72nd Special Forces Battalion

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72 Special Forces Battalion
Country  Nigeria
Type Special Forces
Size Battalion
Part of Nigerian Army
Garrison/HQ Makurdi

The 72 Special Forces Battalion is a special forces unit of the Nigerian Army. It is stationed at Makurdi.[1]

Previously it appears to have been the 72 Paratrooper Battalion; it may have been re-designated circa 2010. There are indications that it may be an independent battalion which may report directly to the Defense Headquarters.

The 72 Paratrooper Battalion was involved in the events of October 22 to 24, 2001, when several hundred Army soldiers of the Yola Brigade of 3rd Division killed more than two hundred unarmed civilians and destroyed homes, shops, public buildings and other property in more than seven towns and villages in Benue State, in central eastern Nigeria. The 72 Battalion appears to have tried to intercede with the Yola Brigade to avoid further killings, in the midst of the events.[2]


  1. ^ http://thenationonlineng.net/new/four-killed-in-benue-village-attack/
  2. ^ Human Rights Watch, [Military Revenge in Benue: A Population Under Attack, April 2002, Vol 14 (2) A.