The Defence Headquarters has said four military hospitals are on standby to support the federal ministry of health in the fight against the raging global pandemic COVID-19.
The Coordinator, Directorate of Defence Media Operations Major General John Enenche disclosed this in Abuja yesterday during a briefing of military operations across the nation at the Defence Headquarters.
He noted that military has put in place precautionary measures to avoid escalation, adding that should there be need for lockdown, the Armed Forces of Nigeria will enforce it.
“We have set in place precautionary measures to curtail the disease, four of our medical outfits are on standby; NAF centre Abuja, Kaduna reference hospital, Port Harcourt military hospital and Lagos military hospital with facilities to quarantine and eventually treat patients.
If there is need for a lockdown, we have the resources to ensure that the lockdown is effective,” he said
Speaking on the operational successes, the Coordinator said troops of Operation Lafiya Dole neutralised 54 Boko Haram terrorists in different encounters with insurgents.
In a breakdown, he stated that the troops successfully repelled Boko Haram Terrorists attack at Yamteke in Gwoza LGA of Borno State, and neutralised four Boko Haram Terrorist.
Items recovered during the encounter include three AK47 rifles, Two hand grenades and One Tecno phone were recovered.
He added that local hunters also repelled Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State of West Africa Province attack at Sabon-Gari village of Madagali LGA in Adamawa State.
Major General Enenche said during the encounter, two terrorists were killed and One AK47 rifle was recovered.
In a similar vein, troops of Sector Four Multi-National Joint Task Force also repelled a Boko Haram Terrorists attack at same day and arrested four suspected Sara Suka activists during a cordon and search operation.
He listed the items recovered to include; seven cutlasses, three knives and substances suspected to be illicit drugs and charms.
He therefore commended the general public for their support and charged them to continue to provide credible information to the troops so as to sustain the trend among other success achieved by troops of the Nigerian Military and other security agencies.
He reaffirmed that, the Armed Forces of Nigeria carry out in exercises that could transmute into real life operation.
“In this regard, during the week, the Nigerian Navy commenced Exercise TREASURE GUARD 2 at the Western Naval Command Area of Responsibility to increase confidence of the global shipping community.
“The Exercise was approved to transmute to Exercise OBANGAME EXPRESS 2020 (which was supposed to be a multi-national exercise) which was cancelled due to the global health concern. The overall objective of the Exercise is to ensure a collective security and protection of our maritime assets” he said.