Nigeria Army MRAPs impactful for the fight against terrorism – Col. Musa
By Ahmed Ahmed
Colonel Sagir Musa the Acting Director Army Public Relations said the Nigerian Army (NA) constructed Mines Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) was impactful to the fight against the insurgency and banditry in the North East and North West of the country.
Musa stated this while briefing journalists at the end of assessments tour by Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai of newly manufactured Nigerian Army (NA) constructed Mines Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) at Depot Kaduna on Friday.
He said the construction and repairs of the MRAPs, troops’ carrying vehicles and other combat equipment as well as the manufacturing of 12.6mm anti-aircraft guns and repairs of backloaded ones by the Depot.
“Has proven to be impactful and combat multipliers for the ongoing war against insurgency and anti banditry operations in the northeast and northwestern parts of Nigeria.
“The initiative and efforts of the NA in this regard, has proven to be a force multiplier and very effective in the various
theatres of Operations in the fight against terrorism in the northeast and anti banditry operations in the north-west”.
“The effort of the NA in this regard has so far saved Nigeria billions of Naira that could have been used for the procurement of these military hardware and equipment” he further said.
According to him, The Army Chief, Buratai has expressed satisfaction with the level of progress made so far.
“He enjoined officers, soldiers and civilian staff of the Depot to upscale the level of achievements recorded, ” Sagir added.
Sagir Musa LT General Buratai was conducted round the Depot by the Commander Major General Sunday Araoye and Director General Defence Industries Corporation Major General Victor Ezugwu inspected
“The repairs of damaged/ malfunctioned backloaded Armoured Personnel Carriers, troops carrying vehicles and other combat vehicles.
“Both the new and the repaired MRAPs, Armoured Personnel Careers, as well as the repaired troops’ carrying vehicles were test-driven and have proven to be in good working condition.,” Musa said
He said Major General Ezugwu told the Chief of Army Staff at the Depot’s Smart Factory, that a state of the art 3D printing machine for vehicles’ parts and medical implants has been installed.
“We have also manufactured a surveillance vehicle with a drone attached to it to enhance NA’s operations”.the commandant said according to the Acting Director Army Public Relations Musa.