The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3rd Armor Division, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment Rukuba Barack Jos, Brig. Gen. Elvis Njoku said Intelligence Preparation of Battlespace is key in addressing the lingering problem of Boko Haram, cattle rustling, IPOBs and the Niger Delta avengers in the Country.
The Acting GOC made this known during the opening ceremony of a 5 days Intelligence training to the men of the division, Air force, the Paramilitary, Civil Defense Corps, Immigration, Prison Service, Custom Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) and the Department of State Security Service in Plateau state with the theme; ‘Operation Planning Cadre’ held at the 3rd Armor Division headquarters auditorium, Rukuba Barack, Jos.
According to Brig. Gen. Njoku, “The training is timely, considering the security problems facing most regions of the Country from Boko Haram in the Northeast to Cattle rustling and clashes between Fulani headers with farmers in the middle belt, indigenous people of Biafra (IPOBs) in the Eastern region as well the newly formed Niger Delta Avengers in the South-South region blowing up oil pipelines”.
He further said that a successful operations of whatever form depends on a vibrant Intelligence preparation is embarked upon by any Command and hereby charged officers and men of other Security agencies at the training to make good use of the training opportunity towards overcoming the security problems bedeviling the State.
The Commander of Intelligence Command 3rd Armor Division, Col. Abdulrrahman Kuliya presenting a paper to participants titled ‘Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace(IPB)’ said lacked of Intelligence Preparedness in the Nigerian army is one majors factor that prevents the army from defeating the dreaded Boko Haram sect before now.
He said “No Commander can succeed in any operations or mission without gathering all the vital information about its enemy’s position, their strategies, abilities among others. Col. Kuliya maintained that a successful operation is achieved by defining the area of intelligence interest, terrain analysis overlay, weather overlay, mobility corridors, avenues of approach, key terrain and vital ground overlays.
Other stakeholders at the training were the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Plateau State Council and the Human Rights Commission.