The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has disclosed that the Nigeria Army would recruit 12,000 men in 2017 to help fight insurgents and other uprisings across the country.

CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF, Buratai, who disclosed that while speaking during a budget defence session with the House of Reps Committee on Army, said the recruitment exercise would take place after the Army’s 2017 budget proposal of N152.8 billion is approved.

He further stated that the exercise would be in two batches with 6,000 first and another 6,000 later.

The COAS explained that the Army was currently engaged in different operations in almost all the states of the federation, combating criminalities such as kidnapping, terrorism, pipeline vandalism, cattle rustling, among others.

He complained that delay in release of funds was frustrating military operations nationwide, adding that the morale of troops must be boosted regularly, so they continue to deliver.

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