The General Officer Commanding, 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Adamu Baba Abubakar, represented the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, to formally declare the end of Exercise EGWU EKE 11, also known as Operation Python Dance II.
The closing ceremony took place in Sector 1 Tactical Headquarters at Umuahia, Abia State between 7pm and 8pm on Saturday.
This was done with the traditional activation of camp fire to formally signify the successful completion of the Exercise.
General Abubakar commended all the officers, soldiers and personnel of paramilitary organizations that collaborated and synergized, worked tirelessly and commendably throughout the one month period for the Exercise.
He remarked further that the achievements recorded during the Exercise in the areas of attainment of the mission specific training objectives, improvement in peace and security, curtailing the menace of violent irredentist groups in the theatre of the Exercise (South Eastern part of Nigeria) is remarkable.
On the part of the Government and good people of Abia State, the representative of the Governor of Abia State, Engineer Emmanuel Nwabuko, expressed appreciation of the government and people of the State for the numerous achievements of Exercise EGWU EKE 11 in terms of improvement of peace, security and stability of the State.
Nwabuko remarked further that the collaborative relationship with the Nigerian Army can be traced to the time when in 2010 to 2011 kidnappers, armed robbers and other hoodlums paralyzed economic and social activities in the State, “it was the army that rescued us. So, we are ready to always leverage on this relationship whenever the need arise.”