The Nigerian Army has confirmed the arrested of
several members of Boko Haram insurgents in
Lagos and Ogun States respectively.
The outgoing General Officer Commanding
(GOC) 81Division Nigerian Army Major General
Tamunomiebi Dibi who this disclosure yesterday
said suspected members of Boko Haram were
arrested during several raids conducted in both
General Dibi made this disclosure soon after he
handed over the reign of command of the
Division to Major General Isidore Henry Edet as
the new GOC of the Division.
Earlier in his address to officers and soldiers
under the division, General Dibi who casted an
iron shield security around Lagos and Ogun
State warned soldiers against avoidable deaths
of their members and also ensure the stay on the
alert against extremists loyal to the insurgents.
The former General Officer Commanding said
the war against Boko Haram is not only in the
north eastern but also allover the country.
He said: “You are all aware of what we are
going through, the problems of Boko Haram, the fact that you are not in the North East does not
mean you are not fighting the war, you are
fighting the war because wars of such nature
does not have a front or a rear. Boko Haram can
operate here and can operate in any part of the
He said that the division had been able to curtail
the excesses of Boko Haram especially by
preventing them from striking in Lagos, urging
the personnel of the Division to do more in
ensuring that the insurgents never strike in
He said soldiers and officers must ensure that
the security measures put in place to ensure that
the incursion of Boko Haram into Lagos are
prevented, must be sustained, adding that
personal security of the soldiers and officers
must also be taken serious.
He urged soldiers in the Division to remain
vigilant and also ensure that the insurgents do
not infiltrate Nigeria’s economic hub and its
The retired GOC noted that dozens of members
of the Boko Haram sects were arrested during
his 18 months service at the 81 Division.
General Dibi said: “You are all aware of the
challenges we are going through; the problem of
Boko Haram. The fact that you are not in the
northeast does not mean you are not fighting
“We are all involved in the war because wars of this nature do not have a front or a rear.
“So far, we are winning the war and I want you
to do more. Be more vigilant and ensure security
of your environment, your Barracks.
“I do not want to be in my village to hear about
any careless death.
“I want to hear that this division I am leaving is the most efficient division in the Nigeria army. I give God the glory for making it possible to serve Nigeria for 35 years and retiring today.
“I also thank all of you for supporting me. Some of you have done so well by cooperating, some of you lagged behind.
“For those lagging behind, please change your attitude towards work, be more dedicated because you do not have any other job than this job, neither do you have any other army.
“The army is a voluntary organization which you
decided to join, nobody forced you to join,
therefore, do not allow any to force you do your
“If you do your job, you are not doing anyone
any favour. It is your job and you should do it
“Military job is a challenging task and Lagos
State itself is a peculiar state. We have had our
challenging times but we were able to overcome
“Under my watch, we were able to prevent
the incursion of Boko Haram insurgents into
Lagos. A good number of them were arrested
here in Lagos.
“Having served for 35years and retiring now, the legacy I expect my successor, the new General Officer Commanding.”