More than 35 personnel from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment are set to be deployed to Nigeria by the British Government, to deliver infantry training to Nigerian military.
This is part of the British government’s assistance in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the disturbed northern region.
The UK military training team will join over 100 personnel deployed to Nigeria in 2015 to train local forces, with several batches expected in the course of the year to get the number up to 300, as promised in December 2015 by the UK Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, in Nigeria.
Areas of concentration for the incoming battalion are specialized assistance in countering improvised explosive devices, medical training and advice and advanced training of the Nigerian Air Force in airfield defence and counter insurgency.
Up to 1,000 Nigerian military personnel are said to have benefited from training provided by the advance team in 2015 in preparation for counter-insurgency operations in north east Nigeria.
Mr Fallon, in December, said the military trainers will commence the exercise in 2016 on specific expertise particularly in unravelling Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
He also said that the British government has tightened their legislation and would work with the Nigerian government to improve the procurement and tender process of military equipment to ensure transparency and competitiveness.
President Muhammadu Buhari had told Mr Fallon that his administration wastaking urgent and appropriate actions to restore order, due process and probity to the procurement processes of the nation’s Armed Forces.