186 Junior Military Officers Get Counter-terrorism Training

Channels Television  
Updated June 11, 2016

Boko haram counter-terrorism forcesThe Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State, has conducted a special training course for junior military officers on counter-terrorism and peace support operations.

The training equipped them with appropriate skills to function as Grade Three Staff Officers and Junior commanders in their various military services and organisations.

During their graduation ceremony, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said the training had become necessary due to the emerging security challenges.

He pointed out that the challenges required effective training of officers and men in the art of counter-terrorism, peace support operations and disaster management.

He urged the junior officers to apply the skills they had learnt from the college in the ongoing war against terrorists in the northeast and other related crimes across Nigeria.

General Buratai also reminded them of their expected roles in the realisation of the Federal Government’s Change Agenda and war against terror.

“Always conduct yourselves in a manner that is befitting of an officer when discharging your duties,” he advised them.

The Chief of Army Staff also told the graduating students to imbibe the cardinal virtues of a soldier which include discipline, team spirit, time management and self-confidence among

The junior military officers were drawn from the Nigerian Navy, Army, Air Force and allied officers from neighbouring African countries.

For 21 weeks, they were subjected to intense training and academic activities.

Commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshal Suleiman Dambo, said the training curriculum had been reviewed to reflect emerging military thinking in warfare, counter-revolutionary and anti-terrorism packages.

A total of 90 Nigerian Army Officers, 40 Naval officers , 26 Air Force officers, 10 non-military officers as well as 10 allied officers from Botswana, Cameroun, Chad, Gambia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia participated in the course.

As they return to their various units and organisations, they are expected to carry on with the same spirit which they had shown during the training in addressing the numerous challenges that they would meet in the field.