Troops hold inter-agency route march in North East



Brigadier General Abdulwahab Ayitayo, general officer commanding, and commander sector one Operation Hadin Kai was out on the field, as were Commissioner of Police Abdu Musa and Adedikwe Olusola Peter, state deputy commander of the Nigerian Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Borno.

They joined their troops at a route march organized on Saturday by the Operation Hadin Kai Theatre Command, the joint command and control center fighting insurgency in the North East region of Nigeria.

The task force includes personnel of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Police Force and other paramilitary organizations.

Our reporter who covered the event said the march started 5:30 am and ended 11:00 am.

Led by their commanders, they trekked from 7 Division Garrison Command at Pompomari Bypass to Wolf Officers Mess at Old GRA Government Residential Area in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.

The distance is virtually 12 kilometers.

The troops have commended the exercise noting that it is an indication of unity between securities agencies to completely end the Boko Haram crisis.

‘The route march is a discovery from the Chief of Army Staff and the General Officer Commanding that we are from the same father which is the Federal Government of Nigeria, and the major aim is to ensure that there is peace in Borno State and in general,’ Mr. Peter of NDLEA said.

‘…The gathering signifies that there is synergy between the security personnel to execute any assign duties,’ CP Musa added.

It also served another purpose, that of show of force.

In his remark, after commending the troops, Brigadier General Ayitayo, the commander of the operation said the primary purpose of the exercise ‘is to tell the host communities that we are capable of giving them the so much needed security.’

He explained that the program, in line with the vision of Nigerian chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Faruq Yahaya to have a well-trained and coordinated Nigerian Army and fit soldiers.

‘The motive behind the exercise is to further the vision of the service chiefs, that we do anything in the spirit of jointness, so that we can have synergy. When you train together it is not difficult to see yourselves as colleagues, contemporaries, friends and people that you can have trust in,’ he added.

He commended the effort of the army chief and chief of defense staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, for their commitment to ensure synergy among security agencies, a development he said has continued to enhance professionalism and successes in assigned tasks.

He also urged the public to continue to support the military and other security agencies with prayers and relevant information to enable them deliver more effectively in providing the needed peace and security of lives and property.

The exercise was also was graced by local security outfit involved in fighting the insurgency.

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