Once You Suspect Arms-Carrying Herdsmen Are Around, Call These Numbers
When You See Something, Say Something.
This is the demand of the Nigerian Army that will launch a military exercise in some states in the next eight days. It is the kind of exercise that was launched in the South East some months ago which ended activities of Biafra agitators.
Tagged Exercise "Ayem Akpatuma" 'Cat Race', the Army is taking the dance to Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger and Kaduna States, and it wants Nigerians to assist them with information to make this operation a successful one.
Major General David Ahmadu is the Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army and he believes ''Cat Race'' will afford the troops the opportunity to effectively checkmate the dreadful activities of the marauding criminal militia perpetrating criminal acts in those states and their environs.
He said that the Ayem Akpatuma was “conceptualised to dovetail into real time operations thereby fulfilling both training and operations objectives of sharpening operational skills of personnel".
Several numbers were released by the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, for Nigerians to call once they suspect that arms carrying herdsmen are nearby or planning to attack a community.
Call the numbers to lodge complaints or give useful information:
1 Division, 07037545309, 3 Division, 07066009773, 08038918694, Headquarters, Army Records, Lokoja, 08039369404, 08038297329, Guards Brigade, 08037711185 and Special Forces Brigade, 09060006707 and 07084745444.
The Army further said the Cat Race operation would be unique as “Step-Up Brigade Headquarters’’ would be established in Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger States.
“Emphasis will be placed on raids, cordon-and-search operations, anti-kidnapping drills, roadblocks, checkpoints and show of force, as well as humanitarian activities such as medical outreach,’’ Ahmadu added.
Residents of states where this "Ayem Akpatuma" will hold have been asked not to panic, as their security, safety and well-being had been “deliberately factored into the planning of the exercise".
Troops that took part in the Python Dance (Egwu Eke) in the South East had been accused of rights abuse and the army has denied it.
However, for Exercise "Cat Race", the Army personnel assured residents that troops taking part in the exercise would be guided by the professional “Code of Conduct, Rules of Engagement and the respect for human rights".
He said that in case of complaints, the public could also call the “Nigerian Army Short Code Information and Call Centre 193".