Katsina Security situation improved during my time – outgoing Army Commander
By Abbas Bamalli
The outgoing Commander of the 17-Brigade Katsina, Brig-Gen. Ibikunle Ajose, has said that the security situation in the state improved when he assumed office during in January 2022.
The outgoing Commander made the statement on Friday in Katsina, while handing over the brigade command to the new Commander, Brig-Gen Oluremi Fadairo.
According to Ajose, I have fought in my own way, I believe it was a fight well fought. When I came, the security situation was not as good as what we have now. In fact, we had almost daily attacks along Jibia-Katsina Road and other places, and I must say that it has reduced to the barest minimum.
“With the support of the officers and soldiers of the brigade, the sector two operation (Hadarin Daji) and other sister agencies, we were able to eliminate Boko Haram terrorists in the state.”
He also said that with the support of sister agencies in the state, the army was able to handle the security situation successfully during elections.
According to him, it is on record that Katsina was one of the best in the area of security throughout the elections, adding that other achievements under his leadership are improved welfare of troops, improved combat efficiency through sustained training.
“Prior to my coming, we had some challenges moving at night, but I can tell you that now our troops are always ready whenever they are called on.
“Also, we have a 24-hour emergency call centre that responds to any distress calls at any time of the day,” he said.
He, however, added that under him, there was improved medical facilities in the barracks, vocational training and improvement in the standard of living within the brigade command.
According to him, he has increased the number of serving corps members under the brigade, with the largest number of medical personnel, who are paid every month.
He commended everyone who contributed to his success as the commander and called on them to also give Brig-Gen Fadairo the same support.
In his remarks, the new commander, Brig-Gen Fadairo, promised not to disappoint the command, pledging to take it to a higher level.
“Before I achieved this, I wish to seek the support of all personnel and other stakeholders to give me the needed support given to my predecessor,” he appealed.
Brig-Gen Fadairo also assured the personnel that his office would always be opened to advice and suggestions.