Nigerian Army Collaborates With United Nations To Combat Terrorism; COAS Hosts Defence Attachés

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In a significant development, the Nigerian Army (NA) has affirmed its commitment to join forces with the United Nations Office for Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), made this pledge during a meeting today when he welcomed Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for Counter-Terrorism, and his delegation at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.

The COAS emphasized the critical importance of the partnership with UNOCT; particularly at a time when Nigeria is playing a leading role in regional counter-terrorism efforts. He highlighted the Nigerian Army’s success in apprehending a significant number of surrendered Boko Haram terrorists through both kinetic and non-kinetic operations. Furthermore, the COAS noted that the disarmament and demobilization processes align with international best practices.

This collaboration is anticipated to enhance global, regional, and national responses by fostering partnerships and bolstering capacity building efforts.

Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for Counter-Terrorism, echoed the commitment to deepen cooperation with the Nigerian Army and intensify multilateral collaboration to assist Africa in addressing the evolving terrorism threat on the continent.

In another development on Thursday, August 31, 2023, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, welcomed 27 accredited Defence Attachés and Advisers (DA) to Nigeria. The delegation, led by Major General Emmanuel Undiandeye, the Chief of Defence Intelligence, visited the Army Headquarters.

The COAS expressed his gratitude for the visit and expressed a strong desire for continued engagement. He commended the existing cooperation between the Nigerian Army (NA) and the armies of the represented nations; particularly in training, operations, and defense procurement.

The COAS assured the DAs of additional opportunities to foster a conducive atmosphere for further interactions, idea-sharing, and experiences to maintain the existing bilateral relations between the NA and their respective countries.

Major General Emmanuel Undiandeye, the Chief of Defence Intelligence, emphasized that the interaction with the COAS allowed the DAs to present concerns, challenges, and other matters of interest.

During the visit, Colonel Legha Romi, the Doyen of Defence Attachés from India, extended gratitude on behalf of the DAs for the unique opportunity to interact with DAs from diverse countries. He encouraged further interactions and engagements to facilitate mutual benefits and experiences between Nigeria and each represented country.

The event also included an interactive session that provided a valuable platform for the COAS, CDI, and the DAs to exchange ideas and insights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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