- The Nigerian Army has put an end to Operation Cat Race in Benue, Taraba and Kogi states
- The Exercise was aimed at aiding the civil authority to maintain peace and security
- Exercise "Ayem Akpatuma" recorded tremendous successes in spite of challenges
The Nigerian Army has concluded Exercise Ayem Akpatuma, also known as Operation Cat Race, in Benue, Taraba and Kogi states after achieving its purpose of aiding the civil authority to maintain peace and security.
The Army had launched Exercise Ayem Akpatuma in Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger in February 2018. The exercise was intended to run until March 31, but was extended to further consolidate on the gains achieved.
A statement signed by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, the director of Army public relations, on Tuesday, May 15, said the military expressed its appreciation to the states government, as well as other stakeholders for their cooperation.
Read the statement below:
"The Nigerian Army flagged off Exercise AYEM AKPATUMA on the 20th February 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 in spite of 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 14 May 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."
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, troops deployed on Exercise Ayem Akpatuma while on patrol recovered arms abandoned by armed bandits in Taraba state.
According to a statement sent to NAIJ.com by the director army public relations, Brigadier-General Texas Chukwu, the recovery was made in Donga, Donga local government area of the state.
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