Reports reaching Beegeagle’s Blog indicate that Major General Emmanuel Atewe has formally assumed command of the Joint Task Force (Operation Pulo Shield) in the Niger Delta.
These details were contained in a press release signed by the Media Coordinator of the JTF, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, and made available to Beegeagle’s Blog. The statement read:
“A new Commander has been appointed to head the Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation PULO SHIELD. He is Major General Emmanuel Atewe. He takes over from Major General Illiyasu Abbah who has been redeployed to the Headquarters, Nigerian Army as Military Secretary. Until his appointment as Commander JTF, Major General Atewe was the Commander of the Brigade of Guards, Nigerian Army.
A highly seasoned Infantry Officer, General Atewe was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in 1981 and commissioned to the rank of Second Lieutenant on completion of his cadet training. He also holds two Post Graduate degrees – a Masters Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy and another in Strategic Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira and University of Ibadan respectively.
In recognition of his courage, commitment to duty and exceptional display of gallantry as a Company Commander during the maritime boundary dispute over the Bakassi Peninsula, he was awarded the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Award. He was also conferred with a National Honour as Member of the Order of Federal Republic (MFR) by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He is a Fellow of the prestigious National Defence College.
Fielding questions from journalists during the handing and taking over ceremony at the Opolo Headquarters of the JTF, General Atewe charged the officers and men of the JTF to desist from any act capable of tarnishing the image of the Task Force, adding that, no act of indiscipline will be condoned. The new Commander further averred that he will professionally pursue the mandate handed down to the Joint Task Force.
“I will professionally pursue the mandate of the JTF in the fight against illegal oil bunkering in the region and I expect all hands to be on deck.”
In his farewell speech, the outgoing Commander, Major General Illiyasu Abbah commended officers and men of the JTF for their dedication and diligence in carrying out the mandate of the Task Force and urged them to extend same to the new Commander whom he described as a seasoned Infantry Officer. The traditional presentation of paraphernalia of office by the outgoing commander to the new commander climaxed the handing and taking over ceremony.”