The United Kingdom will soon deploy more than 35 personnel to Nigeria to train troops fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.
The British Government last year sent about 130 military personnel to Nigeria on a wide range of training assignments just s over 1,000 Nigerian troops have received training for counter-insurgency operations in the North-east.
The Press and Public Affairs Officer of the British High Commission, Joe Abuku, who made these known in a statement Wednesday, said the latest deployments, drawn from the second battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment (2 R ANGLIAN), will deliver infantry training to Nigerian troops preparing to tackle Boko Haram in the North-east.
The statement said: “The 2 R ANGLIAN, based in Cottesmore, Rutland, provided support to the Armed Forces Nigeria throughout 2015, which included the deployment of Short Term Training Teams, and support to smaller training tasks to assist the resident British Military Advisory and Training Team – which has grown in size over the last year.
“Around 130 UK military personnel deployed to Nigeria on a wide range of training tasks last year.
“This included training in infantry skills, civil-military affairs, media operations, command and leadership, IED-awareness, and support to Nigerian military training schools and establishments.
“Almost 1,000 Nigerian military personnel have benefited from training to prepare them for counter-insurgency operations in northeast Nigeria, and the work by 2 R ANGLIAN, known as The Poachers, is now well-recognized across the AFN.
“The UK also supports a Nigerian intelligence and analysis cell focused on the northeast and based in Abuja, and nearly 30 UK Armed Forces personnel are deployed in Nigeria on an enduring basis in training and advisory roles”.
The statement said the latest assistance was in line with the pledge of the UK Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, when he visited Nigeria in December 2015.