DHQ to conduct Joint Operations Planning Exercise for 3 Services’ War Colleges



By Chimezie Godfrey

The Defence Headquarters(DHQ) Abuja says it is set to conduct a Joint Operations Planning Exercise (JOPEX) for the participants of the Army War College Nigeria (AWCN), Naval War College Nigeria (NWCN) and Air Force War College Nigeria (AWCN).

In a statement on Thursday, the Director, Defence Media Operations Brig-Gen Benard Onyeuko said the exercise is aimed at empowering participants to effectively respond to contemporary security challenges bedeviling Nigeria using a joint and multi-agency approach.

He said,”The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Abuja, is scheduled to conduct a Joint Operations Planning Exercise (JOPEX) for the participants of the Army War College Nigeria (AWCN), Naval War College Nigeria (NWCN) and Air Force War College Nigeria (AWCN) from 1 – 7 November, 2021 at the Army War College, Nigeria premises located at WU Bassey Barracks, Asokoro, Abuja.

“The exercise nicknamed Exercise SKY LOCK is the maiden edition to be organized by the DHQ for the 3 Services War Colleges at the instance of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor.

“The key objective of the training is to enable participants effectively respond to contemporary security challenges bedeviling Nigeria using a joint and multi-agency approach.

“The exercise involves the aspects of national security, interagency coordination, logistics planning, counter terrorism and counter insurgency and stabilization operations.

“It would also provide forum for the participants who are being trained as operational commanders and staff to practice planning, preparation and conduct of these aspects under different scenarios.”

Brig-Gen Onyeuko said the one- week exercise will draw umpires, observers and visitors from the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Paramilitary, and international military assistance partners, among others.

He revealed that the Chief of Defence Staff would be the Special Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony of the exercise on Monday, 1 November, 2021 by 0900 hours.