By Hannah Nathan, Warri
“Exercise Golden Dawn III,” a military operation intended to enhance security in the state over the holiday season, was officially launched by Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma.
In a statement on Friday, Uzodinma’s deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku, stated that the exercise’s goal was to “with an increased focus on the security of lives and property” thwart any potential spike in crime over the holiday season.
He congratulated Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), and the Army as a whole for their tireless efforts, which “have resulted in a drastic reduction of criminality in the state.”
He praised the people for their efforts to establish and uphold peace in the state and voiced optimism about the exercise’s efficacy.
Before this, the Nigerian Army’s Maj.-Gen. Hassan Dada, who is in charge of the 82nd Division, emphasized the significance of civil-military collaboration and efficient coordination with sister security agencies for the exercise’s success.
Dada said that from December 1 to January 5, 2024, the exercise would be conducted throughout all of the division’s Areas of Responsibility, which include the five states in the Southeast.