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Boko Haram Cuts off Network in Acting IGP’s Hometown
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Boko Haram Cuts off Network in Acting IGP’s Hometown

Residents of Geidam town in Yobe State, which is the hometown of Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the immediate former governor of the state Ibrahim Geidam, no longer have network on their phones as Boko Haram fighters have razed down masts belonging to Airtel and MTN in the town. Daily Trust reported that the attackers first struck on Friday evening but they took cover following air strikes from the military. Ali Maina, one of the residents told the publication that after the Air Force jet which hovered around the town left, the insurgents returned. Maina said;  “They wreaked havoc on the town this morning. We can see buildings burning and they forced several shops opened carting away food items. “We are more frightened this time around, because w...
Former Military Administrator of Oyo and Ondo, Ahmed Usman is dead
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Former Military Administrator of Oyo and Ondo, Ahmed Usman is dead

Ahmed Usman, the former military administrator of Oyo and Ondo states is dead. Usman died in the early hours of Wednesday April 14 in Jos, Plateau State capital. The deceased who retired from the army as a colonel, hails from Okura in Kogi state but was the military administrator of Ondo from 1994 to 1996 and Oyo from 1996 to 1998. Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello who confirmed his death, said the late military administrator was concerned about the growth and development of the state. A statement released by his spokesperson Muhammed Onogwu, read; “Governor Bello described Col. Usman, who hailed from Okura, Dekina Local Government of the State, as a worthy ambassador of the Confluence State who excelled in his chosen profession and blossomed through the ranks “He noted...
Imo CP, Nasiru Mohammed Failed To Request MOPOL, Military Reinforcement
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Imo CP, Nasiru Mohammed Failed To Request MOPOL, Military Reinforcement

THE Imo State Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed, and his top officers have been booted out following Monday’s attack on the state Police Command headquarters and the Nigerian Custodial Centre which led to the release of 600 suspects and 1,884 inmates from the correctional facility. The PUNCH gathered on Thursday that Mohammed was removed alongside the Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Ilyasu Yahaya; and Assistant Commissioner, Operations, James Aikai, by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. Adamu, who was also relieved of his appointment by the Presidency while at the scene of the attack, announced the removal of the three officers while addressing the men of the command. A senior police officer said the CP was found to have neglected to ask for reinforcement ...
Bandits released us on their own – Freed Kaduna student says
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Bandits released us on their own – Freed Kaduna student says

One of the students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Mando, Kaduna State who have been reunited with their families after being freed by bandits, has spoken about how they were freed. Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan who first announced the release of the students had said; “The Nigerian military has informed the Kaduna State Government that five of the many kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna were recovered this afternoon and are presently in a military facility where they are undergoing a thorough medical check-up." Army Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Yerima Mohammed while speaking about the "rescued" students, said the GOC 1 Division commended the troops for their "effort...
Over 6 Million illegal weapons are in circulation across Nigeria – Former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar
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Over 6 Million illegal weapons are in circulation across Nigeria – Former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar

Former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar has said that there are over 6 million illegal weapons in circulation across Nigeria. Abubakar who is the chairman of the National Peace Commitee (NPC), made the disclosure during a dialogue session of the committee with key stakeholders in Abuja on Wednesday April 7. The meeting was attended by traditional rulers, including the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III; John Cardinal Onaiyekan; Ekiti State governor and chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi; Plateau State governor and chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong; religious leaders, the service chiefs, top military brass, police and other security agencies. He said the proliferation of weapons has heightened insecurity in t...
Army Says Report Of Military Attack On ESN Camp In Abia Is Fake
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Army Says Report Of Military Attack On ESN Camp In Abia Is Fake

Both the Nigerian Army, and the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, have dismissed as fake, report in some sections of the media that the military attacked the camp of Eastern Security Network, ESN in Aba, killing no fewer than 16 personnel of the security outfit. Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 14 Brigade Ohafia, Captain Iliya Dauda, told our Correspondent in Aba that there was no military operation against any ESN camp in Abia. He rather explained that unknown gunmen attacked an Army checkpoint at Osisioma junction Aba but were repelled. He said there were no casualties on the part of the Army but begged for more time to receive report from their men at the scene investigating and assessing the incident. The Army Spokesman urged members of the public to disregar...
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...
Take The Fight To Boko Haram Enclaves, Reps Tell Military
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Take The Fight To Boko Haram Enclaves, Reps Tell Military

The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the military to re-strategize and take the fight to the Boko Haram enclaves. It specifically urged the Federal Government to tackle constant Boko Haram attacks on Maiduguri. This was a sequel to a motion by Rep. Abdulkadir Rahis, who decried recurring attacks on Maiduguri by the Boko Haram terrorists. The House urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the National Emergency Management Agency to provide relief materials to the victims of attacks.
Ransom Payments Encourages Kidnapping – Buhari
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Ransom Payments Encourages Kidnapping – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said ransom payments would continue to prosper kidnapping. He said: “The time has come to reverse, completely, the grim and heartbreaking incidents of kidnapping”. Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, urged the police and the military to go after kidnappers and bring them to justice. He expressed “overwhelming joy” over the release of abducted schoolgirls of Zamfara State, saying “I join the families and people of Zamfara State in welcoming and celebrating the release of these traumatized female students.” Buhari, who said he was excited that their ordeal came to a happy end without any incident, noted that “being held in captivity is an agonizing experience not only for the victims, but also their families and all of us...
If Trump could order the military to rescue one kidnapped American citizen in Nigeria, Buhari has no excuse not to act decisively and rescue Pastor Yakuru – CAN
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If Trump could order the military to rescue one kidnapped American citizen in Nigeria, Buhari has no excuse not to act decisively and rescue Pastor Yakuru – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the military to rescue Pastor Bulud Yakuru from the Boko Haram terrorists who had given him a one week ultimatum before it is too late. LIB reported earlier that the Abubakar Shekau-led faction of Boko Haram which kidnapped Pastor Yakuru on December 24, 2020 after an attack at Pemi Village in Borno State, gave the federal government a one week ultimatum to negotiate his release, and this one week ultimatum will end on Wednesday March 3. The Christian group in a statement issued by its President, Samson Ayokunle on Saturday February 27, said Buhari has no excuse not to act decisively and rescue Pastor Yakuru if Trump could order the military to secure the release of one kidna...
Jangebe Girls: PDP Asks Presidency To Speak Up On Alleged Complicity
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Jangebe Girls: PDP Asks Presidency To Speak Up On Alleged Complicity

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the Buhari-led Presidency to speak clear the air on the alleged complicity of the military and unnamed officials of the Presidency in the abduction of 300 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara state by terrorists. This is as the party described as alarming, the allegations in the public space, by the Northern Youth Movement, NYM, “of compromises by the military, which paved the way for the invasion of the school reportedly located less than 100 metres to a military checkpoint to abduct over 300 schoolgirls.” In a statement signed by the spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP demanded explanations to reports “that soldiers stormed the community two hours earlier and ordered residents to clear the streets and r...
5G Might Expose Nigeria to Espionage – NSA
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5G Might Expose Nigeria to Espionage – NSA

The office of the national security adviser (NSA) has expressed its fear with the deployment of 5th Generation (5G) technology in the country. Bala Fakandu, director of communications in NSA who appeared before the senate committee on communications on Thursday February 25, said they are concerned about the deliberate vulnerabilities and backdoors within the 5G network equipment, which according to him might expose Nigeria to "eavesdropping, tracking, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage and other malicious activities by foreign actors." Fakandu also asked the ministry of communications and digital economy to carry them along in the formulation of the policy that would guide the use of 5G in the country. He said; “We are concerned about the deliberate vulnerabilit...
Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu Dies From COVID-19 Complications
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Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu Dies From COVID-19 Complications

Former Chief of Naval Administration Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu (rtd) has passed on at the age of 65. Aikhomu died on Thursday morning, February 25,  in Abuja allegedly from COVID-19 complications. The deceased who was the younger brother to former military Vice President, Admiral Augustus Aikhomu (rtd) was until his death, chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS), a company his late brother founded with businessman Captain Hosa Okunbo.
Defence chief approves military cover for oil assets as Nigeria loses 200k barrels daily
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Defence chief approves military cover for oil assets as Nigeria loses 200k barrels daily

The Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, has promised that the military will provide maximum security for Nigeria’s oil and gas assets. Irabor gave the commitment on Wednesday at a meeting with the Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja. “I am delighted that you made this effort, and I tell you that the Armed Forces of Nigeria will collaborate with you to protect NNPC’s assets”, Irabor told Kyari and his management team. Highlighting the significant role of the sector to the economy, the CDS said there was a need for collaboration between the NNPC and the Armed Forces. “Our existence, economically, rests almost solely on the NNPC, and to that extent, we must do everything possible ...
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 ...
Abuja Crash: We Don’t Investigate Military Accidents – AIB
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Abuja Crash: We Don’t Investigate Military Accidents – AIB

The Accident Investigation Bureau , on Sunday , said that it does not investigate military incidents or accidents except when invited . General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB , Mr Tunji Oketunbi, made this known in a message sent to The PUNCH. A jet operated by the Nigerian Air Force had crashed in Abuja earlier today. About six occupants of the military aircraft , King Air 350 , were feared killed in the accident . The jet en route Minna in Niger State crashed close to the runway of the Abuja airport after reporting engine failure. The Minister of Aviation , Hadi Sirika, in a tweet , described the accident as “ fatal ” and prayed for the “ departed souls ” . Reacting , the AIB which is the investigating commission in charge of all aviation- related accidents and incidents in Nigeri...
Abuja Plane Crash: Air Force Confirms 7 Personnel Dead, Orders Investigation
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Abuja Plane Crash: Air Force Confirms 7 Personnel Dead, Orders Investigation

  The Nigeria Air Force has confirmed that seven personnel died on board a military aircraft which crashed at Abuja Airport on Sunday. DAILY POST had reported that the military aircraft, King Air 350 crashed on Sunday morning on the runway of Abuja airport. Confirming the incident, Air Force Director of public relations and information, Air Vice Marshall Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed that an investigation has been ordered to determine cause of plane crash. He urged public to remain calm as he commiserated with families of deceased. On his official Twitter page, he wrote: “This is to confirm that a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure enroute Minna. First responders are a...
Atiku, Saraki React to Military Plane Crash in Abuja Airport
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Atiku, Saraki React to Military Plane Crash in Abuja Airport

  Former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the military plane crash in Abuja. DAILY POST had reported that military aircraft, King Air 350 crashed on Sunday morning on the runway of Abuja airport. Confirming the incident, Air Force Director of public relations and information, Air Vice Marshall Ibikunle Daramola disclosed that an investigation has been ordered to determine cause of plane crash. Reacting, Atiku commiserated with the families of those who lost loved ones in the crash. In a tweet, Atiku wrote: “I have just learnt of the crash of a military aircraft near Abuja. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those onboard the ill-fated flight.” On his part, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki tw...
Breaking: Military Aircraft Crashes in Abuja
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Breaking: Military Aircraft Crashes in Abuja

A military aircraft has crashed in Abuja. The aircraft, King Air 350 en-route to Minna crashed at Bassa Airport Village on Sunday morning, February 21, after reporting engine failure Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika confirmed the crash in a tweet and said it "appears to be fatal”. The Minister also urged Nigerians to be calm and wait for the outcome of an investigation by the military. He wrote: "A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure enroute Minna. It appears to be fatal. We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any." Video shared online shows firefighte...
Tension As Nigerian Military Conducts Air Strikes In Orlu In Search Of ESN
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Tension As Nigerian Military Conducts Air Strikes In Orlu In Search Of ESN

Military fighter jets believed to be deployed by the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force are conducting aerial strikes in Orlu communities in Imo State, which has worsened the already built-up tension in the areas. MCIlearnt that the airstrikes started on Thursday noon, and are connected with the military’s resolve to dislodge the Eastern Security Network operatives said to have strongholds in the forests. The ESN operatives in January had a bloody clash with the Nigerian Army from Obinze barracks, where four soldiers were reportedly killed. A video of the aerial bombardments on Thursday surfaced with fresh tension and anxiety building in the communities. “Nigerian soldiers are currently conducting aerial strikes in our areas. Many innocent lives may be lost. They are ...
Fulani Workers Connived With Others to Abduct, Kill their Employer in Oyo After Collecting rlRansom
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Fulani Workers Connived With Others to Abduct, Kill their Employer in Oyo After Collecting rlRansom

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested three suspected killers of a businessman and farmer, Oluwole Agboola. The suspects, Dahiru Usman, 35, Muhammed Ahmadu, 32, and Ibrahim Mamuda, 20, were paraded by the state Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, on Wednesday, February 10.   Recall that six armed men dressed in military camouflage abducted the University of Ibadan graduate on his piggery/fish farm located at Adegbade village via Aba-odo in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo on Monday, December 28, 2020. His remains were recovered from the bush on Monday, January 11, ten days after ransom was paid by the family. It was gathered that Agboola went to to his farm at about 1:30pm that fateful day after he got news that one of his pigs has given birth to ten pig...
Bandits Planning To Acquire Anti-aircraft Missiles, Attack Military – Sheikh Gumi
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Bandits Planning To Acquire Anti-aircraft Missiles, Attack Military – Sheikh Gumi

Islamic cleric, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, has said that bandits are intensifying attacks and kidnapping in parts of the country. Gumi said the bandits are trying to raise money to acquire anti-aircraft missiles and attack the military. The Islamic cleric, who recently visited forests in Zamfara State to discuss with the bandits, said his interaction with the bandits showed that they engage in kidnapping and collection of ransom to raise money to buy weapons. Gumi on his return from the forest called on the government to grant amnesty to the bandits so they could drop their weapons. The cleric said these in an interview with Punch. While explaining that the bandits were victims seeking justice, Gumi warned that it was important for the government to urgently meet with them bef...
Joe Biden Cancels Funding for Trump’s Border Wall
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Joe Biden Cancels Funding for Trump’s Border Wall

US President, Joe Biden has rescinded the national emergency order used to fund Donald Trump's border wall, stopping one of Trump's trademark immigration policies. Trump declared a state of emergency over the southern border in 2019, which allowed him to bypass Congress and use military funds for its construction. By the time Trump had left office, about $25bn (£18bn) had been spent on the project. In a letter to Congress on Thursday, February 11, Biden wrote that the order was "unwarranted" and said that no further tax dollars will be spent on the wall. In the letter,  Biden also wrote that he would also seek a review of "all resources appropriated or redirected" to the construction of the wall. Ever since Biden became president on January 20, he has made series of ...
Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Gumi, meets with over 500 bandits in Zamfara, appeals to them to repent (photos)
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Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Gumi, meets with over 500 bandits in Zamfara, appeals to them to repent (photos)

Popular Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Dr. Ahmad Gumi, has met with some notorious bandits in Zamfara State and has appealed to them to repent and stop their nefarious activities.   Zamfara state has recorded several attacks from bandits. Recall that after the Kankara school boys were abducted, they were moved to Zamfara state where the negotiation for their release took place before they were returned to Katsina state.     heik GSahara Reporters reports that Sumi began his peace moves with visits to the hideouts of bandits terrorizing Zaria-Giwa roads as well as Birnin Gwari area in Kaduna State earlier in the year.     Speaking during the meeting, top armed commanders of the bandit groups, Kachalla Turji of Shinkafi and Kachalla Muha...
Rahma Indimi celebrates her children’s father Mohammed Babangida as he turns 48
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Rahma Indimi celebrates her children’s father Mohammed Babangida as he turns 48

Rahma Indimi took to Instagram to celebrate her children's father Mohammed Babangida with beautiful words.   The businesswoman shared a photo of herself and Mohammed and wrote: "Happy birthday to my one and only baby daddy... Wishing you the best in everything that you do."     She also shared a photo of a beautiful cake made for Mohammed with photos of herself and their children placed on it and wrote: "Happy birthday to our one and only. May Allah always protect you and may Allah always be there for you."     Rahma who is the daughter of Maiduguri based billionaire and oil magnate, Mohammed Indimi shares 4 children with Mohammed Babangida, the first son of former Nigeria’s military head of state, Ibrahim Babangida.   The...
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...
Myanmar military Takes Control after Detaining leader, Aung San Suu Kyi and other Key Government Figures
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Myanmar military Takes Control after Detaining leader, Aung San Suu Kyi and other Key Government Figures

Myanmar's military has detained the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi along with other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in an apparent coup. A presenter on military-owned Myawaddy TV announced the takeover on Monday February 1 and cited a section of the military-drafted constitution that allows the military to take control in times of national emergency. The presenter said the army carried out the detentions in response to “election fraud” in last November’s poll and its failure to postpone the election because of the coronavirus crisis, handing power to military chief Min Aung Hlaing and imposing a state of emergency for one year, according to a statement on a military-owned television station. The announcement and the declaration of a state of emergen...
Military Dismisses Report that some Chibok Girls were Rescued from Boko Haram Captivity
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Military Dismisses Report that some Chibok Girls were Rescued from Boko Haram Captivity

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, has dismissed reports claiming the military recently rescued some Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted in 2014. Last week, DailyTrust had reported that some parents of the abducted school girls claimed they have received reports that some of their daughters have been rescued. The report claimed the girls were rescued during a clearance operation in the Northeast. However at a briefing in Borno state on Sunday, January 31, the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, denied the report. “We do not have any of the Chibok girls in our custody. So if they are not with us we have nothing to confirm again. It was the desire of the military the get the Chibok girls back safely and if our operations have helped those sai...
Boko Haram Kills 2 Policemen and 1 CJTF Member as Service Chiefs Visit Maiduguri
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Boko Haram Kills 2 Policemen and 1 CJTF Member as Service Chiefs Visit Maiduguri

A military base and a police check-point in Borno State were reportedly attacked by Boko Haram insurgents on Sunday January 31, same day the newly appointed service chiefs arrived Maiduguri on an operational visit. Daily Trust reported that two policemen and one member of Civilian Joint Task Force were killed during the attack which occurred at the checkpoint along Maiduguri / Gubio highway by 12:30pm on Sunday. A security source said the insurgents burnt one utility vehicle and made away with another after they displaced the security personnel stationed at the joint checkpoint. The source said; “The incident occurred at outskirts of Magumeri and Chabol, we have reported that two police officers and a member of cjtf have lost their lives in the ambushed." Top CJTF member, Ba...
South Africa’s Military Ends Hijab Ban For Muslims
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South Africa’s Military Ends Hijab Ban For Muslims

South Africa's military has changed its dress policy to allow Muslim women to wear hijabs with their uniforms. It is a victory for Maj Fatima Isaacs, who led a three-year legal battle for her religious right to wear a headscarf beneath her military beret. The change of heart comes after the military dropped charges against Maj Isaacs for wearing one. She had faced dismissal for "wilful defiance and disobeying a lawful command" for refusing to remove it. Maj Isaacs, who works as a clinical forensic pathologist at a military hospital, told the Cape Times it was a victory not only for her, but all people who were "silently victimised" because of their religion. "We are living in a democratic country which means that there should be no discrimination with regards to religiou...
Why Is Military In Orlu And Not Police? – Kingsley Moghalu
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Why Is Military In Orlu And Not Police? – Kingsley Moghalu

A former presidential candidate Kingsley Moghalu has questioned the operation of the military in Orlu, Imo State. Soldiers invaded Orlu on Monday and engaged a group believed to be members of the Eastern Security Network of the Indigenous People of Biafra in a duel, sending residents scampering for safety. The incident forced Governor Hope Uzodimma to impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew in 12 local government areas of Imo West Senatorial District. Tweeting on Wednesday, Moghalu said the presence of the military in a police matter should be questioned. He said: “I regret the deaths of Nigerians in Orlu reportedly resulting initially from clashes between Nigerian soldiers and civilians. @Govhopeuzodinma has imposed a curfew to restore order, but the situation raises important questio...
IPOB defends Eastern Security Network’s clash with soldiers in Orlu
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IPOB defends Eastern Security Network’s clash with soldiers in Orlu

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has defended the clash between its security outfit, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and the miitary on Monday January 25 in Orlu, Imo state.   IPOB’s spokesman Emma Powerful in a statement released on Tuesday January 26, accused Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state of working with the Army to attack and flush out ESN officers from the bushes where they are operating from.   While the Nigerian Army said only one person died in the crossfire that ensued, IPOB insisted that five people were killed and several others were injured in the skirmish between ESN and soldiers drawn from the 34 Artillery Brigade in Obinze.   “ESN personnel are in the bush and forest chasing…terrorists and herdsmen who are over there terrorising o...
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...
Coronavirus Vaccine: Military To Support Rollout Logistics
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Coronavirus Vaccine: Military To Support Rollout Logistics

The military will help the government with the delivery of Coronavirus vaccines to the public set to begin next month, the defence ministry said Thursday. According to the ministry’s policy plan for the new year, the government will set up a 41-member Coronavirus vaccine logistics support team, comprised mostly of service members and headed by the Army’s Vice Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Park Ju-Kyeong. President Moon Jae-in said earlier that the government will provide free of charge COVID-19 vaccines to all South Koreans starting in February. “The actual delivery will be done using private infrastructure as much as possible. Which company will be in charge is yet to be decided,’’ an official told reporters. The military’s main tasks will include escorting the vaccines from the airpo...
Outside Maiduguri, Nobody is Safe in Borno – Dean of Borno Elders Forum, Prof Dikwa says
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Outside Maiduguri, Nobody is Safe in Borno – Dean of Borno Elders Forum, Prof Dikwa says

Prof. Khalifa Dikwa, Dean of Borno Elders Forum has raised an alarm of nobody being safe in Borno state except in the state capital, Maiduguri. Speaking in an interview on Channels Television, Dikwa stated that even when Boko Haram insurgents are not physically present, they psychologically disturbing the people. He said;   “Even if they (Boko Haram) are not physically there, they are psychologically there, disturbing the people. “From time to time, they ride their motorcycles, come and harass them to pay levies and so on. Outside Maiduguri, no even five kilometres, nobody is safe. And they can strike at any time.” Dikwa also alleged that the military did not heed to the advice of the Private Military Contractor (PMC) to man the country’s land borders after they ...
Buhari’s effort on security is not good enough – Katsina senator
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Buhari’s effort on security is not good enough – Katsina senator

Senator representing Katsina north, Ahmed Baba Kaita has lashed out at President Buhari over the level of insecurity being witnessed in the country.   Speaking at a plenary session on Tuesday December 1, Kaita pointed out the need for reassessment of the effort of the military in combating the insurgency in the north-east.   He said;   “It (insecurity) is now facing us eyeball to eyeball, we have to sit down with this military and reassess their performance in the north-east. “Day in day out, same scenarios keep repeating themselves, then something is fundamentally wrong. If we allow this go, let’s be ready for another mourning. “Despite the efforts of the federal government on the security issues of Nigeria – I totally believe the president is doing hi...
Zabarmari Attack: Villagers Provide Information To Boko Haram – Major General Enenche
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Zabarmari Attack: Villagers Provide Information To Boko Haram – Major General Enenche

John Enenche, coordinator of defence media operations, says some residents of Borno state sabotage the efforts of the military by providing information on its movement and activities to Boko Haram. Enenche said this on Monday while answering questions on the killing of 45 farmers at Zabarmari in Jere local government area of Borno state by the insurgents when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television. He said information gathered from the attack showed that some of the insurgents were already cohabiting with the villagers before the attack. Asked how the military had no prior intelligence on the attack, Enenche said the army needs information from locals to aid its operation. “That has been our worry. It’s a concern to us. You need a guide, you need i...
South-West Ministers Demand Probe Of Military Over Lekki Shooting
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South-West Ministers Demand Probe Of Military Over Lekki Shooting

Ministers from the south-west who were directed to relocate to their home states to douse the tension created by the #ENDSARS protests have presented their report to the federal executive council (FEC). In the report presented earlier on Wednesday, they demanded a thorough investigation into the Lekki toll plaza shooting incident, particularly the role of the military. Armed men in military uniform had invaded the protest ground at Lekki tollgate in Lagos to forcefully disperse protesters. The incident sparked an outrage within and outside the country, with controversy on whether people were killed or not.
I Never Ordered Military To Kill Igbos In Rivers – Wike On Oyigbo Killings
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I Never Ordered Military To Kill Igbos In Rivers – Wike On Oyigbo Killings

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has described the allegation that he ordered the Nigerian Army to kill Igbos in Oyigbo Local Government Area, as a politically motivated falsehood. He maintained that curfew was imposed in Oyigbo to restore calm after members of proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organisations of Biafra (IPOB) killed 6 soldiers, 4 policemen and destroyed all police stations and court buildings there. Governor Wike gave the explanation on a live television programme in Port Harcourt on Monday. He said t1he narrative that Igbos were being killed by the military is intended to shift attention from the despicable activities of IPOB in Oyigbo, which is a boundary area adjoining Abia State. "I know that this is not the first time, IPOB has used Oyigbo as launchin...
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 ...
Enugu EndSARS Stray Bullet Saga: No Governor Orders The Military – Army Officer
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Enugu EndSARS Stray Bullet Saga: No Governor Orders The Military – Army Officer

One of the soldiers mobilized by the military to protect the innocent female students at Queens School Enugu, last Saturday, following a security report that armed hoodlums and criminals parading themselves as #EnuguSARS protesters wanted to invade the school in search of COVID-19 palliatives, has opened up on what transpired, contrary to the stories being peddled on the social media. The soldier who spoke to our correspondent in confidence disclosed that there was no directive from anybody, as being mischievously peddled on social media, to shoot or kill the hoodlums and criminals who in their numbers, some with weapons, attempted to overpower the security agencies and forcefully invade the school, where the young girls are staying. The military officer stated categorically that...
”Na soldiers kill people for Lekki”- Dino Melaye sings in new music video
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”Na soldiers kill people for Lekki”- Dino Melaye sings in new music video

Dino Melaye has released yet another music video.   In the video shared on his Twitter handle this morning, the politician dressed in military fatigues, insisted that the military killed the End SARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate on Tuesday, October 20.   Watch the video below   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Lindaikejiblog (@lindaikejiblogofficial) on Oct 24, 2020 at 1:40am PDT
SERAP to sue Nigerian Government and ‘compel’ Buhari administration to protect citizens
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SERAP to sue Nigerian Government and ‘compel’ Buhari administration to protect citizens

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has said that it will sue the Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari. The suit, according to SERAP, will also compel the government to protect the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens.   According to the rights group, SERAP - who on Wednesday submitted a report to the International Criminal Court informing them of the alleged killing of protesters by the Nigerian military - the suit comes after the inability and unwillingness of government to stop the ongoing crisis in the country caused by the government's refusal to meet the demands of the #EndSARS protesters. "President Buhari’s government seems unwilling or unable to stop the violence, looting and killings by armed thugs in Lagos and other...
EndSARS: “Stop Violent Crackdown On Protesters” – Joe Biden To Buhari & Military
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EndSARS: “Stop Violent Crackdown On Protesters” – Joe Biden To Buhari & Military

US Presidential candidate, Joe Biden has reacted to the shooting of #EndSARS Protesters by Security agents on Tuesday evening in Lekki area of Lagos. Biden, in a statement on Wednesday called on Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari to stop using Military force on protesters. VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA – STATEMENT BY VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths. My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence. The United States must stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy. I encourage the government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civi...
NBA Condemns Lekki Killings, Sets To Begin Legal Actions Against FG, Military
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NBA Condemns Lekki Killings, Sets To Begin Legal Actions Against FG, Military

The Nigerian Bar Association on Tuesday condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at Lekki tollgate in Lagos. The NBA President, Mr Olumide Akpata, stated in a statement asked the Nigerian Army to immediately identify the soldiers who carried out the attack and dismiss them from service. He also said the association would immediately commence legal actions against the Nigerian government and the Army at both international and local fora. He said the suits would be initiated by the NBA on behalf of the families of the victims, “for abuse of power, disregard of rules of engagement and the infringement of the fundamental rights (including right to life) of the affected citizens”. He stated in the statement titled, ‘Nigerian Bar Association condemns the ...
Military Started Development, Democracy & Free Market Economy- Babangida
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Military Started Development, Democracy & Free Market Economy- Babangida

Former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida speaks on military intervention among other issues during an appearance on Channels television’s NewsNight which aired on October 2, 2020. Former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, on Friday said the military provided Nigeria with the democracy being enjoyed today. Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s NewsNight, Babangida said contrary to claims that the military was responsible for the problems in the country; it rather provided the nation with development. “No, we didn’t provide problems. We tried to provide the framework upon which subsequent governments who are going to come after us could build upon,” he said. “Most of the infrastructural developments, even the democracy, we midwifed it. We started devel...
Photos Of Gana’s Native Doctor Arrested After Military Raid On Shrine In Benue
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Photos Of Gana’s Native Doctor Arrested After Military Raid On Shrine In Benue

Troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade, Nigerian Army, on Monday 29th January 2018, raided the shrine and suspected hideout of a notorious native Doctor, Mr. Tordue Gber (Tiv Swem), who act as spiritual adviser to the wanted armed criminal militias at Tor-Dunga town, Katsina-Ala Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State. During the operation, the troops succeeded in arresting the occupant, Gber (Tiv Swem), who is an ally of the wanted notorious criminal, Akwazar Terwase (alias Gana). It will be recalled that he was declared wanted by the security agencies and has been at large since 2016. Preliminary investigation shows that Mr. Tordue Gber (Tiv Swem) acts as spiritual counselor that provides Gana with “diabolical” powers and the shrine serves as hideout for wanted armed militia,...
Fear Of Probe Made Military Manipulate 1999 Election In Obasanjo’s Favour – Falae
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Fear Of Probe Made Military Manipulate 1999 Election In Obasanjo’s Favour – Falae

Chief Olu Falae, a former Min­ister of Finance and Secretary to the Government of the Fed­eration (SGF), said on Wednes­day that fear of probe was pri­marily responsible for why the military foisted former Pres­ident Olusegun Obasanjo on Nigerians in 1999. Falae, who said he won the presidential election, claimed that the military hierarchy who organised the election then preferred one of their own to win in order to protect their interests and shield them from investiga­tions. According to the result re­leased by the Independent Na­tional Electoral Commission (INEC), Obasanjo, who ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), de­feated Olu Falae, who was the joint candidate of the defunct All Peoples Party (APP) and the Alliance for Democracy (AD). Speaking in a...
We Could Have Used Military, Police To Overrun Some PDP States – Buhari
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We Could Have Used Military, Police To Overrun Some PDP States – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the governing All Progressives Congress could have used the military, police and other security agencies to overrun opposition states during the 2019 general election if it wanted but chose to be impartial in the exercise. Speaking at a meeting with North-East governors on Monday, Buhari said the government wanted to show Nigerians that it was humane. Among the Peoples Democratic Party governors, who attended the meeting at Aso Rock were Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba). The President, who was speaking on the insecurity in the region, remarked that given what his administration inherited in 2015, Nigerians know that it had done its best. He said, “We have problems with resources and securit...

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