The Nigerian Army is making preparations for a possible failure to contain the outbreak of Coronavirus, leading to public disorder that could require them secure food and water supplies, evacuate the sick to hospitals and help in the mass burial of the sick.
The army also believes it will not only be needed to keep looters at bay but will have to enforce any government imposed curfew.
All this is contained in a memo written to army formations from the Nigerian Army’s Chief of Policy and Plans, Lt. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, and reportedly approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai according to Premium Times.
Code named Op Second Eleven, the plan envisions the government calling out the army to help contain the pandemic leading to the adoption of emergency measures by the army in its operations.
The army according to the report, is “planning on the lease of excavators, trucks, water tankers and other relevant vehicles to aid Op SECOND ELEVEN in the area of possible mass burial, water, and essential food/drugs supplies, forceful transfer of the sick to hospitals, enforcement of government movement restrictions order, etc.”
The plans include, “to secure all major food stores and government storage facilities for essential goods from looting.
Other plans include internal operation and how military personnel will conduct and protect themselves from the coronavirus.