Defence & Security

Nigerians appreciate your sacrifices, Lalong tells troops

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has commended the sacrifices of troops of the Nigerian Army at the forefront in the fight against terrorism and general insecurity in the country.

Lalong gave the commendation while opening the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship (NASAC) 2022. It was at the 3 Division Small Arms Shooting Range in Miango, Jos, Plateau State.

Lalong, the Special Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony, noted that troops have over time, demonstrated the requisite skills and competencies necessary to enhance the nation’s security.

He added that the Nigerian Army has been professional in addressing cases of insecurity, where lives and property were threatened.

The Governor observed that the shooting competition will present a veritable avenue for the participants to discover their hidden potentials, as well as sharpen their shooting skills, which he maintained are essential to enhance ongoing operations of the Army.

He enjoined the participants to leverage on opportunities provided by the Championship to perfect the impressive work that the Army is doing across the country.

Lalong expressed appreciation to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, for finding Plateau state worthy of hosting one of the significant events of the Nigerian Army.

Earlier, in his welcome remarks, the General Officer Commanding 3 Division, who also doubles as Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Major General Ibrahim Ali, thanked the COAS for approving the upgrading of the 3 Division Small Arms Shooting Range, Miango.

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He Stated that the Championship will assist in improving troops’ proficiency in weapon handling. Gen Ali also disclosed that the exercise is in furtherance of the actualization of COAS’ vision for the Army.

The GOC expressed gratitude to the people and Government of Plateau State for their untiring support to 3 Division, adding, that the Miango range will remain a permanent venue for Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship in the future.

While presenting a souvenir to the Special Guest of Honour, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, who was represented by the Commander Training and Doctrine Command, Major General Stevenson Olabanji, urged the participants to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship throughout the week-long event. He extolled the people of Plateau state for their hospitality.

The Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Prof Synny Tyoden, members of Plateau State Executive and Legislative Councils, senior officers both serving and retired, heads of security agencies, and royal fathers were present among others.

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