Buratai assesses Special Forces Training at Nigerian Army School of Infantry

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai was at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji on a one-day working visit to assess the level of a tailor-made Special Forces training comprising elements of 81 Battalion and newly-formed 198 and 199 Special Forces Battalions.

According to the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, the COAS explicitly enjoined the trainees to make the best use of the special training and new skills acquired which would certainly be useful in the course of their current and future deployments in the Nigerian Army.

Musa said the extensively-rigorous special training was facilitated by the StarterPoint Integrated Services.

He said the COAS was visibly impressed with the level of organization, discipline and training which bordered on tactics, skills at arms, rescue operation, first aid, navigation, surveillance as well as survival skills.

“The trainees were equally elated to see the COAS in their midst. They promised to give in their best as they look forward to their deployment in any part, – within or outside Nigeria. The trainees will graduate soon,” Musa said.

Musa added that the COAS led the troops to Special Forces’ push-ups where the troops again became proudly excited.

In his reaction, Maj Gen Kevin Aligbe, the Commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI), said “the officers and soldiers of these special units commenced the training on the 20th of January, 2020. The training which is for three consecutive months would be rounded off in the next two weeks.”

He said the COAS proceeded to inspect the Nature Conservation Area initiated by NASI being developed within a theme park-zoo, which would provide a place for curiosity, research, leisure and entertainment when finally completed.

Musa said the COAS and his entourage also inspected ongoing projects at the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Center.

He was also at the Command Engineering Depot Kaduna where the COAS also inspected various locally-made armoured fighting vehicles at different levels of completion.

Musa said the COAS commended and enjoined the Commander and his staff to keep up the ingenious work which had saved the Nation huge amount of foreign exchange which would have been spent on importation of similar vehicles.

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