Mogadishu Battalion has won the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Cadets Brigade inter-battalion shooting competition.
The competition was for Army cadets of 69 Regular Course.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the cadets competed in Modified Snap Shooting and Firing after stress and physical effort, Modified Fire and Movement, Modified Deliberate Shooting, Moving Target Shooting and Falling Plate.
The shooting competition was part of the series of events lined up before the cadets Passing out Parade and Comissioning into the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
Maj.-Gen. Godwin Umelo, Director, Defence Research and Development Bureau, Defence Headquarters, who presided over the ceremony on Saturday at the NDA in Kaduna, described the competition as novel and mission oriented.
He added that the intensity of the training suited the current security threats in the country.
Umelo noted that the set of officers being graduated and comissioned into the military by the NDA were highly disciplined and thorough bred, contributing to so many successes in the fight against insecurity in the country.
He acknowledged the contributions of the NDA Council, headed by the Minister of Defence and the service chiefs for the quality training offered in the Academy.
“We are confident that with the crop of officers we are turning up from the Academy, very soon we are going to sleep in the nearest future,” he added.
“As soldiers, your weapon is your life and best friend, to be alive, you must be prepared to shoot to kill using first round target hit.
“Note that if you fail to kill, you will be killed,” he told the cadets.
Umelo congratulated the Mogadishu battalion for emerging winners of the shooting competition, while urging others to keep working hard.
“The most important thing is that you all exhibited the skills of marksmanship,” he said, adding that they must continue training at all times, as the NDA only gave them the foundation.
Umelo thanked the Commandant for reinvigorating and modernising the Academy’s training based on current realities.
Earlier, NDA Commandant, Maj.-Gen Ibrahim Yusuf, said the competition was designed primarily to fit the current security challenges in Nigeria.
He added that it was also designed to ensure that the cadets become skillful and efficient in weapons handling.
NAN reports that Mogadishu battalion came first with 1,336 points followed by Burma, 1,206.5; Dalet, 1, 129 points, and Abysinia, 1,088 points.(NAN)

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