Buratai gives succor to slain personnel’s families at Army Day celebration

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja 

Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Tukur Buratai has revealed that the Nigerian Army has made adequate plans to give succor to the families of soldiers that lost their lives while defending the country against insurgence. 

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday while handing over cheques to 153 beneficiaries of the Army Life Assurance Policy scheme, he said other entitlements of all dead personnel have been paid. 

He advised those that have not completed the documentation of their children to do that immediately, to ensure that they benefit from the Army Scholarship scheme. 

This is coming just as he rolled out activities marking this year’s NADCEL which he said would ben is in two phases. 

According to him, the first phase commenced earlier from 11th to 20th April, 2016 with activities reinforcing the need to shore up fighting capabilities and responsiveness of the troops by injecting into its programme, a Command Post Exercise (CPX).  

“During the exercise Commanders, Headquarters elements and Staff of a Brigade were simulated in a deployment, administration and communications play within and between the exercised elements in Alkaleri Forest, Bauchi State. 

“This will dovetail into the Second Phase from 11 – 14  July, 2016 in which troops of 1 Brigade would be engaged in a Field Training Exercise (FTX) involving realistic and varying war situations in Bakura Forest, Gusau Zamfara State”. 

 The Army Chief said that aside providing ample opportunities for equipment and weapons testing, the exercises would also serve to sharpen the tactical skills of individual officers and soldiers, as well as improve the operational readiness of the formation. 

“It would also serve as deterrent to cattle rustlers, armed bandits and other criminals hibernating in those areas”.

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