3,000 recruits will undergo training on counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency in four institutions in the country to further enhance their capability in the fight against terrorism, the Nigerian Army has said.
Disclosing this, Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru noted that the number was part of the 69 regular recruits intake who passed out of Nigerian Army Depot.
According to him, they were expected to be trained on house breaking and clearing, urban patrol, unarmed combat, skill at arms and humanitarian laws, among others.
Attahiru said the Army had reviewed its recruitment procedure to include pre-screening examination for soldiers’ recruitment, in line with international best practice and transparency.
“The Army Headquarters has procured new marking machines to enhance the recruitment exercise,” he said.
“The machine will be put to use nationwide for the first time during the 70 Regular Recruitment Intake examinations on Saturday.”
Attahiru also said that the pre-screening exercise was aimed at selecting the best personnel for the Nigerian Army to enhance its manpower and combat efficiency.
“All candidates that have applied are advised to report to the examination centres in various states, including FCT.
“After the examination, the first 500 candidates that passed would be selected from each state, including the FCT for zonal screening from July at two centres in each geo-political zone”.
He said the ban on sale of Nigerian Army stickers/banners/military accoutrements was still being enforced.
“The attention of headquarters has been drawn to an impostor who claimed to be one Major Yahaya Shinko (rtd),” Attahiru said.
“He has been parading himself as a retired Major and security expert in some international media and also discussing the ongoing state of emergency and military operations in North Eastern Nigeria.
“Please be informed that the officer was reduced to Second Lieutenant on disciplinary ground for ‘Absent Without Leave, AWOL,’ and subsequently retired from service in 1999 for service no longer required”.
“NA wishes to inform the general public to disregard his views and what he stands for and report such an impersonator to any military unit nationwide,” he said.