Nigerian Army establishes battalion in Daura
The Nigerian Army established a new battalion in President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown of Daura, Katsina State.
The 171 Battalion was created to check the movements of violent criminals in northern parts of Katsina State near the Nigerian border with Niger Republic, military sources told Premium Times.
The sources said it would complement the operations of 17 Infantry Brigade and 35 Battalion in Katsina, the state capital.
The new battalion, which would be led by a lieutenant-colonel, is separate from Fort Muhammadu Buhari, a forward operating base launched in Daura in May 2017 under the command of the 35 Battalion in Katsina town.
Both the 35 Battalion in Katsina and the new 171 Battalion in Daura will now be under the 17 Infantry Brigade Headquarters in Katsina town. All three military formations were established since 2016.
Mr Buhari became president in May 2015, and security situation in his home state and neighbouring states has worsened ever since.
An establishment order for the new 171 Battalion has already been issued, and military formations across the country have been asked to contribute a combined total of 350 personnel for the battalion’s take-off.
The creation followed the new order of battle adopted by the Nigerian Army in 2016.
The Nigerian Army 8 Division in Sokoto and the 6 Division in Port Harcourt were created in 2016 in line with the new order for additional grip on security operations in North-west and South-south, respectively.
The Daura battalion is the first to become active since the president approved the 2 Battalion Forward Operating Base in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State, in May 2018.