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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...
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...
Families Of Six Slain Igbo Soldiers Drag Buratai, Army To ICC – Lawyer
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Families Of Six Slain Igbo Soldiers Drag Buratai, Army To ICC – Lawyer

The families of six soldiers who were allegedly secretly tried and executed by the Nigerian Army in Abuja have dragged the Nigerian Army and the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (retd.) to the International Criminal Court, according to their lawyer. SaharaReporters was told by the lawyer, Barrister E. R. Okoroafor, that the army authorities and Buratai would be served the court papers in the coming week. Okoroafor stated that he was at the ICC in the Hague, the Netherlands, where he personally made the application, adding that he did not expect the army to own up to the incident. A coalition of civil societies in the South-East had in a release on Monday alleged that six soldiers, attached to the Armoury Department of the Mogadishu Cantonment, Asokoro, ...
Those Calling for the Prosecution of the Service Chiefs are Unpatriotic- Lai Mohammed
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Those Calling for the Prosecution of the Service Chiefs are Unpatriotic- Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described Nigerians calling for the probe of the immediate past service chiefs as unpatriotic. Mohammed express his displeasure about the calls by the Nigerians when he spoke during a Radio Nigeria programme, Politics Nationwide, on Tuesday morning February 2. Last week, President Buhari had appointed four new service chiefs and relieved his former Service chiefs, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff); Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (Chief of Army Staff); Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff). Shortly after the military officers were relieved of their jobs, the Peoples Democratic Party and some other Nigerians called for their probe. Reacting t...
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...
Buratai, Ex-Service Chiefs Failed Because They Were Involved In Politics – Wike
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Buratai, Ex-Service Chiefs Failed Because They Were Involved In Politics – Wike

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike on Sunday said the former Service Chiefs failed to achieve much in securing Nigeria because they were fully involved in politics. President Muhammadu Buhari had last week retired the former Service Chiefs which include Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. They were replaced with Major-General LEO Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff. Speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Sunday Politics’, Wike said when security is politicised as done by the o...
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.
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  
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Service Chiefs Have not Disappointed President Buhari and Nigerians – Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai Says
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Service Chiefs Have not Disappointed President Buhari and Nigerians – Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai Says

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, says contrary to the belief of many, he and other service chiefs have not disappointed President Buhari and the nation in the discharge of their responsibilities, since their appointment by the President in 2015. Buratai said this in a meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, at the Nigerian Army Super camp four located in Faskari, Katsina State. In his words “Exactly five years ago, I was in Ndjamena, Chad Republic, when I heard the announcement of General Olanisakin as the Chief of Defence Staff as well as my own appointment as Chief of Army Staff. We are grateful to Almighty God for giving us good health to lead the armed forces. It is a thing of joy to say that we are quite grateful to the Presiden...
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...
Boko Haram: Buratai Relocates To North East
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Boko Haram: Buratai Relocates To North East

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has relocated fully to the North East to oversee and direct the overall operations in the theatre and other Nigerian Army operations across the country. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa. According to the statement, Buratai, while addressing troops of the Special Super Camp Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State on the 9th April, assured them that he will be with them in the nooks and crannies of the theatre.
Buratai Bags Man Of The Year Award
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Buratai Bags Man Of The Year Award

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, has been awarded the Daily Asset Newspapers 2020 Man Of The Year in the security category. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the award was in recognition of his contributions to the fight against banditry, insurgency and terrorism in Nigeria. Musa said that the award ceremony, which took place in Abuja on Friday, had eminent personalities from all works of life in attendance. He disclosed that the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan represented by Sen. Bello Mandiya (APC-Katsina South) with Sen. Gabriel Suswan as the Chairman of the occasion and representative of the Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue, among others, witnessed the event. According to him, the attendees...
Buratai And Sadique Abubakar Establish Military Universities In Their Hometowns
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Buratai And Sadique Abubakar Establish Military Universities In Their Hometowns

The decision of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai; and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; to situate the Nigerian Army University and Nigerian Air Force University in their respective hometowns has become a topic of debate. The army university was established in 2018 in Biu, Borno State, where Buratai hails from while the proposed Airforce University will be located in Bauchi, where Abubakar is from. The Army University has already been approved by the National Universities Commission even as the Federal Executive Council gave its nod for a N2bn take-off grant for the university which would be accessed from Tertiary Education Trust Fund. Less than a year later, the Chief of Air staff has decided to replicate Buratai’s feat. In a statement rece...
Army Renames South East Exercise Python Dance To Atilogwu Udo
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Army Renames South East Exercise Python Dance To Atilogwu Udo

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it had changed the name of one of its ongoing internal security exercises, Python Dance or Egwu Eke in the South - East region to Atilogwu Udo . The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator , Col Aminu Iliyasu, stated this in a press release , saying the exercise ’ s new name would not affect the other components which were to tackle “ kidnappings , armed robbery , inter - cult and communal clashes in the region . ” Iliyasu said , “ The authorities of the Nigerian Army have changed the name of one of its annual training exercises code - named , “ Exercise Egwu Eke ” to “ Exercise Atilogwu Udo . ” The annual training exercise commenced in 2016 and has consistently recorded remarkable successes since its introduction . “ The exercise , which co...
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 ...
Shiites leader El-Zakzaky and wife suffering from metal poisoning — Court documents
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Shiites leader El-Zakzaky and wife suffering from metal poisoning — Court documents

Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and his wife  Zeenat, are reportedly battling heavy metal poisoning as revealed in the court document filed on their behalf at the Kaduna State High Court.   The metal poisoning is caused by the gunshot pellets in their body system, and the couple are seeking the court’s permission to travel to India for medical attention. The court document filed by Mr Femi Falana (SAN) revealed that the El-Zakzaky “suffered from severe recurrent stroke and shock”, while his wife “suffered from heavy metal poisoning” as a result of  the “gunshot pellets lodged in the iliac region of  her  abdomen”   They were allegedly shot by soldiers in the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna...
Army to Boko Haram – Surrender Now Or Be Crushed
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Army to Boko Haram – Surrender Now Or Be Crushed

Following the attacks on troops that led to the death of two Colonels and 26 soldiers in Yobe and Borno States last week, the Nigerian Army at the weekend warned Boko Haram fighters to surrender their arms or be crushed. It said the army was ready to dislodge them if they continued their offensive. It also warned them to take advantage of the amnesty offered by the federal government in order to rejoin the society or be ready to face the dire consequences. The army confirmed that insurgents killed a Colonel, captain and three soldiers during an attack on troops between Mainok and Jakana on the Damaturu-Maiduguri highway, Borno State although other military sources said the casualty figure was higher. The call came as special forces, comprising intelligence operatives located mi...
President Buhari Promotes Adeosun To Lieutenant General
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President Buhari Promotes Adeosun To Lieutenant General

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the promotion of the Nigerian Army Chief of Training and Operations, Maj Gen Lamidi Adeosun, to the rank of a Lieutenant General, the same rank as the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai. The Nigerian Army confirmed this promotion in a release on Tuesday. The acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, said apart from Adeosun, the President also approved the promotion of “Brig Gen AB Biu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division to the rank of a Major General.” Musa said, “The President and Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the accelerated promotion of two senior officers and a subaltern of the Nigerian Army.  The officers are granted promotion for their extraordinary feats, courage, exemplary le...
2023: Military Will Stay Out Of Elections If INEC Adopts E-voting — Army
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2023: Military Will Stay Out Of Elections If INEC Adopts E-voting — Army

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai has said the only way the military and other security personnel can stay neutral in Nigeria’s electoral process would be in the use of electronic voting by the Independent National Electoral Commission. He made the observation against the backdrop of criticism trailing the military and other security personnel’s involvement in the 2019 general elections. Buratai who spoke through a representative, Brig. Gen John Ochai at a one day stakeholders roundtable on the review of the 2019 general elections, organized by the Centre for Transparency Advocacy, in Abuja, on Thursday, said politicians cash in on the abnormalities in the electoral system to perpetrate crimes, arguing that its lucrative to them. He noted that the security operatives ...
Remain Gallant In Securing Nigeria – PDP To Military
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Remain Gallant In Securing Nigeria – PDP To Military

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the military and the fighting troops not to relent at this critical time, noting that Nigerians appreciate the sacrifices they make in securing the nation. The party also said the defeatist comments by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on national security, affirmed its position that President Muhammadu Buhari failed in his duties as a Commander-in-Chief. The PDP in a statement on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the blame must be placed at the doorsteps of the President, who was under oath as the Commander-in-Chief, to ensure the security of lives and property of Nigerians. “Mr. President, as chief security officer of the nation, should not hide und...
Military Loses N4.8bn Weapons In North-east Since January
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Military Loses N4.8bn Weapons In North-east Since January

The Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Army , which are two active forces in the counter- insurgency war in the North -East, have lost over N 4. 8 bn in weaponry in the region between January and May , 2019 . This sum is obtained from estimates of the crashed NAF Mi – 35 M helicopter , gun trucks , machine guns and other weapons stolen from army bases , according to military sources . On January 2 , the air force’ s Mi -35 M attack helicopter crashed in the North -East while on a Boko Haram interdiction mission , killing five crew members comprising two pilots and three NAF personnel in Damasak , Borno State. According to a document, Mi -35 M orders and deliveries , the crashed helicopter is estimated at over $ 12 million or N 4 .6 bn . The records noted that Nigeria placed a ...
Buratai Reacts To The Blockade Of The Convoy Of Osinbajo For The Protest
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Buratai Reacts To The Blockade Of The Convoy Of Osinbajo For The Protest

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai expressed this on Tuesday in response to challenge by certain indigenes, who blockaded the Airport street, asserting the military snatched their territory. Buratai talked at the establishment laying function for development of the “Military Command Estate and Headquarters, Directorate of Army Legal Services” at Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment at Giri reporting in real time port street. It said their activity would not yield any outcome. “This specific domain (land) was conceded to the Nigerian armed force in 1979. “Be that as it may, we got the official distribution with the Right of Occupancy (C of O) in 1997 by the Federal Capital Administration. In 2011, when all land in the region were disavowed and proprietors of land wer...
Buratai Explains Why Army Created Female Corps
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Buratai Explains Why Army Created Female Corps

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has explained that the Nigerian Army Women Corps (NAWC) concept was to harness the potentials of female officers and soldiers to build a force ready to support army operations and engagements. Buratai stated this on Tuesday in Jos, in a keynote address at the maiden “Nigerian Army Women Corps Training Week.” He noted that events in the country had shown the imperatives of constantly improving security apparatus which was one of the major policy thrust of the current administration. This, he said underscored the need to get all hands on deck, irrespective of gender to strengthen the security of the country. “This calls for adequate training facilities and strategies to improve the fighting efficiency of all military units. ...
Nigerian Army Speaks On Invasion Of Rivers Commissioner, Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja’s Home
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Nigerian Army Speaks On Invasion Of Rivers Commissioner, Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja’s Home

PRESS RELEASE : ALLEGED INVASION OF THE RESIDENCE OF RIVERS STATE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION BY SECURITY AGENTS The Nigerian Army (NA) has observed some CCTV footages in circulation on social media and other online platforms, allegedly showing soldiers of the NA and other security agents invading the residence of the Rivers State Commissioner of Education, Hon. Dr. Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja. The NA has started conducting a comprehensive forensic investigation of the footages to authenticate the validity or otherwise of the claims to guide its further actions. In the view of these allegations, the NA, for the umpteenth time, categorically reiterate its position in the entire conduct of the 2019 General elections as severally and consistently espoused and directed by the Chief of ...
2019: Army To Begin ‘Python Dance’ Nationwide In January
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2019: Army To Begin ‘Python Dance’ Nationwide In January

The Nigerian Army has said it will conduct exercise “Egwu Eke III’’ – Python dance nationwide, to tackle already observed upsurge in security challenges as the 2019 general elections draw nearer. NAN reports that according to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, who announced this at a news conference on Friday in Maiduguri, the exercise will be conducted from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2019. Represented by Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, the Chief of Training and Operations, Buratai identified those threats as stockpiling of arms by criminal groups, formation of ethnic militia and violence induced by political activities. The army had in 2016 and 2017 conducted exercise Egwu Eke I and II to address peculiar security challenges in the South-East geo-political zone, particularly du...
Drunk Man Rams into convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai
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Drunk Man Rams into convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai

The convoy of  the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, was involved in an accident in Kaduna state last night. A statement from the Army says the official staff car had an accident at Jere town on the way to Kaduna. A man who was under the influence of alcohol, veered off his lane and rammed into the staff car. The COAS was not in the car. However, the ADC sustained minor injuries and has been evacuated to a nearby hospital for medical attention. The driver of the car that rammed into the convoy of the Army chief is presently receiving medical attention at a Nigerian Army Medical facility. The Army says the case has been reported to Police and Investigation has commenced. Initial findings showed driver was under the influence of alcohol.  
Lawal Daura: Another cabal Member Ousted
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Lawal Daura: Another cabal Member Ousted

Lawal  Daura was, up until about noon on Tuesday, the Director-General of the Department of State Services. His kinsman, President Muhammadu Buhari, appointed him into that position on July 2, 2015. Both of them hail from Daura, Katsina State. Daura’s three-year tenure was as controversial as his appointment itself. At inception, many Nigerians opposed his appointment as the head of the nation’s secret service based on the allegation that he was a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress. Specifically, he was said to have served as the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation. Despite the opposition to his appointment, that decision was not rescinded. Immediately after he took over, Daura became a leading member of what is known as th...
President Buhari Arrives Borno State For Nigerian Army Day Celebrations
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President Buhari Arrives Borno State For Nigerian Army Day Celebrations

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday arrived in Maiduguri, Borno state, for a one-day state visit. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari arrived the Maiduguri International Airport at 10.30 a.m. in the company of his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari. He was received by Gov. Kashim Shettima, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar as members of the National and State Assemblies. The president proceeded to the 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Munguno, about 150 kilometers from Maiduguri to participate in the activities lined up to mark the 2018 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL). The week-long event was designed to celebrate the soldiers fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East and ot...
Nigerian Army Warns Members Against Indiscipline, Interference In Civilian Affairs
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Nigerian Army Warns Members Against Indiscipline, Interference In Civilian Affairs

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Lagos, on Monday, warned soldiers against acts of indiscipline and interference in civilian affairs. The GOC, Maj.-Gen. Peter Dauke, gave the warning while addressing the officers at the opening of this year’s 81 Division Officers Combat Proficiency Competition at the 9 Brigade, Lagos. Dauke was represented by Brig.-Gen. Daniel Adeyemi, Commander, 55 Division Signal. “Let me use this opportunity to sternly warn that the division has zero tolerance for any act of indiscipline. Troops placed under your command are to discharge their duties professionally. “In addition, wherever you find yourself deployed on internal security operations, you are not to involve yourselves in civilian affairs,” the GOC warned. ...
Buratai Gives 40-Day Ultimatum To Capture Shekau
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Buratai Gives 40-Day Ultimatum To Capture Shekau

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has ordered the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, to produce Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive within 40 days. According to a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, on Friday night, the army chief directed Attahiru to use everything in his arsenal to seize the terror leader. Usman said, “On Friday, the Chief of Army Staff directed the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole to capture Abubakar Shekau, the so-called and self-styled leader of Boko Haram terrorist group, dead or alive. “The theatre commander has further been directed to do so within 40 days. He is to employ the entire arsenal at the disposal of the theatre command to s...
Over 700 Boko Haram Militants Surrender To Troops – Buratai
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Over 700 Boko Haram Militants Surrender To Troops – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said on Monday that over 700 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State. Buratai stated this at the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) and Photo/Art Exhibition in Abuja. He said the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents surrendered following intensive bombardment of their hideouts near Sambisa Forest by the Nigerian Army and supported by air assault from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) component. The army chief said: “Just a short while ago, I received the good news that about 700 Boko Haram terrorists in the fringes of the Sambisa forest have surrendered to troops. “It is a clear indication that the war on insurgency and terror is clearly being won. I want to congratulate not only o...
El-zakzaky: Falana Writes Buhari, Threatens To Sue AGF, DSS Boss
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El-zakzaky: Falana Writes Buhari, Threatens To Sue AGF, DSS Boss

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) has written President Muhammadu Buhari, over the continued detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria also known as the Shi’ites, Ibraheem Elzakzaky and his wife, Hajia Ibraheem-Elzakzaky. Falana’s letter to the President was dated Wednesday, April 26, 2017. He threatened that should the President fail to ensure the release of the couple, he would institute a contempt suit against the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the Director-General of the Department of State Service, Mr. Lawal Daura, for disobeying the court judgment which ordered the couple’s release. He stated that the couple’s continued detention was in violation of the judgment of Justice Gabriel Kolawole ...
Soldiers Move To Capture Terrorist ‘Gana’ Alive
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Soldiers Move To Capture Terrorist ‘Gana’ Alive

The General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, Maj.-Gen. Adamu Abubakar, has directed troops to go after terror kingpin, Tawase Agwaza, also known as “Gana” and capture him alive. Abubakar gave the order in a statement by Col. Sagir Musa, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, in Awka on Thursday. He gave directive during his operational visit of the 93 Battalion Area of Responsibility in Taraba. The GOC said that the visit followed the activities of bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and communal clashes among other menaces within his command. “We must intensify our efforts to ensure predominance of peace and security in the areas within the unit,’’ he said. He expressed the appreciation of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Bu...
Foreign Boko Haram Terrorist Captured, 15 Killed
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Foreign Boko Haram Terrorist Captured, 15 Killed

A Boko Haram terrorist suspected to be a foreigner has been captured by Nigerian troops in Rann, Borno State. The suspect not yet identified by Nigerian military authorities, was among the ban of terrorists that staged an attack on Rann, the location of the Internally Displaced Persons Camp, that was accidentally hit by Nigerian Air Force jet on Tuesday. The attack was a bad adventure for the terrorists. Fifteen of them were killed by Nigerian soldiers. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, confirmed the killing and capture of the terrorists in Rann on Friday, when he paid an operational visit to troops of 3 Batallion. Buratai said the insurgents came again to the town in two gun trucks on Thursday at about 6p.m. to attack, but were repelled by the soldiers, who k...
Army To Turn Sambisa Forest To Training Ground From 2017
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Army To Turn Sambisa Forest To Training Ground From 2017

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday said Sambisa forest would serve as training ground for personnel of the Nigerian Army as from 2017. Buratai said this in Damasak, Borno, while celebrating Christmas with troops of 145 Battalion after the road leading to the town was reopened by Gov. Kashim Shettima, three years after closure. He said troops were already conducting a mop up operation in the forest after the last strong hold of the Boko Haram terrorists was captured. “We are also opening up roads to Sambisa and Alagarno forest. Sambisa forest is going to be one of our training grounds. “I have already directed that we should conduct Nigerian Army small arms championship in that forest Next year. “And we are going to use it also to test fire our fightin...
Probe Lt. Gen Buratai, Afenifere, Falana, Others Say
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Probe Lt. Gen Buratai, Afenifere, Falana, Others Say

According to Punch newspaper, prominent Nigerians and groups on Monday urged the Federal Government, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to investigate the Chief of Army Staff,  Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, over the purchase of $1.5m properties in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The Chief Of Army Staff and his two wives were reported last  week by an online medium, Sahara Reporters, to have owned   $1.5m  properties in Dubai. The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, in an interview with the newspaper, said Buratai  should be probed over the allegation of the Dubai property scandal. He stated, “The defence the army put up for him is so silly to be believed outside the barracks. All the earnings of Buratai since he joined the army, if all were sa...

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