By Emeka Mamah & Kingsley Omonobi
Enugu—The Operation Python Dance 11 (Egwueke 11) in the South-East geo-political zone ended at Umuahia, Abia State, with the traditional activation of a camp fire, Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Buratai, commended all the officers, soldiers and personnel of paramilitary organisations that collaborated with the military during the exercise.
Buratai was represented by the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Adamu Abubakar, at the event held at Sector 1 Tactical Headquarters at Umuahia.
A statement by the Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division, Col Sagir Musa, quoted Buratai as enumerating the exercise’s achievements to include “improvement in peace and security, curtailing the menace of violent irredentist groups in the South-East,” describing them as remarkable.
The statement read: “On the part of the government and good people of Abia State, the representative of the Governor of Abia State, Engineer Emmanuel Nwabuko, expressed appreciation of the government and people of the state for the numerous achievements of exercise EGWU EKE 11.
“In attendance were the representative of the Chief of Training and Operations Army Headquarters, Brigadier General Ndalolo; Defence Headquarters Observer Team, led by Commodore Shammah; the Security Adviser to Abia State Governor, Captain Idonsi Awa (retd) and the Commanders of 14 and 34 Brigades, Brigadier Generals A. K. Ibrahim and I. H. Bature, respectively.
“Others were the Commanders of 44 Engi-neer Brigade, 82 Division Garrison, and Supply and Transport, Brigadier Generals Mark Mamman, L. A. Adegboye and E. A. Anaryu, respectively.”