The second phase of Operation Ayem Akpatema, a military initiative for the restoration of peace in the troubled parts of Taraba State has kicked off.
The exercise was declared open today by the Taraba State Governor, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku.
Speaking during the event, Governor Ishaku said he was hopeful that at the end of the exercise, lasting peace would be restored in the state.
He commended the soldiers for the initiative and urged them to be guided by the lessons of the phase one of the exercise.
He advised the soldiers to use minimum force and to direct attention towards recovering sophisticated arms in the hands of those who were not expected to bear such arms.
Gov. Ishaku also donated and commissioned 26 motorcycles for the use of the soldiers in tracking criminals.
Speaking at the event, Brig-General Briggs Daniel who represent the General Officer Commanding, 3 Division, Jos, Major General Nuhu Angbazo, said the army was committed to the restoration of peace in the state and assured that everything possible would be done to ensure the success of Ayem Akptema phase two.