- The Nigerian government had earlier promised that it would defeat terrorist groups in the country in the year 2021
- The government has now matched its words with action by ordering military equipment to aid frontline troops
- The move is expected to boost the morale of the troops who have been having the upper hand in recent encounters with the insurgents
The Nigerian government has placed a firm order of 52 Ezugwu, a locally made Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle to be delivered to the Nigerian Army and deployed to troops in the frontline fighting Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in the northeast.
This was disclosed by the special assistant to the Senate president on new media, Abubakar Sidiq Usman on Twitter.
Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) is a term for the United States military light tactical vehicles designed specifically to withstand improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes.
The Nigerian-made MRAP is named after Major General Victor Ezugwu, who earned recognition for his efforts to combat Boko Haram extremists.
At the end of 2018, he was appointed Managing Director/CEO of Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), a state-run corporation operated by the Nigerian Armed Forces and responsible for the production of defense equipment and civilian products.
The new vehicle is manufactured in collaboration with the Nigerian Army Command Engineering Depot (CED).
Legit.ng gathered that the 4×4 Ezugwu is powered by a Chinese WD615 turbodiesel engine while its flat-bottom armored hull provides protection against small arms fire and an explosion of 7 kg TNT and each wheel can withstand a 12 kg TNT explosion.
Unusually, the vehicle is fitted with two turrets that can traverse 360 degrees, and a telescopic long-range camera for improved situational awareness.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in 2019 commissioned the vehicle into active service.
The commissioning event took place at the opening of the 2019 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Kaduna.
Meanwhile, a human rights lawyer and security expert, Philip Agbese, has said that the efforts put into the fight against insurgency and criminality in Nigeria by the service chiefs of the Nigerian Armed Forces are commendable.
The London-trained lawyer in a statement seen by Legit.ng said Nigeria has made substantial progress in the prosecution of the war against insurgency in the country and contributed immensely to the global war against terrorism.
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