…Cautions against panicking.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, Kaduna has commenced Exercise Camp Highland, the Academy Public Relations Officer, APRO, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, has said.
The exercise, which is the final outdoor exercise for Army Cadets of 67 Regular Course and Short Service Course 46, will commence from 5th to 25th July, 2020, at Heipang and Shere Hills, Jos, Plateau State, as well as Kachia, Kaduna State, where it will conclude with the tactical phase.
The exercise, according to the statement issued and signed in Kaduna, is designed to test cadets’ leadership qualities, endurance, map reading, command and control capabilities, among other military competences.
“It is also a major platform used to ascertain the level of preparedness of final year Army Cadets before their commissioning as officers in the Nigerian Armed Forces.
“NDA therefore appealed to communities living around the above listed areas in Plateau State not to panic on seeing unusual large movement of military personnel, vehicles and equipment in the general area, from 5 to 11 July, 2020.
“Similarly, residents of Angan Pptachi, Antai, Gadanaji and Kuturan Buzu in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State will observe same movement from 11 to 25 July 2020. Locals are therefore advised to continue their daily routine activities accordingly and report any breach of security to the nearest authority,’ it stated.
Furthermore, “during the 3 weeks’ exercise, NDA will embark on various Civil-Military Cooperation activities in the Exercise area in KACHIA and JOS. More so, battle inoculation, which includes live firing of small arms and artillery weapons, will also be conducted within the general exercise area in KACHIA.
“Locals of ANINKWAN, INSAME and neighbouring communities are advised to please, stay away from the live firing area during the period of the Exercise, from 21 to 25 July 2020,” NDA stated, and also appealed for cooperation from local communities affected by the Exercise directly and Nigerians as a whole, “as we train future military leaders for our Armed Forces.”