From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
As part of efforts to combat insurgency in the country, not less 70 Junior Nigerian army officers and one Gambian concluded training as Junior War Commanders at the weekend.
The field war training is the final bush exercise for the 70 army Captains who have in the past six months been undergoing a Junior Course at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) in Jaji, Kaduna state.
At the peak of the bush exercise, held several kilometres into Afaka bush, the student officers displayed their Master Plan on Maps, on how to flush out the imaginary enemies who have invaded their country.
The officers issued commands to their troops on their planned retaliation attack on the enemies suspected to be hiding in a forest.
They however disclosed their plan to launch a night attack on the adversaries.
However, speaking at the end of the exercise, the Commandant AFCSC, AVM Chris Ifemeje expressed satisfaction with the performance of the junior officers.
According to the Commandant, who was represented by the college’s Director of Coordination, Brig. Gen. Caster Emmanuel Oyebade, the training was applicable in the fight against insurgency, as several lessons were added to the training, beyond the usual conventional warfare.
Also commenting on the exercise, nick-named: ‘Ubiak Isin’, which means waist pain in Efik Language, the Director of Land Warfare, Brig. General Gbolahan Oyefesobi said the training was designed to expose the junior offices to good battle procedures and tricks in all phases of war.