16 May 2012

Nigeria: 499 Security Personnel Train On Counter Terrorism

Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan
The aftermath of the bomb explosion at the Nigerian Police Headquarters in Abuja on June 16, 2011.

Kaduna — The Nigerian Army Base Camp, Kachia in Kaduna State has commenced training for 499 security personnel on counter terrorism and counter insurgency. The training which is for 299 soldiers and 200 Armed Squad personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) is expected to last for four weeks.

Speaking at the inauguration of the officers Monday, the Director of the camp, Brigadier General Tijjani Golau said the upsurge and attack on security agencies and structures informed the training.

"The most recent of the security challenge has been upsurge in the activities gunmen and faceless people as evidenced in the spate of bombings and armed attacks on security operatives and innocent Nigerians. It is apparent that these contemporary security challenges have highlighted grey areas in our doctrine on internal security and counter insurgency, which need to be addressed to enhance operational efficiency," he said.

He said the trainees would be actively engaged in internal security duties at the end of the programme.

The director said the objective of the programme was to produce crack, combat ready troops capable of operating in 'Build up areas'.

According to him, the course would cover physical training, mental alertness, weapon handling, road block and fighting enclose quarter battles as well as VIP protection.

Golau said the officers would be tasked to the limit of their endurance to emerge as well trained personnel.

Meanwhile, the zonal commander of NSCDC, Zone 'B', Mr. Bartholomew Eziegbo said the training would foster synergy and operational standard for the security agencies to meet current challenges.

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