The Chief of the Army Staff, Maj Gen Farouk Yahaya, on Wednesday visited Owerri, Imo State, saying he got here for an on-the-spot evaluation of the safety state of affairs of the state.
Yahaya, who met with troops of 34 Brigade in Obinze Barracks, Owerri, urged them to be dogged and decisive towards the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which he stated, was disturbing the peace of the state.
According to a launch by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, the military chief lauded “the resilience of troops of 34 Brigade and operatives of other security agencies in turning the tide of the recent spate of insecurity that resulted from the criminal activities of the proscribed group, IPOB, in Imo State.”
He stated, “Gen Yahaya made the commendation today at Obinze Barracks, Owerri, Imo State, while addressing the troops during his maiden operational visit to Headquarters 34 Brigade.
“He advised the troops that his go to was knowledgeable by the necessity to have an on-the-spot evaluation of the safety state of affairs within the state. The COAS expressed delight on the successes up to now recorded by the troops and urged them to redouble their effort to be able to consolidate on their successes.
“Gen Yahaya further charged them to be loyal and exhibit high sense of duty at all times. He pointed out, that more successes would be recorded through compliance to instructions and loyalty to superior authority.
“The COAS additionally known as on the officers to all the time lead by instance and make sure that troops are adequately briefed and stored abreast of the mission at hand.
“In a show of synergy, the COAS also paid a visit to troops of 211 Response Group, Nigerian Air Force, Owerri, where he implored the troops to be professional and alert at all times. He appreciated them for their spirit of jointness and synergy towards tackling insecurity in the state.
“Highlight of the working tour was COAS’ go to to the proposed Military Hospital Owerri and a tour of Obinze Barracks.”