In order to drive away criminals and improve the security of people and property in the region, the Nigerian Army has begun a military exercise in some portions of Kwara State’s Ifelodun Local Government region.
Operation Still Water III is being carried out by soldiers from the 22 Armoured Brigade, Sobi, Ilorin, and is taking place in Oro Ago and the surrounding regions.
The Kwara State Government has pleaded with traditional leaders and other stakeholders to assist the Nigerian Army and other security agencies by providing them with the timely information necessary to carry out their constitutional obligations of protecting the residents in order to ensure the project’s success.
At the exercise’s flag-off ceremony in Oro Ago, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, who was represented by his deputy Kayode Alabi, made the appeal.
The governor stated that the Nigerian Army is eager to live up to Nigerians’ aspirations in addressing the security concerns in the region and beyond by collaborating with sister services and other security agencies.
He said that the help they receive from many communities will determine their level of achievement.
The military drill, according to Governor AbdulRazaq, is an additional attempt to checkmate and deter criminal forces from establishing a foothold in the state and Nigeria as a whole.
“The Nigerian Army and other security services working together to combat many violent crimes, including terrorism, insurgency, banditry, and abduction, is a thing of delight.
“We are succeeding, regardless of the mutation of these criminal elements in whatever form,” he continued.
The governor gave special praise to Lieutenant-General Taoreed Abiodun Lagbaja, Chief of Army Staff, for his creative leadership style and strategic planning in coming up with the concept of planning the exercise.
He commended Major General B. A. Alabi, General Officer Commanding, 2 Division, Nigerian Army, for overseeing the execution of the exercise.
He also expressed his gratitude to Brigadier General Adebayo Babalola, Commander of 22 Brigade Ilorin, for his assistance in preserving peace and stability in Kwara State.
Brigadier General Adebayo Babalola, the Brigade Commander of 22 Armoured Brigade Sobi, stated that the goal of the operation is to guarantee a tranquil, secure, and safe atmosphere for the celebration of the holiday seasons and to ensure that business operations continue to flourish without fear or panic.
By offering information that would be crucial to driving criminals out of the state, he urged them to avoid Kwara State and enlisted the help of the local populace.