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We are not pampering repentant terrorists, we are only being humane – Nigerian Army
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We are not pampering repentant terrorists, we are only being humane – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian army has said that it is not pampering repentant terrorists who recently surrendered. Theatre commander of the north-east joint task force 'Operation Hadin Kai', Christopher Musa told newsmen that allowing repentant terrorists to surrender to troops without shooting them, is in line with international laws and best practices. Musa stated that providing food, shelter and other amenities for repentant terrorists is an act of humanity and to ensure that they are fit enough to go through the proper procedure. The Theatre commander also said they are sorting them out, and will be treating those who didn't play any part in attacks and those who took part actively seperately. He said; “I don’t know if people misunderstood humane treatment as being pampering, because if he...
Lekki toll gate: Lagos End SARS panel being frustrated – Member, Adegboruwa
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Lekki toll gate: Lagos End SARS panel being frustrated – Member, Adegboruwa

A legal practitioner, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has alerted the public of attempts to frustrate the outcome of the probe of the Nigerian Army invasion of the Lekki toll gate. Adegboruwa is a member of the Lagos Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) raised an alarm on Saturday in a terse statement. He said there are plans to block the panel “from reaching meaningful conclusions” on the shootings, promising to provide details. On October 20, 2020, troops marched to the Lekki tollgate and opened fire to disperse hundreds of protesting Nigerians. The youth-led nationwide demonstration forced the Federal Government to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious police unit. Across the country, SARS has been indicte...
Banditry: Matawalle assures security agencies of total support
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Banditry: Matawalle assures security agencies of total support

Governor Bello Mohammed has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his immediate approval of sending rapid response troops to fight the resurgence of armed banditry in Zamfara State. The Governor made the commendation on Thursday while granting audience to the General Officer Commanding 8 Division, Nigerian Army, Sokoto and Commander Joint Task Force, North West Operation Hadarin Daji, Major General Uwem Bassey, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Gusau. The Governor expressed appreciation with the deployment of 100 special forces to Zamfara State by the president who were at the battlefield fighting the bandits in the forests, pointing out that the measure will end all forms of criminality in the state. He said this was indicative that the president is concer...
Kidnapping, cultism biggest security challenges in Ogun – Abiodun
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Kidnapping, cultism biggest security challenges in Ogun – Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has admitted that random kidnapping and cultism are the biggest security challenges confronting the state. Abiodun said this on Wednesday while playing host to the new Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge Zone 2, Johnson Kokumo, in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. The governor admitted that, “The biggest issues we have today in Ogun State are that of random kidnapping and cult activities. “I believe that the cult activities have abated now because of the joint efforts of the Nigeria Police, the State Security Services and the Nigerian Army. “However, we are still struggling and dealing with issues that relate to kidnapping of contractors, farmers and innocent Ogun State residents. “We sincerely hope that as we go along in...
Nigerian Army denies reports its officers manning the CCTV at the NDA were asleep before the attack
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Nigerian Army denies reports its officers manning the CCTV at the NDA were asleep before the attack

The Nigerian Army has denied media reports claiming its officers manning the CCTV at the Nigerian Defense Academy NDA in Kaduna were asleep before the bandits attacked the institution in the early hours of Tuesday, August 24. A report by The Cable alleged that the officers who were assigned to observe the CCTV of the institution were allegedly sleeping on duty before the attack. A statement released by the spokesperson of the Defence Headquarters, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr, says the allegation is false. The statement in part reads   ''The attention of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) have been drawn to a news publication by Cable online news media claiming that personnel on duty at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) CCTV monitoring room w...
19 more Boko Haram Fighters Surrender to Troops in Borno
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19 more Boko Haram Fighters Surrender to Troops in Borno

19 Boko Haram fighters have surrendered to Nigerian army in Bama, Borno state. This is coming barely 3 days after 28 insurgents surrendered in the area. Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu said the Boko Haram fighters who surrendered were those who hitherto hibernated around the fringes of Sambisa forest, their stronghold. He attributed it to ongoing offensives carried out by troops in the area. The statement read;   “In continuation of the ongoing intensive clearance operations across the theatre of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), more Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and elements of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and their families, who have hitherto hibernated around the fringes of Sambisa forest have yielded to troops’ heavy artillery and air bombardments and ...
Nigerian Army Welcomes 28 Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters after they Surrender in Borno
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Nigerian Army Welcomes 28 Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters after they Surrender in Borno

The Nigerian Army has said that 28 members of Boko Haram and the Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) as well as their families surrendered to troops of 151 Task Force Battalion under 21 Special Brigade in Borno State. The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, July 21. He said the terrorists, who were fleeing aerial and artillery bombardments, surrendered to troops and that the terrorists and their families were taken in at the outskirts of Aza and Bula Daloye villages in the Bama Local Government Area of Borno state by troops of the battalion. “The arrested suspects comprised of 11 adult male terrorists, five adult females and 12 children. The troops also recovered 27 rounds of 7.62 mm (special) amm...
Army General who was Murdered in Abuja laid to rest
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Army General who was Murdered in Abuja laid to rest

Hassan Ahmed, the Major-General of the Nigerian Army who was murdered in Abuja on Thursday night has been ladi to rest. The deceased who was recently appointed as a director at army headquarters, was buried at Lungi Barracks Cemetery, Abuja after being shot dead in Abaji area of the nation’s capital. LIB reported that the kidnappers who killed the army general, also kidnapped his wife. They were said to be returning from Okene in Kogi State when they ran into an ambush.
Unknown Gunmen kill Army Major General along Lokoja-Abuja road
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Unknown Gunmen kill Army Major General along Lokoja-Abuja road

Armed bandits have killed Major General Hassan Ahmed, a former Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army. A statement released by the Nigerian Army this morning says Ahmed was murdered along the Lokoja-Abuja road on Thursday, July 15. Family sources say he was returning from Okene when the gunmen opened fire on his car. A statement released by Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, says the deceased will be buried according to Islamic rites today July 16. It reads; ''With a heavy heart, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army regret to announce the passing on of Maj Gen Hassan Ahmed, a former Provost Marshall of the Nigerian Army. The sad incident occurred when the senior officer's vehicle was attacked by gunmen while transiting along Loko...
Nigerian Army Looking For Soldier Who Murdered Niger Delta University Student
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Nigerian Army Looking For Soldier Who Murdered Niger Delta University Student

The Nigerian Army is investigating the killing of a Niger Delta University student, Miss Jennifer Ugadu that was reportedly killed by a Nigerian soldier, James Matol. The army added that it is now looking for the soldier who is currently on the run. The Director Army Public Relation, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said the student was shot in her apartment by the suspect now at large. Nwachukwu said there was no place for such barbaric act in the army, adding that the Nigerian army had commiserated with the family of the deceased. According to him, Nigeria army is an institution that is accountable to the people and would ensure the justice is served. ”The NA has taken the allegation seriously and joint investigation has commenced, while effort to profile and ascertain the tru...
BREAKING: Heavy Security At Gani Fawehinmi Park In Lagos Over Yoruba Nation Rally
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BREAKING: Heavy Security At Gani Fawehinmi Park In Lagos Over Yoruba Nation Rally

According to a report by The PUNCH, there is a heavy presence of security operatives at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos, the proposed venue of the Yoruba nation rally by separatist agitators. It was gathered that men of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Army, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps are stationed at the Park. It was also gathered that men of the Department of State Services are among the joint security forces who are at the venue with scores of patrol vans, heavy anti-riot gun trucks and Black Marias. No Yoruba nation agitator has been seen at the venue as of 09:19am when our correspondent filed this report while vehicular movement and business activities continue uninterrupted along the axis. The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumos...
I foresee bomb attack in Abuja, DSS, Army must secure Nigeria’s borders – Primate Ayodele
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I foresee bomb attack in Abuja, DSS, Army must secure Nigeria’s borders – Primate Ayodele

The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, on Monday prophesied a bomb attack in Abuja. Primate Ayodele issued the prophecy while urging the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services (DSS) to protect Nigeria’s borders. The clergyman urged the DSS, Army and other security agents to fortify Nigeria’s borders because he foresees an attack by some external forces. I foresee State of Emergency, delayed 2023 election in Nigeria – Primate Ayodele warns Buhari In a statement forwarded to DAILY POST, the cleric stated that if the attack of the external forces is successful, it will affect the security of Nigeria more. He urged the Nigerian government to provide the necessary weapons and equipment needed to fortify the security at the borders. Acc...
SSS invites Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi for questioning
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SSS invites Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi for questioning

The State Security Service (SSS) has summoned popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for questioning, HumAngle reports.   The invitation comes days after Gumi during an interview on Arise TV, alleged that some security agents were colluding with terror gangs carrying out various acts of crimes across the country. In the interview which aired on Wednesday, June 23, the cleric who has consistently called for amnesty to be given to bandits, accused security personnel of providing arms to bandits. “These bandits, if you don’t know, are cooperating with a lot of bad elements in our security system. This is a business. So many people are involved, you’ll be so surprised,” Gumi had said   However, in a swift reaction, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Onyema Nwachukw...
Bandits kill, injure several others in Southern Kaduna market
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Bandits kill, injure several others in Southern Kaduna market

Bandits last night (Wednesday) attacked Kachia town in Kachia local government area of Kaduna State, killing an unspecified number of people and injuring others. A source told DAILY POST that the bandits invaded Kachia around 10:15 pm and operated for almost two hours before the security agencies intervened to save the situation. The source said that the bandits did their operation around the Kachia market before the military intervened to bring the situation under control. Kachia is housing a formidable military formation comprising the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Navy where they are receiving various training. The source revealed that the bandits targeted grains and other food items being uploaded at the market in preparation for the Friday market. According to the sour...
Nigerian Army Deny Report of Revenge Mission in Abia
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Nigerian Army Deny Report of Revenge Mission in Abia

The Nigerian Army have denied report of engaging in a revenge mission in some communities in Ohafia Local Government Area, Abia State. Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima who also faulted an allegation that six soldiers were killed, added that the army is aware of a fake report trending on social media that the soldiers were killed in a clash with members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN)/ Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Yerima admitted that troops carried out routine clearance operations, but said they were in line with the rules of engagement and respect for fundamental human rights of the citizens aimed at restoring socio-economic activities. The statement read; “The NA wishes to debunk the allegation as a baseless fabrication aimed...
Army names Nwachukwu as new spokesperson
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Army names Nwachukwu as new spokesperson

Onyema Nwachukwu, a brigadier general has been named as the new spokesperson of the Nigerian army. Nwachukwu will be taking over from Mohammed Yerima, also a brigadier general who was appointed in February by the late Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru. Before his recent appointment, Mr Nwachukwu was the acting director of defence information at the defence headquarters. He had also served as the media coordinator of the Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield and was the deputy director of the Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre command in Maiduguri. He was also Assistant Director Defence Information (NA), DHQ, Chief of Staff Headquarters Directorate of Army Public Relations and Public Relations Officer, NDA. He attended the University of Ibadan and holds a Masters’ Degree in ...
Three soldiers injured as troops kill ISWAP terrorists
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Three soldiers injured as troops kill ISWAP terrorists

Several ISWAP Terrorists have been killed troops of the Nigerian Army under the Operation Hadin Kai in Dikwa town, Borno State. Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima said the gallant troops decisively dealt with the terrorists who were attempting to infiltrate the town on Tuesday June 8. The terrorists reportedly came into the town in five gun trucks, motorcycles and foot. They were however, met with superior fire power by troops in conjunction with air bombardment by Air Task Force. The statement read; “The marauding terrorists were thoroughly vanquished forcing them to withdraw in high state of confusion abandoning their truck, guns and ammunition. “During the encounter, six members of the terrorists groups were neutralized, several others wer...
Seven IPOB Members Killed in Rivers State – Army
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Seven IPOB Members Killed in Rivers State – Army

The Nigerian army has said that it killed seven members of the Eastern Security Network, the military arm of secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) during a clearance operation on Thursday May 27. Army spokesman, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima said on Saturday May 29 that the IPOB members were killed after it stormed a “terrorist enclave” located at Agbomchia Forest along Pipeline Road Ogali/Komkom Boundary between Eleme and Oyigbo LGA’s of Rivers State. Various items including arms and ammunition were also recovered by security forces who also destroyed the camp and arrested 5 other suspects. The statement read; “Troops of 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt and 29 Battalion in conjunction with operatives of Nigerian Police, DSS, and NSCDC on Thursday, 27 M...
Army responds to alleged Boko Haram, ISWAP ‘Ramadan gifts’ to Borno, Yobe residents
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Army responds to alleged Boko Haram, ISWAP ‘Ramadan gifts’ to Borno, Yobe residents

The Nigerian Army says reports of Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province sects’ “Ramadan gifts” to residents of Borno and Yobe States were false. Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, Director of Army Public Relations said the article cited the 2019 report of International Crisis Group “which tended to pour encomiums on the terrorists’ recruitment system since breaking away from the Abubakar Shekau’s faction”. The spokesman, in a statement on Thursday, noted that there was no mention of any specific location where the alleged distribution took place. Yerima said analysis by the Army’s established that there was nothing substantial about the claim, except “a hurriedly packaged piece of propaganda meant to distract the populace away from the recent defeats being su...
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 ...

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