“Big Brother” Nigeria to Send 800 Soldiers to Darfur, Sudan

Nigerian-soldiers1-300x170As it is already well known, Nigeria is fond of playing the “Big Brother” role on the continent, especially when it comes to sending troops to other African countries on peacekeeping missions.

It is against this backdrop that Army Public Relations Officer of the 32 Artillery Brigade Owena Cantonment has disclosed that a total of 44 officers and 756 men from the Owena Cantonment of the 32 Artillery Brigade have been nominated for a United Nations Mission in Darfur for a six-month Peacekeeping Mission.

According to the Army spokesperson, prior to the unit’s induction into the mission, the troops were since November exposed to rigorous training sessions within the cantonment. The Public Relations Officer added that the men and the officers have gone through a three-week pre-deployment training package to enhance their performance at the mission in Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Training Centre from December 15 to January 7, 2013 before their departure to Darfur.

The nominated men and the officers would be in Darfur from January to June 2013. Advising the public to remain calm over the troop movement, the Army spokesperson said the sight of the mass movement of troops out of Akure to Jaji, Kaduna is for the pre-deployment training.

Source: citizensplatform.net

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