This Day (Lagos)

12 December 2012

Nigeria: Peacekeeping - Army to Send 800 Personnel to Dafur

Forty-four officers and 756 men from the Owena Cantonment of the 32 Artillery Brigade have been nominated for the United Nations Mission in Darfur, Sudan for a six-month Peacekeeping mission.

The nomination of the men and the officers, who would be in Darfur from January to June 2013, was disclosed by the Army Public Relations Officer of the Brigade, Captain Ademola Adegoke.

Adegoke said prior to the unit's induction into the mission, the troops were since November exposed to rigorous training within the cantonment.

The PRO added that the men and the officers have equally gone through a three-week pre-deployment training package to enhance their performance at the mission in Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Training Centre from December 15, 2012 to January 7, 2013 before their departure to Darfur.

He advised members of the public not to panic on the sight of the mass movement of troops out of Akure to Jaji, Kaduna State for the pre-deployment training.

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