Illegal training camp

The Nigerian Army has said it has discovered an illegal security training camp in Serti town in Taraba State.

Commanding Officer of 20 Model Battalion located in Serti, Lt.-Col. Sani Adamu stated this to reporters on Thursday.

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Adamu said that the Special Adviser on Security to Taraba Governor, Col. Agyo Wapan (retd), had been invited as part of investigation on the issue.

He said that the discovery followed calls by concerned citizens who disclosed that no fewer than 300 youths were being trained in a public primary school in the area.

Adamu said that on the receipt of the calls, he promptly responded by visiting the site and found over 300 young men undergoing military training.

The commander said that the training was being conducted by GS Security Services, a security outfit in the state.

He confirmed that he had filed a report to his superior on the development and for further directive.

Adamu alleged that the security outfit is hired by the Taraba Government to train selected youths as ‘Marshals.’

He explained that his men had profiled the young men and dismantled the camp, while awaiting directive from Army Headquarters.

Alarm on the illegal training camp was sequel to unusual influx of hundreds of young men from some local government areas into Serti, headquarters of Gashaka Local Government Area.