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New Service Chiefs Need 6 Months To Understand Nigeria’s Security System – Kalu
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New Service Chiefs Need 6 Months To Understand Nigeria’s Security System – Kalu

In January, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed the new service chiefs — Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff; Ibrahim Attahiru, chief of army staff; Awwal Gambo, chief of naval staff, and Isiaka Amao, chief of air staff. Their appointment came amid calls by Nigerians on the government to urgently address the security challenges. Speaking when he featured on Channels Television on Sunday, Kalu said the appointment of the new service chiefs will not immediately translate into improved security in the country. He made the comment while answering a question on what the national assembly was doing to address the setting up of security outfits by regions. Despite the change of service chiefs, the security situation in the country has become much worse. TheCable reported how in just ...
Mainok: Nigerian Army Confirms Death Of Officer, Soldiers in Boko Haram Attack
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Mainok: Nigerian Army Confirms Death Of Officer, Soldiers in Boko Haram Attack

PRESS RELEASE MAINOK: COAS APPLAUDS TROOPS OF OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE FOR THEIR RESILIENCE AND DOGGEDNESS On Sunday 25 April 2021, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Mainok, Borno State, came under multi-directional attacks by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists mounted on unconfirmed number of Gun Trucks as well as foot soldiers with possible intent of establishing a phantom caliphate in the town. The terrorists were held by the gallant troops of 156 Task Force Battalion until the arrival of reinforcement teams from 7 Division, Special Army Super Camp Ngamdu and Army Super Camp 4, Benesheik. During the fire fight which lasted several hours, the gallant troops tactically lured a number of the terrorists into a killing zone within their camp where the Air Task Force of Operation L...
General Attahiru Tells Reps To Invite Ex-Service Chiefs Over Arms Procurement
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General Attahiru Tells Reps To Invite Ex-Service Chiefs Over Arms Procurement

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has told the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee investigating the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies in Nigeria to invite his predecessors to shed more light on the arms procurement. Attahiru stated this on Monday, in Abuja when he appeared before the Ad hoc committee investigating arms purchase in the last ten years. Though he did not mention any name, his predecessors during the year under review included, Lt-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd) who was the COAS between September 2010 – January 2014, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minimah (rtd) who was the COAS between January 2014 – July 2015 and Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai (rtd). Attahiru said he was ea...
Konshisha Crisis: Ortom Apologizes To Families Of Slain Soldiers
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Konshisha Crisis: Ortom Apologizes To Families Of Slain Soldiers

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has apologized to the bereaved families of the 12 soldiers who were ambushed and killed about a week ago by armed bandits at Bonta community in Konshisha Local Government Area, LGA, of the state. The Governor also condoled President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of Army Staff and the leadership of the armed forces in the country over the murder of the military personnel in the state. Speaking Monday at the funeral of the personnel at the Wurukum Military Cemetery in Makurdi the Governor who condemned the murder and described it as unfortunate promised to collaborate with the military to apprehend the masterminds of the dastardly act. “I condole Mr President who is the Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces, the Chief of Army Staff and indeed ...
Dambazau and four other top Northern leaders had their hands in recruitment of bandits into the country – OPC hits back at Former Minister of Interior
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Dambazau and four other top Northern leaders had their hands in recruitment of bandits into the country – OPC hits back at Former Minister of Interior

The O’odua Peoples Congress has lampooned former the Chief of Army Staff and immediate past Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdurahman Dambazau (retd) for likening them as well as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to Boko Haram. OPC in a statement released on Saturday April 10 by its Publicity Secretary Mr Yinka Oguntimehin, said the former Army chief is suffering from ''acute dementia and gradually losing touch with the realities of the moment.'' They also alleged that in 2014 just before the general election, Dambazau and four other top Northern leaders had their hands in the recruitment of bandits into the country. OPC also alleged that when Dambazzau eventually became the minister of Interior under President Muhammadu Buhari, "he requested and pleaded that the Federal ...
“We Are Coming For You”: Army Chief, Attahiru Tells Dokubo, Igboho
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“We Are Coming For You”: Army Chief, Attahiru Tells Dokubo, Igboho

The army will soon move against separatist agitators such as Sunday Igboho and Asari Dokubo, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. -Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru said on Monday. Attahiru’s warning was delivered in Uyo at the first Commanding Officers’ Workshop 2021. Igboho recently unilaterally declared that the South west part of the country was no longer part of Nigeria. Dokubo had also announced the establishment of Biafra Customary Government in which he incorporated some parts of the South east and South south as part of the territory. But Attahiru promised that the Nigerian Army will deal decisively with every form of security threats confronting the nation, including those posed by the secessionist agitators like Igboho and Dokubo. Attahiru assured the nation that the Nigerian ...
Armored Carriers Bought By Buratai From $1billion Fund Were Stolen By Boko Haram
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Armored Carriers Bought By Buratai From $1billion Fund Were Stolen By Boko Haram

No fewer than 15 Armoured Personnel Carriers and tanks purchased for the Nigerian Army in 2020 under the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (retd.), from the $1 billion fund approved by the Nigerian government were lost to the Boko Haram terrorists within the same year they were bought. SaharaReporters learnt that at least four countries supplied the APCs to the Nigerian Army in 2020 which were China, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and South Africa. The breakdown of the Armoured Personnel Carriers obtained by SaharaReporters further revealed that about 21 armoured carriers were ordered between 2018 and 2019 when the $1 billion fund from the Excess Crude Account was approved and released to the military to aid the counter-insurgency war in the North-East. ...
Buratai, Olonisakin, Ex-Service Chiefs To Forfeit Salaries As Ambassadors
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Buratai, Olonisakin, Ex-Service Chiefs To Forfeit Salaries As Ambassadors

The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (retd.), former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin (retd.); and the two other retired service chiefs would serve as ambassadors for the country without salaries, according to the 2017 revised military conditions of service. SaharaReporters confirmed that the 2017 Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service for Officers stipulate that Buratai, Olonisakin, former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (retd.) and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd.), would not get salaries from any public office they hold, so that they could be entitled to their military retirement benefits. President Muhammadu Buhari had on February 4 announced the nomination of the immediate past servi...
Nigerian Army Approves New Postings And Appointments
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Nigerian Army Approves New Postings And Appointments

In a bid to re-position the Nigerian Army (NA) for optimal performance, the NA has released postings and appointments of some affected senior officers. The posting which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, is a normal routine aimed at re-invigorating the system. The major highlights of the postings and appointments include; -Major General AS Maikobi from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command and appointed Commander, -Major General DC Onyemulu from Armed Forces Simulation Centre to Special Task Force (Operation SAFE HAVEN) and appointed Commander, -Major General SA Yaro from Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guarantee to Nigerian Defence Academy as Commandant, -Major G...
Nigerians Unappreciative of Military Efforts to Contain Insurgency — Former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai
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Nigerians Unappreciative of Military Efforts to Contain Insurgency — Former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

Former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has alleged that Nigerians are unappreciative of the efforts of the military to contain insurgency in the country. Buratai who was represented by two of his coursemates, Major Daniel Banjo (retd) and Wing Commander Mamman Yusuf (retd.), Buratai at an interdenominational prayer organised for him by Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude, recalled being ambushed thrice while battling insurgents. He said; “At the war front, many things happened and Nigerians are not appreciative. Three times I was ambushed and jumped into the bush with my men and engaged the insurgents. My relationship with Olowu of Kuta is divine."
Military Recaptures Marte From Terrorists
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Military Recaptures Marte From Terrorists

The Nigerian Army says troops have complied with the directive of Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who charged them to recapture Marte, an area in Borno State, from the hold of suspected terrorists. The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement on Tuesday, said the troops carried out the task in less than 48 hours. The statement read: “Troops of Nigerian Army troops this afternoon, around 3 pm, recovered New Marte and adjoining communities from the devilish Boko Haram terrorists. “This is coming less than the 48 hours directive earlier given to the troops to recover the town by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru. “The troops backed by air cover from the Nigerian Air force, successfully charged through ...
Borno Attack: Hundreds Trapped As Boko Haram Hoists Flags In Marte
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Borno Attack: Hundreds Trapped As Boko Haram Hoists Flags In Marte

On Sunday, the Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, issued a 48-hour deadline for the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to recapture. Hundreds of people have been trapped in towns and villages after Boko Haram fighters dislodged Nigerian troops in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State over a week ago. Credible sources told the Daily Trust that the terrorists loyal to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have also hoisted their flags in many places including military outposts in New Marte and Kirenowa, the biggest town in the local government. On Sunday, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru issued a 48-hour deadline for the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to recapture Marte from Boko Haram terrorists. He also directed them to...
Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru Gives Troops 48-Hours Ultimatum To Recover Marte, Others
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Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru Gives Troops 48-Hours Ultimatum To Recover Marte, Others

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru has given 48 hours ultimatum to the troops of the Nigerian Army, Operation Lafiya Dole, to clear Marte Local Government Area of Borno State, which was recently attacked and taken over by the Boko Haram sect. He also directed the troops to clear Kirenowa, Kirta, Wulgo, Chikingudo communities of Marte and Ngala LGAs in the state. Attahiru gave the ultimatum on Sunday while addressing troops of the Nigerian Army Super Camp 9, Dikwa. He said: “areas around Marte, Chikingudu, Wulgo Kirenowa and Kirta must be cleared in the next 48 hours. “You should be rest assured of all support you required in this very onerous task. “I have just spoken to the Theater Commander and the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, you ...
Nigeria has many ungovernable spaces – Buratai
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Nigeria has many ungovernable spaces – Buratai

Immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai who was screened today at the national assembly for an ambassadorial position, has said that Nigeria has many ungovernable spaces.   Buratai who lamented that the ungovernable spaces has led to increased insecurity in the country, also said that terrorists have permeated the Nigerian society and won several communities to their side.   He further disclosed that infrastructure in infiltrated communities can win over the people, as the current warfare against insurgency can take 20 years.
We Are Now Ready For Criticisms From Nigerians – Army
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We Are Now Ready For Criticisms From Nigerians – Army

The Nigerian Army said it is now ready to take constructive engagements and criticisms that will help troops in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges in the country from Nigerians through the media. Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, the newly appointed Director of Army Public Relations, stated this at the Army headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, while taking over from his predecessor, Brig. Gen. Sagir Musa, who has been redeployed to the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Minna, Niger State. According to him, such constructive engagements are capable of boosting the morale of the troops on the frontline and it would help them to crush the enemies – Boko Haram, Bandits among others. He said: “As you all know, nothing boosts the morale of our fighting troops ...
Boko Haram attacks Geidam in Yobe
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Boko Haram attacks Geidam in Yobe

Report reaching DAILY POST indicates that Boko Haram elements are currently attacking residents of Geiram Local Government Area of Yobe State in the northeast Nigeria. A staff of one of the NGOs operating in Geidam, told our correspondent that the terrorists are currently attacking Gaidam town with heavy exchange of gunfire with troops. “We are at home but the sound of gunfire and heavy weapons are flying as if it would take off the rooftops on buildings,” he said. Gaidam is about 182km from Damaturu, the Yobe state capital. According to previous reports, Geidam has been attacked four times this year by Boko Haram insurgents. The attack today is coming few hours after the Chief of Army staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru visited troops formation in Ngamdu, promising that N...
Buhari Repaid My Father By Making Me Chief Of Army Staff – Buratai
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Buhari Repaid My Father By Making Me Chief Of Army Staff – Buratai

The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd), has admitted that the President gave him an appointment, because of the relationship between his father and Buhari. Buratai stated this during a gala night organized by the 29th Regular Course Association in Abuja. The event was to honour the ex Army Chief as the longest-serving COAS. According to him, his appointment in July 2015 was a prize for the loyalty of his father, Yusuf Buratai, to Buhari. Buratai’s father was a non-commissioned officer in the Royal West African Frontier Force and a World War II veteran who fought in Burma. Buratai said, “My father was an ardent lover of the President and my appointment as COAS, therefore, was a price or reward for that gesture by the President. “Of course,...
I Won’t Reply PDP On My Ambassadorial Appointment – Buratai
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I Won’t Reply PDP On My Ambassadorial Appointment – Buratai

The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (Rtd) has said he owes no one explanation over his recent appointment as one of the non-career ambassadors. Buratai disclosed this while speaking with journalists after a special gala night organised for him by members of the 29th Regular Course Association of the Nigerian Defense Academy in Abuja on Saturday. Buratai and other Service Chiefs “voluntarily resigned” their positions on 26 January 2021, after months of calls for their sack following a spate of insecurity in different parts of the country, especially in the northeast, and the seeming failure of the security agencies to contain it. Buhari had immediately appointed Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army S...
HURIWA lists activities of Buratai as COAS amid calls for ICC trial
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HURIWA lists activities of Buratai as COAS amid calls for ICC trial

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA has provided some of the activities of Buratai Tukur while he served as the nation’s Chief of Army Staff. Addressing a press conference on Sunday, the National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, spoke on the allegations against the army during the period Buratai was in charge. There have been allegations of human rights violations against the army by local and international human rights campaigners under the watch of Buratai and some activists, such as Deji Adeyanju had accused President Muhammadu Buhari of appointing the immediate past service chiefs as non-career Ambassador in order to shield them from the ICC. Responding to these allegations which border on extra judicial killings, torture, extortion, arbitrary arrest a...
Buratai Reduced Army To Hausa-Fulani Caucus, 142 Northerners Out Of 210 Promoted – Intersociety
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Buratai Reduced Army To Hausa-Fulani Caucus, 142 Northerners Out Of 210 Promoted – Intersociety

The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law has said the outgone Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, reduced the Nigerian Army to a Hausa-Fulani group as he allegedly promoted 32 northerners among the recently promoted 47 Major-Generals. Intersociety added that the former Chief of Army Staff must be made to answer for his nepotism and mismanagement of the army and face prosecution. The group stated this in a release on Wednesday by Emeka Umeagbalasi, as the Board Chair; Chinwe Umeche, as the Head, Democracy and Good Governance; Obianuju Igboeli, as the Head, Civil Liberties and Rule of Law; and Comrade Samuel Kaanyaoku, as the Head, Field Data Collection and Documentation. The group said, “The Nigerian Army under Buratai was reduced to ‘an Army for Ful...
Remove Army Checkpoints In South-East – Ohanaeze Youths Tell General Attahiru
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Remove Army Checkpoints In South-East – Ohanaeze Youths Tell General Attahiru

An Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Youth Council, (OYC), has called on the new Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru to act quickly to withdraw all army checkpoints in the South East to avoid possible community clash between the army and Igbo youths. Ohanaeze also asked the Army to warn operatives posted to the region to desist from employing youths to extort motorists on their behalf and put an end to the extortion commuters or be ready to deal with resistance from irate youths. The youth organization, in a statement by its President, Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, issued to newsmen on Sunday, noted that such acts, apart from the risk and danger it poses to life, is also a deliberate scheme to frustrate Igbo travellers heading to their different destinations. Ohanaeze youths...
New Service Chiefs Arrive Maiduguri To Tackle Insurgency
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New Service Chiefs Arrive Maiduguri To Tackle Insurgency

The new service chiefs have arrived Maiduguri, the Borno State capital to meet with critical stakeholders to brainstorm on how to tackle insurgency in the theatre of war. The Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor led the delegation to arrive at the headquarters of Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri on Sunday afternoon at about 1330 hours. Daily Trust correspondent in Maiduguri witnessed the arrival of an aircraft carrying the service chiefs. They include the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj. General Leo Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Maj. General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, AVM Awwal Gambo and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao. A top security source said the visit is expected to brainstorming on how to re-strategise appro...
Deji Adeyanju Drags Buratai To ICC, Demands His Arrest & Prosecution
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Deji Adeyanju Drags Buratai To ICC, Demands His Arrest & Prosecution

The Concerned Nigerians Group has filed a petition at the International Criminal Court (ICC), demanding the arrest and prosecution of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, over allegations of human rights violations and crimes against humanity while he was in office. Buratai alongside the other service chiefs were removed from office on Tuesday, January 26. The group in a letter filed by its Convener, Deji Adeyanju, asked the ICC to investigate, arrest and prosecute Buratai to serve as a deterrent to others who have made it a point of duty to ''indiscriminately abuse the rights of Nigerians.'' The letter addressed to Fatou Bensouda, the court’s Chief Prosecutor reads: “We write to call on the International Criminal Court and all lovers of democracy and human r...
I Left Nigerian Army Better Than I Met It – Buratai
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I Left Nigerian Army Better Than I Met It – Buratai

The immediate past Chief of Army Staff retired Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, says he left the Nigerian Army better than he met. Buratai stated this in his valedictory speech during the Pulling Out Parade by the Nigerian Army on Friday in Abuja. He said that the army under his watch had achieved a tremendous feat in the fight against insurgency and other security threats in the country. He added that he ensured adequate training of personnel and enhancement of warfare capabilities of the army as well as prioritisation of personnel welfare. “Today is a day of appreciation and not a stocktaking, but let me put on record that I left the Nigerian Army better than I met it. “The Nigerian Army under my leadership was able to achieve a great feat in the fight against insurgency ...
ICC Confirms Buratai, Other Sacked Military Chiefs’ Cases With Their Prosecutor
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ICC Confirms Buratai, Other Sacked Military Chiefs’ Cases With Their Prosecutor

The International Criminal Court has said that the matter of the trial of the outgone Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai; former Chief of Defence Chief, General Abayomi Olonisakin; former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas; and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is with its prosecutor. The ICC stated this on Thursday evening in a mail sent to SaharaReporters by its Spokesperson, Fadi El-Abdallah. The ICC further directed SaharaReporters to contact its prosecutor for more details on the trial and prosecution of the former military chiefs. Since Tuesday, a cross-section of Nigerians has started to demand the probe and trial of Buratai, and the other service chiefs for alleged abuse of office. Nigerians particularly said the army chie...
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Obasanjo Nearly Retired Me From Service 22 Years Ago – Buratai

' The outgoing Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, has told of how former President Olusegun Obasanjo nearly retired from the service of the Nigerian Army 22 years ago. Gen Buratai, who is handing over to his successor, Maj-Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, as the new COAS, said he would have retired from service as a major. He said he, however, remained in service and rose to become the Chief of Army Staff. Buratai said as a COAS he was proud to have defended the nation’s democracy and called on officers and men of the Nigerian army to make it their duty to defend and protect democracy.
Ibrahim Attahiru Resumes As Chief Of Army Staff
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Ibrahim Attahiru Resumes As Chief Of Army Staff

Major General Ibrahim Attahiru has resumed office as the new Chief of Army Staff. Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai handed over to Attahiru on Thursday. During the ceremony at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, Buratai urged military officers to cooperate with Attahiru. The PUNCH reports that Buhari, on Tuesday, removed service chiefs and appointed a new set of officers to replace them. Those newly appointed are Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Major-General I. Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air-Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao. Findings by The PUNCH showed that Attahiru, who was elevated to the position of Chief of Army Staff by the President, was in 2017 removed as the Theatre Commander...
Buratai Hands Over To Attahiru As Chief Of Army Staff
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Buratai Hands Over To Attahiru As Chief Of Army Staff

After a distinguished and meritorious service to the nation, Lieutenant General TY Buratai officially handed over the mantle of leadership of the Nigerian Army to the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General I Attahiru, at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, today 28 January 2021.
Soldiers Dancing Over Removal Of Buratai As Chief Of Army Staff (Video)
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Soldiers Dancing Over Removal Of Buratai As Chief Of Army Staff (Video)

Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday, were seen jubilating over the removal of Tukur Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff in Maiduguri. As shared by Omoyele Sowore on Twitter. See soldiers rejoicing over the removal of Tukur Buratai as the Chief of Army staff of @HQNigerianArmy imagine what’s #Nigerians will do when his incompetent boss @MBuhari is also retired permanently from #Nigeria’s political space. imagine it! #RevolutionNow https://youtu.be/V6VE4qbNBjM
President Buhari Meets New Service Chiefs For The First Time
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President Buhari Meets New Service Chiefs For The First Time

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met the new service chiefs for the first time since he announced their appointment. The new service chiefs are Major-Gen. Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of Air Staff. The service chiefs’ appointment comes at a time the nation is grappling with widespread insecurity.
Profile Of Major-General Attahiru Ibrahim, The New Chief Of Army Staff
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Profile Of Major-General Attahiru Ibrahim, The New Chief Of Army Staff

Major General Attahiru Ibrahim is the new Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff who has replaced Buratai. Before the appointment of Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim as the new Chief of Army Staff, he was incharge of the 82 Division, Nigerian Army. Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was appointed to lead the offensive against Boko Haram in the North-East in May 2017. He was later replaced with another general, Nicholas Rogers, who led a special military and police force to tackle ethnic clashes in the volatile central region. Here is a report about Major General Attahiru Ibrahim by The Cable in December 2017. Army replaces commander in war against Boko Haram — after six months Attahiru Ibrahim, a major general, has been removed from his position as the theatre commander of the Lafiya Dole operati...
127 Soldiers Resign From Nigerian Army
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127 Soldiers Resign From Nigerian Army

A total 127 soldiers are exiting the Nigerian Army despite the worsening security challenges the military is currently combating in some parts of the country. The soldiers, drawn from various formations of the army across the country, are all of the junior cadres who are mostly at the forefront in the field. The military personnel, comprising one Master Warrant Officer, three Warrant Officers, 22 Staff Sergeants, 29 Sergeants, 64 Corporals, seven Lance Corporals and one Private, will disengage in May, according to a memo seen by PREMIUM TIMES. The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a lieutenant general, has since approved their formal disengagement. The list of the exiting soldiers did not distinguish between those embarking on voluntary retirement and those leaving the ar...
Court Martial Grants Bail To Martins Idakpini, Soldier Who Criticized Buratai
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Court Martial Grants Bail To Martins Idakpini, Soldier Who Criticized Buratai

A court martial sitting in Sokoto has granted bail to Martins Idakpini, a Lance Corporal who criticised Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff. Tope Akinyode, Idakpini's lawyer, made the disclosure on Thursday. Court martial is a judicial process used in trying members of the armed forces accused of offences. Akinyode said, “Court martial grants bail to Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini. The court sitting in Sokoto made the order today after I argued the bail application. Idakpini was arrested for criticising army authorities. He's been detained for seven months without access to his family.” Idakpini was arrested in June 2020 shortly after he made a viral video castigating Burutai for the failings of the Nigerian Army to combat and destroy Boko Haram. Following his arrest, he...
Boko Haram: Nigerian Army To Deploy New Recruits To Sambisa Forest
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Boko Haram: Nigerian Army To Deploy New Recruits To Sambisa Forest

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has told new recruits that all of them will go to Sambisa forest, a stronghold of the Boko Haram terrorist sect in Borno State at the end of their training. He also informed the new recruits that there was no room for laziness and indiscipline in the Army, adding that they must make up their minds to serve Nigeria as soldiers. Buratai disclosed this during the final screening of 80 regular recruits held at Falgore forest in Tudun Wads Local Government Area of Kano State. “You must make up your mind that you’re ready to serve your country as a soldier and you should be ready,” Buratai said. “All of you will go to Sambisa at the end of your depot training. If you’re not ready to move to Sambisa and other parts of the country, a...
Nigerians attack chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, for going to play golf despite worsening insecurity
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Nigerians attack chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, for going to play golf despite worsening insecurity

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has been attacked online by Nigerians for attending a Golfing program on Saturday, December 5, despite the worsening insecurity across the country.   Journalist, Oyewale Olalekan Adebare , shared the photo of the Army Chief on his Twitter handle and shared his dissatisfaction ''Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff Buratai tees off today in Abuja. Out there in the North East, Boko Haram is unleashing terror, while bandits are holding the North West & Central to ransom. In April, Buratai said he won’t return to Abuja unless BH is defeated.''Jafaar tweeted     Other Nigerians also expressed their displeasure. See their tweets below  
Don’t Listen To Politicians Approaching You To Plan Coup – Buratai Warns Generals
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Don’t Listen To Politicians Approaching You To Plan Coup – Buratai Warns Generals

CHIEF of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has warned generals against coup, vowing that the Nigerian Army will never tolerate any agent of destabilization bent on scuttling the current democratic dispensation. Buratai, who spoke, yesterday, while the Nigerian Army decorated 39 newly promoted Major Generals, said he was aware that some generals were being approached and his eyes are on them. “Democracy has come to stay. We will not tolerate any agent of destabilization. The years of military misadventure in politics have never carried us anywhere. It is over,” he said. Disclosing that the Army hierarchy was aware of some interests making efforts to interact with certain personnel, General Buratai expressed confidence in the discipline and loyalty of the newly decora...
Terrorism May Persist For Another 20 Years In Nigeria – Buratai
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Terrorism May Persist For Another 20 Years In Nigeria – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen.Tukur Buratai, has hinted that insurgency and terrorism may continue in Nigeria for another 20 years. Buratai made the remark on his verified Facebook handle few days after Boko Haram massacred rice farmers in Borno State. There is general misunderstanding of what insurgency and terrorism entail. There is likelihood of terrorism persisting in Nigeria for another 20 years. It only depends on the level of escalation and the appropriate responses by all stakeholders both civil and military authorities. Also by both local in international actors. Citizens responsibility is equally important and imperative. All must cooperate to contain the lingering insecurity. Let there be collective action and responsibility.
Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters – Odumakin
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Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters – Odumakin

Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests and other sundry issues. Excerpts: South-West governors, traditional rulers and Ministers met in Lagos state last week to proffer solution to the #EndSARS crisis last and Afenifere was not invited. What do you think was responsible for that? The thing is very clear. Like we said, the Kaduna meeting is an afterthought on our unity as a country. They had a sectional meeting of the North where you have all the key appointees of the President, Chief of Staff, IGP, Chief of Army Staff, Lai Mohammed and others. Even in their communiqué, they were so insensitive. There are places they said nomination from Federal Executive Council (FEC)...
Fake News! Nigerian Army denies reports claiming Buratai is sponsoring NGO threatening Amnesty International
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Fake News! Nigerian Army denies reports claiming Buratai is sponsoring NGO threatening Amnesty International

The Nigerian Army has denied reports claiming the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, is the sponsor of the non-governmental organization, Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER). The organization on Wednesday, November 4, had a press conference where they gave Amnesty International, a global rights group, a seven-day ultimatum to leave Nigeria. Read here. Sahara Reporters while publishing the report, alleged that Buhartai was the sponsor of the NGO. The Army in its reaction described the claim as ''Fake News''.  
Declare Your Assets, Buratai Directs Senior Army Personnel
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Declare Your Assets, Buratai Directs Senior Army Personnel

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has directed senior military personnel to declare their assets in compliance with the code of conduct for public officers. He stated that personnel entrusted with leadership responsibility must understand the importance of assets declaration and code of conduct. Declaring open, a two-day workshop on ‘Compliance with Assets Declaration and Code of Conduct for Officers and Soldiers,’ facilitated by Go-Getters Consulting Ltd., in Abuja on Tuesday, the COAS said the Nigerian Army would partner with the Code of Conduct Bureau to ensure public morality and accountability in the conduct of its activities. Buratai noted that the workshop was important to the Army as it afforded the servicemen the opportunity to fulfil their obligations ...
Criminals Are Threatening Us With Travel Ban – Buratai
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Criminals Are Threatening Us With Travel Ban – Buratai

After Initial denial by the Nigerian Army that its officers were not at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, where peaceful protesters were shot and killed last Tuesday, the military has come out to say its officers were only ensuring compliance with a curfew put in place by Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, earlier that day. Soldiers killed over 10 peaceful demonstrators and left scores more injured. The Nigerian Army has now said its officers were simply ensuring compliance with the curfew put in place in Lagos State. In a statement credited to the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, said some people were trying to discredit the military and Nigerian Government. Though Musa did not make direct reference to Tuesday killi...
Go After Looters, Hoodlums – Buratai Orders Military Commanders, Field Officers
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Go After Looters, Hoodlums – Buratai Orders Military Commanders, Field Officers

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has ordered military commanders and troops to go after looters and hoodlums raiding warehouses and vandalizing property across the country. He denied that the army masterminded the miscreants involved in the arson, vandalism, and looting of public and private property going on in many cities. Addressing Principal Staff Officers, General Officers Commanding, and Field Commanders at a meeting held at the NA headquarters, Abuja on Monday, the COAS made it clear to his men that there must be no room for disloyalty amongst all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army. He said the PSOs, GOCs, and Field Commanders must reiterate to all their subordinates that the NA was determined to ensure democratic stability in the country as the ...
Buratai, Army Commanders Meet On Insecurity, Lekki Shooting
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Buratai, Army Commanders Meet On Insecurity, Lekki Shooting

Chief Of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, is in a meeting with top hierarchy of the military. They include Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), General Officers Commanding (GOCs) and Commander of the Guards Brigade. Also in attendance are commanders of the Army operations, unit commanders, among other senior officers. The parley is holding at the Army Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital. On the agenda are insecurity in Nigeria, EndSARS protests, violence and looting in states as well as the Lagos shooting. The Lekki toll gate incident on October 20 sparked global outrage. The United States and others have called for probe of those who opened fire on unarmed protesters
Nigerian Army Set To Court-martial Soldier Who Criticised Buratai, Other Military Heads
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Nigerian Army Set To Court-martial Soldier Who Criticised Buratai, Other Military Heads

The Nigerian Army has perfected plans to court-martial Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini in Sokoto State, SaharaReporters has exclusively gathered. Idakpini was arrested in June 2020 shortly after he made a viral video castigating Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Burutai, for the failings of the army to combat and destroy Boko Haram terrorists. In a notice on Monday titled "Amendment Number 6", army authorities officially announced its readiness to court-martial. The notice reads in part, "Amendment Number 6. To the covening order for the general court-martial onvened by Brigadier General A. Bande (N/8554) Psc, TSCN, NNI, Bsc, (HO), MIAD, Acting General Officer, Commanding, 8th Division Nigerian Army Pursuant to S 131 (2) (d) of the Armed Forces Act, Cap 820 LFN 2004. "Further to refer...
Soldiers Have Killed 1,015 Boko Haram Terrorists Since April – Buratai
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Soldiers Have Killed 1,015 Boko Haram Terrorists Since April – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has revealed that troops have killed 1,015 Boko Haram insurgents since April 4 till date. The COAS disclosed this while hosting troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at an Eid-El-Fitr luncheon at Military Control and Command Centre in Maiduguri. Buratai who revealed that artillery airstrike and blockage operations conducted by troops at the Tumbuktu Triangles around Sambisa has been greatly successful, further disclosed that some notable encounters since the commencement of the operation include that of Buni Gari, Gaidam, Minok, Dapchi, Baga, Dikwa, Awulari, Ajiri, Pulka, Ngoshe, Alafa and different parts of Sambisa Forest as well as Gajiganna. He also said that a total of 84 high ranking members of Boko Haram logistics and informants were arre...
Dickson Consoles Buratai, Bichi And Modu-Sheriff Over Death Of Their Parents
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Dickson Consoles Buratai, Bichi And Modu-Sheriff Over Death Of Their Parents

His Excellency, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, former Governor òf Bayelsa State, has condoled with the family of the Chief òf Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Buratai over the death of his mother, Kakah Hajja. Governor Dickson urged the COAS to be condoled by the fact that his mother lived her full life and has gone to be with the Allah. He said that a mother who contributed somebody of the status of the COAS made unquantifiable contributions to security and national development. He described her death as a transition to eternal glory. The former Governor who prayed for the repose òf the soul of the deceased prayed to God to give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. “My family and I commiserate with the Government of Borno State, the Buratai family, my father...
Kakah Hajja, Mother Of Nigeria’s Chief Of Army Staff Dies In Borno
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Kakah Hajja, Mother Of Nigeria’s Chief Of Army Staff Dies In Borno

Tukur Buratai, Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, on Tuesday lost his mother, Kakah Hajja. A family source told SaharaReporters that the late Hajja died after a brief illness at her home in Maiduguri, Borno State. “Yes I can confirm to you that she’s dead. "She passed away this evening and will be buried tomorrow morning by 8am. May her soul rest in peace.”
I Won’t Return To Abuja Until Boko Haram Is Defeated –  Buratai
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I Won’t Return To Abuja Until Boko Haram Is Defeated – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai has vowed that he will not leave the theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole until he gave a final blow on the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast. The Nation reports that General Buratai had earlier announced his relocation to the northeast following the pounding of the insurgents by the Chadian Army from the Lake Chad axis where the President Idris Deby is claiming to have held a section of Nigeria waiting to handover to Nigerian troops. The Chief of Army Staff who had a special Easter celebration with the troops on Monday at Ngamdu Special Super Camp regretted that the insurgency has lasted for too long but gave assurances that in no time the Boko Haram elements will be defeated. “We will not leave this insurgency to last lik...
Operation Second Eleven: Nigerian Army Prepares For Lockdown Over Coronavirus
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Operation Second Eleven: Nigerian Army Prepares For Lockdown Over Coronavirus

Authorities of the Nigeria Army are preparing for a lockdown following the outbreak and continued spread of Coronavirus in the country. In a classified document from the office of Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai, addressed to Army Headquarters and seen by SaharaReporters on Tuesday, personnel were advised to be on the alert as they could be deployed to various parts of the country in the coming days to help in the fight against Coronavirus in Nigeria. The document further said that the army may likely get involved in an operation codenamed SECOND ELEVEN to help stop the spread of the virus. The document signed by Lt Gen L.O. Adeosun, ordered commanders at all levels to suspend all events involving large gatherings such as meetings, briefings and conferences. It also ordered ...
Bill Introducing Federal Character in Service Chiefs’ Appointments Passes First Reading in Senate
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Bill Introducing Federal Character in Service Chiefs’ Appointments Passes First Reading in Senate

A bill titled “Armed Forces Service Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020” sponsored by the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe was read for the first time on the floor of the senate on Tuesday March 3. The bill which seeks to compel the president to appoint service chiefs based on the federal character principle, passed its first reading yesterday. The bill which came amid ciriticism of President Muhammadu Buhari's alleged lopsided appointments including that of the service chiefs inclusive, proposes that the appointment of Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Director of Military Intelligence and the heads of other arm-bearing security agencies shall be appointed subject to recommendations by the Senate. An Armed Forces Serv...

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