Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1: Buratai Sends Critical Message To Soldiers In Igboland
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has called on soldiers and other security agencies participating in the Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1 to flush out criminals and hoodlums from the south east region.
Yans.ng gathered that Buratai gave this order at the Super Camp Nsulu, in Isialangwa North Local Government Area of Abia state, during the inspection of facilities and flag off exercise.
Buratai who was represented by the Chief of Army Training and Operations, Brigadier Gen. Enobong Udo said soldiers must abide by the rule of engagement when carrying out their duties.
He said“This exercise will start from today November 1 and end by December 23, 2019.
“The essence is to ensure that criminal elements operating within the South East would be flushed out before the people of the zone would return for the Yuletide celebration.
“Ensure that you protect the residents of the area, but put the criminals here on the run.”
Rt. Hon. Ude Okochukwu who represented Governor Okezie Ikpeazu urged soldiers to refrain from molesting civilians.
He said: “Exercise Atilogwu I is being conducted in line with the Nigerian Army forecast of event 2019 and it is intended to develop the capacities of officers and men of the 82 Division, Nigerian Army in the planning and conduct of operations in aide of the civil authority as mandated by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The exercise will be conducted simultaneously in the southeastern states of Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo State respectively to mitigate treats posed by criminal elements that are peculiar to this region which include kidnapping, armed robbery, inter-cult rivalry, communal clashes amongst others.
“All these activities will be coordinated and monitored from the 82Division camp step up camp or Super Camp.
“In order to promote synergy among the services and other security agencies, this exercise will be fully conducted in conjunction with the security agencies to further strengthen the inter-agency collaboration that already exist among them particularly in this state.
“Troops must be guided by their code of conducts and rules of engagement. You must ensure that all law-abiding citizens of the state and the country agree well protected and lives and properties well secured while all criminal elements such as armed robbers, kidnappers and so on are to be dealt with decisively.”