Army trains NSCDC personnel on counter-terrorism, weapon handling

By Post Nigeria January 1, 2015 06:00 Updated

Army trains NSCDC personnel on counter-terrorism, weapon handling

The Nigeria Army has trained 142 personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on counterterrorism and weapon handling.

The Commandant of the 31 Artillery Brigade, Minna, Brigadier General Abba Dikko, disclosed this on Tuesday during the Batch C passing out ceremony in Minna.

Dikko explained that the training involved practicals and theories for 129 personnel of the NSCDC state command and 13 from the zonal command on weapon handling.

He said for the participants from the NSCDC to better cope with the current security challenges, they added lessons on counter terrorism and counter insurgency to the curriculum, as well as weapon handling leading to range classification, minor infantry tactics and fitness.

“The training commenced with a directive from the army headquarters to train NSCDC personnel nationwide on the same subject.

“The participants exhibited sustained interest and good character which enhance the smooth conduct of the course,” he said.

Also speaking at the ceremony, the Course Officer, Captain Labiwa Madugu, said that the participants were trained on various kinds of weapons, adding that practical were conducted at the cantonment firing range.

Madugu said physical wellness, hindrance intersection, course walk, 3.2-kilometer race and bar work were likewise included.

“They were also trained on special counter terrorism raid operations, cordon and search, body guard duties and VIP protection.

“The training cut across practicals and theories and the general performance score of the training was put at 60 per cent,” he added.

Similarly, Alhaji Saidu Rabe, the NSCDC Zonal Commander, who was represented by the Niger Commander, Mr Micheal Ochugwo, called on the trainees to use what they learnt to improve the services.

Rabe said the training was the third phase of its kind, adding that another training would commence in January 2015.