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The Nigerian Army has deployed four newly acquired Mine Resistant Anti-Ambush Personnel (MRAP) Vehicles to the theatre of counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh inducted the vehicles on Tuesday in Maigumeri super camp in Maiduguri.

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The ceremony also included Sallah celebration and lunch with troops of special forces in their camp as well as the tour of the camp under renovation by the army.

Buratai said the MRAP vehicles would offer increased firepower, enhanced force protection against small arms as well as improved capability.

He said that the induction ceremony was a boost to operational capability to decisively prosecute the ongoing counterterrorism operations.

He, however, warned that deploying the equipment without strong will and determination by men, cannot win the war.

“You must, therefore, remain resolute in the discharge of your duties while strengthening your commitment to end this war in no distant time.

“Let me assure you that we shall continue to give due priority and attention to specialised training as well as improve welfare for effective employment of special forces.

“You will recall that the Nigerian Army Special Forces Command was established recently to coordinate the deployment and employment of all Special Forces across the country.

“This has brought about effective and efficient utilisation of special forces within the theatre of operation.

“The recent recapture of Baga by the special forces is most instructive in this regard,” he said.

While commending efforts of the special forces, Buratai said their acts of gallantry, selfless sacrifice and professional conduct had been instrumental to numerous successes recorded by the army in recent time against Boko Haram Terrorists.

He pledged that the army authorities would not stop at providing them with the needed equipment, training and resources to deliver on their mandates in the defence of the nation.