Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has officially inaugurated “Exercise Golden Dawn III,” a military operation aimed at enhancing security in the state during the Yuletide season.
Represented by his Deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku, Governor Uzodinma stated that the exercise is intended to curb potential increases in crime during the festive period, with a strong focus on safeguarding lives and property.
Governor Uzodinma expressed his appreciation to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, and the entire Army for their relentless efforts, which have significantly reduced criminal activities in the state. He expressed optimism about the effectiveness of the exercise and commended the residents of Imo State for their commitment to peace, urging them to maintain this spirit.
Maj.-Gen. Hassan Dada, the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, emphasized the importance of effective collaboration with other security agencies and civil-military cooperation for the success of the exercise. He further outlined that the exercise would be conducted across the division’s Areas of Responsibility, encompassing the five Southeast states, from December 1 to January 5, 2024.