Last week, Nigerians woke up to the cheering news of the final capture of the dreaded Sambisa forest by our gallant troops.
Thanks the intelligence and equipment supplied by some Western Nations, including Germany and USA.
An elated Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has said the Sambisa forest would be converted to a military base.
He said the area will serve as training ground for personnel of the Nigerian Army as from 2017.
Buratai made the remarks while celebrating Christmas with troops of 145 Battalion.
Buratai went there to reopen a road leading into Sambisa that was closed for more than three years and counting.
According to Buratai, troops were conducting mop-up operations in the forest.
The aim is to clear out any remaining vestiges of the dreaded sect’s hide out.
“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.
“We will also be testing other key equipment and weapons in the area before adding them into the Nigerian army inventory.
“It will afford us very good ground for basic tactics and indeed advance tactics.
“The tactical training to be covered will include but not limited to tactics at the Platoon, company, battalion, Brigade and even division levels.
“We are going to make it more robust to make sure that these criminals do not come back to that forest again,” Buratai said.