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‘To boost capacity of troops’ — defence ministry hands over armoured vehicles to DHQ

The ministry of defence has handed over 20 newly acquired armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to the defence headquarters. 

Ibrahim Kana, permanent secretary of the ministry, said on Thursday that the vehicles will enhance the professional capabilities of troops on the frontlines.

NAN reports that the APCs were handed to Christopher Musa, chief of defence staff (CDS).

In his remarks at the event, Kana said the step was geared towards bolstering the nation’s defence capabilities, in order to effectively address emerging security challenges.

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“These armoured personnel carriers will provide our troops with enhanced protection and mobility, enabling them to carry out their duties more effectively in safeguarding our nation’s sovereignty,” Kana said.

In his remarks, the CDS underscored the importance of enhancing the armed forces’ ability to respond swiftly and decisively to security threats.

“The acquisition of these armoured personnel carriers underscores our commitment to equipping our troops with the necessary resources to confront evolving security challenges,” Musa said.

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“I commend the ministry of defence for its unwavering support and dedication to strengthening our national defence capabilities.”

Musa also said the handover ceremony signifies a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s ongoing efforts to protect its territorial integrity.

Emmanuel Undiandeye, chief of defence intelligence, also attended the ceremony.

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