Nigerian Army trains agencies to foster Internal Security
October 21, 2010
October 21, 2010
As part of efforts to bolster security in the country, the Guards Brigade of the Nigerian Army has organised a 3-day inter-agency military exercise tagged “Exercise Stingray”.
The exercise which was a routine training to test the responsiveness of the brigade to civil strife was in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force and other para-military agencies such as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigerian Immigration Service and the State Security Service.
The Chief of Staff of the Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Koko Isoni who supervised the exercise in Keffi, Nasarawa state promised that the brigade and the entire armed forces will continue to collaborate with other security agencies in maintaining the nation’s internal security.
He advised participants of the exercise to remain faithful to their professional calling at all times.
Also speaking on the ceremony, the Guards Brigade Commander, Col. Emmanuel Atewe, said the army decided to collaborate with other security agencies to ensure that there was prompt response to civil strife.
Atewe, represented by the Chief of Staff, Guards Brigade, Lt. Col. Koko Isoni, said the army usually engaged in the training of its officers, but that in exercises like this, “we bring in other security agencies as the Nigerian Army cannot always face the situation alone.”
He added, “we need the cooperation of other security agencies. It shows that we are well prepared to carry out our responsibility”.
The Commander of 177 Guards Battalion, Keffi, Col. Idama Aghachi also added that the exercise afforded the army the opportunity to train its men and the officers of other security agencies.
“This is to see how the brigade can collaborate with them in internal security threats”, Aghachi said.