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Army allay fear over ‘Operation Still Water’

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde with General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Aminu Chinade, when he paid him a courtesy call in Ibadan on Friday.

General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division of  Nigerian Army, Major General Aminu Chinade has assured residents of Oyo State that its ongoing “Operation Still Water” would tackle prevailing security concerns in the state.

The GOC gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy visit to Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde in his office, in Ibadan, on Friday.

He urged the residents not to be worried when they observe increased military presence in the state.

While disclosing that the exercise would run through this year and perhaps next year, Major General Chinade called for collaboration and synergies among the people, government and security agencies, pledging commitment to always deliver on their constitutional responsibilities.

The GOC equally acknowledged the support and cooperation from Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration and solicited  more support from the government and people as security required collective responsibilities.

Responding, Governor Seyi Makinde sought the partnership and support of the Nigerian army and other security agencies to flush out illegal miners and mining activities in the state.

Makinde, who pointed out that there are a lot of security challenges facing the country despite its dwindling fortunes, said the state was designing a way to gather intelligence on illegal miners and pass the same to the army and other security agencies with a view to preventing criminality through illegal mining activities.

He explained that though the paucity of funds has limited security efforts his administration would not relent in providing needed resources that would guarantee the security of lives and properties as well as assist in intelligence gathering to help security agencies in the state

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“Security challenges keep mounting and you are being asked to do so much more with far fewer resources. So, for us as a state, we recognise the fact that we have to come in and we will do our best within the little resources available to us to ensure that we support your operation. We will also contribute our own portion to ensure that ‘Operation Still Waters’ is successful in this state,” Makinde said.

He also appreciated the Nigeria Army for contributing to the state joint security task force “Operation Burst” and maintaining cordial military-civilian relationships as well as healthy security synergies with other security agencies in the state.

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