By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
Troops of I Mechanized Division of Nigerian Army Kaduna State are presently undergoing an intensive especial field training on counter terrorism to tackle security apparatus to combat cattle rustling, kidnapping, armed robbery and armed banditry in the State.
The Commander of the exercise tagged: Exercise Ayem Akpatuma “CAT-RACE”, Brigadier-General Jimmy Akpor who disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday was of the opinion that the training exercise is to ensure that the Nigerian Army are more sophisticated to checkmate the activities of criminal elements in the society.
According to him, the training which is taken place at Brinin Gwari, Area of his responsibility would give the troop comprises the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Police, State Security Service and the Civil Defence Corps opportunity to build capacity in particle execution of operations as well as control decisions under intense prison.
Brigadier-General Jimmy Akpor also mentioned that the same exercise is taken place in six states of the federation, Taraba, Benue, Niger, Kaduna, Nassarawa and Kogi respectively.
He noted that the exercise cum operation is aimed at ensuring that the society is safe for all and sundry and to overcome security challenges facing the nation and the state and assured that they would not relent in the struggle.
In his contribution, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations Officer of I Division, Colonel Muhammed Dole disclosed that the training covers up to Kumuki forest, Buruku and other vulnerable settlements of Brinin Gwari communities.
“Troops have been deployed deep into the forest, some are conducting patrols in the high way and some are stand-by combats ready for an emergency or raid irrespective of criminality” he said.
He informed that apart from the Exercise CAT-RACE, 44 Army Reference Hospital of 1 Division is also conducting civil military activities in humanitarian nature by way of offering medical outreach to about 8,000 people in Buruku, Sabon-Layi, Kankagi village of Brinin Gwari and Pandogari in Niger State.
Colonel Dole mentioned that outreach is in conjunction with the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).
“We are using the widow opportunity to give the Ministry and the WHO covers so that they will reach the communities, they were not able to reach during immunizations and other health related issues” he stressed.
Speaking to Journalists on the medical outreach, the representative of the 44 Medical Director, Lieutenant Colonel Godwin Ogoh opined that the outreach is basically to reach the unreached due to the security setback on the communities.
“The gesture is as part our Corporate Social Responsibility of Nigerian Army to play our role as a military that is also part of the society to ensure that our people are sound and healthy” he said.
Part of the treatment given are general medial consultation, Dental examination, Eye test and provision of eye classes, health education, immunization, free laboratory test, blood sugar check, deworming of children, malaria and typhoid treatment.
Lieutenant Colonel Godwin Ogoh applauded the support and contribution of the General Commanding Officer (GOC) 1 Mechanized Division, Mohammed Mohammed Ibrahim towards the success of the exercise.