Nigeria Deploys 205 Troops to Gambia on Peacekeeping Mission

A Nigerian army vehicle patrols in the town of Banki in northeastern Nigeria on April 26, 2017. – Banki has been totally destroyed during battles between the Nigerian army and Boko Haram insurgents. Over 32,000 people live in the town but free movement is limited. (Photo by FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR / AFP)

A contingent of 205 troops from the Nigerian Army has departed Nigeria for The Gambia on a peacekeeping mission.

Speaking at the pre-deployment graduation ceremony of the Nigerian Company 7 to the ECOWAS mission, the chief of operations, army headquarters, Major-General Olufemi Akinjobi stated that Nigeria had successfully participated in 40 peacekeeping missions and deployed over 100,000 peacekeepers since 1960.

He stated this at the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji, Kaduna State yesterday.

He assured of Nigeria’s commitment to deploying quality peacekeepers as part of efforts to ensure global peace and security.

Represented by Major-General Zakari Abubakar, Akinjobi maintained that ECOWAS mission in The Gambia was constituted as an intervention mission to resolve constitutional crisis after the disputed presidential election of 2016, which he said had helped restore peace and stability through the professional conduct of troops.

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