GOC 82 Div  urges media  against   hate speech,  says sectional agitation commanders are criminals

General Officer Commanding 82 Division , Major -General Hassan  Taiwo Dada has commended the media for their roles in. National development, especially in promoting the activities of the Nigerian Army, urging practitioners to shun hate speech in discharging  their duties.

He gave the commendation /advice,  ,Friday, when he received members of the Corporate Online Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists ( NUJ) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Enugu 

Pix- GOC, 82 Div. ,Major-Gen .Taiwo Dada

The GOC  observed that hate speech brings  about hatred and disunity among the citizenry. He said media practitioners should not encourage it  in their reportage and programs.

Major- General Dada appreciated the Chapel for commiserating with the Army over the recent killing of Five Soldiers by alleged ESN members in Abia state. He disclosed  that out of the Five Army personnel killed,  three were from the South East. 

Pix- GOC Dada( L)Umeh(R)

He said the security problems we were having in the South East zone “has nothing to do with agitation or Biafra. What we are having is criminality. Some commanders of  agitation groups collect money from people and perpetuate the act.s. It is criminality. Nobody is fighting for anybody . An average Igbo man wants to wake up  and goes to  his shop , comes back and rest.”, Dada said.

Pix- Director ,Army Public Relations, Lieutenant Colonel Jonah Eromosele Unuakhalu

He appealed to Journalists to  report against the criminality, saying, ” please , we look up to you to assist the Government , . Whatever  the agitation of Biafra, is not in the interest of the people. They are using it to make money for themselves. All the Criminals that escaped in Owerri jail brake are now Commanders of ESN, collecting money  from people, raping women , kidnapping people  and harvesting organs,” he said .

Major- General Dada assured Army’s commitment to protection of lives and properties. in the zone, saying, ” We are here to defend you”. 

On the auto crash that occurred  on Tuesday evening  in which some lives were lost and injuries sustained at the Ugwu Onyeama axis of the Enugu- Onitsha express road, the G.O.C ,commiserated with the families of the diseased. He said they had taken decisions on road blocks, kidnapping on the roads . 

The General Officer Commanding 82 Division , assured members of the Corporate Online Chapel of partnership .

 He said, ” the business of security cannot be achieved by one  person or one organisation . It should be a combination of everybody .There cannot be any development without collaboration.”

Pix- COC team

Earlier, the chairman of the Corporate Online Chapel, Comrade Clinton Umeh, on behalf of chapel members, commiserated with the GOC over the killing of  Five .Soldiers  that were killed in Abia state recently .

He said,” that action does not represent  what Igbo people stand for. We cannot support that.”

The chairman told the GOC that  Corporate Online Chapel is a unit of NUJ that can give the public news at anytime .” We are the most mobile and we are the newest in the NUJ.,  we have come to seek partnership with the Army”. He assured accurate and prompt reportage of events and cordial relationship with the Army.

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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