By Francis Okoye Maiduguri,
In a bid to deal with the incessant ambush and attacks waged by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents on security personnel and civilians, the Nigerian Army, yesterday, set up special forces with primary responsibility for tackling the menace.
The special forces, comprising hundreds of men and officers of the Nigerian Army, were tagged “ Mobile Strike Group for anti-ambush combat” .
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali revealed this to newsmen in Maiduguri while addressing personnel of the group, who were being trained at the Nigerian Army Special Forces School in the 27 Taskforce Brigade, Buni Yadi, Gujba local government area, Yobe state.
Dan-Ali explained that the special training was imperative in order to guarantee the security of civilian population and ensure that the Boko Haram terrorists remained defeated .
He said it was not abnormal for the degraded terrorists to employ new tactics for their heinous acts in order to remain relevance.
According to him the pocket of attacks, which are mainly ambush of troops, were the tactics of the decimated terrorists in the world, adding that the Nigerian Military have mapped out effective operational and surveillance mechanisms to deal with the situation.
His words, “It is against this backdrop the that the Defence Headquarters resolved to review its operational tactics by introducing fresh training and re-training of the troops on counter-ambush. The training will equally boost the morale and combat readiness of the soldiers.
“It will also enable the combat troops to acquire necessary skills and operational tactics to curb ambush. All other para-military personnel engaged in the counter-insurgency operations will equally undergo the training”, he stated.
The minister tasked the troops to remain focus, dedicated and combat ready to rid the nation from all kinds of terrorism as well as other prevailing security challenges.
Continuing he said said to the troops : “The Acting President acknowledged your good work in tackling terrorism, insurgency and other contemporary security challenges confronting the nation. He pledged to provide all the necessary needs and other logistics for various operations. You should not allow disgruntled elements to dent your morale”.
“He is indeed proud of your sacrifices, steadfast and patriotism in combating terrorism and insurgency”, Dan Ali said.