Armed forces ready to implement directive from presidency on lockdown
The Defence Headquarters has said the Nigerian military is ready to implement the presidential order on the restriction of movement.
The coordinator of Defence Media Operations disclosed this at the DHQ in Abuja on Monday, March 30. This comes a day after President Buhari stopped all movements in Lagos, Ogun states and the FCT In line with the restriction of movement to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Monday, March 30, revealed that the Nigerian Armed Forces are ready to implement the presidential directive.
Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, during a news conference in Abuja, stated that the military was ready to implement all restrictions on movement in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive, Enenche further explained that the military would act in support of the civil authorities.
He also said that penalty for those who would flaunt the restriction would be handled by the police, adding that military personnel had been adequately trained on how to perform their duties. Nigerian Army embarks on mass recruitment of personnel He said: “The Armed Forces of Nigeria is to implement all restriction on movement, in line with the Federal Government of Nigeria. Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the coordinator, Defence Media Operations.
“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 29 March 2020.” The media coordinator highlighted the military’s two-way plan, including medical support and security aspect to support the federal government towards tackling the pandemic.
Enenche speaking on the military medical support said that a committee headed by Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the chief of defence training and operations, had been put in place to interface with all relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs). The coordination further explained that a good number of military medical personnel in liaison with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had been earmarked to be trained in the management of COVID-19 cases.