Following a recent posting by the Headquarters Nigerian Army Department of Military Secretary, Major General Obinna Ajunwa, the newly appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division Nigerian Army (NA), has taken control of the Division.
Major General Ajunwa expressed his gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya for considering him deserving of such a weighty responsibility during the ceremony marking the transfer and taking over of the GOC at Headquarters 81 Division in Lagos.
He continued by commending the Division’s former GOC, Major General Umar Thama Musa, for leading it to greater heights.
On Tuesday, just before signing the handing and taking over notes in the conference room of the division headquarters, Maj Gen Musa urged officers to step up their efforts to overcome the nation’s security obstacles, adding that the Nigerian Army would make every effort to thwart and address any new security threats that might arise.
He continued: “As an Army, we’re doing everything we can to safeguard the populace. You, the press, have a significant part to play in assisting us in resolving the issue facing this Nation.
“There haven’t been any bad reviews about Lagos. All we require is accurate reporting. Help us blow the trumpets of all our endeavours so that the adversaries will be aware of our victory.
The former GOC revealed that the death of a policeman last week in Ojo by some troops was a sad occurrence that resulted from a confrontation between some cops and soldiers.
“During the procedure, the police officer fired a shot, striking the soldier in the ear and seriously injuring him. It just missed him, but he was taken right away to the hospital.
The terrible situation occurred as a result of how you responded to the shooting. We have visited the Lagos State Command Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, to express our condolences and to give him the assurance that we are taking the necessary steps to prevent other incidences while an investigation is continuing.
The Division made commendable efforts to detain impersonators, according to the former GOC, who also noted that their collaboration with Nigerian Customs produced results that led to the detention of a significant vendor who supplies them with uniforms. This vendor has since been turned over to the Department of State Security (DSS) for further investigation.
The outgoing GOC officially handed over the formation’s flag and awarded Maj Gen Obinna Ajunwa with the division’s insignia and accoutrements prior to the Quarters procedures, signifying the division’s formal assumption of duties and responsibilities.
General Ajunwa was deputed from the Nigeria Defence Section, Brisilia, till he was appointed as the 32 General Officer Commanding, 81 Division.
Senior Division officers were admonished by General Ajunwa to function as a cohesive unit and exhibit professionalism in the performance of their tasks.
He committed to adding to the current success. The only way to guarantee victory, according to General Ajunwa, is to take the Division to new heights.
General Musa, the immediate-past GOC, expressed trust in the incoming GOC’s capacity to carry out his new task.
Therefore, he expressed his gratitude to Commanders and Principal Staff Officers for their support and collaboration throughout his term of service and made a request for the same and even greater cooperation to be shown to his successor.
The commissioning of specific projects, the signing of handing and taking over notes, the quarter guard routine, a group photo, and a farewell address to the troops are among the event’s highlights.