Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade and senior Chinese PLA Navy officers in Lagos
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Posted by: CHANNELS TELEVISION
May 24, 2014
The Nigerian Navy and the Chinese Navy have signed an agreement to engage in a four-day joint military training exercise. Top naval officials of both countries and members of the Chinese diplomatic corps were at the Naval Base in Lagos to welcome the Chinese naval ship into Nigeria.
The agreement was signed at the naval base during a meeting between naval officials of both countries. The Chinese ship crew were treated to an exciting welcome, ahead of the training that would begin on Tuesday, May 27.
The FOC Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, said Nigerian Naval officials had been sent to China for training. “Even as I speak, we have some of our officials in China. We have two ships being built for us in China. “Right from the beginning of the building of the ship, we have been sending our officials to understudy the technology,” he said.
The training is seen as necessary, as Nigerian military officials need all training and support to enable them tackle increasing insurgency in the northeast.
Currently, military operation is ongoing in search of girls abducted from a secondary school dormitory in Chibok, Borno State by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group on April 14. The group had requested for an exchange of the girls with members held in detention across Nigeria.
The international community is rendering all support to Nigeria, as the military tries to secure the release of the over 200 girls.