Yuletide: "We Should Not Be a Problem to Citizens We are Trying to Protect" - Army Chief Charges Troops

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja charged the troops to carry out their duties diligently within the confines of the law and stipulated codes of conduct. According to the Army Chief, "We should not be a problem to the citizens we are trying to protect". 

Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja gave the charge today 10 October 2023 while flagging off three exercises simultaneously.

The exercises according to Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu in a press statement are EXERCISE STILL WATERS 3, GOLDEN DAWN 3 and ENDURING PEACE 3 in an effort to ensure the protection of lives and property across the federation, as the year draws to an end.

He said the Exercises, which are to curb the security challenges in the South South, South East, South West and North Central Nigeria, are to run concurrently in the respective geopolitical zones till the year runs out.

Flagging off the Exercise, General Lagbaja maintained that the exercises are to combat diverse emerging security challenges peculiar to the affected geopolitical zones, in order to mitigate the spiking of such challenges associated with the last quarter of the year. 

He added, that this is when many Nigerians travel around the country in the spirit of the yuletide thereby necessitating the need for a safe and enabling environment for citizens to go about their lawful businesses without fear or apprehension.

Present at the occasion were the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde, the Oba of Onigbongbo Kingdom, HRH Oba Adeyemi Ajasa, Corps Commanders, Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters, General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Heads of security agencies in Lagos state, amongst others.

The COAS later paid a courtesy visit to the Oba of Lagos His Royal Majesty Oba Rilwan Akiolu I and visited Headquarters 192 Battalion, Owode, Ogun state.

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