Military Commanders Visit Emirate Councils in North-East
General Benson Visits Borno Emirate Council
In continuation of his familiarisation visit to stakeholders in the North East theatre of Operation, after assumption of office, the Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Benson Akinroluyo paid a courtesy call on the Shehu of Borno, His Royal Highness Alhaji (Dr) Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi on Friday 25 January 2019.
The Theatre Commander and his principal staff officers were received by the Shehu and members of the Emirate council at his palace in Maiduguri.
Making his remarks during the courtesy call, General Akinroluyo stated that it was customary to pay a familiarisation visit to the Shehu to formally announce his presence as the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole and to pay his respect to the Shehu, as a custodian of the traditional institution in Borno.
The Theatre Commander expressed appreciation to the monarch for the support accorded the troops in the fight against terrorism and insurgency since he assumed office and urged the royal father and members of the Emirate council not to relent in supporting the Theatre Command. He further noted that security is a collective responsibility which requires the participation of all citizens. He reassured the Shehu of the untiring effort of the Armed Forces towards ensuring enduring peace and stability in the North East.
In his response, the monarch expressed gratitude to the Theatre Commander and his entourage for the visit. He commended the military on its tireless commitment towards ending the lingering insurgency in the North East.
He further assured the Commander of the continuous support of the Emirate council and prayed for the speedy return of peace and stability in the North East and Borno state in particular.
Accompanying the Theatre Commander were the Maritime Component Commander, Commodore OG Filafa, the Theatre Coordinator of Nigeria Po!ice Force, Brigadier General AS Ishaq, Commander 7 Division Garrison, Colonels MD Abu-mawashi and AM Ahmadu who are Deputy Chiefs of Staff Operations and Administration respectively, as well as other staff officers at the Headquarters Theatre Command.
Deputy Director Public Relations
Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE
General Dala Visits Geidam Emirate Council
Troops of 159 Battalion deployed in Sector 2 of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Geidam , Yobe state, have been lauded for their display of gallantry at containing Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT), who infiltrated the serene town of Geidam on Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, at about 5:30pm, shooting sporadically, thereby creating panic and causing unnecessary apprehension.
The Acting Commander Sector 2, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Brigadier General Mohammed Dala, gave the commendation today, during an on the spot assessment visit to Geidam. He commended the troops for their gallantry and deliberate effort in protecting the civil populace in the town, particularly at the Geidam market. He directed the immediate replenishment of the troops’ supplies, assuring them that issues of their welfare will always be a top priority.
The BHTs who came to loot foodstuffs and other items, took advantage of the market day in Geidam to infiltrate the town and attacked the military base. The troops displayed a high sense of professionalism by discretely engaging the terrorists with less sophisticated weapons in order to minimize collateral damage with the attendant civilian casualties. Sadly however, the troops, in the process suffered some casualties in vehicles, equipment and personnel.
The Sector Commander seized the opportunity to pay a visit to the Emir of Geidam and afterwards had a meeting with officials of other security agencies, where he sued for their cooperation and synergy in sharing timely information that would enhance the pro-activeness of troops. He further reassured them, that troops will continue to carry out aggressive patrols and offensives to deny Boko Haram and other criminal elements freedom of action.
He further urged the good people of Geidam and Yobe state in general, to go about their lawful businesses, as the troops are committed to the protection of lives and property, as well as working round the clock to forestall any attempt by groups or individuals to cause breakdown of law and order in the state. The Commander however warned, that anyone identified as a BHT collaborator will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
Assistant Director Army Public Relations
Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE