- The Nigerian Army has stepped up its game in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east region
- The army has acquired 17 military vehicles consisting of VT-4 main battle tanks and two types of self-propelled howitzer to fight the insurgents
- The new vehicles were acquired from China and the first batch has arrived in the country
The Chinese government has said the first batch of 17 military vehicles purchased by the Nigerian Army from China has arrived in the country.
According to Ukdefencejournal, the vehicles consist of VT-4 main battle tanks and two types of self-propelled howitzers.
The army made this emergency purchase from the Chinese government as part of its strategies to intensify effort in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the northern region.
Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun, the Nigerian Army chief of policy and plans said that the package contract was signed between Nigeria and the NORINCO back in 2019.
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Nigerian troops who are expected to operate the vehicles have already been trained in China. The Chinese government further said Nigeria has become the first nation in the region to own advanced tanks.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that buffalo 4-Wheel vehicles numbering about fifty-five have been procured and commissioned by the Nigerian Army in its ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.
The commissioning took place on Wednesday, April 8, in Abuja by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai who was represented by the Chief of Logistics Nigerian Army, Major General Joel Uniugbe.
The commissioned vehicles which include Toyota Hiluxes, Buffaloes, Innoson Motor Vehicles, Peugeot among others would increase the mobility and combat efficiency of army personnel in mission areas around the northeast.
In other news, Buratai has said that the next line of action taken against Boko Haram insurgents will be kept secret.
Buratai made the disclosure on Saturday, April 4, while charging Operation Lafiya Dole troops to be set for a busy undertaking in the fight against the insurgents.
The chief of army staff speaking at a dinner in Maiduguri, Borno state, in honour of Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, who was in charge of Operation Lafiya Dole, said plans against the insurgents would not be revealed.
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