Ex-NSA Dasuki Releases Photos of Arms Procured To Fight Boko Haram (See Photos)

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Immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) in an interview with PR Nigeria, shared several photos of weapons procured by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the battle against Boko Haram.

The arsenal which included Alpha jets, APCs, MRAP vehicles, advanced artillery pieces, assorted arms and ammunition, highly sophisticated surveillance drones, T72 and modified F7 supersonic jet fighters, were used – according to Dasuki – to recover over 22 territories from Boko Haram.

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“The armored tanks have comprehensive NBC protection system, just as we deployed Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles that we bought and could withstand improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes. The vehicles had protected our troops from the land mine threats.

“We are glad that we also provided assorted Armoured Personnel Carriers to transport troops to the battlefield. They are armed for self-defence and to provide protection from attacks from shrapnel and small arms fire.

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“All these were acquired in the last one year after years of frustration by Western powers who denied us of the equipment and sabotage our efforts to acquire same from other sources which are reasons for some delay in delivery,” he said.

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Furthermore, he added that more weapons, paid by the outgone administration would soon be delivered to boost the Nigerian Army’s chances of winning the war.

“It was unfortunate that some elements are frustrating the efforts as we even had to query some suppliers for delay in delivery of arms and ammunition. We utilized some of these equipment to recover more than 22 local governments under Boko Haram terrorists and ensured that Shekau did not disrupt the 2015 election as he had threatened. Not only did we ensure that the elections were peaceful, Shekau has never spoken to threaten anyone again since then.”

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Responding to some of his critics, he said, “In attempt to rubbish individuals for whatever reasons, political or otherwise, we should be careful not to rubbish sensitive institutions and their personnel that might still be in active the service. It is unfortunate that some elements hide under the cover of anonymity in the media to rubbish some of the sacrifices we made. They should take the courage to come out publicly by identifying themselves with their baseless allegations.”

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