The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has ordered the deployment of military sniffer dogs in and around Maiduguri as part of efforts to checkmate incessant suicide bomb attacks in the city.

Buratai gave the order on Tuesday after he inaugurated a sports complex built by 7 Division of the Nigerian Army at the Maimalari Cantonment.

The army chief frowned at the incessant suicide bomb attacks in the city but noted that the attacks had reduced recently.

He, however, said the attackers seemed to have “found another loophole but I want to assure you that that loophole will be blocked’’.

“I have already directed the deployment of the military working dogs.

“We have a battalion with the Nigerian Army Military Police and I have directed them to be deployed immediately around Maiduguri so that these continuous suicide bombings will cease once and for all,’’ he said.

Buratai charged the troops and Maiduguri residents to be alert and conscious of their environment as well as strange people around them.

He further charged the troops to work hard to ensure that peace was won after winning the battle with the terrorists, adding that the North East must be kept safe.

The sports complex is named after the late Lt.-Col. U.B Umar, a commander of one of the army formations in the North-East who died in an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in 2016.