The Nigerian Army is considering setting up of a special force on motorcycles which will complement ground troops to check the activities of Boko Haram terrorists, LEADERSHIP reports.
Reports say the new military high command brought up the idea because troops were finding it difficult to penetrate terrorists’ hideouts using military vehicles, especially in the dreaded Sambisa Forest.
It was pointed out that the difficulty in pursuing the terrorists in some parts of the North East as a result of the topography being a muddy area and this hinders the movement of the troops.
The troops in this contemplated motorcycle unit would be selected for training in the use of customized bikes and they will now be playing complementary roles to the ground troops.
The motorcycle battalion is usually a quick-fix corps of soldiers who perform all the duties of a reconnaissance battalion. It is an assault battalion, which seeks out an enemy soft spot and launches attacks.
Historically, motorcycle battalions included an armored car company and several companies of motorcycle infantry. The motorcycle infantry companies were organized as assault squads around several motorcycles with sidecars that carried lethal weapons during the World War II.