- The Nigeria army has stepped up its game to curb the existing number of security threats in Anambra state
- A special operation has been launched in the southeast state by the 302 Artillery Regiment General Support to provide security
- The operation is also expected to serve as a routine training exercise in various geopolitical zones of Nigeria and southeastern states
Speaking at Igbariam, Anambra East local government area, Usman said the operation is an avenue to combat insecurity in the state, and foster inter-agency cooperation, Vanguard reports.
In his welcome address at the flag-off ceremony, the commander added that 'Exercise Golden Dawn’ is also a routine training exercise in various geopolitical zones of Nigeria and southeast states.
According to him, the rise of insecurity across the country made it important that the army in conjunction with other security agencies come to the aid of civilians.
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The exercise which commenced on Monday, October 4, and ends on Thursday, December 23, is expected to curb existing security threats such as secessionist agitations, banditry, kidnapping, cultist activities, clashes and other criminal activities.
It is meant to train command and staff of combat arms and services in planning and conduct of Military Operation Other Than War (MOOTW), to confront security challenges within their area of responsibility in conjunction with other security agencies.
Nigeria @ 61: Military restates commitment to end Boko Haram, banditry
Earlier, the Nigerian Armed Force assured the people of the country that the activities of Boko Haram insurgents and bandits would soon be a thing of the past.
The assurance was given on Wednesday, September 29, by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, at an Open Ears Press Dialogue 2, organised via zoom.
In his response to the questions posed by the participants, Irabor said the military would not rest on its oars, saying that they need to engage other stakeholders to end the insurgency in the country.
Nigerian military denies killing 20 fishermen in Borno airstrike
Meanwhile, the authorities of the Nigerian military have denied killing 20 residents in a counter-insurgency operation in Dabar Masara, a border town in the Monguno local government area of Borno state.
Some villagers had alleged that the airstrike by the military killed no fewer than 20 residents in the area on September 26, 2021.
Reacting to the allegation in a statement on Thursday, September 30, by the acting director, Defence Media Operation, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko and seen by Legit.ng, the military said the operations carried out at the said period were thoroughly done, insisting that no villagers were killed.