Military Receives 20 APCs To Boost Fight Against Insurgency

Military Receives 20 APCs To Boost Fight Against Insurgency

The Federal Government has presented 20 improved versions of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to the military for troops protection during counter insurgency operations.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar Kana, who represented the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, handed over the documents and keys of the 20 APCs to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa, on Wednesday.

A statement by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, said the APCs are an improved version with enhanced weapons and communication systems that can locate adversaries from distance and engage them effectively.

The Armoured Personnel Carriers also allow for seamless military operations.

In his remarks during the handing-over of the APCs, the Permanent Secretary said he was happy with the current synergy existing mong the Services, while describing the consideration for contracting local manufacturers for the production of the APCs as a welcome development.

He added that this will save the nation a lot of money, create employment for Nigerians and reduce over-reliance on foreign currency.

Responding, the CDS thanked the Minister of Defence for the noble act.

He pledged to put the carriers to optimum and judicious use, adding that the machines will definitely boost the ongoing operations to rid the country of insecurity.

LEADERSHIP reports that the APCs were produced and supplied by an indigenous company based in Nigeria.

The chairman of the company, Engineer Kola Balogun, said the company will also train operators and provide after purchase services like maitainance, spare parts, and repairs.

According to him, the company will soon start exporting the machines to earn foreign currency for the country.

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