The General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Abubakar Sadiq Maikobi, has paid operations visit to Sectors 2, 3 and 6 in 14 Brigade Ohafia, Abia State; 34 Brigade Owerri, Imo State; and 24 Support Engineer Regiment in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on January 8, 9 and 10, 2019 respectively to oversee and appraise the ongoing Exercise EGWU EKE III in the South East geopolitical zone.
In all the places he visited, General Maikobi addressed Officers and Soldiers of the Units and strongly warned them to respect human rights and foster peaceful coexistence with their host communities.
According to him: Let me convey the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai’s appreciation to you for your sacrifices, patience and perseverance in the service of our country.
“I urge you to respect human rights, remain professional, responsive and completely neutral in the discharge of your constitutional roles especially – before, during and after the 2019 General Elections and throughout the time for this exercise.”
Major General Maikobi further visited Sector 2 (14 Brigade) Step Up Headquarters at Nsulu Games Village in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State and also visited Oghaji-Egbema Forward Operating Base in Sector 3.
He urged the troops to discharge their duties professionally and responsively within the ambit of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in tandem with the vision of Buratai, which he said is: “To have a Professionally Responsive Nigerian Army in the Discharge of its Constitutional Roles.”
According to Maikobi: “Illegal duty, extortion and hobnobbing with politicians are offences that are actionable in military law.
“I will not condone or spare anyone who flouts the law.
“So you are warned.”
Commanders of 14 and 34 Brigades as well as the Commanding Officer 24 Support Engineer Regiment briefed and conducted the GOC round some of their locations during the visit.
Maikobi expressed satisfaction with the level of preparations and commitment of troops to the success of the exercise.