By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The Defence High Command says it is ready to deal with military personnel in Cross River caught extorting motorists plying highways in the state.
The Defence Headquarters made its position known Thursday in Calabar, during the commencement of a sensitization exercise for personnel serving in Cross River and other adjoining states at the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters which is been carried out in conjunction with the ‘A Team’.
“If any military personnel extorts money from motorists along the highways and the matter is brought before the notice of the authorities of the Armed Forces, that matter will be dealt with decisively” said the Flag Officer Commanding of the Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral James Oluwole.
Represented by the Chief Staff Officer of the Command, Rear Admiral Obi Ofodile, Oluwole said that the reorientation exercise aimed at instilling core values on personnel to achieve the purpose for which the various armed forces were set up to ensure territorial integrity.
He said the exercise was in line with the “Change Begins With Me” campaign launched by President Muhammadu Buhari as it will correct so many things.
“We want members of the armed forces to know that there are certain ways of life that if you follow, the services would perform their duties without much problem and the society would be better” he said.
The Coordinator of the A Team, Major General Olufemi Adeosun (rtd) in his address said the exercise will build a bridge between the Federal Government and the armed forces as well as instill the values of discipline, integrity and patriotism in them.
Also, the Commander, 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Bulama Biu told journalists in an interview that the exercise will shore up the value system of armed forces personnel especially as the current administration places so much priority on security.
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