Nigerian Military Advocates Joint Training, For Effective Counter-Terrorism Operations
The Nigerian Army has called for a joint training and contingency planning between the military and other security agencies to tackle emerging threats to national security and effective counter-insurgency operations.
The call was made and decisions reached at the end of the 2015 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference held in Duste, Jigawa.
The Chief of Policy and Plans, Army Headquarters, Maj. Gen. Jack Ogunewe, who read the communiqué said that the army acknowledged the increasing burden of tackling the nation’s security threats.
He said that adequate measures would be taken to address the challenges before they degenerate into to unmanageable levels.
The communique stated that the Nigerian Army has identified the rising level of insecurity, including agitations and militancy across various regions of Nigeria, especially the new levels of militancy oil theft around Lagos and other south west states.
In this regard, the Nigerian Army has strengthened its resolve to tackle the activities of these groups in other to create the conducive environment for peace and economic development in Nigeria.
Also, the Army identified the requirement for a joint training and contingency planning with other services of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services and the National Security and Civil Defence Corps in tackling these threats. It said.
Ogunewe said that the conference also noted the need for the army to tap from the experiences of retired military operational commanders to enhance its ongoing operations in the country.
He said that the conference noted the language gap between Nigeria and its francophone neighbours and resolved to close the gap through a robust capacity building programme.
Ogunewe added that the conference noted the need to articulate measures to constantly engage relevant stakeholders on issues of human rights and civil military relationship.
The conference has also identified that Nigeria has the capacity to produce equipment and other logistics for their operations, he said.