BRIG GEN LAWAL TAKES COMMAND OF 34 ARTILLERY BRIGADE OBINZE

 
REPORTER: CHINAZO ILECHUKWU

The Nigerian Army say it will intensify the fight against terrorism and insurgency in Imo State to ensure that residents of the area go about their lawful businesses unhindered.

The new Commander 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze, Brigadier-General Usman Lawal, gave the assurance shortly after taking over the mantle of leadership from his predecessor, Brigadier-General Sani Suleiman, who had been transferred out of the state.

He said the Army working with other security agencies would bring to an end the activities of non-state actors whose activities have not only affected the economy of the zone but has led to the gruesome murder of innocent citizens.

Brigadier-General Lawal commended his predecessor for the successes recorded during his stay and vowed to improve on them.

He warned that he would not tolerate any form of indiscipline among the officers and soldiers but noted that he would implore reward mechanism to encourage hard work.

The out-gone Commander, Brigadier General Sani Suleiman, who noted that the Army had been able to curtail the activities of criminal elements that terrorized the state, expressed the optimism that issues of insecurity would soon be a thing of the past in the state.

He identified oil bunkering, illegal refineries and secessionist movements as major challenges he encountered but pointed out that the Brigade was able to reduce them to the barest.

Brigadier-General Suleiman commended the leadership of the Nigerian Army for its support and urged men of the Brigade not to relent in the battle as the fight against insurgence is a very difficult one.

He used the forum to inaugurate a remodeled office block for the Commander and other senior officers as well as a new conference room executed under his watch.

EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU

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