The Nigerian Army and other security agencies have been charged to end oil theft and other crimes in the country.
The plea was made by the Delta State Governor Sheriff Oborevwori who commended the security agencies for their efforts at the 2023 combined West African Social Activities, WASA, for Headquarters 63 Brigade and the 181 Amphibious Battalion held at the 181 Amphibious Battalion New Barracks, Alifikede, Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of the state.
Represented by Charles Aniagwu, the Delta State commissioner for works (Rural and Riverine Roads), the governor insisted that such crimes must stop.
He also added that the efforts of the Army and other sister security agencies have helped to maintain peace and the phenomenal growth of infrastructure as well as unity across the state.
“I am delighted to be in your midst today as Special Guest of Honour for the year 2023 West African Social Activities for the Headquarters 63 Brigade and 181 Amphibious Battalion.
“The year 2023 was an eventful year characterised by challenges and successes. Worthy of note is the gallant performance and sacrifice of the personnel towards the fight against oil theft, sundry crimes and the successful conduct of the 2023 general elections, among other operations and assignments,” he stated.
Oborevwori, while urging the officers and soldiers to remain loyal and committed to their duties, assured the Army of the continued support of the state government and paid special tribute to fallen heroes who paid the supreme price to keep the country safe and united.
In his opening remarks, the chief host and Commander, 63 Brigade, Asaba, Brig Gen S. Aliyu said WASA is aimed at bringing the soldiers and their families together to celebrate the activities of the year.
He said the exercise helps soldiers and their families bond together through the display of various cultural activities
He said the brigade would continue to ensure the welfare of soldiers in the performance of their duties and commended Governor Oborevwori, the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division Port-Harcourt, and the Chief of Army Staff for their support.
Welcoming the guests earlier, the Commanding Officer of the 181 Amphibious Battalion, Agbor, Lt Col A. N. Abubakar, said the exercise was one of the activities organised annually to celebrate the successes recorded by the Army during the year.
The celebration featured the famous tug-of-war draw, stripping and assembling of firearms, cultural dances, as well as local cuisines across the country.