By Bode Oushegun
The Nigerian Army has introduced locally-fabricated “Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles” into the ongoing war against Boko Haram in the Northeast.
The vehicles built by the engineers at the military counter-insurgency operation in the Northeast (Operation Lafiya Dole) were commissioned by the Chief of Army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
Speaking at the commissioning of seven new vehicles and a vehicle recovery truck, Buratai who was represented by the out going Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi said the vehicles would boost the fight against terrorism in troubled Northeast.
He said the seven Mine Resistance Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAP ) was third in the series, insisting that the homegrown technological innovation was a major drive to restore normalcy to the north east.
He explained that the materials used in constructing the platforms were sourced from the Theatre except for the bullet-resistant glasses that were bought from Kaduna.
The COAS while assuring that such innovations would be sustained, said:
” As at today, the Theatre has produced locally some MRAPs in three variants. They are the Champion, the Invisible and the Conqueror. The Theatre has also undertaken the conversion of gun trucks and tractors to armoured GunTrucks All Terrain.
” In the same vein, ” fire eaters” with armoured plating were made to provide local protection for troops while in harbour and in defensive positions.”
The Commander 107 Division Equipment Support, Brig. Gen. Babatunde Alaya revealed that the vehicles were constructed to improve mobility and protection for troops prosecuting the counter-insurgency operations.
He explained that the Armoured vehicle is capable of resisting AK47 and Anti Aircraft ammunition.
Alaya thanked the Chief of Army Staff for providing funds for manufacturing the vehicles.
He equally thanked the Theatre Commander for the innovations which has given the Army engineers the opportunity to produce the Vehicles.