The former General Officer Commanding 3 Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen. Adamu Marwa, yesterday urged soldiers to be “very conscious” of the activities of Boko Haram sect.
The sect has claimed responsibility for spate of bombings and killings in Nigeria, which had claimed hundreds of lives over the past few years.
Marwa, while addressing troops of the Division in Jos during a farewell speech, said there were people who did not mean well for men in uniform and the country.
“My tenure as GOC in the last five months has been a very busy one because of the activities of the Boko Haram sect in the 3 Division’s area of responsibility.
“The problem in the 3 Division’s area of responsibility is mainly that of threat to security, and you must take this threat as the first thing you remember every time you wake up in the morning.
“Be sure that you are very security-conscious, because there are people who do not mean well for us; you must remind your family to be very security conscious, you must make sure that this barracks is very secured.”
Marwa explained that he had had to relocate the Division’s headquarters from Jos to Gombe because of the dangerous dimension the security threat was taking.
He, however, commended officers and men of the Division for confronting the threat headlong saying, “I am very proud of your quality and calibre”.
While handing over to his successor, Maj-Gen. Jack Nwaogbo, Marwa said he considered his appointment as GOC as an honour, as his father and elder brother, Brig Gen Buba Marwa (rtd), former Lagos State governor, had also served in the Division.
He described Nwaogbo as a professional who knew the terrains of the Division very well having taken over from him as Commander, Nigerian Army Armoured Corps, Bauchi.
Nwaogbo noted that his posting came at a very challenging period, in view of the serious security challenge posed by the Boko Haram sect.
“I am coming at a time when the 3 Division areas of responsibility are more fraught with peculiar security challenges occassioned by the setting up of different task forces,” Nwaogbo said.
The new GOC explained that handing and taking over between him and Marwa had started since 1999, saying he had practically been following the outgone GOC wherever he went and had learnt a lot from him.
Marwa, who became GOC in September 2011, has been posted to the Defence Headquarters as Director of Administration.