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Nigerian Military Ready To Enforce Coronavirus Lockdown – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says the Nigerian military is ready to implement the restriction of movement in Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun state as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Defence spokesman, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this while addressing a news conference on Monday in Abuja.

Enenche said the Nigerian military is ready to enforce the presidential directive on the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.

According to the defence spokesperson, the military has two-way plans to support the federal government in the fight against the pandemic. They include medical support and security aspect.

Speaking on the military security aspect, Enenche said the military was ready to implement all restrictions on movement in line with the directive of the president, explaining that the military would act in support of the civil authorities.

He said that penalty for those who would flaunt the restriction order would be handled by the police, adding that military personnel had been adequately trained on how to perform their duties.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this includes the Presidential Directive given by the President, Commander-In-Chief during his address to the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 29, 2020.

“The High Command of Nigerian Military hereby solicits for the support of the general public in this trying period of the fight against COVID-19.

“This can be achieved by adhering to all the medical and administrative guidelines being provided by the government at all levels,’’ he added.

Enenche disclosed that one case of the virus had been confirmed within the armed forces, adding that the officer had since been quarantined in Gwagwalada centre.

According to him, all possible contacts with affected officer have also been identified and isolated in accordance with the standard procedure.

He said that the affected officer was stable at the treatment centre.

Speaking on the medical support, Enenche said that a committee had been put in place to interface with all relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

According to him, the committee is headed by the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor.

He explained that the 17 isolation and treatment centres earmarked by the military were spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

According to him, in the South West, the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Yaba, 2 Division Hospital, Ibadan, have been prepared.

Designated in the South-South, he said were Military Hospital, Port Harcourt, Navy Reference Hospital, Calabar and Military Hospital, Benin.

Enenche said the 211 Regiment Group Medical Centre, Owerri and 82 Division Military Hospital, Enugu were designated in the South East.

“North Central has 161 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Makurdi, 22 Brigade Medical Centre in Ilorin.

“In the North West, 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, 465 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Kano, 263 Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital, Daura and 119 Composite Group Medical Centre, Sokoto were designated.

“The 261 Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital, Bauchi, 163 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Yola, 7 Division Military Hospital, Maiduguri and 27 Task Force Brigade Field Ambulance, Damaturu were designated in the North East,’’ he said.

Enenche also disclosed that a good number of military medical personnel had been earmarked to be trained in the management of COVID-19 cases, in liaison with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He added that about 48 Disaster Response Units of the armed forces were on notice to move in conjunction with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

According to him, these units will handle operations other than medicals that may arise in the course of this non-kinetic military operation.

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Olugbenga Ige

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

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