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COVID 19: Military activates Navy Reference Hospital, Ojo, Lagos as additional Isolation and Treatment Centre; Puts NAF Liquefied Oxygen Plant, Yola, on 24 hours operation; Kills 7 Boko Haram terrorists, rescue 11 hostages in N-East

The Military High Command on Friday disclosed that it has provided an additional isolation and treatment centre for Corona Virus patients at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Navy Town, Ojo in Lagos, bringing the number to 18 centres.

Similarly, it noted that the training of 80 medical personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to manage COVID-19 cases has commenced adding that they are being trained in batches and would soon be deployed to the various units they would serve.

Coordinator, Defence Media Operations who made the disclosure at a briefing in Abuja, stated that the recalling of retired Armed Forces medical personnel is in progress.

Furthermore, Major General Enenche said Nigerian Air Force is operating at full capacity, its Liquefied Oxygen (LOX) Plant at the 103 Strike Group (103 STG) at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Yola.

“The plant is on 24 hours operation to ensure uninterrupted production of pure Liquefied Oxygen.

He added that “The Liquefied Oxygen is being gasified and will be stored in cylinders for immediate supply to isolation centres and designated hospitals as will be directed”.

Enenche said, “In continuation of our briefing on the Armed Forces of Nigeria support on COVID-19, the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to assure the public of its commitment to the Presidential directives on COVID-19.

Disclosing that a strategic level preparation by the Armed Forces of Nigeria in support of COVID-19 effort by the Federal Government of Nigeria is on, the Coordinator said, “The Defence Headquarters wishes to once again clarify that the viral videos trending online showing men in uniform are not genuine.

“The general public should please disregard these videos and consider it as actions of mischief makers who intend to tarnish the good image, integrity and sterling achievements of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

“The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to thank the general public for their understanding and compliance with the Presidential Directives in respect of the lockdown.

“It is should be understood that the directives are in the best interest of the Nigerian populace, in order to prevent the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

Responding to what military authorities are doing concerning the cold blooded murder of a citizen in Warri, Delta state by a soldier which is threatening to result into mayhem, Enenche said the authorities have commenced investigation into the incident saying the public will be fully briefed on the findings of the investigation panel.

On the war against terrorists in the North East, he said, “The gallant troops of 26 Brigade Garrison of the land component of Operation Lafiya Dole on 28 March 2020, based on credible intelligence along Gwoza-Pulka road, succeeded in conducting a robust clearance or offensive operation.

“The operation led to the neutralization of one Boko Haram Terrorist as well as recovery of one magazine with 12 fabricated rounds.

“In the same vein, on 31 March 2020, Troops of Special Response Area in Pulka as well as 26 Task Force Brigade and men of Civilian Joint Task Force and hunters neutralised Six terrorists, Ten persons were rescued by the gallant troops.

“Additionally, two Dane guns, one terrorist flag and other items were recovered from the camp.

“Furthermore, on 30 March 2020, troops of 16 Brigade Garrison destroyed 7 reservoirs used for storage of stolen crude oil as well as 6 Cotonou boats laden with illegal refined crude oil at kilometre 45 in Degema LGA of Rivers state.

“Additionally, on 31 March 2020 following intelligence reports on assembly of some trucks reported to be assembling to load PMS from a vandalised NNPC pipeline, troops of Operation Awatse moved to Wawa area of Ogun state to effect arrests.

“On sighting the troops, the pipeline vandals and truck drivers fled, abandoning hoses, tools for insertion into the vandalised pipeline, as well            as eight trucks of 33,000 litres capacity each and a Toyota Saloon car. The abandoned items and vehicles were recovered by the troops.

“The general public is hereby assured of the commitment of the Armed Forces to protect the economic assets of Nigeria.”


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