Sambisa forest to serve as training ground for Nigerian Army – Buratai

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Monday said Sambisa forest would serve as training ground for personnel of the Nigerian Army as from 2017.

Mr. Buratai said this in Damasak, Borno, while celebrating Christmas with troops of 145 Battalion after the road leading to the town was reopened by Governor Kashim Shettima, three years after closure.

He said troops were already conducting a mop up operation in the forest after the last strong hold of the Boko Haram terrorists was captured.

“We are also opening up roads to Sambisa and Alagarno forest. Sambisa forest is going to be one of our training grounds.

“I have already directed that we should conduct Nigerian Army small arms championship in that forest next year.

“And we are going to use it also to test fire our fighting vehicles, other key equipment and weapons that requires testing whenever we want to induct new weapon and equipment into the Nigerian army inventory.

“It will afford us very good ground for basic tactics and indeed advance tactics, including but not limited to tactics at the Platoon, company, battalion, Brigade and even division levels.

“We are going to make it more robust to make sure that these criminals do not come back to that forest again. ”



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  • Arkhuma

    Good thinking but I pity the wildlife which used to inhabit that swath of forest. Now they’ve permanently lost their homes. Some might have even been driven to extinction. No thanks to Boko haram.

    • Galantman

      Gbam. You said my mind. How I wish the wild life and delicate fauna will be preserved. BOko haram are really evil

    • Rommel

      Which wild life would have survived Boko Haram?

    • Epsilon_Delta

      Sambisa forest is 60,000 sqr km… twice the size of Belgium, 20,000 sqr km more than the Netherlands and Denmark, in contrast, Lagos state is only 3,577 sqr km. I am bemused about how only 4,000 soldiers took over and occupied Sambisa forest.

  • Abdullah Musa

    The army should really own it, all other forests.
    We should say to prospective insurgents: never again!