By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Nigerian Army has said that despite the success recorded in curbing terrorism in the country, there was need to beef up security apparatus to combat any form of criminality in the country.
Brigadier-General Jimmy Akpor, who disclosed this to newsmen during a function tagged ‘Exercise Ayem Akpatuma’ (CAT-RACE), in Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna state says: “The training exercise is to ensure that the Nigerian Army are more sophisticated to checkmate the activities of criminal elements in the society.”
He said that the exercise is also aimed at ensuring that the society is safe for all and sundry, especially in the area of the activities of the kidnappers, cattle rustling, armed bandits and terrorism.
According to him, “The military in the Birnin-Gwari axis have done very well in the area mentioned earlier, but as a result of this exercise, we are better prepared to curb any eventuality.
“As I speak to you, now, this exercise is taking place in six states of the federation: Taraba, Benue, Niger, Kaduna, Nassarawa and Kogi state simultaneously,” he said.
Also, during the exercise, over 2,000 residents of Kamugu and other neighbouring communities of Birinin-Gwari benefitted from free medical services rendered by the headquarters of 1 Mech. Infantry Division Nigerian Army Medical team.
Speaking to journalists on the development, Lt-Col. Godwin Ogoh of the 1 Div medical team says, “The gesture is to play our role as a military, who is also part of the society, to ensure that our people are sound and healthy.
Part of the treatment given were, eye treatment, dewarming of children, test on high blood pressure, dental treatment, malaria and typhoid treatment.
While speaking, he lauded the support and contribution of the General Commanding Officer (GOC) 1 Mech. Div. Kaduna towards the success of the exercise.
“This exercise would not have been a success without the support of Kaduna State Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO),” he said.