5 January 2013

Nigeria: Army Deploys 800 for Peace Mission in Darfur

The Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji, has concluded arrangement to deploy 800 personnel to Darfur, Sudan.

The personnel, drafted from the 323 Battalion, Akure, under the 2 Div. of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, had undergone a four-week pre-deployment training at the centre.

Speaking at the graduation of the officers, the Commandant, Maj.-Gen. John Zaruwa said the training was part of the army's effort to inject quality in the troops deployed on UN peacekeeping missions to various parts of the world. "With great sense of pride, we are marking the end of another pre-deployment training as troops of NIBATT 39 are about to be inducted into the African Union/ United Nations Hybrid Operations in Darfur, Sudan," he said.

He urged the personnel, who comprised of 753 soldiers and 44 officers to display high standard in their conduct.

In his remarks, the General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Ibadan, Maj.-Gen. Muhammed Abubakar, urged the army personnel to be disciplined and restrain from any act capable of tarnishing the image of the country. (NAN)

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