By Thomas Abirhire



Team of Operation Python Dance

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has said at the end of the python dance, ” the python must have swallowed all the hoodlums, bandits, kidnapper, political thugs, militants others in the country.

Chief of Army Staff represented by Maj.Gen. Jamil Sarham, General Officer Commander (GOC), 6 Division, stated this during the inaugurated of 63 Brigade of Nigerian Army and flag-off operation Egwu Eke (Python Dance) in Asaba, Delta state.

Lt. Gen. Buratai said the brigade would enthrone peace, security and promote commerce in the Asaba and its environs.

According to him, “The python will also address the issues of fake news by unpatriotic elements; it is necessary that we draw the attention of all well meaning Nigerians that they must have at the back of their minds the importance of national security.

“It is my great pleasure to inaugurate the 63 Brigade with its headquarters in Asaba, this is a demonstration of President Mohammadu Buhari’s desire to ensure security of lives and properties across the country,” he said.

He said that the essence was to checkmate the myriad of security challenges in the country.

Buratai noted that the establishment of military formation requires huge financial commitment saying that while the various government make provisions, other stakeholders are required to support this project to ensure adequate security.

“I therefore call on the government and the good people of Delta state to support the operations in 63 brigade and the formations in Koko and Oleh.

While assuring all law abiding people of the state that the Army would ensure adequate security and safety even as the nation approaches the 2019 general elections.

He said that the Army would work with other security agencies to ensure peace in the state saying that giving out official information or spreading fake news is inimical to national security”.

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa commended Nigerian Army for  bringing the brigade to Asaba.
Gov. Okowa said, “We have just witnessed the inauguration of the 63 Brigade, Asaba and we give God all the glory and I want to appreciate the Chief of Army Staff for enabling this and thank the President for bring it to be Asaba.

“I am aware that the military working along all other security agencies in the state, have done quite a lot to ensure peace.

“I also know that a lot have been done to secure our oil facilities in the state and in all, I appreciate our traditional rulers, the youths and various groups that have ensured that we have adequate information to ensure peace in our state.

“There is no doubt that with the 63 brigade’s birth to today, we would now have many more men to provide security in the state.

“We are a peaceful state but criminals still abound just like they are in every part of nation, Nigeria but I believe that with the combined efforts all our security agencies we will continue to maintain a peaceful disposition,” Okowa said.