The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, on Thursday charged troops of the Nigerian Army to deploy their newly acquired combat capabilities to defeat non-state actors disrupting the peace of the country.
Onyema Nwachukwu, Brigadier General
Director Army Public Relations, in a statement on Thursday, said the COAS gave the directive at the Nigerian Army Training Camp Kachia during the Final Exercise and Graduation ceremony of Trainees of Exercise Restore Hope III.
He said the COAS expressed confidence that, with the performance of the final exercise, their deployment in support of ongoing operations will change the game and bring the tide against the nation’s adversaries.
He added that the security challenges bedeviling the country requires the use of lethal force.
According to the statement, Gen Yahaya, who was pleased with the results received from troops of Ex Restore Hope I and II, tasked the graduating personnel to effectively employ skills and competences acquired to deal with the various security challenges confronting the country, adding that peaceful and secured atmosphere must be created for the successful conduct of the 2023 elections.
He however admonished the troops to remain apolitical and conduct their operational tasks devoid of politics.
He warned officers against going contrary to the rule of the game as any personnel going contrary would be shown the way out.
DAILY POST recalls that the training, which commenced from 18 July 2022 to 17 November 2022 with a total of 647 soldiers,13 officers,134 senior non-commissioned officers and five hundred 82 Regular Recruit Intake drawn from Nigerian Army formations, units and command, is aimed at developing a lethal fighting force with high intensity in advance training of troops ready to be deployed in any theatre of operation.
He said the Chief of Army Staff later commissioned newly remodeled Nigerian Army School of Artillery Soldiers’ Club and Student officers Accommodation at the Nigerian Army School of Artillery also in Kachia.
Highlights of the event were the long distance shooting at 300m, sniper shooting at 500m, shooting after physical efforts under timing with effects, small team tactical movement to rescue hostages and Krav magga unarmed combat demonstration.