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DHQ allays fears over UN fighting vehicles in Nigeria

DHQ allays fears over UN fighting vehicles in Nigeria

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has assured Nigerians that the country is not under any threat that will warrant the deployment of United Nations troops in the country.

The DHQ gave this assurance following some social media video clips arising from the presence of some United Nations Peacekeeping fighting vehicles and equipment sighted recently in Benin, Edo state, which has resulted to insinuations that are inimical to public peace and may cause panic.

The Defence Headquarters explained that the military fighting vehicles and equipment painted in UN colour as sighted are being moved through the Warri port for movement to the mission area in Southern Sudan to marry up with our troops who were inducted into the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) mission last month.

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The DHQ, in a statement on Tuesday signed by its spokesperson Brigadier General Tukur Gusau further noted that Nigeria is presently a contributing troops to various United Nations Peace keeping operations, and the most recent is UNISFA Southern Sudan.

“The Mission is commanded by a Nigerian, Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr. It should be noted that the UN doesn’t have its own troops, rather it enter into agreement with troops contributing countries to provide their personnel and equipment for operations in its various missions,” the statement read.

“The Defence Headquarters under the leadership of General Lucky Irabor CFR wish to assure Nigerians that our nation is not under any threat that will warrant the deployment of United Nations troops in our soil,” it read.