Army warns Hoodlums over Criminal activities during 2019 elections

Army warns Hoodlums over Criminal activities during 2019 elections
By Larry Onwuta
The General Officer Commanding 82 Division of Nigeria Army, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Kabuk, has warned miscreants, hoodlums and other trouble makers to change their ways or face the consequences of their criminal activities.
Gen Kabuk said the Nigerian Army is professionally prepared to decisively deal with the contemporary and emerging security challenges within its Area of Operational Responsibility in tandem with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Vision which is – “To have a Professionally Responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles”.
The GOC 82 Division Nigeria Army told Journalists in Enugu yesterday that the ` resolution was one of the key agenda during a meeting held by the General Officer Commanding the Division Major General Emmanuel Kabuk with his Formations and Units Commanders, Deputy Directors and Principal Staff Officers on Thursday 6th of December, 2018 at the 82 Division’s Conference Room.

He said the meeting was held in line with the COAS Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai’s directive to GOCs, Formations and Units Commanders to review and fine-tune their Operations Contingency Plan towards ensuring Free, Fair and Credible 2019 General Elections and other sundry security challenges across the Nation, especially in the Division’s Area of Responsibility.

Gen Kabuk noted that the COAS has given clear directives to the GOCs to pass on to Formations and Units Commanders especially as it relates to the Nigerian Army preparations and eventual conduct of the 2019 General Elections in their respective areas.
In his words: “The directives given by the COAS clearly explained how we should conduct ourselves during the 2019 Elections Period. He has directed that Commanders and indeed all NA personnel must remain apolitical, professional and responsive to all security challenges”.

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He affirmed that there must be constant collaboration and synergy with other security agencies within the 82 Division to ensure security, safety of lives and property of law abiding citizens in the South East Zone, according to him, “this posture should dominate the professional temperament of all Commanders and NA personnel in the Division, before, during and after the Yuletide, New Year and most importantly during the 2019 General Elections”.

The GOC however ordered that all operations must be led by the appropriate security agencies to be effectively supported by the Nigeria Army where necessary.
Also urged the public to cooperate with the Nigerian Army and indeed all other security agencies in our concerted efforts to ensure effective provision of security in the entire region and any other area within 82 Division , stating that the public are further urged to report any suspicious movement of persons, items or any other things of security interest to the nearest security location for necessary action.

Gen Kabuk further assured all law abiding citizens of Nigeria in the South East Zone of the safety of their lives and property devoid of any form of harassment or molestation before, during and after the Yuletide, New Year and the oncoming General Elections.
“The COAS has directed that commanders and indeed all Nigerian Army personnel must remain apolitical, professional and responsive to all security challenges,’’ he added.
The two-day ongoing meeting was being attended by formations and units commanders as well as deputy directors and principal staff officers of the Division.

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