The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Monday ordered top army commanders to be on alert amid the security situation in the country.
Buratai gave the order on Monday during a meeting at the Army Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
General Officers Commanding of all the divisions of the Nigerian Army, commanders of the various army operations, unit commanders, commander, Guards Brigade, among other top officers were in attendance.
Addressing the top commanders and principal officers, Buratai said the order is necessary in order to deal decisively with any attack on their duty locations.
He argued that the recent activities by some unscrupulous elements show their desire to acquire arms and ammunition at all cost from security personnel.
The army chief lamented that 10 AK-47 rifles have been lost to miscreants in the last two weeks across the country with attendant loss of lives of personnel.
According to him, there is no choice between a democratically united, strong and prosperous Nigeria and a nation disunited in a state of anarchy and retrogression.
Over the past few days, the nation has witnessed violence with some hoodlums attacking and vandalising public and private property.
Similarly, some Nigerians invaded warehouses and looted the place where COVID-19 palliatives were kept.
Also, looters attacked homes and property of individuals, including banks, shopping malls and small stores.