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Ali warns troops against illegal dealing in arms, ammunition

By Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi, Jos
30 September 2022   |   1:28 am
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division of the Nigerian Army and Commander, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, has warned troops that the Nigerian Army..

Major General Ibrahim Ali. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division of the Nigerian Army and Commander, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, has warned troops that the Nigerian Army will deal ruthlessly with any personnel involved in illegal arms and ammunition deal.

The GOC made this known, yesterday, during the inauguration of participants of Arms and Ammunition Storeman Refresher Course 1/22 at Headquarters, 3 Base Ordnance Depot, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Jos.

Ali said the scourge of insecurity in the country must be tackled through training and retraining of personnel to enable them effectively secure life and property of law-abiding citizens.

He averred that the training was organised in line with the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) vision of having “a professional Nigerian army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a joint environment in the defence of Nigeria.”

According to a statement by the Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 3 Division, Major Ishaku Takwa, the GOC emphasised on the need for troops to seek knowledge for a better living.

He said that the course would enable armourers and potential armourers to be versatile in the area of arms and ammunition management within the Nigerian Army and their units.

Ali, therefore, urged the participants to justify the confidence reposed in them by their formations and units by giving their best during the training.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commander, 3 Division Ordnance Services, Brig.-Gen. S.A. Alamu, said the training aimed at both theoretical and practical roles and responsibilities of an armoured.

Alamu further charged the participants to be very adaptive, hardworking, open-minded and ready to learn. The total of 30 participants drawn from various units and formations within the division were inaugurated and the course is expected to last till October 4, 2022.