L-R British Chief of Defence Staff, General Nicholas Houghton, United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria , Mr. Paul Arkwright in a handshake with President Buhari and Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Gen (rtd) Babagana Mohammed Monguno during an October 2015 visit to the Presidential Villa by the British CDS.
21 December 2015
United Kingdom plans to double the number of British personnel deployed on training tasks in Nigeria in the coming year as part of strategies to support to the Nigerian armed forces to help combat Boko Haram. Up to 300 military personnel are expected to provide support during 2016.
The deployment of a specialist team to provide assistance in countering improvised explosive devices, as well as medical training and advice has also been announced.
UK Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon,disclosed the plans on Monday.
“Boko Haram is a brutal organisation that has murdered and kidnapped innocent civilians. We stand united with Nigeria in its efforts to defeat them. Stepping up our training efforts will help support the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) for crucial counter-
insurgency operations,” he said.
Fallon said stepping up their training efforts would help support the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) for crucial counter-insurgency operations.
The training uplift announced by Mr Fallon supports work already carried out by the UK’s resident British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT). BMATT has also grown in size since the government announced last year that the UK would increase its training and capacity building in Nigeria.
The deployment of the new teams and expanding package of UK
assistance builds on the programme of Short Term Training Teams (STTT), many from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment,providing assist to our Nigerian partners throughout 2015.
Overall, around 130 UK military personnel deployed to Nigeria on
a wide range of training tasks in 2015. These have included, training in infantry skills, civil-military affairs, media operations,command and leadership, IED-awareness, and support to Nigerian military training schools and establishments.
Almost one thousand Nigerian military personnel benefited from
training to prepare them for counter-insurgency operations in northeast Nigeria.