The Chief of Army Staff (COAS, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has commissioned a new Combat Motorbike Command for the 82 Division Nigerian Army, Enugu, South East.
This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by the Deputy Director of Public Relations (DDAPR), 82 Division, Col. Sagir Musa.
Musa said the inauguration of the first set of command is part of efforts to halt the communal clashes between border communities of Ebonyi state and Cross Rivers state, which has led to killing of scores of villagers and destruction of houses.
He recalled the recent 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 loss of lives and properties.
He stated: “The (COAS) Nigerian Army on Saturday the 15th of September, 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 to effectively access all the nooks and crannies of the troubled areas with the aim of containing the occasional clashes between them.
“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 authorized the injection of Combat Motor Bikes Platoons to enhance troops’ mobility and access to the difficult areas”.
Musa stated that in a brief ceremony at Ipollo – Ntagom Security ‘Out Post’, Buratai who was represented by Maj- Gen. Emmanuel Kabuk, handed over the Combat Motor Bikes to the soldiers.
He said the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr. Eric Igwe, represented the Governor of the State, while the commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Hon. John Ulafor represented the Governor of Cross Rivers State.
In their separate remarks at the event, the Governors of the States 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”, Igwe said.