The General Officer Commanding 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Waidi Shaibu has commiserated with the Borno State Government and indeed the entire good people the State, most especially shop owners and traders who lost their wares and other valuables in the unfortunate fire incident which razed parts of the Maiduguri Monday Market in the early hours of Sunday 26 February 2023.
The GOC expressed his sadness at the unfortunate incident, especially as it occured during the ongoing 2023 general election period.
Following the unfortunate inferno and resultant reactions of both traders and residents within the market vicinity, troops of 7 Division have scale up confidence-building patrols, amongst other more discreet activities to ensure miscreants do not take undue advantage of the situation to perpetrate their nefarious acts, especially as the nation is still in election mood.
Accordingly, troops of 7 Division Garrison and 7 Division Delta Force remained on alert and have sustained robust show of force around the Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, in order to allay fears, build the confidence of the citizenry and to also support emergency services and other responders within the ambit of their code of conduct.
Once again, the GOC assures the good people of Maiduguri that the Nigerian Army remains committed to fostering a secure and peaceful environment, for the ongoing 2023 general election in the State. That the Nigerian Army is yet committed to supporting the Nigerian Police and other relevant security agencies in nipping any untoward security situation in the bud, in order to forestall the breakdown of law and order.
Members of the general public are duly commended for their efforts so far in reporting election-related issues through our dedicated hotlines. This has greatly enhanced our efficiency on the ground. You are please enjoined to sustain this effort by giving us accurate and timely information on any breach of security in your vicinity.
Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations 7 Division Nigerian Army
28th February 2023