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Nigerian Army Adopts Falgore For Training As Buratai Prepares Recruits’ Minds For Sambisa

Falgore Game Reserve, a protected biodiversity space in southern Kano, northwest Nigeria, is the focus of a new recruitment process for the Nigerian Army.

The Army has over the years conducted small arms and artillery fire exercises and mounted a series of checkpoints to curb and deter violent crimes in the game reserve.

The reserve is located about 150 kilometres south of Kano city along the Jos-Kano road in Tudun Wada, Doguwa, and Sumaila local government areas.

On Monday, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, said the Nigerian Army would uphold thoroughness in its recruitment processes to ensure that only qualified persons are recruited.

The chief of Army Staff, TY Buratai, in Falgore Game Reserve
The chief of Army Staff, TY Buratai, in Falgore Game Reserve

Buratai made the remarks during the final screening for recruits at the Falgore forest training camp.

He said the exercise was a new approach to the screening and recruitment process of the Nigerian Army to recruit the best.

According to the Army Chief, lessons drawn from experiences in the field had made it imperative to recruit the best. He noted that a faulty process could lead to “faulty training and subsequently, faulty operations”.

“As such, you must make up your mind that you are ready to serve your country as a soldier and you should be ready, anywhere you are deployed, after your passing out.

“All of you will go to Sambisa at the end of your depot training. If you are not ready to move to Sambisa and other parts of the country, and of course, our border areas to defend our country from any act of aggression, then you have not started,” he emphasised.

He added: “This is where we will select those that will become cadets and be trained as officers as well because, at the end of all the training, the officers and soldiers will operate together under the same condition.”

Successful recruits drawn from the 36 states will proceed to the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria for training.

In June 2019, Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, said that the state government would spend over N318 million on the construction of an Army training centre in Falgore Forest.

Ganduje suggested that the military’s presence in the forest would deter bandits, kidnappers and other criminals gangs operating from there.

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