Boko Haram: Army train officers on handling new war equipment

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The Nigerian army has embarked on a training exercise for its officers in Bauchi on how to operate the new battle tanks and other sophisticated war equipment acquired by the federal government to combat terrorism.

The Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, declared the training open on Thursday in Bauchi at the Nigerian Army Armoured School.

Buratai inspected the accommodation facilities of the officers which were destroyed by a rainstorm in the Shadawanka barracks and the new officers’ quarters named Tukur Yusuf Buratai village currently under construction at the barracks.

While addressing the press, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa explained that there were over 155 officers in the state undergoing a course on how to handle the newly acquired battle tanks, adding that the new war equipment was purchased to enable soldiers to crush the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the region.

According to him, the Nigerian troops had in the last two months killed over 1,015 Boko Haram militias adding that within the period under review, there has not been any major terrorist activity in the entire northeast.

“For the last four months, we have not had any major case of terrorist activity. What we have majorly is terrorists’ inactivity as if they were non-existent. 

He assured that the training would have a serious impact in the battle against terrorists in Nigeria and promised that more officers would undergo similar course after the first batch.

He urged members of the public to continue to provide useful information to the Nigerian army on any suspected terrorist activities so that they can respond in good time. 

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