Monday, 10 August 2015

B’Haram mustn’t succeed in Lagos, army warns men

The Nigerian Army has warned its personnel to do everything possible in ensuring that Boko Haram does not succeed in Lagos.
The outgoing General Officer Commanding, 81 Division, Maj.Gen Tamunomiebi Dibi, said this at a ceremony to mark the end of his tenure on Monday. Dibi, who also formally retires from the army, said the population and status of Lagos as the nation’s commercial nerve centre made the state strategic and must thus be protected. While delivering his farewell address, he said, “The fact that you are not in the North-East does not mean that you are not fighting the war, you are fighting the war because wars of such nature do not have a front or a rear. Boko Haram can operate here and operate in any part of the country. “And so far so good, we have been able to contain their excesses and I want you to do more. We have talked enough about security measures put in place, about your own personal security and that of your families and that of the barracks and how you relate with your friends, but I urge you to do more. “I do not want any careless death. I will not want to read in the newspapers that someone has lost his life due to carelessness and that there was an attack in Lagos. What I want to hear is that this division that I left is the best and most effective division in the Nigerian Army and that is possible.” Dibi, who later spoke to journalists after formally handing over to the new GOC, Maj.Gen Isidore Edet, said that his men arrested several Boko Haram suspects in the state. Although he did not reveal the figure, the army boss said the task of keeping Lagos safe was a continuous one and urged his men not to relent on their efforts. He said, “We arrested a good number of Boko Haram suspects, but I don’t have the exact number now. I will expect a highly disciplined and efficient 81 Division.”

Henry J Williams

Author & Editor

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