Indian VP Seeks Legal Reform To Counter Global Terrorism

Indian_VPThe Vice President of the Republic of India, Prof. Hamid Ansari is advocating for international legal reforms to combat terrorism.

He also canvassed for stronger international cooperation to curb the supplies of arms and financing of global movement of terrorists.

Prof. Ansari made the call at a meeting with the National Defence College in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, where he delivered a lecture on “emerging security imperatives, in the context of Nigeria -India relations”.

He identified terrorism as a major threat to international peace.

Prof. Ansari sued for a stronger bilateral relationship between Nigeria and India as they seek international help to counter terrorism.

The Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, explained the importance of having the Indian Vice President around.

He recalled that there is a long existing military and economic relationship between Nigeria and India.

The Commandant also noted that India helped in the establishment of the National Defence Academy in Kaduna State in 1964.

Since then, both countries have continued to have cross border training for military officers.

186 Junior Military Officers Get Counter-terrorism Training

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.

Security Agencies Get Violence Control Training Ahead Of 2015 Elections

dss_officersSecurity agencies in Nigeria have received training on how to respond to violent situations and other related issues during and after the 2015 general elections

The simulation exercise was conducted by the the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State, for staff of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) and other paramilitary agencies.

The exercise focused on the use of Information Communication Technology and Independent Protective Devices in the event of any outbreak of violence during the elections.

At the closing ceremony of the exercise on Tuesday, the Commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshal John Ifemeje, said the training was designed to equip personnel of the Department of State Security Service and other relevant stakeholders on how to manage crisis and other abnormal situations during the forthcoming elections across the country and also identify ways of tackling security challenges in a simulated setting.

The Commandant, who was represented by Rear Admiral Stanley Ogoigbe, explained that the exercise had become imperative considering the number of violence that had been recorded in previous elections.

He asked the participants to take the training they had received seriously in order to achieve the desired results.

In his address, the Director of Armed Forces Simulation Centre, Brigadier General Kassim Abdulkarim , said the exercise had equipped the participants with the basic knowledge and tactics of dealing with emergency situations.

“The security agencies need the training, especially now that terrorism and other related crimes are on the rise in northern Nigeria and the entire West African sub-region,” he said.

He further expressed optimism that the coordination and response mechanism of the participants would be sharpened to provide prompt, efficient and effective response emergency occurrences.

Participants at the exercise were drawn from a cross section of the security agencies, particularly those engaged in anti-terrorist insurgency, with an objective of creating inter agency understanding and cooperation in the fight against election violence and insurgency.

The Armed Forces Simulation Centre (AFSC) in Jaji, was commissioned in December 2002. It was established to modernise the traditional manual battle simulation known as sand-model war-gaming that had been used before now.

It is one of the most modern simulation centres in the world using the Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation (JCATS) for both warfare and battle situations.

2015 Elections: Former US envoy urges Nigeria to tackle unemployment

Former United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Robin Sanders has advised the federal government to address issues of demography and unemployment ahead of the next general elections in Nigeria.

Ms Sanders who gave the advice in Abuja shortly after addressing a closed-door session of participants at the National Defence College explained that Nigeria can emulate the success story of the recent election in the United States of America which re-elected President Barack Obama for another four years.

Also in an interview with Channels Television, the Commandant of the college, Rear Admiral Thomas Lokoson, stated that the college will continue to provide the platform required for leaders to transform their environment.