The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has flagged of three Military Exercise in Enugu, South East, Nigeria.
While flagging off the exercises on Monday, Lt.-Gen. Yahaya urged criminal elements to surrender arms and embrace peace in the country.
The exercises flagged off included: “Golden Dawn” for the South-East; “Still Water” for the coastal states/areas of the country and “Enduring Peace” for some states in North Central and FCT.
Yahaya said that the exercises, which is a joint operation between the Nigerian Army and other sister security agencies, was meant to check all forms of criminality.
According to him, the exercises, which will run from Oct. 4 to Dec. 24, will create enabling environment for socio-economic activities to strive in all regions and communities in the country.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his unwavering commitment and support to the Nigerian Army as well as other sister security agencies in the country.
“I must commend the personnel of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the South-East for their sacrifice and gallantry disposition to ensure peace and progress in the region notwithstanding obvious challenges.
“We are also grateful to the state governors, council chairmen and other leaders in the country for their support and encouragement,” he said.
The COAS, however, appealed to residents to volunteer information on activities of criminal elements within their neighbourhoods in order for the exercises to totally achieve its purpose.
He also urged members of sister security agencies and the Nigerian Army to work as a team and bring out their various specialities to drive the overall success of the exercises.