GOC, 7 DIV affirms zeal, determination of NA to sustain security mechanism in Borno

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As Cow Dealers Extolls 7 Div for restoration of peace

By Joy Odor

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army (NA) and Commander Sector 1 Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Waidi Shaibu has affirmed the zeal and determination of the Nigerian Army to sustain a robust security mechanism for economic activities to thrive in Borno State.

The GOC gave the assurance when a delegation from the Chadian and Maiduguri Cow Dealers’ Association (CMCDA) paid him a courtesy visit at Headquarters 7 Division, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri on Tuesday.

The GOC appreciated the delegation for the visit and assured that the Division would not relent in its efforts at providing adequate security within its Area of Responsibility.

He attributed the reopening of the Cattle market to the concerted efforts of the Borno State Government, the military, sister security agencies, and other stakeholders.

Maj. Gen. Waidi vowed that the Division would sustain its current operational activities to enhance economic development in the State.

The GOC maintained that troops would continue to dominate all critical and vulnerable points, to the end of ensuring a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.

He called for the provision of timely and actionable intelligence on the activities of criminal elements within the cattle-rearing community.

Maj. Gen. Waidi charged the Association to sensitize its members on the need to tackle the scourge of cattle theft and smuggling, ammunition smuggling and other vices by criminals, masquerading as cattle dealers.

He also enjoined Cattle dealers in the State, on the need to be circumspect in their dealings with farmers, in order to prevent the infamous farmers -herders clashes which had also negatively affected the economy of the State.

Earlier in his remarks, the Association’s Chairman, Alhaji Hamdan Idris, lauded the concerted efforts of 7 Division in the re-opening of the popular Gamboru – Ngala cattle market, a development that had enabled economic activities to thrive once more in the region.

Alhaji Idris stated that this development informed the courtesy visit, to extend the Association’s appreciation to the GOC and indeed to the Nigerian Army at large for the current security situation in the State.

He assured on the readiness of the Association and its members to remain law-abiding in their dealings, promising to work with the Army and other security agencies in exposing criminals in their midst.

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