18 January 2013

Nigeria: Army Chief Commissions Surveillance Vehicles in Kaduna

As part of efforts to address security challenges in the country, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika yesterday commissioned 17 surveillance vehicles that can monitor security flash points in Kaduna.

The re-modified heavily equipped vehicles with state of the art communication equipment which came into the Nigeria Army in 1979 was carried out by the 51 division signals.

According to the COAS, the vehicles due to technological development and fluidity of contemporary security challenges have become obsolete and the communication equipment analogue.

The vehicles are installed with high technology internet, protocol, Speedo camera, internet, ground to air communication, Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) repeaters and Very High Frequency (VHF) communication.

The vehicles are also filled with Urban Communication Systems (UCS) facilities that enhance radio communication from the 1 Divisional Army Headquarters Kaduna to Kano, Sokoto, Kafanchan through hand-held radio.

The COAS emphasised that the Nigerian Army needed surveillance to carry out their duties, adding that the vehicles were very relevant for present and future operations.

He therefore urged the 51 divisional signals to do more while commending their efforts so far.

Speaking also, the Commander, 51 Division Signals, Brig.-Gen Clement Olukoju appreciated the support given to the division by the COAS and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Divisional Army Headquarters, Major General Garba Wahab, in carrying out the refurbishment and re-modifying of the vehicles.

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