- Soldiers of the Nigerian army have been pictured drilling borehole in the Sambisa forest where they are drafted to tackle insurgency
- Army spokesperson, Sani Kukasheka Usman, confirms the development
- Usman says the water project would assist communities around where it is sited
Soldiers of the Nigerian army drafted to the Sambisa forest area to tackle the remnant of Boko Haram insurgents carrying out attacks in the north-eastern states have been pictured embarking on water projects and road construction.
The Nigerian army also confirmed that it had drilled a bore hole in the forest to enhance water supply to troops and communities in the area as part of efforts to make the forest habitable.
Sani Kukasheka Usman, the army spokesperson, said that the bore hole was in addition to road rehabilitation projects to facilitate infrastructural development in the forest and adjourning communities.
“The Nigeria army is continuing with its clearance operation against the Boko Haram terrorists and making Sambisa forest fit for lawful activities.
“The Nigerian army is further consolidating on the successes of Operation DEEP PUNCH II by troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, through infrastructural development.
“The army has constructed a borehole at the cleared insurgents’ strong hold ‘Sabil Huda’ camp in Sambisa forest to enhance access to safe drinking water to the troops.
“Apart from reducing logistic effort of conveying water from one point to another by the troops, the water project will also assist the adjoining communities,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted him as saying.
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It would be recalled that the army had embarked on rehabilitation of Gwoza to Yamtake to Bita to Tokumbere to Sambisa roads. The road project was designed to open up the forest and link adjourning communities.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigerian Army Training Centre (NATRAC) Kontagora on Thursday, February 15, graduated 2, 723 soldiers of 76 regular intake on rigorous professional soldier training with emphasis on tactics, navigation, weapon handling, physical fitness and development of team spirit.
The breakdown shows that 2, 448 males and 275 females participated in the programme, and four women dismissed for “untoward” behaviours, while one Pte Ramson Apenal died in the cause of the training.
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