The Army’s Operation Python Dance II has taken off in Abia state.
The take off in Umuahia the state capital, was at the 14 Brigade Tactical Headquarters. It was witnessed by heads of security agencies in the state including Director, Department of State Service, the Comptroller of Immigration, the Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, the Special Adviser to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on security and the Chief of Staff, and officers of the 14Brigade.
It was learnt that the suspension of a road show was not unconnected with the announcement by Governor Ikpeazu and the outcome of Friday’s Southeast Governor’s Forum’s meeting in Enugu with heads of security agencies in the region.
The exercise was declared open by the Commander 14 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Abdul Khalifa Ibrahim on behalf of the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Major General Adamu Baba Abubakar.
Ibrahim said the essence of the exercise was to tackle insecurity such as armed robbery, Kidnapping, cultism, banditry, oil bunkering and oil theft among others within Abia State and the 82 Division Area of coverage, adding that the exercise was also aimed at training the troops on how to handle equipment and also to use the training to promote Inter-agency cooperation and synergy.
Soldiers were sighted at some locations in the state including Aba Central Mosque, Umuahia Central Mosque, Uratta Mosque along Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway among other locations.