Many personnel of the Nigerian Army attached to the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (NAEME) are being killed in the fight against insurgents in the North East, a top commander of the service has revealed.
Commander of the NAEME, Major General J.B. Olawunmi, who made this known at the wekend, lamented that some officers and men of the corps have paid the supreme price in the service to the nation, especially in the counter-terrorism operations in the North East.
While praying that Almighty God would grant the souls of the slain soldiers eternal rest and quicken the healing of their injured colleagues, General Olawunmi said that the corps’ training activities for the year 2018 were successfully conducted, with the attendant improvement in the performance of personnel.
He said that officers and soldiers of the corps who contributed to the successes recorded in 2018 were being rewarded with promotion and various awards.
The commander spoke at the 2018 West African Social Activities (WASA) of the for corps, saying, “I must not fail to acknowledge the fact that nothing would have been achieved without the support of the Chief of Army Staff, who graciously provided all the resources needed to perform effectively. He graciously approved the establishment, renovation of our NAEME barracks in Auchi, Edo State, among others too numerous to mention here.”
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, had earlier called on troops of the Nigerian Army to exhibit absolute loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari, especially as the elections draw near. He warned that army personnel must do everything to ensure the success of the elections and the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.