The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja on Wednesday assured of a speedy take-off of the newly-established 114 Battalion in Wukari, Taraba to tackle insecurity in the state.
Lagbaja gave the assurance in Abuja when he received visiting Gov. Agbu Kefas of Taraba at the Army headquarters.
He said the move was part of efforts to enhance the operation and activities of the 6 Brigade of the army and expand the frontiers of peace and stability in the state.
The COAS also promised to ensure provision of more combat enablers for the 6 Brigade and the garrison to enhance their operations and activities.
“I will ensure the quick take-off of 114 Battalion in Taraba such that we have more troops on ground.
“The units and formations will be working with the state government, especially in applying non-kinetic measures that have already been adopted by the governor.
“We will ensure that we have peace in Taraba.
“The battalion designated in the order of battle, is currently established and conducting operations in the Northeast, in Borno.
“Looking beyond that, we will ensure the take-off of the rear unit of the 114 battalion in Taraba.
“So, as we get the next set of recruits from depot, we will muster some force and bring them to Taraba to facilitate the take-off of the rear unit of the battalion,” he said.
Lagbaja commended the governor for his readiness to provide more support for the 6 Brigade to ensure the reign of peace and stability in Taraba.
He said Army headquarters would work to ensure that whatever support was provided worked optimally for the overall peace of the state.
According to him, Taraba can be a springboard to facilitate peace and security in the entire northeast of Nigeria.
“I pledge the readiness, willingness and availability of the army to work with the state to further entrench peace and stability in Taraba and from there move to other parts of the Northeast,’’ he said.
Earlier, Gov. Kefas said his visit was to further solicit the support and collaboration of the army to address insecurity in Taraba. He commended the efforts of the army in stabilising the state so far.
Kefas noted that the security challenges confronting Taraba were unique considering its location as it shares borders with Adamawa, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Gombe and Bauchi states.
He said the intention of the government was to prioritise and dominate the vast ungoverned spaces within its borders to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its citizens.
The governor pledged the readiness of the government to provide more support for the army, considering the limited presence of the Navy and the Air Force in Taraba.
Kefas added that Taraba was also willing to assist in the take-off of the new battalion with the provision of land and infrastructure.