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Army Extends Cat Race Exercise In Taraba State By Two Months

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Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

The Nigerian Army has announced the extension of the exercise AYEM AKPATUMA (cat race) in Taraba state by two months.

The development is contained in a press statement released by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, Director Army Public Relations, which was made available to Naija News.

“You will all recall that exercise AYEM AKPATUMA was flagged off on 20th February, 2018 to Practice troops in North Central and parts of North West on planning and conduct of ‘Military Operations Other Than War’. The exercise was also aimed at further sustaining Nigerian Army’s constitutional roles of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria as well as aiding the civil authority to maintain peace and security. Exercise AYEM AKPATUMA has recorded tremendous successes in spite of challenges. However, the exercise needs to be sustained in some areas in other to consolidate on the initial gains.”

“In view of the development, the ongoing exercise AYEM AKPATUMA in Taraba State has been extended for 2 months. The extension was necessary in order to further consolidate on the gains achieved so far and due to calls by well-meaning Nigerians. The extension would facilitate the Nigerian Army’s effort of ridding the affected areas of militants and other criminal elements.”

“The general public, particularly residents of Taraba State are therefore requested to cooperate with the troops by giving useful and timely information to enable them carry out their constitutional duties effectively.”

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