Fight against Boko Haram is technology-driven –Buratai

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The Nigerian Army has said that its fight against the terrorists group, Boko Haram, has been technology-driven and that there are efforts to do more in that area to win the war.

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, made this remark  on Saturday in Maiduguri, Borno State, during an interactive session with journalists.

He said drones had been used in the war and that had led to the amount of success achieved so far.

He said additional research was still being carried out to make use of scientific facilities.

He added that the uniform was also such that could send signals of danger to the soldier wearing it.

Buratai stated that in addition, the Nigerian Army had worked on improving the welfare of its personnel and done well in boosting the morale of the personnel.

His words:  “Now, even the uniform is technology-based, it will be tagged wherever you are; it sends signal when you are in danger, and these issues are very important.

“Technology is playing important role in warfare and we are not left out; we have in place a transformation and innovation department.

“The department is working on research and developments not only on basic equipment but equally more scientific and technological facilities to enable us to carry out our operations.

“We are also working on deployment of drones, the Nigerian air force has been deploying drones in our operations in the northeast and they are deploying more, it has been very effective in this operation.

“For surveillance, local drones are deployed and when new ones are also deployed, it will be effective and useful in the operation.”