Written by Chris Agbambu
Thursday, 02 January 2014
STRONG indications have emerged that the South-South region of the country will soon have a division of the Nigerian Army whose primary
responsibility will be to safeguard the
nation’s economic and territorial assets.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that the
idea of setting up a new division for
the Nigerian Army after the 7
Division to checkmate terrorism and
cross border banditry, followed
intelligence reports that a new army of militant youths was being mobilized by unpatriotic elements out of political mischief.
If it becomes a reality, the new
division will balance the equation of
Nigerian Army divisions following such in Lagos, (81 division), Ibadan, (2 division), Kaduna, (1 Infantry
division), Enugu (82 division), Jos, (3
division) and Maiduguri, (7 division).
Though such ad-hoc platforms like the
Special Task Force for the Niger Delta, ‘Operation Pulo Shield’ exist, these are considered a temporary arrangement and in modern operations, the necessity of joint-ness makes it imperative that army should have a solid base in the oil-rich area.
Contacted for some clarifications,
military sources told Nigerian Tribune
that the establishment of an Army
division for the Niger Delta region has
become long overdue in view of the
importance of the zone to the socio- economic and political wellbeing of the nation.
Nigerian Tribune further gathered that it was pursuant to the establishment of the new division and the military expertise needed to see its evolvement and nurturing, that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Onyeabor Azubuike Ihejirika, took the unprecedented step of promoting 27 Major Generals and about 70 Brigadier Generals in the Nigerian Army in December.