The Nigerian Army has designed a prototype of an armoured tricycle, popularly known as Keke Napep, for combat operations against bandits and terrorists in the northern part of the country.
A journalist, Murtala, posted a picture of the tricycle on his verified Twitter handle on Sunday, October 17, 2021. The vehicle is designed with camouflage and the Nigerian Army logo.
A few weeks ago, the Nigerian Army also designed some motorcycles, otherwise known as Okada, for the fight against insecurity in the country.
Most of the bandits and terrorists hide in bushes, making it difficult for security vans to reach them.
It is believed that the motorcycle and tricycle will be ideal for jungle operations and the hot pursuit of bandits in the forest.
However, there are some important things I observed in the new equipment. They include:
1. The tricycle cannot be effective in the fight against insecurity in the north. A tricycle is not a strong vehicle. A little attack from enemies can scatter the equipment.
2. Limited funds that should go into other important issues are being used to create machines that would cause casualties.
Using motorcycles and tricycles for combat operations can cause more casualties for the military.
It is interesting to see the Nigerian Army producing its equipment locally, but the tricycle and motorcycles are simply not useful for combat operations.
In conclusion, the military should acquire more armoured tanks and fighter jets instead of tricycles or motorcycles.
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