January 31, 2011

Army puts men on alert over rise in kidnapping, terrorism, armed robbery

By Anayo Okoli
WORRIED by the rising spate of insecurity caused by kidnapping, terrorism, armed robbery, among others, and to ensure that these crimes were nipped in the bud, the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division, Enugu, Major General Sarkin Yakin Bello, has ordered troops in his area of command, covering 11 states of the federation, to be alert.

The states under 82 Division are Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Taraba and Rivers.

To this end, Gen. Bello directed all the formations and units under his command to “vigorously commence and sustain simultaneously township/strategic patrols in the cities and areas of operations.”

This operation commenced yesterday in Enugu, Umuahia, even in some rural areas as Isuochi in Abia State.

Bello also charged the troops to “train more on asymmetric warfare geared towards stopping theses challenges.”

In Enugu, the patrol, which took off from the headquarters of 82 Division, along Abakiliki road, took the troops to almost all parts of Enugu metropolis and suburbs.

About 23 operational vehicles were involved in the exercise, while about five vehicles were seen on the Isuochi-Anambra roads on patrol.

The GOC charged the troops to always be vigilante and ensure that no form of terrorism was spared in their various formations.

“You must remain alert and active at all times and ensure that all forms of terrorism is nipped in the bud in your areas,” the GOC charged.

The GOC had also visited army formations in Rivers and Bayelsa states, weelend, as part of the exercise to encourage and boost the morale of his men and challenged them on the need to ensure security in their areas of operation.