A British soldier (L) shakes hand with his Nigerian counterpart during a joint military exercise between Nigerian armed forces, United States, Britain, Netherlands and Spain in Lagos in October 18, 2013.      Photo/AFP/file

By Victor Ernest

A team of British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT) has arrived in Nigeria to train 300 select Air Force personnel on base protection.

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, explained that the training is to further equip the personnel who protect Air Force bases across the country.

Base guards

He added that the 300 men would be specifically equipped with a view to guiding against the re-occurrence of Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri base in 2013 where some air assets were destroyed.

Leader of BMATT team, Commander Riss said the 66-man team were in Nigeria to provide military training to selected Air Force personnel on effective way of manning their bases against any form of attack.

Special short-term training

Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal Christopher Okoye said the training would equip personnel to protect air bases and facilities across the country.

Christopher said the personnel would undergo a special short-term training designed to develop their capacity ”for Air Force protection in a complex air ground environment.”