- Takes delivery of battle tanks and Artillery vehicles
The Federal Government has taken delivery of new battle equipment, including tanks and high grade Artillery Vehicles built in China for Nigerian Army.
The purchase of the military war machines newsreportersng.com gathered is valued at N55.7bn and possess the capacity to do lethal damage in battle and also carry as much as twelve persons.
Speaking with the journalists after the delivery, The Chief of Operation, Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Lamidi O. Adeosun ,said: “we are all here to witness the reception of the armaments the Government of Nigeria, through the Ministry of Defence has procured for the Nigerian Army.
“The process of acquiring this has been on for some time but thank God they are coming in as at today, from what you can see ,you can see how serious the Federal Government of Nigeria is in making sure not only that the army is equipped as necessary but to ensure that the insecurity problem we are having all over the country are tackled not only with trained personnel but with the required equipment.
“This is just a tip of the iceberg others are still coming, it is very important that you see that both the military and the government are really very serious to tackle the security problem across the nation .
“They are in different categories; we have the heavy Tanks and the light Tanks.
“And we have the two types of Artillery heavy guns .
” They are all from China .
They are very new ones as you can see for yourselves in fact ,the latest in technology in Tanker Artillery Armament.
“Before today the first set of 15 forty feet Containers that were off loaded from the ship ,they are made up of spare parts ,accessories for this equipment those ones are already out of port and on their way to their destinations.
” Those who will operate this they have been trained in China if not for the COVID-19 that is ravaging everywhere and the lock-down we are still expecting.
” Some of their trainers to join us to train more people .
“What you expect in the Army is more robust operations to put behind us the menace of insecurity whether that of Boko-Haram ,that of bandits of bandits or whatever .
” These are just the first batch of so many of them that are coming and you can see we have not even finish off loading this first batch you can see the number of different types.
“I may not be able to give you the exact number, but you can see for yourselves.”