Nigeria deploys troops for peace-keeping in Gambia 

The Armed Forces of Nigeria on Friday announced the deployment of 197 personnel for the peace keeping mission in the Gambia.

The Chief of Operations Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Boniface Sinjen, made the announcement in Jaji, Kaduna state, at the graduation of troops of Nigerian Company 9 Economic Community of West African States Mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG).

According to him, the PDT is in line with the commitment of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. –Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, and the Armed Forces of Nigeria in deploying quality peace-keepers in support of international peace and security.

“It has prepared you for the protection of civilians and the accomplishment of assigned tasks under the ECOMIG mandate. You have learned the importance of teamwork, leadership and cultural sensitivity as well as other factors that would ensure your success in the mission area.

“You have been trained in the latest techniques and procedures for maintaining peace and stability in a complex environment and instilled with the values of discipline, respect for human rights and compassion for the people you are going out there to protect.

“Your mission comes at a critical time, as The Gambia faces a period of uncertainty and instability,” he said.

Sinjen charged the troops to uphold the highest standards of professionalism, discipline and respect for human rights.

He advised them to adhere strictly to the ECOWAS’ mandate, which guides your mission and ensure that your actions align with the principles of peace, stability and human rights.

He said as peace-keepers in a sovereign nation, they must adhere strictly to the UN principles and guidelines for peace-keeping operations.

He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria had zero-tolerance on sexual exploitation and abuse in line with United Nations’ policies.

”Therefore, any form of sexual exploitation and abuse will be met with severe consequences. As ambassadors of the armed Forces of Nigeria and our great nation, you must uphold the esteemed values and enviable image of this country, “Sinjen said.

Earlier, the Commandant of MLAILPKC, Maj.-Gen. Ademola Adedoja, said the six weeks’ training had been intense, comprehensive, and was conducted in line with the Standard UN Core Pre-Deployment Training Modules.

“This graduation is a testament to the capacity and capability of the MLAILPKC as a United Nations accredited Centre to conduct quality training of prospective peacekeepers for deployment to multidimensional Peace Support Operations in fulfillment of her mandate,” he said. (NAN)