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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 ...
1,000 Boko Haram Terrorists Prosecuted, 500 Jailed, Says Military
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1,000 Boko Haram Terrorists Prosecuted, 500 Jailed, Says Military

The military yesterday put the number of Boko Haram terrorists who have been prosecuted at 1,000 while 500 have been jailed. In addition, more members of the terror group are to go on trial in June. The decision to put the insurgents on trial came as the federal government affirmed its determination to secure the country against threats to its corporate existence. It also expressed the readiness of the military to execute the presidential directive to the armed forces and other security agencies to end all threats to national territorial integrity, including banditry, terrorism and kidnapping. The United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK) and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue have also met in Abuja to chart a new course to contain the humanitarian...
Nigeria Loses ₦151.78 Billion In Crude Oil Monthly – NNPC
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Nigeria Loses ₦151.78 Billion In Crude Oil Monthly – NNPC

Nigeria is currently losing an average of 200,000 barrels of crude oil daily, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation stated on Wednesday. Brent, the oil against which Nigeria’s crude is priced, was $66.75 per barrel on Wednesday, while the official exchange rate of the dollar stood at 379/$. From the above figures, it showed that the country was losing about N151.79bn in 30 days, going by the 200,000 barrels of crude oil being lost daily, as revealed by NNPC. Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mele Kyari, disclosed the volume of crude oil lost daily in Nigeria while speaking at a meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor. The NNPC boss was quoted in a statement issued in Abuja by the corporation’s spokesperson, Kennie Obateru, as saying, “We have ...
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...
Chidi Ibeh-Led Ohanaeze Ndigbo Shuts Down Secretariat
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Chidi Ibeh-Led Ohanaeze Ndigbo Shuts Down Secretariat

The Engr. Chidi Ibeh-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Sunday, announced a shutdown of the national secretariat of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization. It also declared that the Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023 was not negotiable, even as he commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Major. Gen Lucky Irabor as the Chief of Defence Staff. DAILY POST reports that he made the pronouncement after a tour of the secretariat with some members of the National Executive Council. It could be recalled that the Ohanaeze election held early January pronounced two factions- one led by Ibeh and another under the leadership of Amb. George Obiozor. Ibeh, who arrived at the Enugu National secretariat for the first time since his emergence, said the place was not conducive f...
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 LEO Irabor, The New Chief Of Defence Staff
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Profile Of Major-General LEO Irabor, The New Chief Of Defence Staff

Major General Irabor who is the immediate Chief of Training and Operations, Defence headquarters, took over from the erstwhile Commander, Major General AA Tarfa. On the 26th January 2021 he was appointed the new CDS by His Excellency, President Buhari. Major General Lucky E.O. IRABOR is the Chief of Defence, Training and Operations at the Defence Headquarters, Armed Forces of Nigeria. He is an Alumnus of the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College Ghana, the National Defence College Bangladesh and Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Programme, USA. Major General Lucky Irabor is a trained Engineer from Obafemi Awolowo University and holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Ghana, Accra, and Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka. As the CDTOPs, he oversees trai...
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...
President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs In Abuja
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President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs In Abuja

President Buhari on friday met with security chiefs At the Presidential Villa Abuja. . Present at the meeting were: . -Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu. -Chief of Air staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. -Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe-Ibas. -Chief Of Army staff,Lt-Gen Turkur Buratai. -Chief of Defence staff, Gabriel Olonisakin. -Minister of Defence, Bashir Magash. Among others
Don’t Glorify Terrorists, Major General Olonishakin Warns Media
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Don’t Glorify Terrorists, Major General Olonishakin Warns Media

The Chief of Defence Staff , Major General Gabriel Olonishakin, yesterday urged the media not to glorify terrorists or give them undue publicity. He spoke at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, during the Defence Correspondence Seminar 2019 themed “Enhancing National Security and Cohesion through Responsible Media Reportage.” He said in times of crisis, the main effort of the press should be geared towards peace-building. According to him, military operations demand a cordial working relationship with the media for enlightenment purpose and national security.
We Why Failed To Honour Reps Summon Last Friday – Defence Chief
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We Why Failed To Honour Reps Summon Last Friday – Defence Chief

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin has given the reason service chiefs failed to honour the summon by the House of Representatives last Friday. According to Olonisakin, the service chiefs recognised the concern of the house but were unable to appear on that day “due to other national assignments”. The defence chief, who spoke on Monday at a meeting with the leadership of the green chambers, said their absence from the meeting was not a deliberate act to disrespect the lawmakers. “We are here to listen to the security concerns of the house and address them with the support of the legislature,” Olonisakin said. “Our various chiefs of operations were here to represent us, they are senior officers in charge of the various headquarters and are qualified to respond to...
Security: Buhari Receives Briefing From Service Chiefs
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Security: Buhari Receives Briefing From Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, received security briefing from service chiefs and heads of other security agencies in the country. This was even as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the monthly National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, yesterday, in Abuja. The meeting of President Buhari with the service chiefs held at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting availed the leaders of the various security agencies opportunity to brief Mr. President on the security status of the nation. Taking to Twitter to announce the meeting in a tweet, Buhari’s Aide on Social Media, Laurestar Onochie, wrote; “Earlier today, @NGRPresident @MBuhari was briefed by the Service Chiefs and leaders of other security agencies on the security status of the ...
We won’t attend meeting with Miyetti Allah – Southern, Middle Belt Leaders
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We won’t attend meeting with Miyetti Allah – Southern, Middle Belt Leaders

THE Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, yesterday, declined an invitation by former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) on a roundtable on national issues and security scheduled to hold in Minna, Niger State.“ The leaders declined the invitation over the inclusion of Miyetti Allah to the roundtable describing it as “a grave insult” to them.“This was contained in a letter titled: Re: Roundtable on National Issues and Security and signed by Chief E.K Clark (PANDEF leader), Chief Ayo Adebanjo (Afenifere leader), Chief John Nwodo (President, Ohanaeze) and Dr. Pogu Bitrus (President, Middle Belt Forum). The statement reads: “We individually received your invitation to the above event holding in Minna between 29 and 30 July 2019. We thank you for your interest in...
EFCC hands over asset seized from ex-CDS, Alex Badeh to VON
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EFCC hands over asset seized from ex-CDS, Alex Badeh to VON

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has handed over a property seized from a former Chief of Defence Staff, the late Air Marshal Alex Badeh to the Voice of Nigeria( VON). The property is located at Plot 1386 Uda Crescent, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2 Abuja. The Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu said with a successful fight against corruption, 70 per cent of Nigeria’s problems would have been solved. A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Tony Orilade said: “The edifice is one of the properties seized from and finally forfeited to the federal government by the late Chief of Air Staff, Alex Badeh. “According to the Acting Chairman of the commission, Magu, who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary to the Commission, Barrister Ola Olu...
Only God Can Police Our Border – Security Chiefs
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Only God Can Police Our Border – Security Chiefs

Security Chiefs yesterday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari said only God can police the country’s border. At the end of a security meeting with Buhari at the State House, Abuja, the country’s security chiefs blamed the porous border for the rising insecurity. The security chiefs including; the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique. Others are National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan- Ali, Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Director General of Department for State Service (DSS), Yusuf...
DHQ Approves Fund For Upgrade Of Mechanic School
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DHQ Approves Fund For Upgrade Of Mechanic School

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has approved funds to begin the process for the upgrade and accreditation of Armed Forces Electrical and Mechanic (AEME) Mechatronics School. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin announced this in Abuja at the graduation of participants of Course 3 of the school. He said upgrade and accreditation would enable the school to pursue a programme on “National Innovative Diploma’’. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 15 personnel drawn from the Army, Air Force and Navy participated in the course. Olonisakin, who was represented by Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, the Chief of Defence Logistics, said that the objective of setting up the school had largely been achieved. He said this was exemplified by the quality of gradu...
Deal Ruthlessly With Bandits, Kidnappers, Others – Buhari Orders Security
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Deal Ruthlessly With Bandits, Kidnappers, Others – Buhari Orders Security

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday charged security agencies to put their acts together and deal ruthlessly with bandits, kidnappers and other security challenges in the country. The Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, briefed State House correspondents at the end of about two hours meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to him, the President said that no stone should be left unturned towards securing every part of the country. The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said that the frequent kidnapping on the Abuja-Kaduna road have been tackled. He said that the route is now very safe.
Alex Badeh’s Friend Abducted by Gunmen After He Was Shot Dead
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Alex Badeh’s Friend Abducted by Gunmen After He Was Shot Dead

Alex Badeh’s friend was abducted by gunmen, shortly after the former Chief of Defence Staff was shot dead while returning from his farm.The Nasarawa State Police Command who confirmed that the former Military Chief’s driver survived the attack, disclosed that Alex Badeh’s friend was abducted. The details were contained in a statement on the preliminary investigation into the murder, shortly after some crack detectives were deployed in Nasarawa State by Inspector-General (IG) Idris Kpotun Ibrahim. The statement read: “The former CDS suffered gunshot injury which resulted to his death,while his driver was injured and the said friend abducted. “The corpse of the late Air Chief Marshal and the injured driver have been taken to Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Hospital, Abuja.” “Following the dire...
President Buhari Reacts to Alex Badeh’s Assassination
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President Buhari Reacts to Alex Badeh’s Assassination

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to Alex Badeh’s assassination and he described the killing of the former Chief of Defence Staff, as “very sad and unfortunate.” The President commiserates with the family of the late four-star general, his friends and professional colleagues in the military, and the people and government of Adamawa State. Noting that the late Badeh, who was also a former Chief of Air Staff, attained professional fulfilment in his over three decades military career, President Buhari regrets that he fell victim to incidence of violent and fatal attacks on the nation’s highways. The President has directed security agencies to find the killers of the 15th Chief of Defence Staff and bring them to face the full force of the law, while ensuring greater security and ...
NANS Reacts to Alex Badeh Assassination
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NANS Reacts to Alex Badeh Assassination

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS react to Alex Badeh assassination. The former Chief of Defence Staff, Badeh, a four-star General of the Nigerian Air Force, was shot dead on Tuesday along Abuja-Keffi Road. The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed Badeh’s assassination in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday. He said that that the former defence chief died from gunshot injuries sustained when his vehicle was attacked on Abuja-Keffi Road while returning from his farm. NANS’ National Public Relations Officer, Mr Bestman Okereafor, in a statement in Enugu, urged security agents to ensure that the perpetrators of “this evil are brought to book without delay.“ “The attention of the apex students governing body...
Federal Government Releases Second Batch Of Alleged PDP ‘Looters’ & The Amount Embezzled
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Federal Government Releases Second Batch Of Alleged PDP ‘Looters’ & The Amount Embezzled

The Federal Government has reacted to the barrage of attacks by some of the named alleged treasury looters and has gone further to name 23 others, most of them members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In a press statement, Minister of Information and Culture, ALhaji Lai Mohammed said the list of alleged looters which Government released earlier was based on verifiable facts, including the amount involved, the date the amount in question was collected and from where it was taken. Mohammed, also said those complaining that the list was too short apparently did not understand that it was strategically released as a teaser. “At the press conference where the list was released, I did say it was a tip of the iceberg. Apparently, this does not mean anything to people whose style is...
Time To Call Out Osinbajo, By Yinka Odumakin
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Time To Call Out Osinbajo, By Yinka Odumakin

Dear Mr. Vice President, I recall then Lagos state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fasola, a silk like you hailed your nomination as Vice Presidential candidate in 2014 as a good omen for “the rule of law, federalism and constitutionalism in Nigeria”. He based his optimism on your antecedents especially for being “the brain behind the transformation of the Lagos State judiciary.” He said further while addressing a gathering of judges, lawyers, traditional rulers and religious leaders that: “Professor Osinbajo has made tremendous contribution in the state’s judiciary. He has started his own journey as well because the vision of building an efficient and incorruptible judiciary started under his watch as the Attorney General of Lagos State. So, I wish my brother and friend, Professor Yemi Osin...
Herdsmen, Farmers Crisis: Presidency, National Assembly Hold Security Summit
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Herdsmen, Farmers Crisis: Presidency, National Assembly Hold Security Summit

The National Assembly has announced a two-day national security summit in a bid to find solutions to the nation’s pressing security challenges.   Organised in collaboration with the Presidency, the summit will hold on Thursday and Monday at the state house in Abuja.   The summit will provide a platform for heads of security and defence agencies, governors, traditional rulers, sociocultural groups, civil society organisations to deliberate and seek solutions to escalating insecurity, a statement signed by the senate leader and chairman, ad-hoc committee on security, Ahmed Lawan, said Tuesday.   The Senate had on January 17, while deliberating on a report submitted by its adhoc committee on the crises in Benue, Taraba and Adamawa States, resolved to convene a ...
38 ‘Unjustly’ Dismissed Army Officers Drag Nigerian Govt To ECOWAS Court
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38 ‘Unjustly’ Dismissed Army Officers Drag Nigerian Govt To ECOWAS Court

One and half years after they were dismissed under controversial circumstances, 38 top officers of the Nigerian Army have headed to the community court of justice of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS. The officers accused the federal government of violating their fundamental rights to fair hearing. The officers, in the suit, said their dismissal was perpetrated by the Minster of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; and the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai acting as agents of the federal government. The Nigerian Army had in June 2016 abruptly ended the careers of 38 officers by compulsory retirement over allegations of professional misconduct during the 2015 general election and involvement in arms procurement fraud. However,...
Osinbajo, Governors Join Buhari To Cut Birthday Cakes
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Osinbajo, Governors Join Buhari To Cut Birthday Cakes

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and some state governors on Sunday joined President Muhammadu Buhari to cut his birthday cakes. The President’s wife, Aisha, also joined them for the event that took place inside Buhari’s official residence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The President’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, posted a short video clip of the event on her Facebook page with the caption “President Buhari, surrounded by his gorgeous wife, friends and some members of his political family as he cuts his 75th birthday celebration cake.  Very many happy returns of the day, Sir. God bless Nigeria.” Five giant cakes were seen on the table as the President was surrounded by his wife, Osinbajo, the governors and other top government officials. The governors in...
Proscription: IPOB Alleges Fed Govt Ordered Judge To Stay Sway From Court
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Proscription: IPOB Alleges Fed Govt Ordered Judge To Stay Sway From Court

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court, Abuja, stayed away from entertaining the matter filled by the pro Biafra group to contest the recent tagging of the group as terrorists on the order of the federal government. IPOB said it is not unaware of the antics of the federal government who it claimed is working to ensure that the tag as a terrorist group is sustained. In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful, in Awka, the group said it is worried that the defendants, including the presiding judge all stayed away from the same court where they had obtained an exparte order, branding it as a terrorist organisation. According to the statement, “It took the Attorney General of Nigeria, Chief...
President Buhari Urges Troops To Stand Against Secession
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President Buhari Urges Troops To Stand Against Secession

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday told troops of the Nigerian military that they would be the biggest losers if Nigeria should disintegrate as being canvassed by some groups and individuals. He therefore asked the military men to stand firm because the country’s security was in their hands and the hands of God. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke when he marked the National Independence Day in Maiduguri, Borno State, the epicentre of the Boko Haram terrorism and insurgency, to honour the courage and sacrifices of the Nigerian Armed Forces. The ceremony, which was said to be marked with a display of military hardware and a show of air power by the Nigerian Air Force, took place at the Maimalari Militar...
Fed Govt’ll Use Lagos DNA Centre To Fight Insurgency – Olonishakin
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Fed Govt’ll Use Lagos DNA Centre To Fight Insurgency – Olonishakin

The Federal Government, yesterday, disclosed that it has collected Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA, profile of arrested Boko Haram insurgents in an attempt to deal with the dissidents. Meanwhile, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has commissioned first DNA Forensic Centre in West Africa, stressing that the centre would help resolve crimes, paternity and other issues through modern technology. Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Abayomi Olonishakin, while addressing congregation at the commissioning ceremony yesterday, which was also attended by Consul General of United States Embassy in Lagos, Mr. John Bray, hinted that the Abuja started a DNA project 2008. Olonishakin, who was represented by Rear Admiral Lawan Adams, assured that the military would partner Lagos state governm...
Buhari Orders Security Chiefs To Ensure Nigeria Remains One
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Buhari Orders Security Chiefs To Ensure Nigeria Remains One

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday directed the nation’s security chiefs to ensure that Nigeria remains one in accordance with his position as stated in his nationwide broadcast on Monday. The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, disclosed the presidential directive to State House correspondents after a meeting Buhari had with the nation’s security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari had in his broadcast to the nation said, “Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.” Olonishakin said the President asked them to ensure that the directive was carried out to th...
Southern Leaders Berate N’Assembly Over Devolution Of Powers
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Southern Leaders Berate N’Assembly Over Devolution Of Powers

The Southern Leaders Forum has condemned the decision of the National Assembly to reject devolution of powers in its ongoing constitution amendment. At a meeting yesterday in Chief A.K. Horsfall house in Lagos to appraise the state of the nation, the forum described the decision of the legislators as a complete disregard for the popular demand for devolution of more powers to the federating units from the overburdened central government. Among the leaders of the South West, South South and South East present at the meeting were Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; former Director General of the Department of State Services, Horsfall; former President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. Joe Irukwu; former Minister of External Affairs, Maj. Gen. Ike Nwachukwu (rtd); Secretary of the Yoruba C...
Terrorism: Service Chiefs Commence Movement Of Strategic Command And Control Center To Maiduguri
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Terrorism: Service Chiefs Commence Movement Of Strategic Command And Control Center To Maiduguri

Following the directive of the Acting President, Mr. Yemi Osinbanjo, the country's service chiefs have commenced the movement of the Strategic Command and Control Centre on the North-East to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and major theater of terrorism. This was made known in a statement signed by Major-General E.J Enenche, Director of Defence Information. In compliance with the presidential directive handed to them, the statement said, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, on Tuesday, met with the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General TY Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; Theatre Commander and senior principal staff officers of the Military High Command. The meeting resulted in a briefing on the new strategic direction and operational p...
Osinbajo Orders Service Chiefs Back To Maiduguri Over Boko Haram
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Osinbajo Orders Service Chiefs Back To Maiduguri Over Boko Haram

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed military service chiefs to move back to the Command Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State. This was the outcome of a meeting the acting president held with the service chiefs, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday. It was also decided that the military should get more surveillance devices and cameras that would be able to see distant attackers. This came three days after Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima cautioned that the Boko Haram terrorists should not be underrated. Yesterday’s meeting was attended by the Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali, as well as Chief of Defence Staff Gabriel Olonishakin, Chief of Army Staff Tukur Burata, Chief of Air Staff Sadique Abubakar and Chief of Naval Staff Ibok Ekwe Ibas. Addressing Sta...
EFCC Operative Stuck In Septic Tank As They Raid Alex Badeh’s Farm
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EFCC Operative Stuck In Septic Tank As They Raid Alex Badeh’s Farm

Here are photos from the raid carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on the farmland belonging to former Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh, in Kugwuru village, Karu, Nasarawa state. It was gathered that operatives of the anti-graft agency, following a tip-off, broke into Badeh’s room, ransacked the ceiling of the farmhouse and even went into underground septic tanks in search of money they claimed he had hidden on the farm. It was also gathered that in the process of the raid, an operatives got stuck in the septic tank but was rescued by the former CDS’ domestic staff. Photos of the raid which was carried out on April 6th and 9th 2017 at about 9pm to 1am respectively, show that the operatives destroyed some of Badeh’s properties du...
PDP Chieftain, Cairo Ojougbo Reveals How Chibok Girls Release Failed Under GEJ
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PDP Chieftain, Cairo Ojougbo Reveals How Chibok Girls Release Failed Under GEJ

- Cairo Ojougbo, a member of the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP, said he was part of the negotiation team for the release of the Chibok girls - As against the statement of the faction of Ahmed Makarfi, Ojougbo commended Buhari's government for securing the release of the girls The faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headed by Ali Modu Sheriff has revealed why it was very difficult for immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan to get the Chibok girls released. NAIJ.com reports that the girls, students in Chibok, Borno state, were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorist group in 2014. The Sheriff’s faction of the PDP said Jonathan’s administration was on the verge of getting the girls released in May 2014 before this move was scuttled by an unnamed Borno state indigene. T...
Buhari Spent $2.6bn On Boko Haram Crisis –CDS
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Buhari Spent $2.6bn On Boko Haram Crisis –CDS

Presidential committee awarded contracts to ghost companies –Senate US Embassy staff, visa seekers flee over bomb scare To address the humanitarian challenges caused by Boko Haram terrorists, the Muhammadu Buhari administration, in 2016, spent more than $2.6 billion. Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, made the disclosure in Washington, D.C. at the meeting of the ‘Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS’. “After over $2.6 billion was spent by the Nigerian Government to address humanitarian needs in 2016 – more needs were seen when areas were recovered from Boko Haram. “Many in this room joined us in Oslo, Norway just last February to show support with Nigeria. “Coalition is fundamental. We, therefore, commend Secretary Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump fo...
List Of Top Nigerians Remanded In Kuje Prison
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List Of Top Nigerians Remanded In Kuje Prison

In time past, Kirikiri Prison in Lagos used to be the most popular prison in Nigeria but today, Kuje prison in Abuja has undoubtably become more popular than Kirikiri. The reason is not far fetched. This is because the prison has played host and is currently playing host to quite a good number of prominent Nigerian politicians, entrepreneurs, activists, crusaders to mention but a few. Here is a list of prominent Nigerians that has slept in Kuje prison: 1. Olisa Metuh (National Publicity Secretary of PDP) 2. Abba Moro (Former Minister of Interior) 3. Charles Okah (A one time spokesperson of MEND and alleged mastermind of Independence Day Bomb blast in 2010) 4. Nnamdi KANU (Leader of the Indigenous People of Biagra, IPOB) 5. Raymond Dokpesi (Chairman of DAAR communications)...
Service Chiefs Brief Osinbajo, Pledge Loyalty To Buhari
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Service Chiefs Brief Osinbajo, Pledge Loyalty To Buhari

The Nigeria military has pledged “total commitment and loyalty” to President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari has been in the United Kingdom on extended medical vacation since January 19. Briefing Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa on Wednesday, Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, who led the service chiefs to the meeting, said the military was totally committed and loyal to the president. He said more progress had been made in the war against insurgency in the north-east. Dan-Ali commended the government for adequately funding the military, which he said has helped it in the conduct of its operations. “Let me start by expressing our appreciation to the current administration for their relentless support and continuous funding of the armed forces in the conduct of...
Buhari Sacks Army Bodyguards From Aso Rock
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Buhari Sacks Army Bodyguards From Aso Rock

SOLDIERS who have been providing close body protection for President Muhammadu Buhari have been disengaged from the Presidential Villa, Abuja. They have been replaced by personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS) just as it was in previous dispensations. It was learnt that the president authorised the redeployment before he left for his medical vacation in the United Kingdom. The deployment of the soldiers to protect the president at the inception of his administration in 2015 generated heated controversy as both his then Chief Security Officer (CSO) and DSS personnel, Abdulraman Mani, and the Aide de Camp (ADC) to the President, Colonel Lawal Abubakar, were involved in public spat. While Mani argued that it was the responsibility of the DSS to provide close body prote...
Nigeria’s Navy Warship Just Arriving Dakar To Oust Out-gone Jammeh
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Nigeria’s Navy Warship Just Arriving Dakar To Oust Out-gone Jammeh

The Nigerian Navy warship, NNS UNITY, on Sunday, arrived at Dakar Sea Port to carry out the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mandate of restoring democracy in Gambia. The Chief of Training/Operations, Defence Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Ahmed Muhammed, received the ship on behalf of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin. Earlier, the Force Commander, Operation Restore Democracy in Gambia, Air Commodore, Tajudeen Yusuf, told journalists that the next operation, after the arrival of the troops into Gambia, was to get the president Adama Barrow into the country. *Nigerian navy ship According to him, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has successfully conducted an aerial surveillance over Gambia. “The ground troops have already moved into the Gambian territory, and no ...
ECOWAS Soldiers Arrive Banjul To Install Adama Barrow
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ECOWAS Soldiers Arrive Banjul To Install Adama Barrow

ECOWAS forces have arrived Banjul,Gambia to install new president Adama Barrow. There was no time to brew the tea that was promised by the Chief of Defence Staff of the Gambia Armed Forces, Ousman Badjie as columns of ECOMIG forces quickly stormed into the capital Banjul after the departure of ex-Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. Whilst the ECOMIG forces would have welcomed a nice cup of the local Gambian tea 'Attaya', an imported Chinese 'Gunpowder' Green Tea, they had to settle for push-ups from The Gambian armed forces.  

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