The Nigeria Army said it has developed intelligent devices that will tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday boasted that it has developed hi-tech devices capable of gathering information and intelligence to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency and other acts of terrorism across the country.

The General Officer Commanding, 2 Div., Ibadan, Ahmed Tijani, made the disclosure at a lecture held at the Army formations headquarters in Ibadan.

Mr. Tijani, a Major General, said the sophisticated devices, in form of balloons, were unveiled in 2012.

During the American Civil War, from 1861-1865, hot-air balloons – the forerunners of spy planes and today’s satellites – were used by both the Union and the southern Confederacy, in present day United States of America, to monitor troop movements and regiment size, and gather intelligence.

According to Mr. Tijani, the technology has been upgraded and has a 84 kilometer launch into space.

The Guest Speaker, Brigadier General Nwokoro Ijioma, spoke on the theme, “Transforming the army into a force better able to meet contemporary challenges”.

He said the balloons would be deplored to the hotbeds of terrorism attacks in the country.

Thousands of Nigerians have been killed by insurgents in Northern Nigeria; particularly by the Boko Haram sect. The military has also been accused of extra-judicial killings while trying to curtail the activities of the terrorists.

Mr. Ijioma, who is also the Director of the Lesson Learnt Army Transformation and Innovation Center, ATIC, at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, explained that the Army is mounting roadblocks in some parts of the country to curb the rising waves of terrorism.

The GOC stated that the Army Transformation and Innovation Center, ATIC, serves as a fulcrum for driving the transformation agenda of the Chief of Army Staff.

“The ATIC has been tasked to optimise in practical terms the implementation strategy of the COAS vision by providing the lead and guidelines for promotion of improvements through reduced operational risks, increased efficiency and improved operational effectiveness,” he said.

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