Chief of Army Staff, Lt, Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Friday, announced the upgrade of the Nigerian Army 20 Battalion in Serti, Taraba State, to a special unit for military regimentation and training.
The COAS said that has become necessary because of lingering insecurity at the Nigeria-Cameroon border, stressing that beefing up security along the Nigeria-Cameroon border was not an imperative but inevitable. He said that it was equally necessary to entrench professionalism in the conduct of business along the border areas.
Buratai, who was speaking during his visit to the headquarters of the battalion in Gashaka Local Government Area of the state, stated that the Army headquarters would provide the required logistics and post more officers and soldiers to improve the status of the unit.
“This battalion is a unique one in a unique location, so we will make efforts to ensure that this status is maintained.
“We are making it a model battalion where we have full compliments of a unit at all times that will be well drilled in regimentation.
“We will immediately address the accommodation needs of personnel in this unit and more troops will be posted to this unit.
“Henceforth, young officers that pass out from the Defence Academy will be moved to this unit for regimentation training,” he said, stressing that the army will take advantage of the near perfect terrain in Serti for training and the building of the soldiers’ regimentation.
“This is a very good ground for young officers in regimentation which will make them real professionals and that is what we are striving to achieve. We want to return to the practice where young officers and soldiers build a strong background in regimentation.”
He solicited the support of the Emir of Gashaka and the general public to enable the Army secure the area.
He urged the community to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities as more terrorists escape from their Sambisa enclaves.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Gashaka, Alhaji Mohammed Sambo, has lauded the effort of the army in securing the community and the country as a whole and assured that the army will enjoy the cooperation of the people.
Sambo assured the Army chief of more cooperation and support of the community.
Buratai is the second Army chief to visit the unit after retired Lt – Gen. Martin-Luther Agwai in 2001.

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