‘Operation Positive ID’ Was Approved By Buhari – Buratai

BEVERLY HILLS, November 01, (THEWILL) The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the planned ‘Operation Positive Identification’.

Buratai said this on Thursday when he appeared before the House of Representatives committee investigating the operation scheduled to commence on Friday November 1 through December 23, 2019 and would require citizens to move about with a means of identification.

Buratai, represented by Usman Muhammed, Chief of Civil-Military Affairs said the President and Minister of Defence are in support of the operation saying the exercise, first launched in the north-east in September, is being extended nationwide to intercept Boko Haram insurgents who had relocated from their enclaves to other parts of the country.

He, however, denied claims that the operation would involve deployment of troops into communities across the country saying it is an intelligence-based operation to intercept insurgents and other “criminal elements” relocating from the north-east to other parts of the country.