Defence & Security

Army tasks residents to provide voluntary information on criminal activities

By KENNETH ONYEKWERE, ABAKALIKI

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj Gen. Umar Musa, has tasked the residents of South-East to volunteer information on the activities of criminal elements.

Musa gave the task on Friday after inaugurating four projects recently completed in Abakpa Military Cantonment in Enugu even as the projects were line-up for his handling over activities.

The projects included the newly built 82 Division Garrison Quarter Guard Stand and House; renovated and furnished 82 Division Provost Company Office Complex, Renovated 82 Division Band Office Complex and Intelligence and Military Police Detention Facility.

According to the GOC, lack of credible information to act against activities of criminal elements has remained a challenge to the Division.

“For the good people of the South-East, my appeal to them is for them to always give us (Nigerian Army) information so that we act swiftly.

“They should disregard irredentist activities because they are out to confuse the good people of the South-East.

“From all indications, all the arrests and crackdown we have had with them, they are purely out for pecuniary gains and to threaten the people and thereby cause more confusion,” he noted.

Musa, however, said that he would miss the South-East “as I was gradually getting used to them and understanding their lifestyle”.

The GOC charged Nigerian Army personnel serving in the division to rededicate themselves to the service of the nation.

“I want our personnel to redouble their efforts while ensuring that peace returns to the South-East,” he said.

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Before the inauguration of the 82 Division Garrison Quarter Guard Stand and House, the 82 Division Garrison Commander, Brig Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim, said that without a befitting quarter guard, there would be no regimentation in the Nigerian Army.

“Since I took over as the Commander, I have been working hard to bring the quarter guard to its standard and I thank God that with the help of the GOC, we now have a befitting quarter guard stand and house,” Ibrahim said.

At the newly built Intelligence and Military Police Detention Facility, Brig Gen. Thompson Ugiagbe, Commander of the 82 Division Military Intelligence Bureau, said that the facility was built to provide more space and expansion.

“The detention facility is built with the state-of-the-art facility and it conforms to the best standard so far,” Ugiagbe said.

Lt.-Col. Simon Tije, acting Commander of 82 Division Provost Company, and Major Sunday Tom, acting Commander of 82 Division Band Company, thanked the GOC for giving their office complexes in the cantonment a befitting renovation.

Musa has been redeployed to Nigerian Army Headquarters as the Chief of Personnel Management (Army).

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