23 May, 2013
WITH the security situation in the country continuing to attract local and global attention due to the declaration of state of emergency in three states in the northern region,men of the Logistics
Headquarters of the Nigerian Navy in Oghara, Tuesday began a three-day
shooting exercise, where it said its men
would be ready for deployment to any
danger spot across the country.
The Flag Officer Commanding Logistics
Command of the Navy, Rear Admiral
Shettima stated this yesterday at the 322 Artillery Regiment Ekehuan Shooting Range, Ekehuan Barracks, near Benin City where the officers and Ratings were being drilled in weapon handling and shooting skills at the command’s Small Arms Shooting Exercise.
Represented by the Chief Staff Officer of
the Command,Rear Admiral S. E.Ogoigbe,
Shettima said: “It is mandatory that we
have this training, and whatever you are
learning now, you must not compromise
so that when you are sent to Maiduguri, Jos or any other spot in the country, you
won’t be caught unprepared, your
weapon is your wife, you must handle it
He told The Guardian that the exercise is
“aimed at improving the proficiency and
professional competence of personnel
and re-evaluating officers and ratings of
the Naval Logistics Command on their
mastering of weapons in line with the Chief of Naval Staff vision to put in place
a robust and combat ready Navy that is
capable of effectively combating the
security challenges in Nigerian’s maritime domain.”
He said the exercise would also equip the officers and ratings as marksmen with the aim of reducing casualties and
enhancing safety in the use of small arms. “Additionally, the exercise will enable the Command to test the serviceability of its weapons for future naval operations.”
Meanwhile, a statement by the command’s spokesman, Lieutenant B. A.
Nuhu urged members of the public and
residents living near the shooting range
not to panic at the sound of small arms as well as movement of troops and materials around.