The General Officer Commanding (GOC)82 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Abubakar Sadiq Maikobi has paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Ebonyi State Engineer David Umahi Nweze on Saturday the 5th of January 2018.
While stating the purpose of the visit, General Maikobi posited that “I am here to formally inform you I have taken over as the GOC 82 Division.
“I am also mandated by the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai to inform you as the Chief Security Officer of the State, that Exercise EGWU EKE 111 was flagged off in Maiduguri, Borno State.
“The Exercise is scheduled to take place from 1 January to 28 February 2019 and is to be conducted simultaneously across the nation to check criminals and criminality before, during and after the forthcoming elections”, he added.
The GOC further informed His Excellency that Ebonyi State under his purposeful and transformational leadership has been selected as the location for the Step Up Headquarters for the Exercise in the South East Zone which is cited at the 4 Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant Reserve Depot Abakaliki.
According to him, “we have since taken over the site, work is at the final stage and we intend to invite you to Flagg off the Exercise soon”.
He used the opportunity of the visit to assure His Excellency and the good people of Ebonyi State that the Nigerian Army under the leadership of Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai will remain neutral, professional, totally apolitical and will not compromise its constitutional roles under any guise.
In his remarks at the occasion, Governor Umahi thanked the COAS for his support to the government and the people of Ebonyi State in the area of security and for the selection of Ebonyi State as the Step Up Headquarters for the Exercise.
According to him “Despite the fact that Ebonyi State is relatively peaceful, the presence of this Exercise will further increase the level of security and I urged you to ensure that your personnel should not in any way harass/maltreat innocent civilians in line with the advocacy/postulation of the COAS”.
The Commander 82 Division Provost Group, Commanding Officer 24 Support Engineer Regiment Abakaliki and Deputy Director Public Relations 82 Division among others, accompanied the GOC during the visit.
Deputy Director Public Relations