Nigeria turns Toyota Land Cruisers into armored personnel carriers

According to ChannelsTV, the Kebbi state government of Nigeria said it has locally fabricated armored personnel carriers for the military as part of efforts to fight banditry in the state. According to a statement signed by the government spokesperson, Yahaya Sarki, the vehicles would help provide appropriate transport to security services for combat operations.
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Picture released by the Kebbi state government of Nigeria on August 21, 2021, showing Toyota Land Cruisers modified into APCs to help fight insecurity in the state (Picture source: ChannelsTV).

The vehicles, painted in camouflage, were produced locally by the Deputy Governor of the State, retired Colonel Samaila Yombe Dabai who is a retired military officer, the statement added: “Colonel Yombe told newsmen that the vehicles have been reinforced with hardened steel and suitable for battle with provisions for a driver, a gunner and space for extra troops,” the statement said. Toyota Land Cruiser Buffalo vehicles were remodeled into armored personnel carriers with a gun turret through the engineering ingenuity of colonel Yombe.

The Deputy Governor described Kebbi State as the pacesetter in the country in such innovative technology, which served as both a cost-effective measure and advancing Nigeria’s quest for technical know-how.

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Deputy Gov. Col. Sama’ila Yombe-Dabai showcases his locally-made armored Toyota Land Cruisers (Picture source: P.M. News)

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The modified Toyota Land Cruisers are fitted with a basic half-turret protecting its occupant using his AK-47 assault rifle mounted on a mobile bracket (Picture source: P.M. News).