Official:Nigeria Annouces Deployment of Troops to Mali Within 24 Hours

Within the next 24 hours some    troops   will be  in Mali,a  spokesman of the Defence Headquarters,Col Mohammed Yerima  said on Tuesday.The spokesman said president Goodluck Jonathan has already approval for the deployment of troops. said  about 200  troops are to move in .But earlier said  may pledged 500 soldiers. The spokesman said  the Force Commander Major-General Umar Abdulkadir is already on ground in Mali.

Speaking  to diplomats  on Monday ,President Jonathan said troops would  be in Mali before next week.He announced that a technical team was already on ground.

The Defence headquarters said the men on ground already  include army  and air force officers  as had reported at the weekend.  further learnt that the bulk of those going to Mali may be made up of soldiers with experience in Darfur,Sudan.This is because the Malian terrain  which is  largely desert-like may be familiar to those who been to Darfur earlier.Also ,it was learnt that some of the soldiers going to Mali gone through some simulation Sahelian part of North East ahead of the troops’ deployment to Mali.

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