STATE OF EMERGENCY: COMMUNITY LEADERS LAUD MILITARY OPERATIONS IN ADAMAWA; DHQ TEAM VISIT THE FRONTLINES ALONG THE NIGERIA-CAMEROON BORDER

Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa(left), himself a retired Vice Admiral and former Chief of the Naval Staff, welcomes the DHQ Assessment Team to Yola, the state capital.

PHOTO CREDIT: VOICE OF NIGERIA

VOICE OF NIGERIA
By Barth Ikiebe
Abuja
3 June, 2013

The Adamawa State Governor, Murtala
Nyako has commended the peaceful
conduct of both the military and the
people of the State. Receiving the Defence Headquarters Operations Assessment Team in Yola at the weekend, Governor Nyako said though the state was not expecting the State of Emergency, he however commended the Armed Forces on the way it was being implemented.

He said the state had no report of human rights abuse and the troops have been living in peace with the populace.

Welfare scheme

“The children are more disciplined and
the soldiers well-behaved. The youths
are beginning to see the need for
togetherness and the advantages of it…
We have also instituted a welfare scheme to cater for people in small scale
businesses ,” he explained. “The way we have cooperated with the military in ensuring the safety of the people should be a model to be studied and copied by other states,” Governor Nyako added.

The leader of the Defence Headquarters
(DHQ) Team thanked the Governor for
supporting the security agencies before
and after the declaration of emergency. He also thanked Governor Nyako for
sensitizing the people of the state to
cooperate with the troops and for
organizing a skill acquisition programme which women in the barracks also took part.

At Konkol, a border town with Cameroon
the Wakilin Konkol, Maiha Local
Government Area, Mr Ibrahim Yuguda
commended the conduct of the troops
deployed to the community. “The troops have been operating in peace with the members of the community since their arrival and the people have been going about their normal activities unhindered,” Mr Yuguda stated.

The Councillor of Konkol, Mr Mohammed
Maji, also implored the DHQ to ensure
troops of the same traits be deployed if there would be changes of personnel.

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE

Maji pledged that the community would
continue to assist the troops to stabilize
peace and security.

At Gurin, Fufore Local Government Area,
another border town on the Nigeria-
Cameroon boundary where the DHQ team met with the traditional ruler and
members of the community, the Hakimin Gurin, Ibrahim Yero commended the troops deployed there, noting that they have conducted their operations professionally.

A Youth leader, Mohammed Mara
promised that community would
continue to support the troops, adding that relevant information would always be provided to the troops to make their
assignment successful.

The team has since returned to brief the
Defence Headquarters in Abuja on all
operational matters as noted in
Adamawa State.

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