The Nigerian Army has said the establishment of the 32 Artillery Brigade and Garrison in Akure is a strategic decision to improve the security situation in the area.
The Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali, said this while addressing journalists on the one year anniversary of the command in Akure on Saturday.
Dan-Ali explained that the Chief of Army Staff decided to establish the command because Ondo State was the gateway to the southern part of the country from the North
He said the decision had helped to guard the entrances to the state against the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, stressing that the brigade had added value to the security arrangement in Ondo and Ekiti states.
He said, “The Army has been collaborating with other security agencies in the state to ensure the security of lives and properties of the people.”
Dan-Ali said it was challenging for the command to have taken off at a time political activities were in top gear for the last governorship election and expressed satisfaction over his men’s performance during the exercise.
He said, “The decision of the Chief of Staff to establish this command has paid off as we have been able to block, we have been able pin down the cases of security breaches, our presence in the last one year has brought sanity to our areas of operation.
“Also within the year under review, we had a credible and acceptable election, it was the brigade that coordinated the security and I am proud to say that none of our men was found wanting.
“We were able to achieve this because of the vision of the current Chief of Army Staff to transforming the Nigerian Army into a better one that will be able to face the challenges of the century.”
The Brigade Commander however commended the Ondo State Government for the cooperation and assistance rendered to the brigade since it started operations in April 2012.