Insurgency: Army Chief Charges Troops To Crush Non-state Actors

The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, has charged troops of the Nigerian Army to deploy their newly acquired combat capabilities to defeat non-state actors disrupting the peace of the country.

Yahaya stated this Thursday, 17 November 2022, during the Final Exercise and Graduation ceremony of Trainees of Exercise Restore Hope III, held at the Nigerian Army Training Camp, Kachia in Kaduna State.

The Army Chief expressed confidence that with the performance of the final exercise witnessed at the ceremony, their deployment in support of ongoing operations will change the game and bring the tide against the nation’s adversaries, adding that the security challenges bedeviling the country required the use of lethal force.

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Gen Yahaya tasked the graduating personnel to effectively employ skills and competences acquired to deal with the various security challenges confronting the country, while emphasising that peaceful and secured atmosphere must be created for the successful conduct of the 2023 elections.

He further admonished the troops to remain apolitical and conduct their operational tasks devoid of politics, and warned that any personnel caught on the wrong side of the law will not be spared.

The COAS afterwards, commissioned the newly remodeled Nigerian Army School of Artillery Soldiers’ Club and Student Officers’ Accommodation at the Nigerian Army School of Artillery also in Kachia.

Highlights of the event were the long distance shooting at 300m, sniper shooting at 500m, shooting after physical efforts under timing with effects, small team tactical movement to rescue hostages and Krav magga unarmed combat demonstration.

The training commenced on 18 July 2022, with a total of 647 soldiers,13 officers,134 senior non-commissioned officers and five hundred 82 Regular Recruit Intake drawn from Nigerian Army formations, units and commands.

It is aimed at developing a lethal fighting force with high intensity in advance training of troops ready to be deployed in any theatre of operation.

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