2,500 NIGERIAN NATIONAL PARK RANGERS TO BE TRAINED BY THE MILITARY ON WEAPONS HANDLING TO CHECKMATE BOKO HARAM…150 RANGERS ALREADY TRAINED

Colonel (rtd) Sambo Dasuki, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser

PHOTO CREDIT: VANGUARD NEWSPAPERS

PAN AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY
4 March, 2014

As part of the collaboration involving the
Park Service and the military and
paramilitary agencies in the fight against insurgency, particularly in the border areas of the North Eastern part of the country, 2,500 personnel of the Nigerian Park Service are to undergo military arms training. They are originally trained for conservation duties to protect the nation’s wildlife and forests.

Conservator General of the agency, Mr.
Haruna Tanko Abubakar, told members of the Nigerian House of Representatives Committee on Environment that the move was to add fillip to the campaign against the insurgency ravaging Borno, Adamawa
and Yobe States which are under
emergency rule. Mr. Abubakar said that as a first step in the move, 150 personnel have already undergone various weapons training at some military institutions in the country in order to carry out the additional responsibility.

According to Abubakar, “the National Parks are located in the rural areas and
mostly in the borders between Nigeria
and some other African countries. And in
most cases, you find that when there are
cases of insecurity, especially coming
from those areas, there is always collaboration between us and the security organisations, especially in terms of patrolling the areas.

‘It is difficult for the military to have
access to these areas and so they work
hand in hand with our staff (National Parks Rangers) who are more familiar
with the terrain. This will give us an
opportunity of being trained as far as
intelligence gathering is concerned. And
by so doing, the National Parks will help
in the tackling the insecurity in the areas.

‘Now, we are exposing our staff to real
military training so that at least they can
better handle sophisticated weapons
because initially we were just using shotguns and double barrels which are small. ‘But by the time we receive training, we may begin to use arms such as AK-47 rifles, among others.

‘At the moment, we are about 2,500 in
terms of staff strength. And beginning
from next week, some of our staff will be
embarking on military training in batches at the military cantonment in Kainji, Gashaka Gumti (in North Central Nigeria). And at the end of the year, we will be able to train the entire number of the staff that we have.

‘With this additional responsibility, we need to have more personnel and we are looking at additional 150 persons.Because if you look at the size of the
national park, it is about 24,000 square
kilometres and it will be difficult for our
staff to man the area and give it adequate protection that it deserves.’That is why we are trying to see that we
increase the number of our personnel so
that we can meet up with the challenge
that we have ahead of us.”

BACKGROUNDER

FG UPGRADES NATIONAL PARK RANGERS TO PARAMILITARY STATUS

http://www.businessdayonline.com/2013/04/fg-upgrades-national-park-rangers-to-paramilitary-status/

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9 Responses to 2,500 NIGERIAN NATIONAL PARK RANGERS TO BE TRAINED BY THE MILITARY ON WEAPONS HANDLING TO CHECKMATE BOKO HARAM…150 RANGERS ALREADY TRAINED

  1. beegeagle says:

    The terror-blighted Sambisa Forest Reserve comes to mind. Good one.

  2. jimmy says:

    When the f.g does something good albeit later than sooner .I will break my silence to say a step however small in the right direction.

    • doziex says:

      Hehehe oga jimmy don’t hold your breath too long for good news o.
      It might not be forth coming.
      Our CIC and his men seem to like to tempt fate.

  3. Tope says:

    Good one FG, Although coming late, Gwoza Hills, Sambisa forest and Border lands of Yankari Game Reserves plus Mandara Mountains have been Used as Bases by dis Miscreants, the Nigerian Army should have a Dedicated Desert, Jungle and Mountain Battalion or Group Inserted In this Areas together wit da Rangers and SF Chaps to Comb the Forest. The Expertise of da Rangers plus Jungle troops will help map out the Area and pinpoint accurately where they stay and operate from and then Airforce Does the Rest.

    But Wait Mr Beeg is it me or is it that a lot of paramilitary agencies have been “QUIET” in dis War?.

    SSS, ATS, ABS, Immigration, Customs, National Boundary Agency, the Satellite Guys and Even MOPOL Forces have all been Quiet. From Intelligence to Operations Everything is being Forced on da Army and Airforce only, I don’t think tthat is a Wise move what’s ur feel on that?.

  4. BaronneVonWulfe says:

    Good move, BUT why announce when the rangers have not yet been trained? They are just exposing the under-trained and under gunned rangers to BH pre-emptive strikes.

  5. peccavi says:

    A very good move but one that should have been kept quiet as now all Park rangers will be considered legitimate targets

  6. rka says:

    They are targets already. When the army first attacked BH bases in the Sambisa Forest, it was through information supplied by Park Rangers and they were then attacked by BH for daring to inform on them.

  7. doziex says:

    Yeah, arm them with aKs, rpgs,PKMs and pick up trucks mounted with anti aircraft artillery

    Arm the police and mopol with the same at least in the NE.

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