Terrorism: Army trains officers in Bauchi on handling new war equipment





As part of efforts to consolidate on the gains of its fight against Boko Haram terrorism in the north east, the Nigerian army has organized a training to its officers in Bauchi on how to operate the new battle tanks and other sophisticated war equipment acquired by the federal government and the army to combat the terrorists.


Chief of Army Staff General Tukur Buratai declared the training open Wednesday evening in Bauchi at the Nigerian army armoured school.


Our correspondent reports that general Buratai also inspected the living accommodations of the officers destroyed by rainstorm in the shadawanka barracks Bauchi and the new officers quarters tagged Tukur Yusuf Buratai village currently under construction at the barracks.


However during the visit, the chief of army staff delegated his director public relations colonel Sadiq Musa to address the press on his behalf.


Musa explained that there were over 155 students in the state undergoing course on how to handle the newly acquired battle tanks saying the new war equipment were purchased to enable soldiers crush the remnants Boko Haram terrorists in the region.


According to him, the Nigerian troops have in the last two months killed over 1,015 Boko Haram militants adding that within the period under review,  there has been no major terrorists activity in the entire north east.


“For the last four months, we have no had any major case of terrorists activity. What we have majorly is terrorists inactivity as if they are non existent. 


“Just last week when the Chief of army staff addressed Soldiers, officers and even His Excellency governor of Borno state was there during the sallah lunch with troops, he mentioned that in the last two months, over 1,015 terrorists were neutralized. And that is a big success.


 “This is translated in the fact that we have not seen any major terrorists activity in the north east at the moment”. He said.

He opined that the training would have serious impact in the battle against terrorists in Nigeria assuring that after the first batch of the training more soldiers would undergo similar course.


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

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