On Thursday, the Nigerian Army provided free medical services to residents of the Eika-Ohizenyi communities in Kogi's Okehi Local Government Area.
According to reports, the Nigerian Army offered free medical care as part of its civil-military cooperation initiatives.
Army provides free medical care to Kogi communities
Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff, stated that the medical outreach was deliberately planned to address the known common health challenges of indigenous peoples in the communities.
He said this would strengthen the already friendly relationship and public support for the Nigerian Army. He thanked Governor Yahaya Bello for his assistance in making the Kogi State Government's apparatus available for military operations.
During his remarks, Bello praised the COAS for his medical outreach and for ensuring adequate security in the state.
Commander Jerry Omodara, speaking on behalf of Bello, urged the public to be well-informed and to take advantage of opportunities to provide credible information to security agencies to rid the state of criminal elements.
Mr. Abdulraheem Ohiare, Chairman of Okehi Local Government Area, praised the COAS for the gesture and for helping to restore peace to the area.
Ohiare claimed that the area had been a haven for criminals, noting that the Eika Police Station had been burned down twice and many people had been killed.
"We thank the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for helping to restore peace in our communities," he said.
Mrs. Sabiat Abdulkadiri, Mrs. Hajara Salihu, and Hajia Habibat Sadiq were among those who praised the COAS for providing free medical treatment and drugs.