Army - Nigerian army to raise special task force against terrorism, kidnapping - The Nigerian Army has announced plans to set up a special task force that can be deployed to confront emergency security situations in the country, which has been wracked by terrorism and kidnapping, among others crimes, the private Vanguard newspaper reported Sunday.
The paper said the Army Chief, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, announced the plan at the graduation ceremony of the ‘Basic Counter Terrorism Course’ at the Nigerian Army Training Centre in the northern town of Kontagora this weekend.
“The Special Force is important to both the Army Headquarters and the nation in the sense that, if there is a situation whereby there is an emergency, we have a force you call upon and deploy immediately whether it is internal or external,” he said.
The Chief of Army Staff explained that about 600 counter-terror soldiers would form the base while some senior officers would be posted to form the force properly, adding, “They are not likely to be committed to the peace keeping operations and internal security but to be trained for attending to emergency cases.”
The Nigerian military has been setting up special task forces on an ad-hoc basis to confront the terrorism and militancy in Africa's most populous nation.