Videos posted on social media indicating the deployment of UN fighting vehicles and equipment in Benin, Edo State, prompted a response from the Nigerian Defense Headquarters.
According to a statement released on Tuesday by Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, acting director of defense information, the sighting has sparked rumors and anxiety.
However, he stressed that Nigeria provides troops to UN peacekeeping, with the most recent deployment being to Southern Sudan’s United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). Gusau elaborated.
The spokeswoman stated that the UN does not have its troops and that Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr, a Nigerian, is in charge of the mission.
He clarified that the international organization often makes agreements with nations to provide their troops and equipment for use in its various missions.
In order to join our forces who were inducted into UNISFA last month, Gusau added, “the trucks and equipment painted in UN color are being carried through the Warri Port for movement to the mission area in Southern Sudan.
The country “is not under any threat that will merit the deployment of United Nations soldiers into her soil,” the DHQ assured Nigerians.