The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has expressed deep shock at the sad news of the passing away of his predecessor, Lt-Gen. Victor Malu (rtd), who died today, October 9, 2017 at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt.
Buratai in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, said the late Lieutenant General Samuel Victor Malu was the Chief of Army Staff between May 1999 and April 2001.
He noted that during his service, Malu contributed immensely to the sustenance of democracy, peace and security in the country.
“The Chief of Army Staff on behalf of the officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army commiserates with the family on the irreparable loss. He prays God Almighty to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” part of the statement read.
In another development, the Nigerian Army has expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the ongoing military exercise in the South East part of the country codenamed: “Operation Python Dance II”.
The Deputy Director of Army Public Relations (DDAPR), Col. Sagir Musa on Monday, stated that in line with the COAS directive, the Corps Commander Nigerian Army Signals, Maj-Gen. CT Olukoju and the representative of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. MA Sanusi have visited Exercise Egwu Eke II (Python Dance II), 11 theatre of operations on Saturday and Sunday the 7th and 8th October 2017.
Musa said that the Senior Officers first visited Sector 3, in 82 Division Garrison Area of Responsibility where they were received and adequately briefed by the Commander Garrison, Brigadier General LA Adegboye on the activities of the sector in the ongoing Exercise.
Thereafter, he said the duo was conducted round field locations where sector 3 troops are deployed. The areas visited include Enugu – Abakaliki, Enugu – Okigwe and Enugu Ogbulafor/Nsukka checkpoints. Others are the Forward Operating bases at Orji River and Oba axis in Enugu State.
“In his address to the troops at FOB Orji River, Olukoju commended them for their commitment and sacrifices to the nation and urged them to strictly adhere to the Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct given to them.
“He further commended them for the successes recorded so far in the areas of averting farmers – herdsmen clash, cultism, armed robbery and recovery of arms and ammunition, “the statement read.