New JTF Commander Urges Troops To Brace-up Ahead Of Elections

The new General Officer Commanding 8 Division Nigerian Army and Commander of the Joint Task Force Northwest (JTF NW) Operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD), Major General Godwin Mutkut, has assumed duty at Gusau.

Maj. Gen Mutkut assumed office on Tuesday 17 January 2023, taking over from Maj. Gen. Uwem Bassey who has been redeployed to Defence Space Administration as the Deputy Chief of Defense Space Administration.

The newly appointed Commander, while promising to sustain and build upon the legacies of his predecessor, urged commanders and troops of the Operation to brace up for the enormous task ahead especially as the nation is about to witness the general election.

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He stated that troops under his watch would not relent on their oars until all criminal elements within the region had been flushed out from their enclaves and forced to embrace peace.

The new GOC further commended his predecessor, Major General Bassey, for his remarkable achievements and purposeful leadership in restoring peace and stability in his Operational Area of Responsibility.

Outgoing GOC, Maj Gen. Uwem Bassey, and newly appointed Commander, Maj. Gen. Godwin Mutkut, handing and taking over the leadership baton.

Earlier, in his farewell address to the troops of OPHD, Maj. Gen. Bassey applauded the officers and soldiers for their contribution towards the success of his tenure as the Commander of the Operation, and implored them to accord more support and dedication to his successor as he hands over the leadership baton.

The handing and taking over in Gusau will culminate into another one in Soko where General Mutkut will also take over as the GOC in a short while.

Operation HADARIN DAJI, which covers Kebbi, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto States is aimed at keeping peace in the troubled areas of the Northwest region.

New GOC inspecting the troops.

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