Nigerian peacekeepers on pre-deployment training at the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji

Nigerian peacekeepers on pre-deployment training at the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji

12 December, 2012

Forty-four officers and 756 men from the Owena Cantonment of the 32 Artillery Brigade have been nominated for the United Nations Mission in Darfur, Sudan for a six-month Peacekeeping mission. The nomination of the men and the officers, who would be in Darfur from January to June 2013, was disclosed by the Army Public Relations Officer of the Brigade, Captain Ademola Adegoke.

Adegoke said prior to the unit’s induction into the mission, the troops were since November exposed to rigorous training within the cantonment. The PRO added that the men and the officers shall equally undergo a three-week pre-deployment training package to enhance their performance at the mission in Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Training Centre from December 15, 2012 to January 7, 2013 before their departure to Darfur.

He advised members of the public not to panic on the sight of the mass movement of troops out of Akure to Jaji, Kaduna State for the pre-deployment training.


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  1. joe says:

    happened to stumble upon anotther video, this one of the nigerian army counterrorist training, again from channels TV

    • peccavi says:

      Nice clip.
      Always nice to see happy boisterous soldiers. That assault course looks like a killer, slight nit picky point is that they seem to always be firing when moving, that is not ideal as you don’t have a stable platform and delays your movement. I wonder if that is standard Nigerian infantry practice.
      Also good to hear the young officers have a separate course as well

  2. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, thanks for sharing.

    That is Kontagora in Niger State where the new Nigerian Army Training Centre was opened in September 2012. Before then, Kontagora was only for Artillery-related matters, playing host to the Artillery Corps Centre(Corps HQ) and also a Field Artillery Regiment.

    Major General Stephen Audu used to be Chief of Staff, 82 Division and was the pioneer Commander of the new 14 Brigade with HQ at Ohafia in Abia State, SE Nigeria. He has since handed over command to Brigadier General JT Abubakar, who is a younger brother to former Head of State, General Abdulsalaam Alhaji Abubukar.

    • jimmy says:

      wow i did not even know General ABDUSALAMI HAD A JUNIOR BROTHER. I once saw a picture of IBB AND ABDUSALMI when they were teenagers.

  3. wocon45 says:

    This is more of what we need, if the millitary will not do it then let channels and any others guy in the media industry do it. It is good we read the print media but this video carry’s more “weight”. Kudos to channels anyway’s, they seem to be the only guys with more video of our armedforces on youtube.

  4. bossjoe says:

    Nice to see them not wearing those ridiculous bulletproof vests/ life jackets, those things are damn ugly man

  5. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, he does. Too many famous people have a son or brother in the military – OBJ’s son is a Lt Colonel. Ditto Shagaya’s. Diya, Akhigbe too. Cannot count. Beko Ransome-Kuti’s son is a Brigadier General as well. Adamu Ciroma’s son is a Colonel. The list is too long.

    The late Aikhomu’s brother is a Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu. Rear Admiral Peter Ebhaleme’r brother is Colonel Victor Ebhaleme of the JSTF. Former UNMIL Commander, Lt Gen Owonibi’s brother is Major General Funso Owonibi.

    Concerning the two former military rulers, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalaam Abubakar, both of them grew up in Abubakar’s father’s house.

    Both of them attended school and passed out from the Class of 1962 of the Provincial Secondary School, Bida. By IBB’s own account, whilst they were in Form 5, the late Premier of Northern Nigeria Sir Ahmadu Bello sent Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, who later became Sultan of Sokoto and is the father of Nigeria’s incumbent National Security Adviser, to come and talk to them about taking up careers in the military.

    In that Class of 1962 at the Provincial Secondary School, Bida were the following officers – General Ibrahim Babangida, General Abdulsalaam Abubakar, Lt General Garba Duba, Major General Mohammed Magoro, Major General Gado Nasko, Major General Mamman Vatsa, Major General Sani Sami(Emir of Zuru) and Colonel Sani Bello.

    Most of these classmates enlisted in the Nigerian Military Training College on 10 December 1962 – IBB, Duba, Magoro, Nasko and Vatsa. Abdulsalaam joined the military later in 1963 because he went first to the Kaduna Polytechnic and then joined the Air Force as a pioneer preparatory to the takeoff of the service in 1964. He later transferred his service to the NA in 1967.

    Duba was Maryam Babangida uncle (her mother’s baby brother) and it was while visiting his buddy that IBB spotted Maryam and the lady ultimately became his wife.

    Web of intense connections, eh? The darker side of it all was that back in the 1970s and 1980s, such old boy networks also formed circles for the staging of putsches. That was why, following the ouster of the Shagari regime, IBB became COAS, Nasko became a member of the SMC and Corps Commander of Artillery, Vatsa became FCT Minister, Magoro became Interior Minister, Sami was MILGOV of Bauchi State, Duba was MILGOV of Sokoto State.

    Some of those who were not their classmates at Bida but were their coursemates at NMTC included General Sani Abacha, Lt General Jeremiah Useni and Brigadier General Ibrahim Ahmadu Bako who died whilst trying to seize President Shagari on 31 December, 1983. You would recall that Abacha also became a GOC and member of the Supreme Military Council while Useni became MILGOV of Bendel.

    Buhari was senior to IBB and Abacha, having enlisted in April 1962. When he became Head of State, two of his coursemates Major Generals Abubakar Waziri and Muhammadu Jega(Emir of Gwandu) became MILGOVs of Borno and Gongola.

    Thank God for democracy. Una bin don enta big trap 🙂

  6. agee says:

    Jimmy, Doziex, henry, oga ifiok, freegulf etc hv all been doing their best to keep us well informed in ur absence; but our dear field marshal u r a different class, ur knowledge unparalleled pls once again I’m pleading with u to return. The world misses u.
    Oga peccavi, we’ve not been hearing from u also, pls return.

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