Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja Advocates Stakeholders Joint Efforts To End SIT-AT-HOME, Commends State Governor, Alex Otti On Security Improvement


FIC Report (Abia State – The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has underscored the significance of collaborative efforts among critical stakeholders in ending the illegitimate sit-at-home order in Southeast Nigeria.

Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja underscored the significance of this while on an Operational visit to 14 Brigade Nigerian Army (NA), Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) Barracks in Ohafia, Abia State on Wednesday.

In a statement issued by the Director Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Army Chief reiterated that the involvement of all stakeholders in the region known for its socio-economic activities would be restored to normalcy and economy blossom.

Lieutenant General Lagbaja appreciated the Abia State Government for the tremendous support the Nigerian Army has been receiving in the State.

He reassured the state government that under his watch the NA would continue to support them and the good people of Abia State to curb insecurity.

The Governor of Abia State, Dr Alex Otti expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Army troops in conjunction with sister services and other security agencies for their efforts in addressing security threats in the state.

This according to him has “translated positively in the reduction of insurgency in the State and entire South Eastern region.”

Governor Otti was particularly pleased with the introduction of Operation CRUSH in the State, saying all the identified flash points have been relatively calm.

Lieutenant General Lagbaja visited the Headquarters 14 Brigade Ohafia, where he also urged the troops to ensure that peace returns to the troubled parts of the region.

This, he stressed is “a task that must be done to restore public confidence for citizens to go about their normal businesses without fear or intimidation.”

He pledged that the infrastructure development currently sweeping through NA formations would surely impact on the GEJ Barracks as well.

The Army Chief further urged the troops to remain resolute in the conduct of their operational tasks and loyal to the President, Commander-in -Chief and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He directed that the troops must adhere to extant rules of engagement, respect the fundamental human rights of the citizenry and above all conduct themselves professionally in line with global best practices.

General Lagbaja equally said that the Nigerian Government has supported the NA tremendously and reassured troops that their welfare would be given the desired attention under his watch.