Maj. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, Chief of Army Staff, has urged soldiers in the South-east to redouble their effort against the activities of member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia arm, Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Yahaya said this on Wednesday, when he visited Owerri, Imo State, for an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation of the state.
Imo has experienced series of attacks on government facilities, including police stations, correctional facilities.
Several security personnel have also been killed by attackers suspected to be IPOB members.
Yahaya, who met with troops of 34 Brigade in Obinze Barracks, Owerri, encouraged them to be dogged and decisive against IPOB, which he said has been disturbing the peace of the state.
According to a release by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the army 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.”
“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 said.
“He told the troops that his visit was informed by the need to have an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation in the state. The COAS expressed delight on the successes so far recorded by the troops and urged them to redouble their effort in order 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 also called on the officers to always lead by example and ensure that troops are adequately briefed and kept 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’ visit to the proposed Military Hospital Owerri and a tour of Obinze Barracks.”