Terrorism: Nigeria’s Army Chief Seeks Military Support from South Korea

  • BY CHIDI OLEHI in Abuja•

Determined to deal with the rampaging terrorists in the North-east, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Yusuf Buratai, had a discussion with South Korea in his recent visit to that country.

This discussion was coming at the time the Nigerian military has sustained the fight to mop up the Boko Haram militants in Northern Borno State, killing five terrorists and destroying some of the group’s military hardware.

Buratai’s visit, which was at the instance of KIA Motors Corporation, was aimed at improving the capacity building of the Nigerian Army by South Korea in the areas of military logistics, intelligence gathering, army aviation and military vehicle manufacturing.

Buratai visited the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Korean Armed Forces, General Park Hanki, in his office, where the duo emphasised the need for more collaboration between the South Korea and the Nigerian military, especially in the areas of training and equipment support.

They also promised to further enhance the relationship between the Korean military and the Nigerian Army, as Buratai also paid a similar visit to Chief of Staff, Republic of Korean Army, General Kim Yong-woo, where they exchanged ideas, and harped on the need for further collaboration between the two armies.

A statement signed by the Army Headquarters in Abuja said Buratai was also at the Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA), at Duteopbawi-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, and an equivalent of Defence Industries of Nigeria (DICON).

He interacted with the Minister in charge, Mr. Wang Jung Hong, and other management staff of DAPA on ways of further collaboration between DAPA and the Nigerian Army.

As part of his itinerary, the COAS also visited the Headquarters of 11th Infantry Division of the Korean Army, at Hong Cheon.

On arrival, the Commander, Major General Kim, who briefed him on the organisation, operations and exploits of the Division, received him. “The Division also displayed the sophistication and potency of some of the formation’s equipment and armoured fighting vehicles for the Nigerian delegation.

“The COAS and members of his delegation were at the corporate headquarters of KIA Motors Corporation, Gwangju, where they were received and briefed by Director Special Vehicle Global Sales Group, Mr. Il -Tae Kim.

“Thereafter, they were conducted round the company’s manufacturing plants, particularly the KIA Light Tactical Vehicles manufacturing plants”, the statement said.

In another development, the Nigerian military has continued the mop up on the Boko Haram militants in Northern Borno, killing five terrorists and destroying some of the group’s military hardware.

The military revealed the latest success in a statement signed at the weekend by the spokesman of the military counter-insurgency operation in the North East (Operation Lafiya Dole), Col. Onyema Nwachukwu.

Nwachukwu said that, “Combined Special Forces troops of the Nigerian Army, Navy and the Air Force operating under the auspices of Operation LAfIYA DOLE in the ongoing counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in northern Borno have inflicted devastating man and equipment casualty on Boko Haram terrorists in a fresh encounter with the dissidents in the late hours of Saturday 19 January 19, 2018.

“The terrorists, armed with two Gun trucks, a vehicle laden with Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and a suicide bomber, met their waterloo while frantically fighting to break into the formidable defensive position of the troops.

“The gallant troops responded swiftly in a fierce counter offensive, unleashing superior and overwhelming firepower on the terrorists and neutralised five of them, including a driver and a gunner firing from a gun truck, a suicide bomber in a vehicle loaded with IED and two other terrorists.

“In the ferocious counter attack, the valiant troops destroyed one Gun truck and one IED – Carrying vehicle. The troops also recovered one Anti-aircraft Gun and three AK 47 Rifles belonging to the terrorists.

“The troops are relentless and in high moral as they continue in hot pursuit of some of the terrorists who fled the scene of the encounter when they were overpowered by the troops,” the military said.

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