In an apparent move aimed at ending Boko Haram terror in Nigeria, the Nigerian Army has established another division in Borno, the most hit state in the north-eastern part of the country.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai, announced the establishment of the new Division known as ‘Nigerian Army 8 Division’ while delivering a lecture entitled: `Nigerian Army: Challenges and Future Perspectives,’ at the National Defence College, Abuja.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the Nigerian Army had in August 2013 established the 7th Division in Maiduguri to improve counter insurgency operations in the northeast, and Buratai said the new division was part of a strategic plan by the army to bolster military operations against insurgents particularly ‎in lake Chad Basin area.
The army chief did not give details of the new establishment; he assured that the new division would soon become fully operational with logistics and manpower deployments.
According to him, plans were underway to establish another division to be known as the Nigerian Army 6 Division with headquarters in the South-South region of the country, stressing that the establishment of the new divisions was part of a strategic plan to improve on the Nigerian Army’s operational capabilities in the face of emerging threats to national security.
He said the establishment of the additional formations would bring the number of divisions in the Nigerian Army to eight.
“Emerging threats to the security of our nation which have been aggravated by the proliferation of armed groups have added to the task of the military in protecting the lives of Nigerians and the integrity of its territory. The focus of the Nigerian Army today is to find lasting solutions to these contemporary threats posed by the activities of the armed groups and their allies.
“The Nigerian Army, therefore, remains poised to the extermination of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. Today, they can no longer hold any territory as it used to be in the past that is why they have resorted to the use of IEDs to hit soft targets. We have established the 8 division located in the northern part of Borno specifically to clear the area of the remaining terrorists’ elements while another division, 6 Division, will be established in the South-South,” he said.
He said the Army planned to increase its personnel strength from its present 100,000 strengths-force to slightly above 200,000 in the next eight years.
According to him, 12,000 personnel would be recruited in 2016 alone to fill the vacancies created as a result of the new establishments in the army.

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