- The first set of 22 personnel from Operation Lafiya Dole were trained by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Component
- The training program organised by the British Liaison and Support Team in Maiduguri
- The program came following Boko Haram terrorists resorting to attack soft and vulnerable targets
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Component of Operation Lafiya Dole has concluded training for the first set of 22 personnel in an explosive detection and disposal training program organised by the British Liaison and Support Team in Maiduguri.
A statement by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the deputy director public relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, said the capacity development program came in the heels of Boko Haram terrorists resort to attacking soft and vulnerable targets in north eastern Nigeria.
In response to the terrorists IED attacks, the British Liaison and Support Team in partnership with the Theatre Command organized instructional and practical training packages to shore up troops' Counter IED capacity in theatre of operation. The British team also made a donation of Explosive Ordnance Disposal kits to each of the trainees.
In a symbolic presentation of one of the kits to the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, the Commander of the British team Lt Col Alex Micheal said the training program was United Kingdom's support to Nigeria in the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the North East theatre.
The Theatre Commander, Major General Rogers Nicholas expressed appreciation for the support and partnership, assuring that the EOD troops will now be better able to function efficiently.
Legit.ng previously reported that troops of 28 Brigade on Operation Lafiya Dole on Wednesday, April 11, while on clearance patrol in conjunction with hunters and vigilantes in Borno state had an encounter with some Boko Haram terrorists.
According to a statement sent to Legit.ng by the director army public relations, Brigadier-General Texas Chukwu, three members of the Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised during the exchange of fire.
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The troops also rescued 33 family members of Boko Haram terrorists comprising 15 women, 6 boys and 12 girls. However, their houses and property were also destroyed.
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