Mari Ahmed, Maidugiri
The Nigerian Army yesterday said an advance team has moved to Maiduguri, Borno, for the establishment of the Command and Control Centre (MCCC). This information is contained in a statement issued by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman.
Usman said the movement by the team to Maiduguri was in compliance with the Presidential pronouncement and the Chief of Army Staff’s directive, “A reconnaissance and advance team for the establishment of Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) for Operation Zaman Lafiya for the fight against terrorism and insurgency has moved to Maiduguri, Borno State”.
He said the team, which is led by a Two- Star General, had already commenced work in earnest. According to him, the team is comprised of elements of the Office of the Chief of Army Staff and all the relevant Army Headquarters Departments and other combat support components. Usman said the Centre would serve as a forward command base for the Chief of Army Staff and other Service Chiefs.
“The Centre is essentially an elaboration of an already existing Army Headquarters Command and Control arrangement. “From now on, the fight against terrorism and insurgency would be monitored, coordinated and controlled from this centre.
“I wish to inform you also that its establishment would not create another layer of command structure but will add impetus and renewed vigour to Operation Zaman Lafiya, all aimed at bringing terrorism and insurgency to an end”. He added that an alternate command centre had also been established in Yola. (NAN)