Army to flag off field training exercises on Monday

The Nigerian Army is set to flag off its Golden Dawn, Enduring Peace, and Still Water Exercises nationwide on Monday.

According to a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya would kick off the exercises nationwide.

He said the COAS would symbolically flag off all exercises at the venue of Exercise Golden Dawn at Ovie-Emene, Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.

It should be noted that these Field Training Exercises (FTEs) are routines conducted yearly by the Nigerian Army designed to effectively check all forms of criminality and allow for free movement of persons during the Yuletide.

The Army spokesperson added that the FTEs would equally provide a platform to sharpen the skills of participating troops on the conduct of Internal Security Operations.

He explained that the exercises would run concurrently in 2, 6, 81, and 82 Divisions Areas of Responsibilities (AOR) in the South West, South-South, and southeast regions respectively.

According to him, “It will also be conducted in Headquarters Command Army Records, 401 Special Forces Brigade and Guards Brigade Areas of Responsibilities (AOR) in the North Central States of Kogi, Benue, and the Federal Capital territory respectively.

“Expectedly, troops will be taken through operational rigors to effectively respond to security challenges, ranging from kidnapping, banditry, thuggery, brigandage, armed robbery, cultism, communal crisis, violent secessionist agitations, farmers-herders clashes, and insurgency, amongst other sundry crimes,” he revealed.

Nwachukwu stressed that this would be complemented by robust Civil-Military relations activities in identified communities in the envisaged AORs.

This intervention calls for critical stakeholders to support the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to stem the tide of crimes and criminality across the areas, particularly as the Yuletide approaches.

The Nigerian Army according to the statement enjoined Nigerians not to panic at sighting the movement of troops and equipment.

He urged the members of the public to continue to support the Nigerian Army and other security agencies with credible information on the activities of criminals in their vicinity.

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