Troops get 20 armoured personnel carriers from defence ministry

The Ministry of Defence on Wednesday handed over 20 newly acquired Armoured Personnel Carriers to the Defence Headquarters to enhance the professional capabilities of troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

This is contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary of the MoD, Dr Ibrahim Kana, in Abuja on Thursday.

The APCs were handed over to Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa by the PS.

In his remarks at the handing over event, Mr Kana said that the step was geared towards bolstering the nation’s defence capabilities to effectively address emerging security challenges.

He also said that it was geared towards enhancing the operational capabilities of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

According to him, the event marks a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to strengthen the operational readiness of our Armed Forces.

He said, “These Armoured Personnel Carriers will provide our troops with enhanced protection and mobility, enabling them to carry out their duties more effectively in safeguarding our nation’s sovereignty.”

Similarly in his remarks, the CDS underscored the strategic importance in enhancing the Armed Forces’ ability to respond swiftly and decisively to security threats.

He said, “The acquisition of these Armoured Personnel Carriers underscores our commitment to equipping our troops with the necessary resources to confront evolving security challenges. I commend the Ministry of Defence for its unwavering support and dedication to strengthening our national defence capabilities.”

Mr Musa also expressed gratitude for the acquisition of the APCs, noting that the handover signifies a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s ongoing efforts to enhance its defence capabilities and safeguard national security.

According to him, with the acquisition of these 20 Armoured Personnel Carriers, the Nigerian Armed Forces are better equipped to tackle the challenges of the modern security landscape and uphold peace and stability across the nation.

Present at the ceremony was the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Undiandeye.



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