Believable data accessible demonstrates that between December 2014 and April 2015, no less than 147 South African soldiers were locked in by the Nigerian government to prepare its troops and additionally battle the terrorists
Thus, the administration chose to get previous individuals from the South African armed force and together with 163Nigerian troopers, shaped a fatal and compelling group, the 72 Mobile Strike Group. As indicated by fighters who addressed our journalists, the strike gather assumed an unequivocal part in turning the tide against the radicals in the blink of an eye before the general decisions in 2015.
The arrangement to draw in the remote warriors, was consulted through the workplace of the National Security Adviser, NSA, in 2014 and successfully side-lined the military and most senior armed force officers, who were against acquiring outside offer assistance.
In November 2014 the government withdrew 80 soldiers and one officer, who had been assembled in Aba, in Abia State, for a United Nations peacekeeping mission and moved them to Makurdi in Benue State, where they joined 82 other soldiers from the 72 Special Forces Battalion and trained for three weeks by British army instructors.
By early December, all 163 soldiers were moved to the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, NASI, in Jaji, Kaduna State, for further training. They were later joined by 147 white and black South Africans, mostly in their 50s and 60s.
A Nigerian soldier, who trained and fought alongside the South Africans, said the Jaji training was done by South African instructors headed by one Harry.
The team was code named 72 Mobile Strike Group and after two months training in Jaji, it deployed to Maiduguri in February 2015 under the command of a South African known among troops as “General”.
Incidentally, that was the time the Nigerian military said it was going to launch a major offensive against Boko Haram beginning from February 14, a development that led to the postponement of the 2015 general elections by six weeks.
It was learnt that the mercenaries brought with them a lot of military equipment shipped in mainly from South Africa, including 24 REVA Armoured Personnel Carriers and two helicopters.