- The Armed Forces of Nigeria has donated two military laboratories to carry out COVID-19 tests
- The facilities are the Defence Reference Laboratory in Abuja and Nigerian Air Force Reference Laboratory in Lagos
- The military authorities promised that they would continue to provide all required assistance to civil authorities at all levels
The Armed Forces of Nigeria has donated two military laboratories to the federal government to carry out COVID-19 tests in the country.
This was disclosed by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, at a press briefing in the Defence Headquarters Abuja on Friday, April 17.
Major-General Enenche stated that the move is aimed at supporting the federal government of Nigeria to tackle the COVID 19 pandemic in the country.
He said the laboratories are the Defence Reference Laboratory in Abuja and Nigerian Air Force Reference Laboratory in Lagos.
He further said “the high command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria hereby encourages the general public to strive to abide by the guidelines provided by the government on preventive measures against contracting the coronavirus.
“Key among which is the instruction on lockdown given by the federal and various state governments.
“This will ensure that appropriate actions are taken by the relevant agencies to identify and manage cases promptly in order to prevent community transmission.
“Therefore, the Nigerian military reiterates that the essence of this measure is for the good of all Nigerians and other nationals residing in the country.”
Major-General Enenche also stated that the armed forces will provide the minimum necessary force to support the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, to checkmate the nefarious activities of criminals wanting to take advantage of the lockdown directive.
“Consequently, all criminally minded individuals are hereby warned to desist from disturbing the peace of other citizens of the country.
“Otherwise, they will be tackled appropriately in line with the principles of internal security operations and rules of engagement, in order to ensure the security of lives and property of peace-loving Nigerians,” he said.
Recall that the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) recently dismissed videos currently circulating on social media of soldiers torturing civilians.
Those who circulated the videos had suggested that the civilians were being punished for violating the presidential directive to stay at home over the coronavirus pandemic.
The DHQ in a statement sent to journalists said the move is a calculated attempt to blackmail the military.
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