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185 Nigerian soldiers deployed to Guinea Bissau

One hundred and eighty-five (185) Nigerian soldiers have been drafted for peace keeping mission in Guinea Bissau.

The army said it would ensure optimal standards are maintained in that country during the mission.

Commandant, Nigerian army school of infantry, Major General Kelvin Aligbe said the Chief of army staff, Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai was commitment to deploying quality peacekeepers as its contributions towards global peace and security.

At the graduation of Nigerian company eight ECOWAS mission in Guinea Bissau, Gen. Aligbe said the training undertaken by the soldiers would refresh and polish their knowledge on peace support operations.

The 185 troops began their pre-deployment training on January 6, at the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peace Keeping Centre (MLAILPKC), Jaji Kaduna State.

“The training will also equip them with requisite skills required to protect themselves, ECOWAS mission in Guinea Bissau equipment and citizens of Guinea Bissau”, he said.

He warned them against incidents that would tarnish the image of Nigeria, and to discharge their duties according to the rules, as well as to exhibit professionalism in line with rules of engagement.

He also stressed the need for troops to respect the cultural and religious sensitivity of people of Guinea Bissau, and not to engage in trafficking of illicit substances, sexual exploitation and abuse.

Usman Sani.

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