Special troop graduates from Counter Terrorism and Insurgency Centre

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, on Sunday said the army is combat-ready to deal with terrorists in the country.

Ihejirika made this known at the graduation of the 3rd Batch of Special Force troops who were trained on counter terrorism and counter insurgency at the Counter Terrorism and Insurgency Centre in Kachia, Kaduna State, where he was represented by the Commander Brigade of Guards, Brig.-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe.

The COAS said a lot was expected in areas of their deployment, and the special troop had been sufficiently trained, transformed and equipped with the necessary skills to tackle the various security challenges facing the country.

He appealed to them to exhibit a high sense of professionalism and dedication in the conduct of their assignments by adhering strictly to the rules of the task.

Ihejirika also urged the troops to channel their energy toward addressing the nation’s security challenges to alleviate the sufferings of innocent and law-abiding citizens bearing the brunt of terrorists’ attacks.

Earlier, the Director of the Centre, Brig.-Gen. Tijjani Golau, said no fewer than 298 soldiers participated in the four-week programme.

Golau said of the figure, 200, known as defenders, went through Basic Special Forces training.

He added that the training covered fighting in built up areas, VIP protection, search and rescue operations, tactical combat shooting, weapon handling, unarmed combat tactics, physical fitness and others.

He expressed confidence in the ability of the participants to give good account of themselves when deployed for the task ahead.

The Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr. Olu Abolurin, said the training would strengthen synergy and co-operation amongst security agencies to contain the nation’s security problems.            

Abolurin was represented by Suleiman Akanbi, the Deputy Commandant-General (Administration) of the organisation.

Highlights of the occasion included demonstration of tactical combat shooting, tactics, weapon handling, and rescue operations by the Special Forces.

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