‘Military operation has improved, stabilised security in South East region’
The Nigerian Army says it has stabilised and improved security in the South-East through the just concluded Operation Python Dance 11. It added that the exercise had checkmated the tension in the zone brought about by the activities of secessionist groups, stressing that the people could freely go about their legitimate duties without hindrance.
In a yesterday in Enugu, Army Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division, Col. Musa Sagir, noted that the one-month exercise was also used to impact on the skills and training of its officials in their various areas as well as promoted peace among its men.
He said: “The one-month Nigerian Army Exercise EGWU EKE II conducted at 82 Division Nigerian Army’s area of responsibility which covers the south eastern geo-political zone and parts of Cross River State recorded remarkable achievements in the attainment of training and operational objectives, improvement in peace, security and stability in the region. The exercise has also thwarted criminal intents and activities such as illegal oil bunkering activities, armed robbery, kidnapping, violent
secessionists’ agitations, armed banditry and communal clashes.
“It should be noted that despite initial apprehension caused by mischief makers, deliberate misinformation and campaign of calumny by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the exercise has ended on a high because of the attainment of the training and operational objectives of the effort.”
He went on: “Recall that efforts were made in the previous press releases to inform the public that the exercise was a training session for the participating troops to sharpen their agility and skills to curtail current and evolving security challenges. It is by now obvious that in all standards, the outlined objectives have been achieved. This was effectively consolidated in the light of the gains and lessons learnt from the earlier exercise, Python Dance I.”
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