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We’re Combat-Ready In Abia, Says Army



The new Commander of 14 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ohafia, Brig-General Solomon Kumapayi has said the Army is combat-ready against security challenges, crime, and criminality in Abia state.

Kumapayi stated this when he paid the governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu a courtesy visit at the Government House, Umuahia, the capital, adding that the Army is committed to the success of the task.

Commending the level of security in the state, he said their key areas of concern are armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism as well as drug abuse which is at the heart of the challenges.

Kumapayi, who said such negative tendencies are not peculiar to the state alone, explained that he embarked on the visit to inform the governor of his assumption of office in the state.

The former director of Military-Civil Relations at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, with a PhD in Defense Studies, therefore solicited the cooperation of the state to achive the objectives.

Responding, Ikpeazu expressed concern over the increasing proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the country with its attendant potential to get into wrong hands.

He called on the security agencies to rise to the challenge posed by kidnapping, armed robbery, and cultism which have become serious and major areas of security concern to the government.

His words, “As a state with a lot of emphasis on the development of the local economy and job creation, our huge investments in security and peace is understandable.”

He argued that with its unique location of sharing borders with seven neigbhours, the state has a great potential of being infiltrated by suspected criminals from the neighbours.

While expressing appreciation to the general for the visit, he maintained that,”Security of lives and property in the state remain the fulcrum of the policy framework of this administration.”

The governor used the forum to commend the Army and other security agencies for their respective contributions to the prevailing security and development of the state.

Ikpeazu, who restated the commitment of his administration to continue to support the work of the security agencies, wished the new commander a successful stay in the state.





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