Defense Authorities Deny Deployment Of ‘230 Nigerian Soldiers’

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COAS Lt/Gen. Buratai briefs newsmen during the Nigeria Army Combat Arms training week in Bauchi, Nan.

Defense authorities in Monrovia have denied report of the deployment of 230 soldiers from the Nigerian Army to beef-up Liberia’s security sector during and after the elections.

Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs David Kadiker Dahn told the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday that the ministry was yet to verify the source of the information, “because personnel of the Army Forces of Liberia (AFL) are sufficiently trained and are in high gear to man the territorial limits of the country.”

“We have just concluded a senior staff meeting and there was nothing mentioned on the agenda about soldiers coming from Nigeria to Liberia to maintain peace and stability. In fact that report may come from people with evil thinking for Liberia, because it is not true,” Mr. Dahn said.

 He said AFL personnel have undergone human rights training as well as basic tactical exercise, adding: “We are not talking about a very big military here, but about a trained and disciplined force that is positioned strategically.”

 A recent edition of Nigeria Vanguard newspaper reported that the Nigerian Army is to deploy 230 personnel, including 19 officers and 211 soldiers, to Liberia to “maintain peace and stability” during the upcoming October elections. The paper quoted that country’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, who allegedly made the disclosure while briefing journalists during Nigeria Army Combat at Arms Training Week in Bauchi, Kaduna, the state capital of north-western Nigeria.

He is reported to have charged the soldiers to shun acts that have the ability to tarnish Nigeria’s image while on their tour of duty in Liberia. “You must observe human rights, and respect the cultural and religious sensitivity of Liberians,” he is quoted as having said. Accordnt to the Vanguard, the army chief said since 1960, Nigeria has deployed over 20,000 troops to 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa, including Liberia, and across the world.

It can be recalled that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was a peace-keeping force established in September 2003 to monitor a ceasefire agreement in Liberia following the resignation of President Charles Taylor and the conclusion of the civil war that lasted for well over 14 years. The peacekeeping mission ended on June 30, 2016.

It then consisted of up to 15,000 United Nations military personnel and 1,115 police officers, along with a civilian component, and superseded the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL). As of July 2016, 1,240 U.N. military and 606 police personnel remain on the ground only in case of emergency.

In the wake of security concerns after UNMIL officially turned over security to the Government of Liberia on July 1, 2016, the security advisor to the UN mission disclosed that up to 700 Nigerian soldiers are in the country to provide security in case of any conflict.

“Security responsibilities were transferred to government on July 1, 2016, but if there is a threat in terms of war, we will step in and help the government in stabilizing the situation, because our main concern is the protection of the civilian population. Or UNMIL will only intervene if there is a threat of strategic reversal to peace and security in Liberia or a serious threat to civilians,” Michael Page, Security Sector Reform Advisor and Rule of Law, said.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Liberian soldiers are now stepping again as actual Liberian GIs. Do not bring your Niger river steps here again.
    If Nigerians are eager for peace or piece, Nigerian soldiers should report to see the new Togolese head. Liberian Head is no longer in charge of ECOWAS chair. Togo head is in charge of ECOWAS chair right now.
    Liberians are busy preparing for election. Do not interfere African solidarity.
    Gone to 57% silence.

  2. Liberian youths are already tearing down posters of other political parties and the police and military are doing nothing about it. This act may escalate to violent protests. The Nigerian soldiers should be deployed because some political parties might authorize their supporters to protest the election results. This has happened before. The Nigerian soldiers do not have any affiliation and should be sent to Liberia.

  3. It’s disgraceful that Samukai will lie for everything. This is the same way he LIED that Shaki Kamara was killed upon his orders; but was exposed by camera.

  4. Samurai LIED THAT SHAKI KAMARA DIED AS THE RESULT OF BEING WOUNDED BY THE FENCE, BUT HE SAMUKAI WAS LATER SEEN ON CAMERA ORDERING HIS SOLDIERS TO KILL PROTESTERS, AS HIS SOLDIERS WERE SEEN ON CAMERA KILLING PROTESTERS.

  5. I’m happy to hear this from Minister Dahn
    I felt bad this morning when I read Sunny Africa News Paper, that Nigerian Soliders are coming to guide our elections.

  6. I’m happy to hear this from Minister Dahn
    I felt bad this morning when I read Sunny Africa News Paper, that Nigerian Soliders are coming to guide our elections.

  7. Use your own money and stop using government funds to placard or posters for canvassing. The Liberian people will follow their own money. Something the Liberian soldiers can easily handle without trouble or defense minister. Carry in camp. Not a civil issue.
    Assignment is greater than rank for the Liberian GI’s, do not fight over knowledge. Soldiers in Liberia protect all trees with ease. Even the ones that produce papers.
    Soon be time to vote. You can vote if you need to. Put your finger print if you can’t or do not want to write on the ballot when you see the person you will be voting for name or picture. It is your right to vote and not to vote. I will soon stop telling you some of these things when it is time. The people will pay. No me.
    Gone to silence. Do not call me back for anything more; not even to step.

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