The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai on Saturday commissioned first set of Combat Motor Bikes to help troops deployed for internal security duties at the warring border communities of Cross Rivers and Ebonyi States.
A statement by the Deputy Director Public Relations 82 Division, Colonel Sagir Musa said the move is to access all the nooks and crannies of the troubled areas with the aim of containing the occasional clashes between them.
“It would be recalled that recently, there has been resurgence of boundary conflicts between Ukelle and Izzi villages of Cross Rivers and Ebonyi States which resulted in the disruption of economic and social activities as well as the lost of lives and properties.
“The nature of the terrain especially during rainy season has made it difficult for security agencies to effectively patrol the areas.
“To alleviate this problem and enhance operational effectiveness of troops in the areas, the COAS authorised the injection of Combat Motor Bikes Platoons to enhance troops’ mobility and access to the difficult areas,” he stated.
Buratai was represented by the General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army Major General Emmanuel Boman Kabuk in the brief handing over ceremony of the bikes at Ipollo -Ntagom Security Out Post.
The Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State Barrister, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe represented the Governor of the State. While the commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Honourable John Ulafor represented the Governor of Cross Rivers State.
In their separate remarks, the Governors commended the COAS for the laudable initiative and commitment to ensuring lasting peace and security between the border areas of Cross Rivers and Ebonyi States.
“Never in the history of our States have we seen such a zeal and uncommon commitment to ensuring peace and security in the our states like what the COAS has done, this gesture is complimentary to the efforts of Cross Rivers and Ebonyi States and we thank General Buratai for that” – Dr Kelechi Igwe stated.
Others who graced the occasion include the Secretary to the State Government of Ebonyi State, Chairman Izzi Local Government Area, traditional rulers and elders of the affected communities.
The Commander 13 Brigade Calabar Brigadier General COC Ekulide, Commander 82 Military Intelligence Brigade Colonel EJ Cleopas, Commander 82 Division Supply and Transport Brigadier General EA Anaryo, Acting Commander 82 Division Provost Group Lieutenant Colonel Waya Kore, Commanding Officer 24 Engineer Support Regiment Abakaliki Lieutenant Colonel A Sadiq and other senior army and para military officers were also in attendance.