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Army GOC, Maj. Gen. Onubogu lauds Ondo troop on security

By Tola Gbadamosi

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General Officer Commanding ( GOC ) 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Obinna Godwin Onubogu, has charged officers and men of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure, to continue to work harder towards ensuring that states under its jurisdiction remain safe and peaceful.

The Army Chief stated this during his operational visit to the troops in Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday.

He commended the troop’s efforts at ensuring that kidnapping, banditry and other criminal acts were curbed in Ondo State.

He said: “I am here on an operational visit to the troops, to motivate them, speak to them and also convey to them, the best wishes of Chief of Army Staff, Gen T.A. Lagbaja.

“The Brigade Commander, in his brief has explained the activities that have taken place here and  I have given my best advise on what should happen to the troops. I have also spoken to the troops and exchanged ideas and have also gotten feedback from them on how their operations are going.

“My take is that things are going on well. Ondo State in particular is quite peaceful. The area of responsibility of 32 Artillery Brigade which extends to Ekiti and Osun States has been calm, safe and peaceful as well.

He assured the troops of continuous training to fortify and enable them tackle various crimes and keep the nation safe and peaceful.

“When you talk of training in Nigerian Army, it is continuous exercise for the career development and professionalism of the officers and men which is carried out continuously.

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“For the operations that are carried out within Ondo State, the troops are trained to ensure that they can calm communal clashes, counter kidnapping, illegal mining and other illegal activities that take place around the state.  And you will acknowledge that when it comes to criminality, banditry within Ondo State, that has been curbed.

“We are also hopeful that the few areas that kidnapping still exist which is the forest and bushes around Ondo State would be cleared to ensure that the state remains safe”, he assured.

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