From Isa Abdulsalami, Jos

 

A statement yesterday by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the 3 Armoured Division, Lt. Col. Andrew Idachaba, said the exercise which is part of the training programme for Direct Short Service Course 20 (Nigerian Navy), will involve large movement of troops and controlled firing around the villages of Plateau comprising Bukuru, Shere Hills, Bassa an Kachia in Kaduna State general area.

The statement added that firing simulating machine guns and artillery/Engineer demolition sound would be heard at the NDA exercise camp in the areas mentioned.

“The public is to please note that this is a normal Military Training Exercise and necessary measures had been put in place to ensure the safety of lives and property of citizens in the areas.

Residents are however advised not to panic on hearing loud sounds emanating from firing of weapons and movement of troops, as those are normal military exercises,” the statement emphasised.

Similarly, the 3 Armoured Division Garrison of the Nigerian Army and its affiliate units will conduct live firing range classification starting from today till Wednesday, March 14.

The firing exercise, which will take place at its usual Miango Shooting Range Jos, commences from 6.am to 6.pm daily.

A statement signed yesterday by Lt. Saleh Buba, on behalf of Idachaba said that during the period the exercise lasts, there will be a large movement of military personnel and other military wares while there will be sounds of gunshots of different calibers of weapons.

The statement advised the general public not to be panic or entertain any fear “as this is purely a normal military training exercise.

The general public and Fulani cattle rearers and farmers are, however, requested to stay away from the general area within this period to avoid being hit by bullets.”

It regrets the inconveniences the exercise will cause the immediate public within the area, adding that adequate safety measures had been put in place to safeguard lives.

 

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