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Army trains 40 security guards to protect IDPs camp in Borno


Army trains 40 security guards to protect IDPs camp in Borno

The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army has concluded the training of 40 security guards to strengthen security in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri, the Borno capital.

The Division’s General Officer Commanding (GOC), Maj.-Gen. Shuaib Waidi said the measure was to close security gaps in the camp.

The GOC, represented by Lt. Col. Agbo Solomon, Commander, 195 Battalion, said the security guards had undergone intensive training on small arms handling with an emphasis on safety and protection.

He added that they were trained in unarmed combat, how to disarm adversaries during attacks and defend themselves using combinations of physical combat techniques.

“They are equally trained on intelligence gathering; how to process and relay information with their own inputs using the appropriate channels.

“They have also been trained on how to respond to fire incidents which are recurring every year in this camp that is housing about 30,000 persons,” he added.

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Waidi explained that the initiative would cement civil-military relations and encourage the host community to be actively involved in securing their area.

The GOC encouraged the IDPs to be security conscious and report any suspected movement or strange activities that would breach the peace to security agencies.

In his remarks, Borno Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Seina Buba lauded the efforts of the Army and Civilian JTF towards restoring lasting peace in the state.

Buba said the initiative would be replicated in other camps across the state to ensure more protection for the IDPs.

He said the state government was working to close all IDP camps in the state so that people would return to their respective communities.


Army trains 40 security guards to protect IDPs camp in Borno

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