Nigerian Army has unveiled four Mine Resistant Anti Ambush Protected Vehicles designed and manufactured in Nigeria in collaboration with Proforce Limited today 1 August 2019.
The vehicles are to enhance its capacity in the fight against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin commissioned the vehicles at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre Asokoro Abuja.
According to a statement by the army, “the MRAP vehicles are a result of collaboration between the Nigerian Army and Proforce Limited and is in line with the Local Content Policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the desire and commitment of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai for the Army to be self reliant and the need to develop indigenous production of Defence hardwares.
Speaking at the ceremony, General Olonisakin commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for pressing on in the fight against insurgency and other forms of insecurity across the nation.
Gen Olonisakin assured Nigerians that the armed forces must continue to develop capacity to confront the security situations in the country.
Under the leadership of Lt Gen TY Buratai, Nigerian Army has successfully established the first ever Army vehicle Manufacturing company in Nigeria and indeed in Africa and it has already commenced the manufacture/production of various types of Armored Personnel Carriers, MRAP, Mine Clearance System, ballistic vests, military boots combat, bullets proof vehicles, ballistic helmets, protective jackets among other military hardwares.
The army says the MRAP vehicles will be inducted into the Frontline in the Northeast to fight terrorism and insurgency in the country.
More of these vehicles and other combat capabilities or enablers are also expected soon.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali and the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, are advocating a repeal of the Armed Forces Act to reflect current realities in the global security landscape.
According to them, while the laws from which Nigeria derived its own have undergone several reviews, Nigeria’s Laws have remained unchanged.
Mr Mansur Dan-Ali and Gen. Gabriel Ol-Onishakin who were speaking at a forum in Abuja made suggestions on the areas to be reviewed.
Dan-Ali noted that “Some notice political areas to be reviewed will include, a command influence in the composition and administration of military justice system, a committee with the convention protocol of the international labour organisation and a critical examination of some of the provision of the act that has become obsolete.
“Furthermore, the welfare of the members of the Arm Forces of Nigeria who have given a good account of themselves in the war against Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east of Nigeria and in similar operations in other part of the country, their review is also expected to address the issue of fundamental human right of men and women while performing their constitutional role and still maintaining military discipline and rules of engagement”
In his part, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin seeks to the government to amend the statutory entitlement of the Armed Forces who has to restore hope and dignity of for the nation.
“While we remain law abiding in an effort to restore hope and dignity of our compatriots, a terrorist especially in the astigmatic welfare we are fighting as nobody to account to.
“I urge you to consider the amendment to the Armed Forces Act that we are called statutory entitlement to members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria that are killed or wounded, as such provision are not available in the instant enactment.” Gen. Gabriel lamented.