Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali has directed the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai to remain in the North- East until the security situation in the region improves.

A statement issued on Monday through his spokesman, Colonel Tukur Gusau said the Minister gave the directive after he met with the Service Chiefs at the Headquarters of the Defence Ministry in Abuja.

Gusau said Dan-Ali also directed the General Officer Commanding the 8 Division, Nigerian Army to relocate his Tactical Headquarters from Sokoto to Gusau, the Zamfara State capital to enable him effectively oversee the conduct of ‘Operation Sharan Daji’.

He further disclosed that the Chief of Defence Staff and COAS were also mandated to effect changes in the operational commands of Operations Delta Safe in the Niger Delta, Lafiya Dole in the North-East, Sharan Daji in Zamfara and Katsina states and Awatse in the South-West.

The statement added that the directives were to enable them meet up with the current threats posed by Boko Haram insurgents and other security challenges in their areas of responsibility.