By Evelyn Usman
The 81st Division of the Nigerian Army yesterday announced the Still Water exercise in Lagos, which aimed to curb the activities of militants, armed robbers, cultists and other forms of crime in the state.
To this end, a joint 24-hour military patrol will be observed in Lagos between October 4 and December 23, 2021.
The General Officer Commanding, GOC, Division 81, Major General Lawrence Fejokwu, announced the exercise at the Digital Bridge Institute in Oshodi: we learned in our classrooms. That is why it is an outdoor exercise. It is also a continuation of the joint training with other sister services and other security agencies in line with the vision of the Army Chief of Staff. It is also intended to serve as a test of how to tackle criminal elements.
“I would like to take this opportunity to let the public know that there will be increased military movements day and night. I urge law abiding citizens to go about their business without fear. All we try is to work in synergy, rehearse, to be sure of what we want to do, so that if in the future we have to raid, condone operations and search, stop and search all services are up and running the same page and we will do it together as it should be because we have rehearsed and knew what each ministry should do in a given situation. “
9th Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. General Lander Saraso said, “As we all know, recent intelligence reports revealed an unprecedented wave of crime taking place in our area, with groups like cult groups taking over some local communities to their criminal acts.
“Despite the efforts of the security authorities, these criminal elements have continued to commit criminal activities such as kidnapping, armed banditry, militancy, armed robbery, cultism and other violent crimes in the city of Lagos.
“Recently, a senior police officer was killed on duty and another retired military officer was also kidnapped in Lagos. Thank god he was saved.
“Because of this criminal activity, and as is common in the Nigerian Army, the brigade has been tasked with conducting this exercise to curb this criminal activity in collaboration with other sister services and security agencies as we approach Christmas time.”
He also said the participating troops had been informed and instructed to be friends with law-abiding citizens but to be ruthless with criminal elements who terrorize society under the law.
Regarding the concept of the exercise, Saraso said: “It is the physical deployment of the troops in the field, from where these troops are sent from time to time to conduct real-time patrols against criminal elements in the area.”