DEFENCE Headquarters, DHQ, said yesterday that it would not succumb to the temptation of joining issues with the National Assembly over its unwholesome criticism of the military-led nonkinetic operation code-named Operation Safe Corridor. It also explained that talking back at the nation’s legislative body would amount to insubordination as the parliamentarians are their political masters. Operation Safe Corridor is a multi-agency humanitarian effort led by the Defence Headquarters which aims at De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Re-integration, DRR, of low risk repentant members of the Boko Haram sect. It would be recalled that the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, had on Wednesday, criticised the concept of Operation Safe Corridor, alleging that a ‘repentant’ Boko Haram member was responsible for the murder of Army Colonel D.C Bako. The member, he said, gave out information to the terrorists regarding the movement of the Colonel. Colonel Bako was killed on September 21 in an ambush by the terrorist group near Damboa, a town about 85 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Meanwhile, in response to Senator Ndume’s position, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, while fielding questions from defence correspondents at his weekly update on military operations across the federation, said “like I told you earlier about the same Senate, what is my level? I will not respond to it; it is wrong. When my masters have spoken, I cannot speak again. If the service chiefs say something, I can re-echo it but responding to criticism of the National Assembly will amount to insubordination. “This is because if I talk now, you – the press will go and start joining issues that this one is good and the other one is bad. The information that came out is from the grand strategic level, therefore, I advise that when you get to the Senate or the Ministry of Defence you can ask them, but spare me this kind of question at this level.” Enenche also assured that before long, the activities of armed bandits in the North-West would become a thing of the past. He said many bandit informants and collaborators are being weeded off while fighters are surrendering to state authorities