Nigerian Army launches exercise Ayem Akpatuma2 in Niger state 

Abdul Mohammed Isa, Niger State


The Nigerian Army has launched a holistic Military operation in its on-going efforts to curtail the perennial security in North Central and  the North Western part of Nigeria.

The Operation code named “Ayem Akpatuma 2′ according to the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Farouk Yahaya, is aimed at targeting fleeing bandit’s  in the numerous forest reserves traversing the borders of Niger State with neighbouring  Zamfara, Kebbi and Kaduna States in the North western part of  Nigeria.

“Niger State which is suffering from the blunt of spillover of security situations from Zamfara , kebbi and Kaduna state in the North western part of the Country, constitute about 10 percent of Nigeria’s land mass with 95 forest reserves,” said Major General Farouk.

Major General Farouk who mentioned this during the flagging off of the Exercise Ayem Akpatuma2 on Thursday in Minna, Niger State Capital, stated that, the operations which is a joint Multi agency Exercise comprising the Nigerian police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, is designed to holistically checkmate security threats in the North Central and North western part of Nigeria.

“The exercise which will be conducted in line with the new adopted super Camp concept by the Nigerian Army, will encompass Civil Military Cooperation activities, as well as a field training exercise that will last through the month of December, 2019.”

The General Officer Commanding 1 Mechanized Nigerian Army further explained that the troops taking part in the operations are to be concentrated in the established Super Camp of the Nigerian Army at Koton Koro axis of Niger State for onward movement to other operating base in response to security threats across the entire State.

“Other designed mission of the Exercise Ayem Akpatuma 2 is to perfect the skills of troops deployed on Military Operation other than War, (MOOTW), and operational synergy with Sister Services and agencies at all levels,” Said the GOC 1 Div of the Nigerian Army.

The GOC Who commended the efforts and contributions of Niger State Government and other security agencies serving in the state, in the fight to rid Niger State and the Country as a whole from the activities of bandits and other criminal elements, urged them to keep maintaining the posture so as to achieve the desired result of neutralizing the activities of  bandits in Niger State in order to sustain security  thereby improving the socio-economic well-being of Nigerians.

While making remarks during the occasion, the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, who Commended the gesture by Nigerian Army and other security agencies working in the State, mentioned that the state government is ready to support every move or concept by the Army in its effort of curtailing menace of insecurity across the State.

Report shows that The Nigerian Army will simultaneously commence  operations Ayem Akpatuma II in the North-Central and parts of North-West states of Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Taraba, Kaduna and Niger in 1 and 3 Divisions.

Exercise Egwu Eke IV will be carried out in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria comprising Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and lmo states in 82 Division,

Exercise Crocodile Smile IV will be held across states in the South-South  and South-Western Nigeria, comprising  Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Rivers  and Ogun in 2, 6, 81 and 82 divisions of the Army.