Nigeria, U.S., UK- joint Military Training on Counter Terrorism Begin

The military, in conjunction with special forces from the UK, U.S., Spain and Netherland have begun a joint training to enhance its capacity to combat terrorism in the county’s maritime environment.
Rear Adm. Babalola Ogunjimi, the Nigerian Navy’s Chief of Training and Operations, who stated this at news conference on Sunday in Abuja, said that the exercise would involve personnel.
He said that 150 of them are drawn from units of the Nigerian armed forces, Army, Navy and Air Force while 739 are from the foreign Special Forces.
Ogunjimi said that the training called “African Winds’’, began on Oct. 3, and was expected to last for 14 days and would be followed by four days exercise.
He said that the exercise would be conducted by Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) of the Special Forces in Lagos and Calabar, respectively.
“It is expected that the African Winds training and exercise will further improve the capacity of the Nigerian armed forces to deal with numerous security challenges in the Gulf of the Guinea.’’
He said that some of the challenges include crude oil theft and attacks on merchant ships, reports News Agency of Nigeria.