The Nigerian Army says it has inducted and operationalised four newly acquired Mine Resistant Anti Ambush Protected vehicles, MRAPs, in the North East theatre of operation to enhance firepower and protection of troops fighting Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, terrorists.
The Army in partnership with Proforce Nigeria Limited, – an indigenous Armour Vehicle Manufacturing Company based in Ode-Remo in Ogun State had delivered the first-ever Nigerian Army – Proforce locally manufactured MRAPs, four of which were inaugurated on August 1, 2019, by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja.
Speaking at the event, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai represented by the Chief of Training and Operations (Army) Maj. Gen. EO Udoh said the induction of the MRAPs would boost the operational capability and protection of the troops to decisively prosecute the ongoing counter-insurgency operations.
According to a statement by Col. Sagir Musa, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, the Chief of Army Staff reminded the troops that equipment alone without strong will and determination by men cannot win wars.
He, therefore, charged them to remain resolute in the discharge of their duties and strengthen their commitment to end the war against terrorism soon.
While appreciating the efforts of the Special Forces inthe fight against terrorism, especially the recapture of Baga by the SpecialForces, he assured them of Nigerian Army’s continued support to specialisedtraining as well as improved welfare to enhance the effectiveness of theSpecial Forces.
Earlier, the Commander Nigerian Army Special ForcesCommand, Maj. Gen. Mhounday Gadzama Ali, said the provision of the MRAPs andother equipment by the COAS will spur the Command in their dogged struggles towipe out the remnants of Boko Haram and ISWAP Terrorists soon.
As part of the concern the leadership of the Army has forthe troops, the representative of the COAS delivered the COAS goodwill messageand had lunch with the troops after inspecting an ongoing renovation work inthe camp.