The Nigerian Army has announced the commencement of simultaneous routine training exercises in the various geo-political zones of Nigeria between Oct. 7 and Dec. 24.
A statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, on Wednesday in Abuja, said the exercises were part of army’s efforts to combat insecurity in the nation.
Musa explained that Exercise Ayem Akpatuma 11 would be conducted in the North Central and parts of North Western States of Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi and Taraba as well as Kaduna and Niger States.
He said that the states were under 1 and 3 Divisions Area of Responsibilities (AOR) including Headquarters Command Army Records, Guards Brigade and 707 Special Forces Brigade.
Musa added that exercise ‘Egwu Eke IV’ would be carried out in the South Eastern part comprising Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States in 82 Division AOR.
He disclosed that exercise ‘Crocodile Smile IV’ would take place in the South-South and parts of South Western States of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Lagos, Ogun and Rivers States in 2, 6, 81 and 82 Divisions’ AOR.
“Similarly, Operation POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION will also be extended across the nation to checkmate bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, ethnic militia, cattle rustlers as well as other sundry crimes across the various regions of Nigeria.
“In the same vein, as part of Programmes inbued into the exercises, – the Nigerian Army Women Corps, will stage a robust show of force/confidence building patrols in some selected locations in Nigeria.
“Accordingly, in order to consolidate on the existing cordial Civil-Military Relations, an elaborate Civil Military Cooperation Line of activities in the areas of community outreaches such as free medical outreach, educational outreach, rehabilitation of identified dilapidated roads, hospitals, schools and old peoples homes in various selected communities in Nigeria,” he said.
Musa disclosed that the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) would also visit and donate to motherless babies homes and other identified disadvantaged groups in selected communities across the nation.
According to him, Nigerian army will want to use this opportunity to enjoin all Nigerians not to panic on seeing an increased presence of military personnel and other security agencies as well as movement of military vehicles and hardware.
“The NA wishes to reassure the nation of her commitment and determination to secure the country, protect lives and properties of all Nigerians. Training of personnel is one of the basis for the exercises,” he said.