Terrorism has prompted Nigeria's rapid turn of attention to its internal security challenges, said chief of army staff Lt-Gen Anthony Ihejirika.
Speaking at the graduation of 214 troops and civil defenders from Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Centre in Kachia, the army said a growing spate of terrorist attacks in the country "brings to the fore grey areas in internal security that need to be enhanced."
He was represented by Maj-Gen Amnon Kwaskebe, commander, Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery.
The 214, including 60 from Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, are the fourth batch to train in countering terrorism and insurgency, said CTCOIN director Brig-Gen Tijani Golau, spanning urban patrol, multiple house clearing, hostage rescue, weapons coupling and unarmed combat.
The army troops were balance of a contingent earmarked for deployment to Guinea-Bissau.
Commandant General Bartholomew Ezeigbo of NSCDC zone B said the civil defenders trained would be deployed nationwide.