Army commissions 63 Brigade, flags off “Operation Egwu-Eke” in Asaba

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The Nigerian Army has commissioned its 63 Brigade headquarters in Asaba, capital of Delta State and launched “Operation Egwu-Eke” (Python Dance).

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Thursday at the inauguration of the 63 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, said the Operation Egwu Eke (Python Dance) will “swallow” all forms of crime and antisocial vices in Delta State, before, during and after 2019 general elections.


Buratai, who was represented by Maj.Gen. Jamil Sarham, General Officer Commander (GOC), 6 Division, said the Brigade would ensure peace and security in Asaba and environs.

He assured that the Army would ensure adequate security and safety even as the nation approached the 2019 general elections.


“It is my great pleasure to inaugurate the 63 Brigade with its headquarters in Asaba. This is a demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to ensure security of lives and properties across the country,” he said.

According to him, the Army formation would checkmate myriads of security challenges in the state.

“I therefore call on the government and the good people of Delta State to support the operations in 63 brigade and the formations in Koko and Oleh.

“I am also in Delta to flag off the operation Egwu Eke 3 (Python Dance) at Km 11, Okpanam Road, Asaba. At the end of the Python Dance, the Python would have swallowed all the bandits, hoodlums, kidnappers, militants and thugs in the state.

“The python will also address issues of fake news by unpatriotic elements. It is necessary that we draw the attention of all well meaning Nigerians that they must have at the back of their minds the importance of national security,” he stressed.

In his remarks, Governor of Delta State, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa appreciated the Army for the bringing the Brigade to Asaba.

“I want to appreciate the Chief of Army Staff for enabling this and the President for bringing it to be in Asaba.

“I am aware that the military, working along with all other security agencies in the state, have done quite a lot to ensure peace.

“There is no doubt that, with the 63 brigade being given birth to today, we would now have many more men to provide security in the state,” Okowa said.

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