Army to inaugurate 3 new security exercises

Lt. General Faruk Yahaya

By Sumaila Ogbaje

Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff is set to inaugurate three new security exercises nationwide “Golden Dawn’’, “Enduring Peace’’ and “Still Water’’.

This is disclosed in a statement released by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu on Sunday in Abuja.

The move by the Army is to effectively check all forms of criminality and allow for free movement of persons as the Yuletide and end-of-year activities approach.

Nwachukwu stated that the COAS would symbolically launch all the exercises on Monday, Oct. 4 at Ovie-Emene, Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, venue of “Exercise Golden Dawn’’.

He added that the exercises were Field Training Exercises (FTEs) routinely conducted yearly by the army.

“The FTEs will equally provide a platform to sharpen the skills of participating troops on the conduct of Internal Security Operations.

“It will run concurrently at 2, 6, 81 and 82 Divisions Areas of Responsibilities (AOR) in the Southwest, South-South and Southeast regions, respectively.

“They will also be conducted at Headquarters Command Army Records, 401 Special Forces Brigade and Guards Brigade Areas of Responsibilities (AOR) in the North-Central states of Kogi, Benue and the FCT, respectively,’’ he stated.

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Meanwhile, Nwachukwu said troops would be taken through operational rigours to effectively respond to security challenges, ranging from kidnapping, banditry, thuggery and brigandage,

Others are Armed robbery, cultism, communal crises, violent secessionist agitations, farmers-herders clashes, insurgency, and other sundry crimes.

He added that the exercises would be complemented by the robust civilian-military relations activities in identified communities in the envisaged AORs.

According to him, “this intervention calls for critical stakeholders to support the Nigerian army and other security agencies.

“This is to help in stemming the tide of crimes and criminality across the areas, particularly as the Yuletide approaches.

“Consequently, members of the general public are please enjoined not to panic on sighting the movement of troops and equipment.

“They are also urged to please continue to support the army and other security agencies with credible information on the activities of criminals in their vicinities.

“Nigerians are pleased, encouraged to take ownership of the exercise for a seamless celebration during the Yuletide,’’ he appealed.

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