Counterinsurgency troops of the Nigerian Army Quick Response Group conclude their training programme at Jaji.
Trained in the rudiments of CTCOIN operations and deployed straight to the frontlines to gain hands-on experience, battle-seasoned troops such as these who have been extensively deployed in combat by the thousands since 2010, are expected to form the nucleus of the new 7 Infantry Division.
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VOICE OF NIGERIA
Ben Adam Shemang
18 August, 2013
The Nigerian Army is set to take over the
operations of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the northeastern part of the country. This is contained in a statement signed in Abuja, by the spokesman for the Defence Headquarters, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade.
“The command of the ongoing internal security operations in the Northeast will
on Monday enter a new phase as the
control of the mission reverts to the
Army Headquarters… Accordingly, a new army division has been created and will take off to continue the counterinsurgency operation with
immediate effect, the statement says.
The military authorities say “it is in line with the plans laid out for the conduct
of the operations to execute the mandate spelt out in the emergency
rule declared by President Jonathan in
Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, code-named Operation BOYONA, an acronym derived from the names of the three states..The effort was meant to constitute the first phase of the counter-terrorism operations.
“A General Officer Commanding (GOC) in
the rank of Major General is proposed to
command the new Division which will
have its Headquarters in Maiduguri,” the statement stated. He is due to take over the Command and the assets of the Headquarters of the Joint Task Force.