The African Union(AU) has gifted a range of military equipment to the Headquarters Sector 3 of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
The equipment comprising of Tiger 4×4 amounted personal carriers, military trucks, water tankers, super mobile generators, anti-riot APCs, improvise explosive device equipment, tents, as well as Information and office equipment, will improve and enhance the combat efficiency of the Sector.
The Tiger 4×4 armoured personnel carrier (APC) is produced by Baoji Special Vehicles Manufacturing, a producer of special-purpose vehicles headquartered in Shaаnxi Province, China.
The vehicle’s configuration is designed to transport infantrymen to the battlefield with enhanced armour protection. It can be configured for various roles such as command post, law enforcement, riot control, and ambulance.
The Force Commander (FC), Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Major General Abdul Ibrahim on Tuesday, 12 July 2022 handed over some of the donated equipment and logistics to Commander Sector 3 OPHK/MNJTF, Maj Gen GM Mutkut at Maimalari Military Cantonment.
During the handover, the Force Commander, Major General Abdul Ibrahim disclosed that the donation was a result of his visit to the African Union Logistic Base in Douala, Cameroon where a series of liaisons and deliberation between the Headquarters Lake Chad Basin Commission, MNJTF, and the AU was held.
The Theatre Commander Joint Task Force (JTF) North East (NE) Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), Maj Gen Christopher Musa appreciated the AU’s effort to support the fight against terrorism in Nigeria. He added that the equipment will contribute immensely to the ongoing operations in the NE.
The Theatre Commander and the Force Commander further thanked the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of Army Staff for their support in making the procurement and acquisition of the equipment possible.
In the same way, the Commander, Sector 3 OPHK/MNJTF, Maj Gen Godwin Mutkut appreciated the Theatre Commander and the Force Commander for their leadership guidance and unending support to the sector. He promised that troops of Sector 3 will make good use of the equipment to neutralize the remaining scores of the marauding BHT/ISWAP terrorists in the region.
In attendance were the Theater Component Commanders, Theatre Logistics Commander Maj Gen EH Akpan, principal staff officers of the Theatre, senior officers of MNJTF, gallant troops of OPHK and MNJTF and members of the press.