Nigeria deploy 185 troops to Guinea Bissau for peace keeping mission

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Nigeria deploy 185 troops Bissau for peace keeping mission

By Mohammed  Tijjani

Jaji () – The Nigerian Army on completed pre-deployment for 185 troops for peace keeping mission in Bissau.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 185 troops began their pre deployment on Jan. 6, at the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peace Keeping Centre (MLAILPKC), Jaji .

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, said the troops be Nigeria’ Company 8, in the ECOWAS Mission in Bissau.

Buratai was represented by Maj.-Gen Kelvin Aligbe Commandant Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI) .

Buratai said that the graduation further confirmed the commitment of Nigeria deploy quality peacekeepers as part of its contributions the quest for peace and security.

He explained that the pre-deployment was aimed at refreshing and polishing their knowledge and expertise in peace operation.

“The training was equip you with the requisite skills required protect yourselves, ECOWAS Mission in Guinea, equipment and the citizens of Guinea Bissau your host nation, while carrying out the mission’ mandate.”

Buratai cautioned the troops to avoid any ugly incident that could tarnish the image of the Army and Nigeria during their stay in Guinea Bissau.

“Let me categorically state that you are to discharge your duties in consonance with the mission’ mandate at all times.

“I must also remind you that the rules of engagement in the mission give you the latitude to exhibit utmost professionalism in the discharge of your responsibilities.

“Additionally, you must respect the culture and religious sensitivity of the of the host nation and must not involve yourselves in trafficking of illicit substance of any kind.”

He added that the ECOWAS Mission has zero tolerance to sexual exploitation and abuse.

“The Nigerian Army and indeed the government also not tolerate the contravention of these ,” he said.

Earlier, Maj.-Gen James Ataguba, the Commandant of MLAILPKC said that the training included classroom lectures on prescribed United Nation pre-deployment training materials.

Ataguba said that the physical and field training covered areas such as intensive physical exercises, occupation of basic camp, crowd dispersal, tactical convoy , escort of VIP and weapons handling.

“I therefore make bold to say that the Nigerian Company 8 Economic Community of West State mission in Guinea Bissau has received adequate training required to be into any or regional coordinated mission.”