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Biafra group, Cameroon forces exchange gunfire at Bakassi Peninsula
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Biafra group, Cameroon forces exchange gunfire at Bakassi Peninsula

Biafra Nations League, BNL and a troop of the Cameroon Brigade d’Intervention Rapide, BIR, were on Saturday engaged in a fierce gun battle at Isangele, Bakassi Peninsula area. The gunbattle reportedly left some members of the BIR dead. The BNL Chief Head of Operations, Henry Edet, confirmed the attack in a brief statement saying, “Militant group loyal to BNL and Cameroon forces exchanged fire in Isangele, Bakassi Peninsula.” He claimed the “Two Cameroon BIR dropped dead during an exchange of gunfire in Bakassi Peninsula.” Recall that the BNL had recently revealed its plans to completely shut down the Gulf of Guinea, threatening to hoist the Biafran flag. The group said it would carry out its threat of hoisting the Biafran flags in Bakassi Peninsula to mark the Biafra Day mem...
We Will Avenge Death Of Every Herdsman Killed In South-East By IPOB – Miyetti Allah
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We Will Avenge Death Of Every Herdsman Killed In South-East By IPOB – Miyetti Allah

One of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has urged security agencies to deal with “terrorists killing” Fulani herders in the South-East. Spokesman for the group, Saleh Alhassan, disclosed this while reacting to the killing of one of the commanders of Indigenous People of Biafra gunned down by security operatives last Saturday. Police operatives and their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services had killed an IPOB leader, one Commander Ikonso and six other militia members in Imo state. The IPOB men, who were members of the secessionist group’s security arm, the Eastern Security Network, were killed during an early morning raid on their hideout at Awomama village, Oru East Local Government Area of the state las...
Army To Take Legal Action On Posting Photos Of Dead Soldiers On Social Media
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Army To Take Legal Action On Posting Photos Of Dead Soldiers On Social Media

PROTEST AGAINST INDISCRIMINATE AND INSENSITIVE SHARING OF GRAPHIC PICTURES OF KILL-IN-ACTION SOLDIERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA The Nigerian Army condemns in the strongest term possible, the indiscriminate sharing on social media of graphic pictures of personnel who paid the supreme price in the cause of defending and protecting the country from its adversaries. This act is not only unpatriotic but very insensitive and utterly reprehensible. Officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army deployed to various theatres of internal security operations are on legitimate duties and are in the harm’s way to defend and protect the country from those who are intent on destroying it. In the course of carrying out this constitutional mandate, troops put their lives on the line to ensure that innocent...
Mainok: Nigerian Army Confirms Death Of Officer, Soldiers in Boko Haram Attack
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Mainok: Nigerian Army Confirms Death Of Officer, Soldiers in Boko Haram Attack

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

Following the death of the leader of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, Commander Ikonso, yesterday, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Sunday said that the military wing of the group has gotten a new commander. A tactical team of the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Army, and Department of State Services (DSS), in a joint operation early Saturday, stormed the operational headquarters of the ESN in Awomama, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, killing Ikonso and six members of the group. Barely 24 hours after Ikonso’s death, IPOB announced new commander but declined to make his name public. Disclosing this when he appeared on Channels Tv, Sunday Politics, IPOB Secretary, Emma Powerful also denied ESN’s involvement of yesterday’s attack on Hope Uzodinma’s house. “ESN are no...
Eliminate Boko Haram Leader Just As You Crushed Ikonso – Omokri Challenge Army
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Eliminate Boko Haram Leader Just As You Crushed Ikonso – Omokri Challenge Army

An ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has challenged Nigerian security agencies to eliminate the leader of Boko Haram terrorist sect, Abubakar Shekau, with the same force the security agencies used to crush a top member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, one Commander Ikonso. The PUNCH had earlier reported that police operatives and their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services killed the IPOB commander and six other militia members in Imo State. The IPOB men, who were members of the secessionist group’s security arm, the Eastern Security Network, were killed during an early morning raid on their hideout at Awomama village, Oru East Local Government Area of the state on Saturday. IPOB has since threatened “madness”, saying...
Army Raids Imo Communities, Arrests Youths, Residents Over IPOB, ESN Membership
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Army Raids Imo Communities, Arrests Youths, Residents Over IPOB, ESN Membership

The Nigerian Army has deployed its personnel to some Imo State communities to carry out raids, discreet searches and arrests of youths and residents who are suspected to be linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra and its security arm, the Eastern Security Network. Multiple sources told SaharaReporters that the military personnel, suspected to be led by the 34 Artillery Brigade, Owerri, since Sunday have been arresting male residents and youths, particularly in Oguta and Ohaji communities and clamping them into vans and taken to unknown destinations. “We have been getting distress calls from our relatives and people that the army sent its men to surround communities in Ohaji, Osu, Agwa and Izombe. They have been abducting some male youths It is an abduction because nobody a...
ISWAP Elements Who Attacked Damasak Were On Revenge Mission – Nigerian Army
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ISWAP Elements Who Attacked Damasak Were On Revenge Mission – Nigerian Army

A senior Commander of ISWAP, Bukar Gana Fitchmeram (aka Abu Aisha), and scores of his fighters who were on revenge mission at Damasak, fell to the fire power of Nigerian troops Thursday. The terrorist and his fighters met their waterloo as they made a come-back following the neutralization of 12 high value ISWAP commanders in Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State in a week-long air and ground operations by the Nigerian military. In a well-coordinated ground bombardments and aerial strikes by the Nigerian military on various locations in the Northeast, the terrorists who were denied any sanctuary or respite desperately conducted two separate failed attacks on Gajiram and Damasak. The deadly air strikes conducted on Tudun Wulgo, Zari and Tumbun Alhaji, Kusuma, Sigir in Ngala an...
Boko Haram’s Take-Over Of Damasak Is A Blatant Misinformation – Nigerian Army
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Boko Haram’s Take-Over Of Damasak Is A Blatant Misinformation – Nigerian Army

The reports in a section of the media that Boko Haram terrorists have overran and in control of Damasak town is blatant misinformation. There was an attack by the terrorists sometime yesterday but they were effectively repelled by own troops. As we speak, troops are in total control of the general area and as can be seen in the attached video, the Commander of 5 Brigade, Brig Gen SS Tilawan, is driving round the town earlier this afternoon to assess the general situation following the cowardly attack by the terrorists who sneaked in from the northern flank yesterday in active collaboration of some local informants. The Nigerian Army wishes to assure residents of Damasak and adjoining communities to remain calm as mop operation by the troops are ongoing to flush out the remnant of...
Afaka 39: Army Releases Names Of Rescued Students
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Afaka 39: Army Releases Names Of Rescued Students

The Nigerian Army has released the names of rescued students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna who were kidnapped by bandits on 11 March 21. The recovered students, according to the Director, Army Public Relation, Brigadier General Brigadier Mohammed Yerima, are Abubakar Yakubu, Francis Paul, Obadiya Habakkuk, Amina Yusuf and Maryam Danladi. He said, “The rescued students are currently receiving medical attention in a military facility in Kaduna. “The GOC 1 Division, Maj Gen DH Ali-Keffi has commended the troops for their effort and charged them not to rest on their oars until all kidnap victims are rescued and returned to their families.” Daily Trust had earlier reported that parents of the students had neither met nor been told the identities of ...
Nigerian Troops Rescue 5 Out Of 39 Abducted Kaduna College Students
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Nigerian Troops Rescue 5 Out Of 39 Abducted Kaduna College Students

Five of the 39 kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka Kaduna have regained freedom after 25 days in captivity. Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the development in a statement on Monday evening. He said the five students were recovered by troops of the Nigerian Army on Monday afternoon. Mr Aruwan said they were undergoing thorough medical check-up at a military facility. According to him: “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. “The Kaduna St...
Proceeds Of Banditry, Kidnapping Used In Funding Boko Haram – El-Rufai
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Proceeds Of Banditry, Kidnapping Used In Funding Boko Haram – El-Rufai

El-Rufai disclosed this while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’ programme. The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai says money realised from banditry and kidnapping is being used to fund the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East. El-Rufai disclosed this while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’ programme. He said gunmen are targetting his state because the government refused to give them money and negotiate with them. “Bandits and kidnappers are targetting Kaduna State because we refused to give them money and negotiate with them. “The solution to our security problem is partly state police and we are working on that. No civilised society sits back when its sovereignty is challenged. The first thing to do is to wipe ou...
Recruit 50 Million Youths Into Army To Fight Insecurity – Tinubu To FG
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Recruit 50 Million Youths Into Army To Fight Insecurity – Tinubu To FG

All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, on Monday, urged the Federal Government to recruit at least 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army to boost Nigeria’s fight against terrorism, banditry and all forms of internal and external security threats confronting the nation. Tinubu spoke at the 12th colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday in Kano State. He said, “We are under-policed and we are competing with armed robbers and bandits to recruit from the youths who are unemployed —33 per cent unemployed?” “Recruit 50 million youths into the army,” he stated, adding that “what they will eat —cassava, corn, yam, will grow here.” The APC chieftain, while reacting to recent statistics by the National Bureau of Statistics that over 23 million Nigerians are jobless, als...
Army Denies Killing Woman During Protest in Southern Kaduna
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Army Denies Killing Woman During Protest in Southern Kaduna

The Nigerian army has denied killing a woman during a protest at Gon Gora, Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Ibrahim Shittu, Media Officer of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) described the claim as "malicious and false". Shittu said the woman was hit by a stray bullet during another violent protest staged by a group of women in the community. He said; “To set the record straight, on March 5, following a reported case of the destruction of a farmland belonging to one Mr Ibrahim Amako by a group of herders numbering five, the Secretary to the District Head of Gon Gora, Mr Ayuba Bungon, intervened in the case where he facilitated the payment of the N300,000 compensation to appease the victim. “On March 6, at about 6:55 p.m. while on routine patrol, our troops were...
One Killed In Southern Kaduna As Soldiers Shoot At Protesting Women
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One Killed In Southern Kaduna As Soldiers Shoot At Protesting Women

Soldiers Open Fire On Women Protesting Against Indiscriminate Arrest Of Southern Kaduna Youths, Kill One, Injure Many Others. At least one person was killed when operatives of the Nigerian Army opened fire on women demontrating against incessant arrest of their children by the military in Southern Kaduna, SaharaReporters has gathered. The deceased was identified as Naomi John. A source told SaharaReporters that the soldiers have been ransacking homes from Goran Sagwaza, Goran Bafai and Goran Gan communities, arresting innocent youths defending the communities from Fulani herdsmen. “Of late, you know the killings have not really stopped in Southern Kaduna, yesterday, the women from Southern Kaduna staged a protest against the indiscriminate arrest of young persons in Goran S...
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...
“We Are Coming For You”: Army Chief, Attahiru Tells Dokubo, Igboho
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“We Are Coming For You”: Army Chief, Attahiru Tells Dokubo, Igboho

The army will soon move against separatist agitators such as Sunday Igboho and Asari Dokubo, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. -Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru said on Monday. Attahiru’s warning was delivered in Uyo at the first Commanding Officers’ Workshop 2021. Igboho recently unilaterally declared that the South west part of the country was no longer part of Nigeria. Dokubo had also announced the establishment of Biafra Customary Government in which he incorporated some parts of the South east and South south as part of the territory. But Attahiru promised that the Nigerian Army will deal decisively with every form of security threats confronting the nation, including those posed by the secessionist agitators like Igboho and Dokubo. Attahiru assured the nation that the Nigerian ...
Army Recalls 149 Soldiers Dismissed For Fleeing Over Lack Of Equipment To Fight
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Army Recalls 149 Soldiers Dismissed For Fleeing Over Lack Of Equipment To Fight

The Nigerian Army has recalled about 149 soldiers of the 153 Infantry Battalion, Marte accused of abandoning the Boko Haram insurgency fight and fleeing over alleged inadequate provision of arms and ammunition. SaharaReporters gathered that the soldiers absconded from duty after insurgents attacked their camps, leaving scores of their colleagues dead. The insurgents had on Monday, February 15 overrun Marte. While most of the villagers ran away for safety, some were held by the insurgents. SaharaReporters gathered that the gunmen came with heavy machine guns and trucks, and took possession of the military formation in the community, including high profile fighting equipment and vehicles. At least 10 soldiers were killed during the incident. The gunmen also set ablaze t...
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. ...
Boko Haram Releases Pictures Of 16 Soldiers Killed In An Ambush In Borno, Counters Nigerian Army
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Boko Haram Releases Pictures Of 16 Soldiers Killed In An Ambush In Borno, Counters Nigerian Army

Militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād, have released pictures of 15 soldiers killed by the group during an ambush on Nigerian soldiers in Monguno, Borno state. This is contrary to a statement by the Nigerian army that four soldiers died in the attack. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima had on Monday said the encounters, which took place on the Tumbus of Lake Chad’s fringes, led to the destruction of the terrorists’ gun trucks and recovery of a large cache of arms and ammunition. He added that the combined troops of Sector 2 advanced and cleared Daban Massara and Ali Sherifti villages among other settlements before t...
Major U.I Urang Killed In Boko Haram Ambush In Borno
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Major U.I Urang Killed In Boko Haram Ambush In Borno

Tears flowed as News filtered in last night that one of Obolo's (Andoni) finest Soldier was ambushed and killed by Boko Haram Insurgents in the Gudumbali general area of Borno State. His 10-vehicle convoy was on its way to the Gudumbali area from the town of Kukawa for a military operation against the insurgents when it came under fire. In the fierce battle that occurred during the attack, Major Urang and other troop members were severely wounded and paid the ultimate price while the Nigerian Army killed “scores of the terrorists” who came with rocket launchers and grenades. Until his death, Major U. I Urang was the commanding officer 123 Special forces battalion of the Nigerian Army and had led many successful operations against the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP)...
Service Chiefs Visit Gusau, Zamfara
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Service Chiefs Visit Gusau, Zamfara

His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Zamfara State Dr. @Bellomatawalle1 MON received the delegation of the Nigerian Army (Service Chiefs) in his office at the State Government House, Gusau where they discussed issues on security.
Sheikh Gumi Replies Army, Says ‘I Was Misunderstood’
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Sheikh Gumi Replies Army, Says ‘I Was Misunderstood’

Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, has clarified that the religious bias in the Nigerian Army was between 2010 and 2015. He explained that his earlier comments were misunderstood, blaming media reports for the misunderstanding. The retired general noted that he had a good understanding of the Nigerian Army, adding that many things have not changed since he left the force. In a clip, the islamic scholar was seen telling the bandits that soldiers are divided into Muslims and non-Muslims. But the Nigerian Army cautioned Gumi against making divisive and disparaging utterances against the military institutions. The army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, while reacting to the video, said the army did not deploy its troops along ethnic or religious lines as stated...
Army Warns Gumi, Others Against Unguarded Utterances
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Army Warns Gumi, Others Against Unguarded Utterances

The Nigerian Army has warned popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi and other “ opinion merchants” in the country to exercise restraint with their utterances and not drag the Army to disrepute . The Army said contrary to Gumi ’s statements to bandits recently that Christian soldiers were the ones killing the bandits, the Army does not deploy troops along religious or ethnic lines . This was contained in a statement issued on Monday titled, ‘ Nigerian Army Does Not Deploy Its Troops Along Ethnic Or Religious Lines’. The statement was signed by Director , Army Public Relations , Mohammed Yerima . It read , “ The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video- clip showing the renowned and respected Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, alleging that non - Muslim...
Nigerian Army Approves New Postings And Appointments
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Nigerian Army Approves New Postings And Appointments

In a bid to re-position the Nigerian Army (NA) for optimal performance, the NA has released postings and appointments of some affected senior officers. The posting which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, is a normal routine aimed at re-invigorating the system. The major highlights of the postings and appointments include; -Major General AS Maikobi from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command and appointed Commander, -Major General DC Onyemulu from Armed Forces Simulation Centre to Special Task Force (Operation SAFE HAVEN) and appointed Commander, -Major General SA Yaro from Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guarantee to Nigerian Defence Academy as Commandant, -Major G...
Soldiers Arrest 5 Fulani Suspects With Vehicle Load Of Rifles In Abuja
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Soldiers Arrest 5 Fulani Suspects With Vehicle Load Of Rifles In Abuja

Troops of the Nigerian Army have arrested five suspected Fulani armed robbers in the Kuje area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with two vehicles containing locally made guns. SaharaReporters learnt that the Fulani suspects were nabbed by troops of 176 Battalion, Gwagwalada, during a stop and search operation at the entrance of Kuje Area council on Thursday. It was gathered that the men were arrested inside two Golf cars with the weapons, after credible intelligence was given to the troops on duty. A source said the suspects were still undergoing interrogation after which they would be handed over to the police for prosecution. “The Fulani men were rounded up by troops of 176 Battalion during the routine stop-and-search in the Kuje area. They hid several locally mad...
Army Declares 101 Soldiers Wanted, Freezes Bank Accounts
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Army Declares 101 Soldiers Wanted, Freezes Bank Accounts

At least three majors, three captains and six lieutenants were among those declared wanted for fleeing the insurgents last month in Borno. The Nigerian Army has ordered the immediate arrest of officers accused of deserting their posts during the Boko Haram on New Marte and Dikwa towns of Maidiguri. Military documents obtained by Peoples Gazette carried a list of 101 names, ranks and bank details of errant soldiers. Theatre Command Headquarters of “Operation Lafiya Dole” in Maiduguri requested that the Defence Headquarters freeze the listed accounts and apprehend the alleged deserters if found. “You are requested to declare the named officers and soldiers deserters WEF 19 Feb 21,” the document said. A spokesman for the Nigerian Army did not immediately return a request seek...
Fire Guts Nigerian Army Headquarters In Abuja
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Fire Guts Nigerian Army Headquarters In Abuja

A fire incident has occurred at the Nigerian Army Headquarters complex in Abuja, destroying some properties. The fire which started around 10:30 am was said to have affected the second floor which also houses the office of the Chief Of Army Staff. Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima confirmed the incident in a statement. “Electrical fault sparked a minor fire incident at the Army Headquarters Complex, Abuja, Tuesday morning,” he said. “The incident which happened at about 10.15 am was as a result of minor electrical fault in one of the offices. “The Army Headquarters complex is currently undergoing some renovation involving electrical rework. “The Nigerian Army Fire Service Department has since put out the fire. No casualty was recorded du...
Olowu Of Kuta Honours Tukur Buratai With Thanksgiving
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Olowu Of Kuta Honours Tukur Buratai With Thanksgiving

That his legacy is speaking loud soon after leaving the saddle as Nigerian army Chief of Staff and his achievements so much barely six years in office that it would be a tough task for successors to surpass them, is a testimony that Retired General Yusuf Tukur Buratai is indeed a go-getter of high standard. Quite unusual in an age of euro-worship, Buratai is better known for the results of his career accomplishments. As head of the army of a nation known as Giant of Africa, Buratai worked to assemble a leadership team, hence the remarkable result and commendations from different spheres of society where his achievements have cut across. For accomplishing such incredible goals as COAS, a foremost traditional ruler in the Southwest, the Olowu of Kuta Kingdom, Oba Adekunle Oyelude M...
Obigbo Women Wore Same Underwear For 4 Months In Army Detention – Intersociety
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Obigbo Women Wore Same Underwear For 4 Months In Army Detention – Intersociety

About 50 women allegedly arrested by the Nigerian Army during the crisis in Obigbo, Rivers State, last October, were forced to wear the same set of underwear for four months in military detention, a civil rights group, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, has said. The Intersociety noted on Tuesday that there were fears that some of the ladies, who were recently freed after a prolonged legal intervention, could have infections such as sexually transmitted diseases as some of them claimed to have been serially raped. SaharaReporters had on February 16 reported that going by the accounts of two of the girls, they were routinely raped by soldiers during the months they spent at the detention facility in Mogadishu Barracks, Asokoro. The victims said they ...
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 ...
Don’t Push Us To War, FCT Natives Warn FG, Army Over Land Tussle
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Don’t Push Us To War, FCT Natives Warn FG, Army Over Land Tussle

The Coalition of FCT Indigenous Associations has warned the Federal Government not to push them into violence over the alleged forceful takeover of their land by the Nigerian Army. The group said it would no longer sit and watch the military who were statutorily mandated to protect them to force them out of their fathers’ land. The leader of the group, Dalhatu Ezekiel, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja while addressing journalists on the suit file by the group challenging the forceful take over of their lands in the Iddo-Tungan Maje axis by the Nigerian Army at the FCT high court. He said: “Even though we have repeatedly said we will not take arms but it seems Nigeria government is doing what they know best by pushing citizens to carry arms. By pushing citizens to go to war an...
Stop Tagging Soldiers As Muslims, Christians – Shehu Sani Replies Gumi
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Stop Tagging Soldiers As Muslims, Christians – Shehu Sani Replies Gumi

Former Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani, has urged Nigerians to stop referring to soldiers as Muslims or Christians. Sen. Sani in a Twitter post warned that such would lead to the sowing of religious seeds in the minds of the troop. It would be recalled that controversial cleric, Sheik Gumi recently made some religious divisive statements on the Nigerian Army. “What I want you people to understand is, soldiers that are involved in most of the criminalities are not Muslims. You know, soldiers have Muslims and none-Muslims. The non-Muslims are the ones causing confusion just to ignite crisis,” Gumi said. Sani in his post condemned the act of referencing soldiers with their faith. Referencing our soldiers as Muslims or Christians is a condemnable ...
Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru Gives Troops 48-Hours Ultimatum To Recover Marte, Others
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Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru Gives Troops 48-Hours Ultimatum To Recover Marte, Others

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru has given 48 hours ultimatum to the troops of the Nigerian Army, Operation Lafiya Dole, to clear Marte Local Government Area of Borno State, which was recently attacked and taken over by the Boko Haram sect. He also directed the troops to clear Kirenowa, Kirta, Wulgo, Chikingudo communities of Marte and Ngala LGAs in the state. Attahiru gave the ultimatum on Sunday while addressing troops of the Nigerian Army Super Camp 9, Dikwa. He said: “areas around Marte, Chikingudu, Wulgo Kirenowa and Kirta must be cleared in the next 48 hours. “You should be rest assured of all support you required in this very onerous task. “I have just spoken to the Theater Commander and the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, you ...
63 Obigbo Residents Regain Freedom After 4 Months In Dungeons
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63 Obigbo Residents Regain Freedom After 4 Months In Dungeons

At least 63 residents of Obigbo in Rivers State have regained their freedom after four months in different security personnel dungeons in Abuja. The residents who were rendered incommunicado throughout their period of captivity were freed following the consideration of a bail application filed on Wednesday, 10th February, 2021 before an Abuja Grade 11 Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse by a human rights lawyer, Barr. E.R Okoroafor. This was contained in a statement made available to Vanguard by an Onitsha-based human rights group, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Intersociety, on Thursday. According to the statement which was signed by the rights group’s Chairman of Board of Trustees, Emeka Umeagbalasi, and other principal officers, 53 other residen...
Army Confirms Joint Operation With Police In Orlu LG, Imo State To Root Out IPOB
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Army Confirms Joint Operation With Police In Orlu LG, Imo State To Root Out IPOB

The 34 artillery brigade Obinze of the Nigerian army has confirmed an ongoing Joint military and Police operation in Orsu local government area of Imo state and its neighboring communities following an intelligent report of the existence and establishment of illegal camps allegedly built by suspected members of the Indigenous people of Biafra IPOB eastern security network ESN. Confirming the joint operation, the Public relations officer of the brigade, Lieutenant Babatunde Zubairu says available intelligence reports reveal that some unknown armed men suspected to be members of the Eastern security Network of IPOB have built illegal training camps in the areas with the intention of causing breach of security and destabilizing peace in the area. In an effort to ensure that there’s ...
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 ...
We Are Now Ready For Criticisms From Nigerians – Army
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We Are Now Ready For Criticisms From Nigerians – Army

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

The Nigerian army has denied the secret execution of 6 Nigerian soldiers as reported by News Express. Here is the News Express report on the alleged execution of 6 soldiers Six soldiers secretly executed in Abuja Six Nigerian soldiers have been secretly executed in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, after a hasty secret trial at which they were denied legal representation of their choice, a coalition of rights activists and scholars alleged this morning of Tuesday, February 2, 2021. The coalition said it was informed of the shocking development by Barr E.R. Okoroafor, an international human rights lawyer, who was allegedly denied the right to defend his client at the secret trial. The coalition said in the Executive Summary of an upcoming report, a copy of which was made availab...
Army Refuses To Release Bodies Of Soldiers Killed By Boko Haram To Families – SR
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Army Refuses To Release Bodies Of Soldiers Killed By Boko Haram To Families – SR

Baring any last-minute change, the Nigerian Army will on Tuesday give soldiers recently killed on the front in the fight against insurgency a ‘secret and undignified burial’, multiple military sources told SaharaReporters. In the last one month, Boko Haram terrorists have targeted soldiers, waiting in ambush for them. About three soldiers were killed on Friday when the insurgents engaged the military in a four-hour battle to take control of Dikwa town in Borno State. The attack happened few hours after Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai handed over to Major General Ibrahim Attahiru as the Chief of Army Staff. The gun battle, which started around 6:00pm and lasted till around 10:00pm, claimed many casualties, including soldiers. On January 22, 2021, the group ambushed and f...
EndSARS: Nigerian Army Disbands Legal Team, Pulls Out Of Lagos Judicial Panel
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EndSARS: Nigerian Army Disbands Legal Team, Pulls Out Of Lagos Judicial Panel

The Nigerian Army has disbanded its legal team for the Lagos State Judicial Panel, effectively pulling out of the investigative hearing as more evidence resurfaces confirming that Nigerian soldiers shot at peaceful protesters last October. S.N. Agwhe, a member of army counsel to the panel made the development known to the Judicial Panel on Saturday, Agwhe had appeared before the panel on behalf of the army legal team, but revealed that the job of the army counsel finished on November 21. “We do not have any further mandate to represent the army in any subsequent proceedings,” Agwhe told the panel. He reminded the panel that Akinlolu Kehinde, head of the army legal team, had earlier submitted a memo notifying the panel of the decision. The last hearing on January 23 was t...
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 ...
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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.
Buratai Hands Over To Attahiru As Chief Of Army Staff
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Buratai Hands Over To Attahiru As Chief Of Army Staff

After a distinguished and meritorious service to the nation, Lieutenant General TY Buratai officially handed over the mantle of leadership of the Nigerian Army to the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General I Attahiru, at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, today 28 January 2021.
Army Deploys 100 Female Soldiers To Secure Abuja-Kaduna Highway
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Army Deploys 100 Female Soldiers To Secure Abuja-Kaduna Highway

The Nigerian Army has deployed 100 female soldiers of the 1 Women Special Operation Battalion to secure the Abuja-Kaduna highway. The women soldiers, Daily Trust reports, will form part of Operation Thunder Strike. Daily Trust further gathered that this is the first deployment as another set of 200 soldiers are expected, making a total of 300. Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who received the women soldiers on Wednesday in Kakau village along the high, said: “I am confident that with the deployment of the women soldiers, the Abuja-Kaduna road will be the safest in the country.”
20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs
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20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs

No fewer than 20 members of courses 34 and 35 may proceed on retirement as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday removed service chiefs and appointed a new set of officers to replace them. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs,’ named officers who would head the nation’s armed forces. According to him, they include Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Major-General I. Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air-Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao. Shortly after the appointment of the service chiefs, sources in the Nigerian Army told The PUNCH that the appointment of the new ser...
Profile Of Major-General Attahiru Ibrahim, The New Chief Of Army Staff
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Profile Of Major-General Attahiru Ibrahim, The New Chief Of Army Staff

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

For soldiers to escort murderous Fulani herdsmen back to a community in Ogun state from which they were earlier evicted and then to publicly whip members of that community for evicting them simply begs belief. Have the people of the South West now become slaves in their fathers land? Have we finally been conquered and occupied? It is utterly mind-blowing. It is wicked. It is evil. It is unacceptable. How much more bloodshed, carnage, violence, insults and humiliation are the people of the South West expected to take? Soldiers are whipping our people like dogs in the street in order to reinstate those that are killing, raping and maiming them? Is our Army a Nigerian Army or a Fulani Army? Are the Fulanis superior to all others? Are they above the law? Is the Presidency a Nigeri...
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...

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