Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, opined that the Nigerian Army has acquired electronic warfare capabilities and was now taking advantage of the convergence of electronic and cyber warfare.
Lagbaja made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja, at the opening of the Maiden Cyber Security Workshop of the Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare School (NACWS).
According to NAN, the theme of the workshop is, “Role of Information Technology to national security against upcoming threats and cyber-attacks.”
Represented by the Deputy Director-General, Nigerian Army Heritage and Future Centre (NAHFC), Maj.-Gen. Sanusi Dahiru, he said the Nigerian Army had in the past, made very limited inroad in its attempt at acquiring electronic warfare capabilities.
He said the limitation, which was primarily due to the high cost of devices and the limited technical know-how within the army, had been overcome.
“This is because ICT networks are also dependent upon the myriad properties of the Electromagnetic Spectrum for their essential connectivity in cyberspace, an environment where a number of actors operate to create exponential effects when compared to other domains.
“I therefore urge the school to hold and expand this partnership until we find the ability to play the role of second eleven in this field.
“The workshop should not only focus on cybersecurity but should include cyber warfare, as this will equip the Nigerian Army with expertise and knowledge of integrating cybersecurity into military doctrine and tactics as well as exploring the role of cyber warfare in contemporary military operations,” he uttered.