In a bid to rescue Katsina State from the fangs of kidnappers, cattle rustlers, the Nigeria Army has inaugurated the Egwu Eke III (Python Dance).
Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, while unveiling the new strategy Saturday, explained that the measure was aimed at strengthening existing operations of the Nigeria army across the nation to fight heinous crimes.
He added: “It has become imperative to close the gaps between existing operational bases to avoid criminals and bandits escaping from one operation theatre to another without being noticed, hence the launching of the operation.”
He appealed to the troops to be courageous, focused and hard working to end the menace of insurgency, kidnapping, and banditry threatening the nation.
Buratai, represented by the General Officer Commander 8 Division, Maj.-Gen. Steven Olabanji, added that the Army had resolved that there will be no hiding place for criminals terrorizing the peace of innocent people in the North-west.
“The flag off of the operation will help to checkmate the menace of kidnapping, cattle rustling, and banditry among other criminal activities in Katsina and neighboring states of Zamfara and Kaduna.”
Reminding the troops of their professional oath to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria as well as the security of lives and property of the citizenry, he asserted that, “We must work hard with each other to achieve a common goal.”
Brig. Gen. Lukman Omoniyi, the Commander, 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, on his part, stressed that the operation Egwu Eke III “is to complement existing operations in the state.