NIGER DELTA| Army Trains 200 Special Marines

by on February 29, 2016

Following the resurgence of militant activities in the Niger Delta region, the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt said it had trained about 200 soldiers to carry out special marine operations and rescue missions in the area.

Brig-Gen Stevenson Olabanji, the Com-man­der of 2 Brigade, Nige­rian Army, said this at the graduation ceremony of young soldiers of 73 Regular Recruit In-take in Harry’s Town, Degema Local Government Area, Rivers State.

Olabanji said the ex­ercise by Operation Pulo Shield Sector 2 is aimed at equip-ping soldiers with the requisite marine skills and boost troop’s readi­ness at com-bating oil theft in the region.

According to him, the army leadership has tak­en personnel training se­riously in view of current security challenges con-fronting the nation in the North-East and other parts of the country.

“To this end, the train­ing began on December 14 with 200 young and fresh soldiers from Nige­ria Army Depot in Zaria with the aim of familiarizing them with their operating environment.

“The soldiers were trained in basic unit regimentation covering field craft and minor tactics, internal security op­erations, general service knowledge, range classification and swimming, among others.

“The young soldiers also received special training in basic swim­ming lessons owing to the peculiar nature of our op­erating environment.
“This swimming exer­cise is to equip with nec­essary survival skills as they will be operating in coastal areas”, he said.

Olabanji expressed optimism that the training would boost soldiers’ proficiency to better navigate the creeks, and as such, put an end to oil theft and attacks on oil installations in the region.

The commander said that current dynamics in the country require that the army become more professional in the dis-charge of its      responsibilities and operation conduct.

He urged the 200 sol­diers to obey mili-tary and civil laws, adding that discipline, hard work and commitment must be the watchword in discharge of their duties

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