By Festus Ahon, Asaba
Delta State Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has told officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces not to use their position to abuse the rights of others in society, and ordered them to be human in the performance of their official responsibilities.
Okowa, who spoke during the Nigerian Army Operation Crocodile Smile VI banner at the army super camp located at kilometer 11, Asaba / Benin Expressway, Asaba, maintained that Nigerian armed forces men should not abuse the position assigned to them.
The governor who was represented at the ceremony by the Secretary of the State Government, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, said that the council became imperative because society has become more aware of their rights and how they want to be insured.
While applauding the Nigerian Army, especially the 63rd Brigade, Asaba, for the event, revealed that the exercise, (Operation Crocodile Smile VI) was necessary as it showed the link between the Nigerian Army and society.
Therefore, he congratulated the military authorities for being aware of the need for peace and security in the state and for contributing to the “Stronger Delta Agenda” of the state government.
Okowa said: “I assure the Nigerian military of the continued support of this administration as it continues to engage in intensive security efforts in the state. I congratulate the Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, for his consideration and strategic foresight in conducting Exercise Crocodile Smile VI prior to the yuletide.
“By background, the security problems that prevail within the yuletide do not go unnoticed by any of us, as criminal elements mobilize to amass wealth through clandestine means during the period.”
The governor, who noted that Exercise Crocodile Smile VI was a welcome development that had promised to ensure that criminal elements did not have a safe haven during the holiday period, urged citizens of the state to be safety-conscious and cooperate with officers Security at all levels to stop criminal elements in their tracks.
Speaking previously, Nigerian Army 63 Brigade Commander Brig. General Ibrahim Jallo said the exercise was an annual event that would fit in with promoting sustainable peace and unity, noting that the exercise under the brigade was for the entire state.
Brig. General Jallo revealed that Operation Crocodile Smile VI was very unique as it has provided a real platform to showcase the cordial relationship between the Nigerian Army and other sister security agencies in the state which he said was quite commendable.
He commended the state government for its sustained support of the Nigerian Army 63 Brigade and assured that the officers and men of the brigade would continue to do their best in the performance of their duties.
The highlight of the ceremony was the official flag of the exercise by the Governor’s representative, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, shortly after the Brigade Commander, Brig. General Jallo.