NOT less than 1, 061 trainees were graduated by the Nigerian Navy on weapon handling and firing exercise in Akwa Ibom.
Commandant Nigerian Navy Basic Training School, Commodore Theophillus Okoro, gave the figure during the passing out of Batch 23 of Small Arms Firing Exercise (SAFEX), at the Nigerian Navy Shooting Range Ibawa.
According to him, the Batch comprised of 1,061 trainees, including instructors and other participants in the exercise.
“As part of the Nigerian Navy Training School, Onne Port Harcourt training curriculum, small arms exercise were usually conducted for trainees before they are allow to pass out of the school,’’ he stated.
He said the exercise, which lasted one week, was meant to enhance the trainee’s proficiency in small arms handling and weapon handling.
Okoro said the training exercise comprised of camping and firing of small arms ranging from AK47, machine guns and other light arms.