Nigerian Army Launches ‘Exercise Golden Dawn’ Against IPOB/ESN In Anambra-GCFRNG
The Nigerian army has launched an exercise codenamed “Golden Dawn” in Anambra state with the aim of expelling criminal elements in the southeastern state.
The exercise, which will be a joint operation with other security agencies, was launched on Monday in Igbariam, East Anambra Local Government Area by the Commander of the 302 Artillery Regiment (General Support), Colonel Abdulkarim Usman.
The exercise, according to the Army authorities, will be aimed at members of the Movement for the Updating of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB); the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Eastern Security Network (ESN), kidnappers, gunmen and other criminal elements that have recently turned Anambra state into a conflict zone.
Anaedoonline.ng reports that the exercise will run from October 4 to December 23, 2021 and will also serve as a training exercise for Nigerian Army troops who will participate in the exercise.
According to Usman, “The military will seize the golden opportunity together with other security agencies to curb existing security threats in Anambra state.
“The threats range from the secessionist agitations of the Movement for the Updating of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB; the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, and Red de Seguridad del Este, ESN.
“Others are banditry, kidnapping, cultist activities, land disputes, communal confrontations, confrontations over chiefdom issues, assassinations, and youth unrest.
“To curb these myriad security challenges, a strong stance on what the unit has always maintained.”
Colonel Usman promised that security threats in the state will be controlled quickly and effectively.
Previously, Anaedoonline.ng reported that the Nigerian Army announced that, as part of efforts to address insecurity in Nigeria, it will launch three different exercises.
The Army noted that the operations are designed to control crime and guarantee citizen protection, particularly during the Yuletide months.
Speaking about the development, the Director of Public Relations of the Army, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement on Sunday said that the exercises will be interrupted on Monday (today) by the Chief of Staff of the Army (COAS), Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya.
He added that members of the public should not panic or panic when they notice heavy or unusual movements from the military and equipment.
The states that will be affected according to the statement are in the southwest, south-south and southeast regions.
Additionally, the north central states of Kogi, Benue and the Federal Capital Territory will have the experience.