The new force comprises of 40 counter-terrorism officers and men; 18 officers and 11 soldiers; three officers and 7 Air Force men, and one leading Arm of the Nigerian Navy. There are also 106 Nigeria Defence Academy cadets; 21 Ranger/Special Warfare Instructors; and 49 specialists in Special Warfare.
According to a source from the Defence Headquarters in Abuja who spoke with SaharaReporters, the Nigerian Armed Forces is actively tackling the Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism attacks and would successfully contain the sect despite challenges.
He said that their military might and strength are enough to overcome the insurgency, but that the trend towards enhancing their capacity will continue.
“I am doing this deliberately to prove to you that we are not what you think we are, based on how arm chair critics have been using your medium to be attacking the military, seeing nothing good in our serious commitment. Today we have done with the Special Forces; we trained 40 counter terrorism officers and men, 18 officers and 11 soldiers, three officers and 7 air force men, and one leading Arm of the Nigerian Navy. We have 106 cadets of NDA. 21 of Ranger/Special Warfare Instructors, 49 in Special Warfare,” he said.
He requested for the cooperation of members of the public in providing useful information that can lead to capturing the members of the sect. To debunk rumours of non-performance in the Nigerian Military, he offered a video footage of members of the special force.
“These people are not living in the sky; they are renting apartments in our society and leaving usual life,” he said. “Let [the public] be reporting such unusual activity and you will see how the fight will be accelerated. I am doing this deliberately and out of our discipline and practice, because I am angry with what I used to read about us by Nigerians in your medium.”
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News Source: Sahara Reporters