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Army To Establish Special Forces Battalion In Okene



The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-General Tukur Buratai, weekend said the Nigerian Army has approved the establishment of a new ‘Special Forces Battalion’ Barracks in Okene, to enhance security of lives and property in Kogi State.

Buratai disclosed this to journalists after an inspection tour to the proposed site of the new barrack near Okene Secondary School in Okene Local Government Areas (LGA) of Kogi State

According to him, the visit is to inspect the facilities and infrastructure on ground at the proposed site and report back to the headquarters for action noting that the new barrack would be called ”109 Special Forces Battalion” Barracks, Okene.

Represented by Major General Ademo Salihu, Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Minna, Buratai said the barrack was necessary because of the strategic importance of Kogi State in Nigeria, being the gateway between the North and the Southern part of the country.

”So, the federal government considered it very appropriate to locate the barracks in Okene in order to ensure the security of the people of this important corridor” adding that , ”The team is here to take a look at the facilities and the structure in the location so that we can be begin to develop it progressively.”

”We all know the importance of security in the development of any nation; If we get the security right, every other thing will fall in place. ”We have done our assessment; we have gone round to a couple of places, and usually there are numbers of consideration such as technical and tactical that will determine what the location should be.

”We have looked at those places, we will go back to Army Headquarters and our experts will write the final report, and the Army headquarters will take the final decision.

Earlier, Maj. General A.A Salihu and his entourage paid homage to the palace of Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr. Ado Ibrahim, who also commended the COAS for the gesture and promised his total support to the army.


The Commander, Headquarters Command Army Records, Lokoja, Major General Elvis Njoku, had earlier hosted the COAS and his encourage at the barracks before proceeding to Kogi Government House to pay homage to the governor.