The United States has announced the cancellation of the training of a battalion of the Nigeria Army, at the request of the Federal Government.
According to a report in Punch, it said that the first two phases of the training were conducted between April and August, 2014, noting that it had provided untrained civilian personnel with basic soldiering skills.
A statement from the Information Office of the US Embassy in Abuja, on Monday, regretted what it described as the premature termination of the exercise programme, which it said would have trained the Nigerian soldiers to build their capacity to counter the Boko Haram terrorists.
The US government, however, said it would continue other aspects of the extensive bilateral security relationship, as well as all other assistance programmes.
The Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, could not be reached for comment as calls to his line failed to connect.
When contacted, the Director, Public Affairs Division, Foreign Ministry, Ogbole Ahmedu-Ode, said he had no information on why the training was terminated by the Federal Government.
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