Army trains 452 commissioned officers in regimentation, leadership

Four hundred and fifty-two recently commissioned officers of the Nigerian Army are undergoing leadership and regimentation course in Yobe and Taraba states.

The officers, mostly in the rank of Second Lieutenant, were commissioned after successfully completing their five-year and nine-year military training at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and Short Service Training in Jaji, Kaduna State.

The officers, including 26 females, are being trained at the Modern Infantry Battallion, Sarti Baruwa, Taraba State, and 241 Recce Model Battalion, Nguru, Yobe State.

They are being trained in basic military regimentation, including leaderhip, management, change of guard, tattoo, parades, guard mounting, wedding and burial ceremonies, how to organise training for soldiers at their unit levels to enhance their proficiency and basic military operations.

The aim is to enable them conduct themselves well and lead properly in whatever units they find themselves so as not to embarrass the service.

Before now, commissioned officers were trained at the Modern Infantry Batallion, Sarti, set up in 2016 by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, to formally induct them into the service. However, because of the large number of officers this time around, the army authorities opted to use two training centres, which would last three months.

The officers would be deployed to their various units upon the completion of their training.

Anti-terror war: Nigerian-made mine-resisitant vehicles perform wonders

The Nigerian Army said its locally manufactured mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles are performing wonders in the on-going counter-insurgency war in the North-East.

The vehicles, nicknamed Ezugwu, after the manufacturer, Major General Victor Ezugwu, and deployed to the North-East were said to have dealt a heavy blow on Boko Haram terrorists who tried to attack some military locations in Borno State, with heavy casualty.

Scores of the terrorists were killed and several arms and ammunition, equipment, food items, drugs and improvised explosive devices (IED) recovered by the soldiers. The army said the indigenous pro-force MRAP employed during the encounter proved to be a reliable fighting machine, as it provided the required mobility, protection and firepower for the troops.

It noted that the lethal war machine has proved beyond reasonable doubt that Nigeria was successful at local defence equipment manufacturing.

The Guards Brigade, Nigerian Army, has started its training week for the first quarter of the year with a sports week. The event took place at the Mambilla Barracks and it has as contestants all the battalions that make up the brigade, namely, 7, 102, 176, 177, Guards Battalion and the Guards Brigade Battalion.

Activities of the event, which ends today, include football, basketball, badminton, squash, volleyball, boxing, table tennis, combat relay, taekwondo, marathon and judo.

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