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BREAKING: Army deploys massive soldiers to S/East, C/River, pleads for calm

Residents are advised not to panic over massive movement of troops, military vehicles and weapons as military holds a week-long exercise.

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The Nigerian Army has deployed massive troops to South-East and Cross River states, pleads for calm, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Residents are advised not to panic over massive movement of troops, military vehicles and weapons as military holds a week-long exercise.

Col. Aliyu Yusuf, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 82 Division, made the appeal in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Enugu.

In his words: “the exercise is the 2019 Combat Proficiency Competition for Formations under the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army.

“The 82 Division Garrison will host 2019 Combat Proficiency Competition for formations under the 82 Division from Monday, Aug. 19 to Friday, Aug. 23 between 8 a.m. and 5p.m. daily.

“The exercise, which is a routine military activity in line with Army Headquarters 2019 Training Directive, aimed at fostering esprit-de-corps, improve physical fitness and cultivate healthy rivalry among the competing formations within the Division.

“Participants for the exercise will be drawn from the Division’s Headquarters and all formations under its command,’’ he said.

The Deputy Director further stipulated that there will onle be shooting competition at 34 Artillery Brigade Range in Owerri while all activities for the exercise would take place within Enugu.

He stressed that the exercise would necessitate movement of weapons, military vehicles and contingents for the exercise from the different Brigades to Headquarters 82 Division in Enugu and subsequently, to and fro 34 Artillery Brigade Shooting Range in Owerri.

“In view of this, residents of Enugu, Ebonyi, Cross River and Imo States including states where other formations under the Division’s are located, should please go about their daily activities without panic,’’ he added.

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