8 May, 2013
The Nigerian Army are indeed in the throes of a major expansion. NTA NEWS reported that the Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, Major General Funso Samson Owonibi and the Commander of the Guards Brigade, Brig. Gen Emmanuel Atewe were in Nasarawa State to inspect the selected site for the establishment of a new army battalion in the central Nigerian state. They were received by Governor Tanko al-Makura of Nasarawa.
After inspecting a total of six sites, the brasshats settled for the town of Doma as the host community for the new battalion.
It would be recalled that during the course of these past 3 weeks, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Ihejirika indicated that the ideal size of the Army in view of ongoing commitments, should be 150,000 troops. It has also emerged that the Army are gearing up to establish new battalions at Serti, Mubi, Azare, Kafanchan, Ibodi-Ilesha and at a yet-to-be-determined town in Ekiti State.