Nigeria deploys no fewer than 640 soldiers to different peacekeeping missions in other countries.

Written by on June 1, 2022

Nigeria has deployed no fewer than 640 soldiers to different peacekeeping missions in other countries despite the rising cases of insecurity across the country.

The figure was based on media reports on deployment between July 2021 and May 2022. On July 21, 2021 the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi retired said over 200 Nigerian soldiers were serving in the Economic Community for West Africa States mission in the Gambia.

Sixty-two soldiers and officers were also sent to Mali on a peacekeeping mission on December 3, 2021, while no fewer than 173 troops were deployed for a peacekeeping mission to Guinea Bissau on April 21, 2022. Also, on April 30, 2022, the Nigerian Army sent a contingent of 205 troops to The Gambia on a peacekeeping mission

In a report released by SBM Intelligence, at least 2,085 persons were killed in Nigeria between October to December 2021 in violent incidents across the country, while a total of 10,366 died in 2021. Also, between January and March 2022, at least 2,968 people were killed while another 1,484 were abducted, according to data released by the Nigeria Security Tracker.

The security operatives were not left out, as no fewer than 323 were killed by non-state actors between January and May 15, 2022. Security experts, in separate interviews with our correspondent, bemoaned the government’s deployment of security operatives to other countries while losing the battle against insecurity at home.

Another security expert, Oladele Fajana, said with the state of insecurity in the country, Nigeria should be seeking help, rather than deploying troops for peacekeeping missions.

Ango   Bally

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