No fewer than 28,500 officers and men of the Nigerian military have received military training and defence education in the United Kingdom (UK), according to the British High Commission in Nigeria.
The Press and Public Affairs Officer of the Commission in Abuja, Joe Abuku, said in a statement that the UK shared a deep and long-standing defence partnership with Nigeria., and over 40 UK personnel are deployed on an enduring basis in
Abuku stated that over 40 UK personnel were deployed on an enduring basis in the country to coordinate training and advisory support.
“The UK is not only increasing counter-terrorism cooperation with Nigerian partners, but British military personnel are also working alongside US and German allies in a multinational effort to step up counter-improvised explosive device support.
“Over 28,500 members of the Nigerian military have received UK training and Defence education.,” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile visiting Brigade Commandant of the 707 Special Brigade, Brig.-Gen Clement Apere, has said that about 200 military personnel from the Brigade, are involved in operational brigade partnership with the UK.
Apere stated this during the visit of the Minister of British Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, who led Nigeria delegation to 72 military barracks.
He said the advanced infantry training was aimed at training instructors, who would thereafter train military personnel in the operational brigade partnership with the United Kingdom.
The Special Brigade Commandant said this was the second batch of troops benefitting from the training.
The British Officer Commanding Training team, Major Will Hong, who spoke to newsmen after the visit in Makurdi, said they were in Nigeria to help the Nigerian Army develop competent skills to tackle the insurgency.
He assured that the UK was behind Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.
“With our world-class military expertise, we are helping the Nigerian military to develop the skills necessary to tackle the threat of Boko Haram.
“The UK is leading the way in its commitment to supporting a safe and stable Nigeria,” Hong said.
By Our Correspondent