Presidential Guards Brigade Commander Lauds Improved Security In FCT

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parade_985589396The Commander, Presidential Guards Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe, on Friday attributed improved security situation in the FCT to the synergy between his command and sister security agencies.

Atewe spoke to State House correspondents shortly after decorating four newly promoted serving officers of the Guards Brigade with their new rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the Presidential Guards Brigade is a special unit of the military, specifically charged with the responsibility of the security of the president, the seat of government and its environ.

“We have done our utmost best to carry out our assignments as dictated by the law and of course with the help of other sister agencies.

“The Guards Brigade cannot carry out the security situation in Abuja and environs all alone.

“With the assistance of other security agencies, civilians and our friends, we find out that we have been able to do the little we have contributed to the security in Abuja environment”, he said.

Atewe added that the creation of the 176 Special Guards Battalion by President Goodluck Jonathan in October 2012 had contributed immensely to the improved security situation in the FCT.

He noted that the population explosion in the territory had made it mandatory for all security services to engage more men.

“As more people are moving to Abuja, all the security services require additional men to meet up with the current security challenges.

“The creation of 176 Special Guards Battalion contributed to the improved security of Abuja,’’ he said.

Atewe commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, for improved welfare of men and officers of the Army.

“You will also see that he is also all over the places going from operational areas encouraging the men and women who are fighting for the peace of this country.

“At all levels the moral of men is been enhanced by ensuring that all they required are provided in terms of their personal welfare, training and others”, he said.

NAN reports that during the decoration ceremony, Atewe charged the newly promoted officers to see their elevation as an additional responsibility and to always keep above board.

He also reminded them of the maxim of zero tolerant for indiscipline and insolence in the Guards Brigade.

Atewe said that with the new rank of Lieutenant Colonel, the officers had assumed the role of chief security officers that could be assigned with 700 and above officers of and men for any operation.

NAN reports that the promoted officers are Kingsley Inyang, 36, Ahmed Ahmadu, 38, Chukwuka Akaliho, 36, and Oseni Braimoh, 36, (NAN)

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