The leadership of the Nigerian army 14Brigade, Ohafia has flagged off Exercise Golden Dawn in Abia State.
Commander 14 brigade Nigeria army Ohafia, Brigadier General Mohammed Wabili while flagging off the exercise at Amaekpu Ohafia in Ohafia local government area of the State said that the exercise was in line with the directives of the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya who directed them to replicate the exercise in their various Commands.
Wabili noted that the exercise which is a routine training for its personnel was carried out yearly by the Nigerian Army, design to effectively check all forms of criminality.
He disclosed that it would allow free movement of persons in and out of the state, especially as the Yuletide season draws closer.
The Commander 14 brigade noted that it would also provide a platform to sharpen the skills of participating troops on the conduct of internal security operations.
Brigadier General MB Wabili said the exercise will run across their areas of responsibility as he stated that troops would be taken through operational training to effectively respond to security challenges, ranging from kidnapping, banditry, thuggery, brigandage, armed robbery, cultism, communal crisis, violent secessionist agitations, farmers herders clashes and insurgency.
He added that it would be complimented by robust civil military relations activities in identified communities in the envisaged areas of responsibilities.
Contributing, the state governor. Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu congratulated the COAS for the successful flag off of the exercise nation wide, noting that this intervention calls for critical stakeholders to support the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to stem the tide of crimes and criminality across the nation, particularly as the Yuletide approaches.
Ikpeazu who was represented by the Commissioner for Heath, Dr. Joe Osuji, enjoined members of the public not to panic at the sighting of movements by the military, but should rather support them by given out useful information that would enable them safe guard the state as the government was working hard to ensure that both residents and visitors to the state do their businesses and move about the state without any fear of intimidation or harassment by any person or group of persons.
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The governor charged the soldiers to conduct themselves in accordance to the rules and be professional in the discharge of their duties.