…promises to strengthen security architecture
By: Okosun Dennis
A new General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division Nigerian Army, Lagos, has assumed office. He is Maj Gen Obinna Ajunwa.
He took over from Maj Gen Umar Musa, who has been redeployed to 82 Division as the new General Officer Commanding, Enugu.
Shortly before signing the handing and taking over notes at the Conference Room at the Division Headquarters on Tuesday, Maj Gen Musa charged officers to redouble their efforts to surmount the security challenges in the country adding that the Nigerian Army would do its best to truncate and deal with emerging security threats all over the country.
“As an Army, we are doing our best to protect the civilians. To the press, you have a key role to play in helping us solve the problem of this country.
“In Lagos, we have not had adverse reports. All we need is correct reportage. Help us blow our trumpets of all our activities for the enemies to know that we are surmounting them.”
On the killing of a policeman last week by some soldiers in Ojo, the former GOC explained that it was an unfortunate incident which arose as a result of an altercation between some policemen and soldiers.
“In the process, the policeman fired a shot and got the soldier on his ear, causing serious injury. It narrowly missed him but was rushed to the hospital. In the course of reacting to the shot, the unfortunate incident happened. Investigation is ongoing and we have paid a condolence visit on the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command and assured him that we are taking necessary action to avoid future incident.”
The former GOC said the Division made appreciable efforts at arresting impersonators, adding that their synergy with the Nigerian Customs has yielded result leading to the arrest of a major vendor that supplies them uniforms, and has been handed over the Department of State Security (DSS) for investigation.
Before the Quarters formalities, the outgone GOC decorated Maj Gen Obinna Ajunwa with the Division’s insignia and accoutrements as well as handing over of formation’s flag marking the formal taking over of duties and responsibilities of the division.
Until his appointment as the new General Officer Commanding, 81 Division, Maj Gen Obinna Ajunwa was posted from the Nigeria Defence Section, Brisilia.