The 4 Nigerian Army, on Tuesday”>Brigade, Nigerian Army, on Tuesday inaugurated its field training, code named Operation Crocodile Smile IV with a free medical outreach in Ikpako community, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo.
In his remarks at the occasion, Maj.- Gen. Anthony Omozoje, General Officer Commanding (GOC)), 2 Division, said that the exercise was part of the Nigerian Army constitutional role of acting in aid to civil authority.
Omozoje, represented by Brig.-Gen. Soji Ogunsugba, Training Officer 2 Division said this was with a view to combating the various security threats in the region.
He also said the exercise would include the conduct of civil-military cooperation activities in order to sustain excellent civil-military relationship in the state.
Omozoje, therefore, warned criminal elements in the state to in their interest, desist from nefarious activities and surrender illegally weapons in their possession or be met with decisive and appropriate action by security agencies.
Earlier in his address of welcome, Brig.-Gen. Greg Omorogbe, Commander, 4 Brigade said the exercise was meant to consolidate on the gains of previous exercise conducted in 2018.
Omorogbe said that it would be conducted in conjunction with other security agencies, to further sustain and improve the existing synergy between the Brigade and other security agencies.
He explained that the Brigade chose Ikpako community for the inauguration and offer free medical outreach as part of civil-military cooperation to assist members of the community and environs in accessing medical care.
He noted that medical outreach had earlier been carried out in three communities in the state in the year.
Omorogbe disclosed that the exercise would address contemporary security challenges like insurgency, kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery, pipeline vandalism, illegal oil bunkering and other sundry crimes bedeviling the region.
The Governor of the state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, said that the time for the exercise as apt and urged the Brigade to flush out criminal elements in the state, adding that he had no doubt about the ability of the Army to do that.
He also said that he was aware that the exercise would be carried out on land and in the waterways, adding that he was impressed with the synergy among security agencies in the state.
Obaseki advised the troops to adhere to the rules of the engagement and urged the public to cooperate with the security agencies to achieve the desired success in the exercise.
Similarly Mr Scott Ogbemudia, Chairman, Ovia North East Local Government Area, who expressed delight that the outreach took place in a community in the area, urged the people to embrace the gesture.
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