Peacekeeping: Nigerian Army Deploys Troops To Liberia

peacekeeping, Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian Army on Friday deployed another batch of 700 officers and soldiers to Liberia on a peacekeeping mission.

The troops received a 4-week special training in preparation for their induction into the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia.

The troops had their passing out ceremony at the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji, Kaduna State, ahead of their departure to Liberia.

While addressing his men, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, warned them to avoid any act capable of tarnishing the image of the nation.

General Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Major General Hamza Umaru, also warned them that the Nigerian Army would not tolerate any act of cowardice or professional negligence while carrying out their operations in Liberia.

He advised the troops to abide by the Rules of Engagement, exhibit braveness as professionals and to also respect the cultural sensitivity of the people of Liberia.

He also reminded them of the United Nations’ zero tolerance for drug trafficking.

On his part, the Acting Commandant of Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Brigadier General Adamu Dauda, said that the special training received by the soldiers is meant to equip them with the requisite skills that will enable them operate effectively in Liberia.

He expressed confidence that the high level of enthusiasm and cohesion exhibited by the soldiers would reflect on their operational conduct.

The training, according to the authorities, is in line with the Nigerian Army Headquarters’ desire to ensure that troops receive the needed robust and theatre-specific pre-deployment training prior to their induction into peacekeeping missions.

The contingents are expected to depart to Liberia in a couple of days.

Be Abreast With Current Security Challenges, Buhari Tells Military Officers

Muhammadu-Buhari addressing senior officers President Muhamadu Buhari of Nigeria has asked senior military officers to always update themselves in order to be abreast with current security challenges which threaten both national and global security.

The President gave the advice during the graduation ceremony of Senior Course 38 Military Officers at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State.

The President, who was represented at the event by his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, urged the Nigerian Armed Forces to ensure zero tolerance to indiscipline.

He further urged them to join hands with the Federal Government on the ongoing transformation in the Nigerian military, which he said was borne out of the emerging security challenges confronting the nation.

The President also asked the officers to exhibit high sense of professionalism, which the college was known for in the course of their military career.

He stressed the need for the officers to always abide by the Armed Forces Act, standing operational procedures and rules of engagement even in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the north east.

Winning The War

While pointing out that the Nigerian military ranked amongst the best in the world, he urged the graduating officers to also contribute their quota to the fight against insurgency in the northeast and other security challenges in other parts of Nigeria.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the event, the Vice President said the Federal Government was winning the war against insurgency in the northeast.

The graduation ceremony formally marked the successful completion of yet another senior course.

The arrival of the Vice President signalled the commencement of the colourful event where a total of 191 students, comprising of 89 Nigerian Army officers, 48 Navy, 31 Air Force officers and 10 para-military students as well as nine international students took part in the course that commenced on July 29, 2015.

The curriculum of their course includes fitness training, rigorous training in basic military subjects and outdoor training exercises.

In line with the current security challenges, the officers were also given a special training on counter-terrorism.

Highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of certificates to the graduating students.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, service chiefs and other dignitaries attended the event

Army Trains Troops On Counter Terrorism Operations

Nigeria-Army-Troops-counteri-terrorism-Boko-HaramThe Nigerian Army has conducted a special training on counter-terrorism operations for officers and recruits.

The training was held at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, ahead of their graduation from the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, and Command College, Jaji.

The exercise is part of efforts by the Nigerian military to expose the young soldiers to conventional ways of fighting terrorism in the northeast.

Addressing the Cadets at the end of the exercise, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, said the training has become necessary due to the emerging security challenges, which requires effective training of troops in the art of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations.

He express satisfaction with the performance of the troops, adding that most of them would be deployed to the north east and other troubled parts of the country to fight the Boko Haram group and other related crimes.

Over 2, 000 recruits from the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria took part in the exercise.

The training, which exposed them to combat bush exercise and other tactics, is the last lap of their training before their passing out from the depot within the year.

After watching their training session, General Buratai, said they are good to go.
He commended the management of the Armed Forces and Command College for the effective manner they handled the troops during the training period.

The Nigerian Army has been a major facilitator and force multiplier in the fight against terrorism in the country through effective training of its personnel, as well as personnel of sister security services.

Britain Trains Nigerian Military Spokesmen On Effective Information Management

BMATTThe British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT) in collaboration with the Defence Headquarters have organised a training for officers from the Public Relations Unit of the Nigerian military on effective information and crisis management.

The training which commenced at the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji, Kaduna State, was conducted for officers from the Public Relations Departments of the Nigerian Navy, Airforce and Army.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the five-day training course, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, says that the training was to expose the officers to be more efficient in managing information during crisis, which would help in giving accurate media report.

He stated that there had always been a huge gap on information dissemination between military services and the media, hence the need to train the officers on how to effectively fill this gap.

The training is to further expose the officers to some new techniques on crisis and information management which are vital to any military operations across the globe.

Leader of the British Military Advisory Training Team, Major Jo Panayiotou, said the exercise had become imperative in the face of conflicting reports between the media and the military especially during crisis situations.

The British Military Advisory Training Team has been assisting Nigeria in the capacity building of its military forces in the areas of new tactics for over 35 years.

Fighting Insurgents: Military College Holds Inter-agencies Security Training

MilitaryThe Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State, has conducted an inter-agencies training on information sharing and intelligence gathering.

Addressing participants during the closing ceremony of the training, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, said that the training was very important considering the internal security challenges facing Nigeria.

Mr Arase, who was represented by the Zaria Area Commander, reiterated that the Nigerian Police Force was determined to take its rightful place in internal security operations aimed at ensuring a peaceful and secured society.

In his speech, the Director of Joint Studies of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Johnson Irefin, explained that such joint inter-agencies training would bring about developing of new techniques on standing operating procedures on internal security and low intensity operations.

He also stressed the need for security personnel and other stakeholders involved in conflict and emergency situations to adhere to the rules of engagement during internal and low intensity conflict.

The event was organised to gather intelligence on a regular basis, to ensure prompt response to crisis situations in line with the humanitarian challenges caused by the Boko Haram insurgents in northern Nigeria.

The training workshop, which drew participants from the military, Police, para-military agencies, National Orientation Agency and National Emergency Management Agency among others, lasted for three weeks.

It was conducted in two phases which featured lectures, presentations, planning and conduct of internal security operations in a multi-agency setting.

Military Commences Inter-Security Training To Tackle Kidnapping, Insurgency

Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian Military has commenced  joint inter-security agencies and other security stakeholders training, to properly manage the situation of kidnapping and insurgency in the country.

This was made known by the Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Air Vice Marshal Suleiman Dambo while declaring the training tagged “Operation Haske Biyu 2016″ open.

The Commandant charged Security Agents in the country to always be conscious and observant at all times as they go about their respective duties.

‎He said the exercise has become imperative in the face of treats posed by the dynamism of the current security challenges in the country, where kidnapping and insurgency has become a threat to the country.

The Commandant urged them to ensure that their disclosure of information to outside sources, movement, association and other actions do not undermine national security.

The training was drawn from all security agencies, the media and the Civil Society Organisations.

Nigerian Army Officer Kidnapped In Kaduna

nigerian armyA senior Army officer serving at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji in Kaduna State, Colonel Samaila Inusa, has been abducted by kidnappers.

The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the One Mechanised Division, Colonel Usman Abdul, disclosed this on Sunday in the Nigeria’s northwest state.

Colonel Abdul said that the Army officer was abducted from his car around Kamazo area, near refinery junction in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The abductors intercepted the officer’s personal car, and later dropped off his wife before leaving with him as they travelled along the Abuja-Kaduna road.

US Trains Nigerian Military Officers On Counter-terrorism

militaryA team of military personnel from the United States of America has arrived Nigeria to train a battalion of Nigerian Army officers and soldiers on counter-terrorism and insurgency operations.

Speaking at the commencement of the training at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State on Wednesday, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Enwistle, stressed the need for countries within the Lake Chad Basin to continue to work together in the fight against terrorism and insurgency within the region.

He stated that with the ongoing partnership between United States and Nigerian military in the areas of training of officers and soldiers, the war against the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast was already yielding tremendous result as the insurgents had been largely defeated.

The US Ambassador also tasked the Nigerian government on improving the socio-economic development of the northeast that had been ravaged by Boko Haram attacks in order to secure a long term stability of the region.

On his part, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Owonishakin, said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to ensure that the Nigerian Armed Forces were adequately equipped to enable personnel fight terrorism and other security challenges confronting the nation.

He explained that the partnership between the US military and Nigeria’s Armed Forces was borne out of the commitment of the present administration in waging war against global terrorism and violent extremism.

General Owonishakin, however, urged the participants to use the training opportunity to improve their military skills and capacity.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, reminded the participants of the enormous security challenges facing Nigeria and the need for them to adapt with the new tactics to deal with the situation.

He also reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army towards strict observance of human rights and international humanitarian laws in the ongoing military effort to liberate the northeast from the Boko Haram terrorists.

The training which would last for 12 weeks, is designed to be conducted in three phases for troops of the 145 Battalion.

EU Trains Nigerian Security Operatives On Civil-Military Relationship

electionsThe European Union and the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) have trained security operatives on how to maintain civil-military relationship during combat and peacekeeping operations within and outside Nigeria.

The training was part of measures to ensure strict compliance to rules of engagement and respect for human rights.

Some security operatives at the training concluded on Saturday at the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji, Kaduna State, were drawn from the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Air Force and the Department of State Security Service across the country.

At the end of the exercise, the commandant of the centre, Brigadier General Adamu Dauda, said the training had exposed security operatives to international best practices on how to maintain a cordial relationship with the civilian populace during war or peacekeeping operations.

Respect For Human Rights

He stated that the training was expected to further boost the capacity of men of the armed forces and other security agencies to institutionalise the respect for human rights and civil-military relationship framework while discharging their constitutional duties.

In an ideal situation the military is a highly regimented and professional service that confines those who serve from barracks, bases, and formations, among others to the war zones or conflict areas.

The military’s primary goal is to defend the nation’s territorial integrity and suppress internal insurrection.

However, the changing nature of conflicts occasioned by global terrorism, non-state actor-led asymmetric warfare embedded within the civil populace has blurred these traditional lines.

With increasing threat of terrorism and inability of the police to deal with such challenges, the military has to be drafted into an unfamiliar territory of managing civil unrest with its inherent anomalies.

This development, which is worrisome to the Office of the National Security Adviser in partnership with the European Union made the training necessary.

A European Union Attaché, Marc Humbert, represented the EU at the training.

On the field, the participants demonstrated what they had learnt. Search and rescue operations without recording much casualty, civil-military affairs, media relations, command and leadership, among other skills were displayed.

The Commandant of the Peacekeeping Centre said the field exercise was the climax of weeks of intensive training for the troops to showcase what they had learnt.

The training instructor said the training had largely improved the capacity of the participants to discharge their duties effectively.

Over 100 security personnel participated in the training.

It is expected that at the end of the day, they would go back to their various formations and battalions and retrain their colleagues on what they have learnt from the centre.

Britain Trains 150 Nigerian Army Personnel

Britain Trains 150 Nigerian Army PersonnelThe British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT) has organised a five-day capacity training seminar for 150 Warrant Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers of the Nigerian Army.

The seminar is part of the collaborations between Nigeria and Britain in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east and other similar security challenges across the oil-rich nation.

The commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Major General Sani Muazu, made the disclosure on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, at the seminar held at the Armed Forces and Staff College, Jaji in Kaduna State on Tuesday.

The Army Chief said the BMATT had been assisting Nigeria in the capacity building of its military forces in the areas of tactics for over 35 years.

He explained that the seminar would focus on the operation development of the officers, with the aim of making the Nigerian Army a professional force.

General Buratai also noted that the Army had in the last one year embarked on intensive individual and group training of personnel within and outside the country, stressing that such initiative was already yielding positive result with the recent onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgents.

He urged the participants to make use of the opportunity of the training to up their capacities and knowledge in dealing with all forms of security threats such as; the Boko Haram insurgency, militancy, oil bunkering and kidnapping among other related crimes.

The Head of the British Military Advisory Council, Lieutenant Colonel Steward Howells, gave an insight into the contributions of his country in the capacity building of Nigerian military personnel.

He also expressed confidence that such training and collaboration in some key areas would assist Nigeria to overcome the current security challenges.

The training focused on capacity building development in three areas – Intelligence and Analysis, Operational Capacity Building and Force Sustainment.

These areas, according to the organisers of the seminar, are critical in the effort by the Nigerian Army to overcome the current security challenges.

Terrorism: Armed Forces College To Review Training Curriculum

soldiers and officersThe new Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Air Vice Marshal Sulaiman Dambo, on Saturday said the college would review its academic and training curriculum to meet the demands of the current Boko Haram insurgency 

The commandant disclosed this shortly after taking over from his predecessor, Air Vice Marshal John Ifemeje, who just retired from service.

He stated that the inclusion of counter-terrorism training for officers, who passed through the college has contributed immensely to the success recorded by troops fighting the Boko Haram insugents in the north east.

According to him, the college would continue to build the mental capacity of its students to equip them with vital skills to confront any war situation.

The commandant warned officers and men of the college against partisanship and mismanagement of resources.

Air Vice Marshal Dambo also solicited for the support of the staff to re-position the institution for greater efficiency.

He commended the former commandant for remodeling the military institution, which made it to excel.

On his part, the former commandant thanked God and Nigeria for giving him the opportunity to serve the nation for 35 years.

While giving account of his stewardship, Air Vice Marshal Ifemeje says the entire college was renovated in addition to the remodeling of its two departments in line with global standards.

Peacekeeping: Nigerian Army Deploys 700 Troops To Liberia

PeacekeepingThe Nigerian Army on Friday deployed another batch of 700 officers and soldiers to Liberia on a peace keeping mission.

The troops are expected to depart Nigeria for Liberia in a couple of days.

Addressing the troops during their passing out ceremony from the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji, Kaduna State, ahead of their departure to Liberia, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, warned them that the Nigerian Army would not tolerate any act of cowardice or professional negligence while carrying out their operations in Liberia.

General Buratai told the contingent to abide by the Rules of Engagement, exhibit braveness as professionals and to also respect the cultural sensitivity of the people of Liberia.

He also reminded them of the United Nations’ zero tolerance on drug trafficking.

On his part, the Commandant of Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Major-General Imomotimi Birigeni, said that he had no doubt that the high level of enthusiasm and cohesion exhibited by the soldiers would reflect on their operational conduct.

He said that the troops had benefited from the mission’s special training which would enable them operate under general and unique conditions obtainable in Liberia.

The training, according to the authorities, was in line with the Nigerian Army Headquarters’ desire to ensure that troops receive the needed robust and theatre-specific pre-deployment training prior to their induction into peacekeeping missions.

Also in Jaji, the Army Chief told men of the Nigerian Army to take the fight against terror to the doorsteps of the dreaded Boko Haram sect and dislodge them, rather than waiting in defensive positions for the criminals to attack innocent citizens by surprise.

Speaking during the combined graduation ceremony of Basic Airborne Course 37 and Basic Rigger Course 23 of the Airborne Wing of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, General Buratai challenged the troops to adopt offensive disposition and respond quickly and appropriately to all situations.

The Army Chief also said that his vision for the Nigerian Army is to have a professional responsive force capable of discharging its constitutional roles.