Nigeria: Nigeria to deploy 800 soldiers to UNAMID peacekeeping operations

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria is to deploy 800 soldiers to the United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, announced on Tuesday.

Speaking at the end of a pre-deployment training at the Nigeria Army Peacekeeping Centre in Jaji, Kaduna State, he said Nigeria would continue to deploy quality peacekeepers as part of its contribution to global peace and security.

He tasked the soldiers to discharge their duties in consonance with the UNAMID mandate at all times.

The Nigerian Army has in recent years been overstretched because of the deployment of troops in the war against Boko Haram in the northeast, the war against militants in the Niger Delta and their participation in the various security task forces in 33 States of the country.

General Buratai said the rules of engagement in UNAMID gave them the opportunity to exhibit utmost professionalism in the discharge of their responsibilities.

“I caution you to avoid any ugly incident that could tarnish the professional image of the Nigerian Army in particular and Nigeria in general.”

Buratai urged the troops to “maintain zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse as the Nigerian Army and, indeed, the Nigerian Government, will not tolerate the contravention of these policies,”
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04 january 2017 07:54:24

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