Boko Haram: Army trains officers on handling new war equipment in Bauchi

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From Beatrice GODYI, Bauchi

The Nigerian army has organized a training for its officers in Bauchi on the new battle tanks and other sophisticated war equipment acquired by the federal government, as a part of efforts to consolidate on the gains of its fight against Boko Haram terrorism in the Northeast

The Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai declared the training open Thursday in Bauchi at the Nigerian Army armored school.

According to the report, General Buratai inspected the living accommodations of the officers destroyed by rainstorms 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 the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir 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 was purchased to enable soldiers to crush the remnants of the 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 terrorist activity in the entire Northeast.

“For the last four months, we have not had any major case of terrorist activity. What we have majorly is terrorist inactivity as if they are non-existent.

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“Just last week when the Chief of army staff addressed Soldiers, officers and even His Excellency governor of Borno state were 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 terrorist activity in the northeast at the moment,” he said.

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

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

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