Security - The Nigerian Army Monday announced the establishment of a Special Operation Command (NASOC) to take the lead in the fight against insurgency and terrorism in the country. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika, told journalists at the Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency Lessons Learned Exchange between the US and Nigeria, in the capital city of Abuja, that the Command allows the army to have a special group of “highly patriotic Nigerians ready to make sacrifices in the face of extreme danger”.
Gen. Ihejirika said the new command, recently approved by the Nigerian Army Council, would boost the transformation efforts of the Army.
“A lot of the performance of the command will depend on skills and human efforts rather than equipment. And what we are doing is creating a unit of highly patriotic Nigerians ready to make sacrifices in the face of extreme danger.
“Having the Special Operation Command will make operations at the long run less cumbersome and expensive. We want a unit that will have the ability to sift the grains from the chaff, to be more accurate in their target, thereby reducing the incidence of collateral damages,” he said.
Gen. Ihejirika confirmed that the US, through its Africa Command, Special Operations Command Africa and the Office of Security Operations United State Embassy, is providing training assistance towards the quick set up of the NASOC.
In addition, the US has approved some training equipment for the command.
Chief of Transformation and Innovation, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen Ibrahim Sani, explained that the NASOC would be a “low density high level strategic utility force capable of conducting direct action at low visibility operations'.