More than 1,000 residents of Isawo, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, received free medical care and medicines from medical personnel of the 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Lagos, as part of the package for the military maneuver, code-named Exercise Egwu Eke 3.
The residents, including women, children and aged persons, received various medical checks, including for malaria and typhoid, and eye tests. They were provided with malaria drugs and drugs for other ailments, including arthritis and eye problems.
Residents of the community trooped out en masse to access the free medical service, while ar least 100 pupils of the Anglican Community Primary School received books and writing materials, as part of the outreach by the Exercise Egwu Eke 3.
The 9 Brigade commander, Brigadier-General T.A. Lagbaja, supervised the free medical outreach and also visited troops stationed in the Isawo area of Ikorodu.
Speaking with Daily Sun, the community leader of Isawo, Alhaji Adisa Owolabi, commended the army for the outreach and also explained that the Nigerian Army personnel attached to Operation Awatse in the Ikorodu area had been doing well, especially in checking criminals and other miscreants operating in the area.
He recalled the days of infamy in the Ikorodu area when militants and oil thieves held the town hostage, explaining that, “for seven months, we ran away from our houses until the military was deployed.”
Similarly, another community leader, Mr. Biodun Sunday, commended the outreach by the military, calling on the government to consider establishing a barracks in Isawo to checkthe incursion of hoodlums and pipeline vandals.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, had, during the kick-off of Exercise Egwu Eke 3, warned criminals that they should seek refuge elsewhere to avert being swallowed by the Python.