Army tasks participants on counter-terrorism strategies

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Nigerian Army has been tasked to develop new and contemporary counter-terrorism strategies to combat insecurity in the country.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin was speaking at the opening ceremony of training in Makurdi, Benue State, North-central Nigeria.

The training was organised to review military counter terrorism approach and the operational competence of the Nigerian Army.

The Defence Chief also set new intelligence and operational targets for the Army to meet before the next conference.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Burutai consequently ordered a new phase of military training.

He said that the training would enhance the capacity and operations of troops engaged in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, militants in the Niger Delta and armed herdsmen.

The Benue State deputy  Governor, Benson Abounu, who spoke on behalf of Governor, Samuel Orthom thanked the Service Chiefs for defending the State.

He expressed delight that residents could now go about their lawful activities after they had suffered many security breaches by armed herdsmen.

Besides the review of military intelligence and counter-terrorism operations, the Service Chiefs also commissioned the NASME/ Host Community Link Bridge, the NASME Water Works and a free medical outreach for the public to ascertain their health status.