EID-Ek-Fitr: Army Chief Celebrates Sallah with Troops in Zamfara

In commemoration of the 2019 Eid-El-Fitr celebration marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai today, 4th June 2019 paid an operational visit to Headquarters 1 Brigade Nigerian Army and frontline troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI fighting kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed banditry and the varying forms of criminality in the North Western part of Nigeria.

The Chief of Army Staff, represented by the Chief of Training and Operations Army, Major General Lamidi Adeosun commenced today’s routine by joining Muslim faithfuls to mark this years’ Eid Fitr prayer at the Force Headquarters, Operation HADARIN DAJI in Gusua, Zamfara state.

Troops during Sallah Celebration inin Zamfara
Troops during Sallah Celebration inin Zamfara

Maj Gen Adeosun later delivered the Chief of Army Staff’s goodwill message to the Officers and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army (1 Brigade & HADARIN DAJI) shortly after the prayers.

He commended the troops for their dedication, sacrifices and loyalty to the Nation. He urged them to remain steadfast in the ongoing efforts to checkmate insurgency, banditry and other associated insecurities in Nigeria.

The Chief Imam of 1 Brigade, Capt A Kado also offered prayers for the protection and victory of the Chief of Army Staff, Officers and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army as well as the entire people of Nigeria.

Dignitaries that attended the prayer session included the Force Commander, Operation HADARIN DAJI Maj Gen JJ Ogunlade, Principal Staff Officers, community leaders, soldiers and their families.

The Chief of Army Staff represented by Major General Lamidi Adeosun later proceeded to the front line on Operational visit to troops deployed at the Forward Operation Base (FOB) Kauran Namoda, Operation HADARIN DAJI in Zamfara State.

He used to opportunity to interact with troops while boosting their morale by charging them to defeat all forms of criminality especially armed banditry in their Area of Responsibility (AOR). Gen Adeosun read the good will message of the COAS, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai to the troops while urging them to sustain the tempo by ensuring the criminal elements are defeated to enable them return to their respective station to enjoy “barrack life”. He also assured troops of enhancement in their welfare package and remuneration.

The COAS later paid a courtesy visit to the newly inaugurated Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Dr. Mohammed Bello alongside members of his entourage.

The Executive Governor who was visibly elated showered encomiums on the Chief of Army Staff, LtvGen Tukur Yusuf Buratai for his commitment in ensuring Nigeria becomes a peaceful entity. He also pledged to support the Nigerian Army by providing the necessary logistics to ensure the menace of armed banditry is eliminated across the State. He used the opportunity to request for more manpower to enable troops reopen the Gusau — Katsina — Sokoto road occasionally disturbed by bandits.

The visit to Zamfara State reached a climax when the COAS hosted officers and soldiers of 1 Brigade Nigerian Army to Sallah Day Luncheon with the Executive Governor of the State and members of his council in attendance.

The event also had in attendance Principal Staff Officers from the 8 Division Headquarters, the Commander Operation HADARIN DAJI Maj Gen JJ Ogunlade, Commander 1 Brigade Brigadier Gen LKN Udeagbala among other senior officers that accompanied the representative of the Chief of Army Staff to the visit.

SAGIR MUSA
Colonel
Acting Director Army Public Relations

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Nigerian Army Denies Report of Recruitment into Medical Corps
The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a fake advertisement notice for recruitment into the Nigerian Army Medical Corps trending on social media tiltled “Eparcel Service for Military Hospital February- March 2019” requesting unsuspecting prospective applicants and members of the public to apply for various appointments/positions in the Military Hospitals. The advert further requested applicants to forward their documents in PDF format to ikebethe99@gmail.com with N2,000 fee for “parcel charge” and N500 for “institution form” which are to be paid into Ike Bethel Chinemerem account, with United Bank for Africa account number 2084734943.

While effort is on to track and apprehend the syndicate, members of the general public are hereby informed that the advert page is fake and a scam meant to dupe unsuspecting members of the public.

In this regard, it is important to further educate and emphasise to members of the public that the Nigerian Army does not charge applicants money for application forms, recruitment or appointments into the service.

Members of the public are therefore enjoined and encouraged to report any person or group parading as agent of the so called “Eparcel Service for Military Hospitals” processing fake recruitment on behalf of the Nigerian Army Medical Corps.

The general public is also advised to be suspicious of dubious offers of employment especially through the social media and report such offers or person(s) to the nearest Army location or the Nigeria Police Force for necessary action.

SAGIR MUSA
Colonel
Acting Director Army Public Relations
4 June 2019

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