- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta wants officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces to respect human rights when carrying out their duties
- Governor Okowa said people now know their rights and it will be in the interest of the military to respect them
- The governor also declared support for the Exercise Crocodile Smile VI in Delta state
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday, November 17, implored officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces to be humane in the discharge of their official responsibilities.
Governor Okowa gave the advice while flagging off the Nigeria Army's Operation Crocodile Smile VI at the army super camp located at kilometer 11, Asaba/Benin expressway, Asaba.
The governor was, however, represented at the ceremony by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chiedu Ebie.
The exercise had earlier attracted criticisms from some segments of the society, especially in the Niger Delta region, but Governor Okowa says it is necessary as the yuletide approaches.
Festive seasons most times comes with a high rate of crime in the country, hence the stance of the governor.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has inducted eight units of locally made combat vehicles Mine-Resistant, Ambush–Protected (MRAP), also called EZUGWU into Operations Lafiya Dole and Sahel Sanity.
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, made this known at the inauguration of the vehicles in Kaduna on Thursday, November 12.
He said the equipment has aided military operations against bandits and Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the northeast region of the country.
The army chief said that the induction of the vehicles was a testament to the commitment of the Nigerian Army to building its industrial capacity.
“The vehicles have significantly improved our capability to defeat our common adversary, Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province.’’
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