecurity in the North East. It is made up of military, paramilitary, governmental and non-governmental organizations, the civilian population and law-abiding citizens.
“The operation was established in order to restore law and order, extinguish all flames and end all forms of terrorism and crime in North East Nigeria through kinetic and above all non kinetics.”
He added that the operations were being carried out in Sambisa Forest, Tumbuktu Triangle and Mandara Mountains to protect people’s life and property.
He noted that more than 60,300 communities and captives have been freed and rescued from the forest and the Lake Chad region.
General Musa also used the occasion to call on the remaining Boko Haram terrorists to come out of hiding and join the federal government’s amnesty program, aimed at rehabilitating them and reintegrating them into normal life.