Nigerian Army Flag Off Exercise Egwu Eke III
In line with the announcement of Exercise Egwu Eke III by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai who was represented by Major General Lamidi Adeosun the Chief of Training and Operations at a news conference held recently in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The exercise “Egwu Eke III which is to tackle already observed upsurge in security challenges as the 2019 general elections draws nearer.
To key into the exercise Egwu Eke III which is to be conducted from January 1 to February 28, 2019, the 2 Division Nigerian Army flag off the exercise within her Area of Responsibility at Owo, Ondo State.
Speaking at the event, the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Okwudili Fidelis Azinta, thanked the Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN for finding time to witness the official flag off of exercise Egwu Eke III and the premium which he place on security in Ondo State. The GOC assured him that the Nigerian Army troops in the State will work closely with other security agencies to ensure improved security in all parts of Ondo State and 2 Division Area of Responsibility.
The GOC also urged the troops that will be participating in the exercise to conduct themselves in a professional manner. In his words ” You must apply the training you have received, stick to the rules of engagement while respecting human rights” he noted
The Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, said his convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the 2 Division Nigerian Army is capable of flushing out the criminal elements in the state considering the recent achievement in the ongoing internal security operations in the state embarked upon by the officers and men of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure.
“I wish to state that as a government, we are fully aware that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere devoid of peace and security. We therefore attach great importance to the issue of security in all parts of the state” he said.
The Governor also commend the security agencies for their efforts in ensuring the security of lives and properties in the state, and also the harmonious relationship and synergy amongst the security agencies in the state which has led to a robust intelligence sharing and the needed cooperation in tackling security challenges in the state.
“I wish to assure you that the state government will continue to support the security agencies within the available resources in carrying out their constitutional responsibilities, I hope that this exercise will assist greatly in flushing out all criminal elements within the nooks and crannies of the state from their hideouts to give it the deserved peace and tranquility required for social and economic development” he said
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