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Nigeria Chief of Army Staff, Lt.
Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday said the Sambisa Forest would serve as a training
ground for personnel of the Nigerian Army as from 2017, the News Agency of
Nigeria reports.

Buratai said this in Damasak,
Borno, while celebrating Christmas with troops of 145 Battalion after the road
leading to the town was reopened by Governor Kashim Shettima, three years after
closure.

He said, “We are also opening up
roads to Sambisa and Alagarno forest. Sambisa Forest is going to be one of our
training grounds. I have already directed that we should conduct Nigerian Army
small arms championship in that forest next year.

“And we are going to use it also to
test our fighting vehicles, other key equipment and weapons that require
testing whenever we want to induct new weapon and equipment into the Nigerian
Army inventory.

“It will afford us a very good
ground for basic tactics and indeed advance tactics, including but not limited
to tactics at the Platoon, company, battalion, brigade and even division
levels. We are going to make it more robust to make sure that these criminals
do not come back to that forest again.”

Similarly, the Northern Youth
Leaders Forum has said that the fall of the Sambisa Forest and the defeat of
Boko Haram terrorists would enhance the revival of the economy in the
North-East.

The forum noted that with the new
development, investors who had fled would return to the geopolitical zone.

The youths also commended the army
for its resilience and sacrifices that led to the victory over the insurgents.

The National President of NYLF,
Alhaji Adadu Adadu, told journalists that the defeat of the terror group had
united Nigerians.

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