As part of its National Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the region, 65 troops of the Nigerian Medical Contingent 9, Level II Hospital have been deployed to Mali.

Before their departure, newsmen gathered that they had received three weeks of intensive training where they were tutored on the use of weapons to protect civilians, conflict-related sexual violence, child protection and sexual exploitation and abuse of skills to enable them to operate in Mali.

The Chief of Operations, Army, Major-General Akinjobi Olufemi, who spoke at the graduation of the operatives held at the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre (MLAILPKC), Jaji Kaduna, stressed the need for the protection of Africa as an integral part of the Army and is central to the country’s defence policy.

The Chief of operations represented by the Director of Peace Support Operations, Army Headquarters, Brigadier-General Adetoro Bayode, added that the Nigeria Army ensures security and stability in Africa with specific emphasis on the west African sub-region through collective security and contributing to international peace and security are central to the overall objectives of our country’s national defence policy.

Daily Post/Michael Adeyemo

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