The Nigerian Army have revealed that its new 6 Division in Port Harcourt was created to improve internal security operations in four states of the Niger Delta.
While speaking to newsmen on Saturday in portharcourt, Maj.-Gen. Kasimu Abdulkarim, said the military had recorded success in the war against terror and was committed to combating emerging security threats in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.
According to him, the Division will cover army 2 Brigade Akwa Ibom; 16 Brigade Bayelsa and 63 Brigade in Delta, respectively, with divisional headquarters in Port Harcourt. In his words;
This arrangement will help to curtail activities of militants, banditry, inter-communal clashes, illegal bunkering, kidnapping, robberies, Niger Delta Avengers and pipeline vandalism prevalent in the area.
Insecurity in these states negatively impacts on our national economy resulting from sabotage by criminal entities within the region.Everything must be done to protect and defend our fledgling democracy with focus to prevent insecurity in the area of our responsibility
Abdulkarim said his mission was to structure and enhance the operational capability of the division and improve combat readiness of the troops. According to him, the task included a review of existing intelligence architecture; accountability; inclusiveness; rule of law; troops discipline and respect for human rights.
Officers and soldiers of 6 Division must collectively evolve media management skills in the exploit of mass and social media’s growing power instead of fighting it.Our personnel must be honest, trustworthy and professional in their conduct to earn public confidence in our internal security operations