The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur
Buratai, on Monday said Sambisa forest would
serve as training ground for personnel of the
Nigerian Army as from 2017.
Buratai said this in Damasak, Borno, while
celebrating Christmas with troops of 145
Battalion after the road leading to the town
was reopened by Gov. Kashim Shettima, three
years after closure.
He said troops were already conducting a mop
up operation in the forest after the last strong
hold of the Boko Haram terrorists was
“We are also opening up roads to Sambisa
and Alagarno forest. Sambisa forest is going
to be one of our training grounds.
“I have already directed that we should
conduct Nigerian Army small arms
championship in that forest Next year.
“And we are going to use it also to test fire
our fighting vehicles, other key equipment and
weapons that requires testing whenever we
want to induct new weapon and equipment
into the Nigerian army inventory.
“It will afford us very good ground for basic
tactics and indeed advance tactics, including
but not limited to tactics at the Platoon,
company, battalion, Brigade and even division
“We are going to make it more robust to make
sure that these criminals do not come back to
that forest again.