Covid-19: Nigerian Armed Forces trains 80 medical personnel

Martha Obi, Abuja

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The Nigerian Armed Forces has trained additional 80 medical personnel on Covid-19 case Management/Infection Prevention and Control IPC, concentrated in Abuja in an effort to support the government in containing Covid-19.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche stated this during a news briefing in Abuja.

“The trained personnel would be deployed to different geo-political zones of the country and the FCT”, Enenche said.

Due to rising cases of Covid-19 in the country, it was considered necessary to train additional personnel in selected hospitals across the Armed Forces of Nigeria to boost the capacity of medical personnel in the management of Covid-19. This brings to a total of 300 personnel that have been trained so far.

The training package is a Train-the-Trainer, where the beneficiaries are expected to train other personnel at hospitals, related medical facilities and other places of deployment, to enhance capacity building in the management of the pandemic.

Consequently, the Armed Forces of Nigeria Covid-19 case management/IPC training will be conducted in eight designated military centers across the country, namely Headquarters 1 Division Kaduna, 6 Division Port Harcourt, 7 Division Maiduguri, 81 Division Lagos and Headquarters 82 Division Enugu. Others are Headquarters Eastern Naval Command Calabar, Headquarters Tactical Air Command Makurdi and Headquarters Guards Brigade Abuja.

Operational activities of Operation Delta Safe
Enenche explained that the teams and other operations have recorded successes in their operations within the week under review.

Operation Delta Safe conducted anti-illegal bunkering/Crude Oil Theft COT operations around Ugbodede, Uwakeno, Opumami, Banga communities and around Escravos general area in Warri South LGA of Delta State.

Major General Enenche said that “during the operations, the team located and dismantled illegal refining sites and a wooden boat with 3 coolers, 136 dugout pits, 201 surface metal storage tanks and 174 ovens laden with about 14,434 barrels of suspected stolen crude oil as well as 1,385,000 litres of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO. The storage facilities were dismantled”.

He said no arrest was made as operators of the illegal refining sites fled on sighting the team. Meanwhile, the illegal refining sites have been earmarked for swamp buggy operation.

Forward Operating Base ESCRAVOS
On May 11 2020, Forward Operating Base ESCRAVOS intercepted three large wooden boats around Madangho and Sara Creek in Warri South LGA of Delta State. The boats were laden with about 12.6 barrels of suspected stolen crude oil and 43,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO. Equally, on May 12 2020, the team discovered seven refining units, 13 metal storage tanks and four dugout pits with about 440.3 barrels of stolen crude oil and 180,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO. The boats, items and products discovered in the course of the operation were impounded.

Forward Operating Base IBAKA
On May 11 2020, Forward Operating Base IBAKA patrol team around Effiat Waterways intercepted an abandoned wooden boat laden with 310 x 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice suspected to be smuggled from the Republic of Cameroon. Similarly, on May 14 2020, the Base patrol team intercepted an abandoned medium size wooden boat laden with about 67 drums of products suspected to be PMS around Enwang Creek.

He noted that the seized bags of foreign parboiled rice, boat and drums of suspected PMS are currently in Forward Operating Base IBAKA custody.

Pirates ‘attack
In another development, on May 15 2020, a Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG II was attacked by pirates off the Coast of Cote D’ Ivoire. The pirates took control of the vessel and directed the vessel towards Nigerian Waters. The vessel had 18 crew members comprising Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivorians.

The Nigerian Navy was alerted of the pirate attack and immediately, the Nigerian Navy Ship NGURU was dispatched to intercept the vessel. On interception of the vessel at about 140 nautical miles south of Lagos Fairway Buoy, the pirates refused to comply to the orders of the Nigerian Navy Ship, hence the Nigerian Navy had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel.

Enenche said “all the ship crew was safely rescued, while the 10 pirates were also arrested”.

Other operations
Troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria operating in various theatres across the country recorded tremendous successes within the week under review.  Operation Lafiya Dole neutralized several members of the Boko Haram terrorists/ISWAP fighters and senior commanders and their logistics facilities, gun trucks and other structures destroyed and weapons recovered.

These occurred in air strikes and other offensive operations executed across the theatre of operation”, Enenche said. 20 BHT/ISWAP terrorists were killed and six AK-47 rifles, 520 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and five 36 Hand Grenades were recovered.

Operation HADARIN DAJI
The Air Component neutralized 27 armed bandits and destroyed some of their dwellings along the Nahuta-Doumborou corridor on the border between Katsina and Zamfara States in air strikes. While Operation WHIRL STROKE, raided bandits’ hideouts in Benue and Nasarawa States which led to neutralization of two bandits of the notorious Gana’s gang with others fleeing with various degrees of gunshot wounds including Gana.

Seven members of Bassa militia were arrested in Kpelebewa Village in Nasarawa State. Items recovered in the operations include; four locally fabricated machine guns, three Dane guns, 12 locally-made rifles, cartridge firing pistols and two locally fabricated cartridge guns. Others are four revolver pistols, two cartridge pistols, 58 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 57 x 7.62mm Special Ammunition, two motorcycles, two camouflage, a generator set and a bag of gunpowder as well as assorted charms among others items. Bandits and militias neutralized within this period stood at 29.

The Military High Command has congratulated the gallant troops of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country adding that the professionalism and dexterity of the Nigerian Navy Ship Nguru was also commended.

 

Nneka Ukachukwu

 

 

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