13 January 2013

Nigeria: Army Deploys Second Batch of 800 Soldiers to Darfur

Kaduna — Barely nine days after 800 men and officers of the Nigerian Army were deployed on a peace keeping mission to Darfur region of Sudan, another batch of 800 all ranks have been deployed to the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operations in Darfur.

The troops are to replace a battalion which has completed its mission and is ready to return to Nigeria from the mission area.

Addressing the 333 battalion troops commanded by Lt. Colonel T. E. Gagariga at the graduation of of their pre-deployment training from Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC), Jaji near Kaduna on Friday, the General Officer Commanding Officer (GOC), 3 Armoured Division, Major General Jack Nwogbo told them to to discharge their mandate, as expected of them. The GOC warned themto avoid drug trafficking and abide by the United Nations' zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation.

According to the GOC, represented by 3 Division's Chief of Staff, Brigadier General James Akomolafe, the four weeks quality training given to the troops at NAPKC was to refresh, polish and add some knowledge and expertise to their various fields. Reminding them of the ugly incidents of the past in Darfur, the GOC stated, "The Nigerian Army will not accept any situation where its troops are disarmed.

"I must state categorically that you must fight to discharge your mandate when the need arises to do so, especially when there is no alternative if you are to protect yourself, your colleagues, or persons and property in your care."

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