Senator Ifeanyi Okowa,the Executive Governor of Delta State on Tuesday, implored officers and men of the Nigerian Army to be humane in the discharge of their official duties.
Governor Okowa made the call while flagging off the Nigeria Army’s Operation Crocodile Smile VI at the 63 Brigade Super Camp located at kilometre 11, Asaba/Benin Expressway, Asaba.
The Governor, who was represented on the occasion by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, said the call had become imperative because the Nigerians had become more conscious of their rights and how they would want to be secured.
According to him, men of the Nigerian Armed Forces should not abuse their position, neither should they use such position to abuse the rights of others in the society.
While applauding the Nigerian Army, especially the 63 Brigade, Asaba for the Operation Crocodile Smile VI flag off, the Governor noted that the exercise was necessary as it showed the bond between the Nigerian Army and the civilian population.
He commended the military authorities for being conscious of the need for peace and security in the state and for contributing to the ‘Stronger Delta Agenda’ of the state government.
Okowa assured the Nigerian Army of his administration’s sustained support as they continued to engage in intensive security duties in the state and commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai for his thoughtfulness and strategic foresight in conducting Exercise Crocodile Smile VI ahead of the yuletide.
The Governor, who noted that Exercise Crocodile Smile VI was a welcome development that had promised to ensure that criminal elements had no safe haven within the festive period, urged Deltans to be security conscious and cooperate with security operatives at all levels to stop criminal elements in their tracks.
Earlier, the Commander, 63 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Ibrahim Jallo, said the exercise was an annual event that would dovetail into promoting sustainable peace and unity, pointing out that the exercise under the Brigade was for the entire state.
Brigadier General Jallo disclosed that the Operation Crocodile Smile VI was very unique as it had provided a veritable platform to exhibit the cordial relationship between the Nigerian Army and other sister security agencies in the state.
He commended the state government for its continued support for the 63 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, assuring that officers and men in the military formation would continue to do their best in the discharge of their duties.
Highlight of the ceremony was the official flag-off of the exercise by the representative of the Governor, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, shortly after being conducted round various facilities at the Super Camp by the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Jallo.