- The Nigerian Army has concluded exercise Ayem Akpatuma in Benue, Taraba and Kogi states
- The Army claimed that despite some challenges, the exercise was a complete success
- Going further, the Army appreciated Nigerians for having faith in them during the exercise
Nigerian Army says it has concluded the military exercises embarked upon in Benue, Taraba, Kogi states. The army said the exercise which was targeted at flushing out criminals and militants elements from the states was a success.
The Army disclosed this in a statement signed by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, director army public relations on Tuesday, May 15.
According to Chukwu, the exercise, Ayem Akpatuma, recorded tremendous successes inspite of challenges.
The statement read in full: "The Nigerian Army flagged off exercise Ayem Akpatuma on February 20 2018 to practice troops in the north-central and parts of north-west on planning and conduct of “Military Operations Other Than War”.
"The exercise was also aimed at further sustaining Nigerian Army’s constitutional roles of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria as well as aiding the civil authority to maintain peace and security. Exercise “Ayem Akpatuma” recorded tremendous successes inspite challenges. The exercise was sustained in some areas in order to consolidate on the gains.
"However, having consolidated on the gains achieved and the Nigerian Army’s effort of ridding the affected areas of militants and other criminal elements, the Army wishes to conclude Exercise Ayem Akpatuma earlier extended in Benue, Taraba and Kogi states on May 14, 2018.
"The Nigerian Army wishes to express its appreciation to the states government, Traditional rulers, religious and youth leaders as well as other stakeholders for their cooperation and support to the Nigerian Army for the period of the exercise."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the troops conducting clearance operation in Numan general area of Adamawa state has neutralised 10 armed bandits following an encounter.
NAIJ.com gathered that this was made known in statement signed by the director army public relations, Brigadier General, Texas Chukwu.
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