By Andy Chukwu
A Cargo aircraft, a Jumbo 747 has arrived from Slovakia, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, bearing modern and sophisticated weaponry meant to address the security challenges plaguing the nation.
Brigadier-General Robert Aiyenigba, Head, Nigerian Army Operations Monitoring Team, at Army headquarters, was on hand to receive the weapons at the airport.
Nigerian Army sources revealed that part of the weaponry are long-range artillery weapons, latest arms and ammunition for infantry ground operations and weapons for Special Forces to enable them conduct night and suicide offensives.
The weapons were ordered by the Federal Government to boost the ongoing war on terrorism and the increasing sophistication of armed bandits who now embark on surprise raids on communities in the North West.
Source also said other military hardware included in the supplies aimed at supporting fighting troops are night vision equipment, bomb detector machines, landmines demobilizes and interceptors as well as tracking equipment were inclusive.
The Nigerian Army is involved in several operations including Operation Lafiya Dole, Hard Strike, Whirl Stroke, Sharan Daji, and Yancin Tafki.
The Federal Government recently received the consent of the National Assembly to withdraw $1billion dollars for the procurement of arms, ammunition and other military equipment for the armed forces and other security agencies to fight insecurity in the country.
Security challenges, particularly violent crimes of armed banditry attacks, herdsmen killings, deadly kidnappings, armed robbery and abductions especially in the North, have increased in momentum in recent years.