The 65 troops of the Nigerian Medical Contingent 9, Level II Hospital, have been deployed to Mali, as part of its National Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the region.
This was disclosed by the Chief of Operations, Major-General, Akinjobi Olufemi, during the graduation of the operatives held at the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre (MLAILPKC), Jaji Kaduna State.
Olufemi said the troops have received three weeks of intensive training where they were tutored on the use of weapons to protect civilians, conflict-related sexual violence, child protection and sexual exploitation and abuse of skills to enable them to operate in Mali.
The Chief of Operations said the need for the protection of Africa is an integral part of the Army and is central to the Country’s defence policy.
Olufemi was represented by the Director of Peace Support Operations, Army Headquarters, Brigadier-General Adetoro Bayode,
The Chief of Operations noted that the Nigerian Army ensures security and stability in Africa with specific emphasis on the West-African sub-region, through collective security and contributing to international peace and security.