The Outgoing General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81Division Nigerian Army, Major Gen. Tamunomiebi Dibi, has revealed that many Boko Haram insurgents were arrested in Lagos during his tenure.
Major General Dibi was quoted to have said this on Sunday, August 9, during his handing over ceremony to the the new GOC Major General Isidore Henry Edet.
He said: “You are all aware of the challenges we are going through; the problem of Boko Haram. The fact that you are not in the northeast does not mean you are not fighting the war. We are all involved in the war because wars of this nature do not have a front or a rear. So far, we are winning the war and I want you to do more. Be more vigilant and ensure security of your environment, your Barracks.
“I do not want to be in my village to hear about any careless death. I want to hear that this division I am leaving is the most efficient division in the Nigeria army. I give God the glory for making it possible to serve Nigeria for 35 years and retiring today. I also thank all of you for supporting me.
Some of you have done so well by cooperating, some of you lagged behind. For those lagging behind, please change your attitude towards work, be more dedicated because you do not have any other job than this job, neither do you have any other army. The army is a voluntary organization which you decided to join, nobody forced you to join, therefore, do not allow any to force you do your job.
“If you do your job, you are not doing anyone any favour. It is your job and you should do it well.
“Military job is a challenging task and Lagos State itself is a peculiar state. We have had our challenging times but we were able to overcome them. Under my watch, we were able to prevent the incursion of Boko Haram insurgents into Lagos. A good number of them were arrested here in Lagos. Having served for 35years and retiring now, the legacy I expect my successor, the new General Officer Commanding 81 Division to uphold is to ensure a highly disciplined professional, efficient 81Division.”