BREAKING: Army Reacts Over UN Fighting Vehicles Sighted In Parts Of Nigeria

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The Defence Headquarters of Nigeria has confirmed that there is no need for concern over the presence of United Nations (UN) fighting vehicles and equipment in Nigeria. The UN fighting vehicles were seen in social media clips being transported through the Warri port to Southern Sudan to join Nigerian troops in the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) mission. Nigeria is currently contributing troops to various UN Peacekeeping operations, including UNISFA, which is commanded by a Nigerian, Major-General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr.

The Defence Headquarters clarified that the UN does not have its own troops, but rather relies on troops from contributing countries to provide personnel and equipment for its missions. The UN fighting vehicles painted in UN colors and sighted in Nigeria are being moved to Southern Sudan to marry up with Nigerian troops who were inducted into the UNISFA mission last month (March).

“It should be noted that the UN doesn’t have its own troops, rather it enters into agreement with troops contributing countries to provide their personnel and equipment for operations in its various missions.

“Therefore, it is imperative to state emphatically that the military fighting vehicles and equipment painted in UN colour as sighted are being moved through the Warri port for movement to the mission area in Southern Sudan to marry up with our troops who were inducted into UNISFA mission last month (March).

“The Defence Headquarters under the leadership of General Lucky Irabor CFR wish to assure Nigerians that our nation is not under any threat that will warrant the deployment of United Nations troops in our soil.

“You are please requested to disseminate this Information through your medium,” the statement reads.

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