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Ambassadorial Clearance: Disquiet As Olonishakin, Buratai, Others Await Postings
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Ambassadorial Clearance: Disquiet As Olonishakin, Buratai, Others Await Postings

Nearly two months after the confirmation of the four immediate past Service Chiefs as noncareer ambassadors, there is an uneasy calm on the delay of their postings as envoy-designates to Nigerian Missions abroad. President Muhammadu Buhari had, on February 4, forwarded the names of the four military chiefs who served his administration for five years and six months to the Senate for confirmation as envoys, less than one week after their resignation from service. The Senate subsequently screened and confirmed the Service Chiefs on February 23, but they are yet to get their posting from the president and this has generated ripples in some quarters. The former Service Chiefs are the former Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; former...
“We Are Fighting Boko Haram With Biafran Weapons Surrendered After The War” – Soldier
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“We Are Fighting Boko Haram With Biafran Weapons Surrendered After The War” – Soldier

A Nigerian army officer engaged in the fight against Boko Haram has alleged that soldiers at the front use outdated weapons to fight Boko Haram and ISWAP insurgents. The soldier, who spoke to SaharaReporters on condition of anonymity, said the troops still use guns recovered from the Biafra Army after the civil war ended in 1970. He alleged that top army officers, including former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, were using the Boko Haram war as an enterprise to enrich themselves at the expense of their lives. “Some of these guns were bought by (Chukwuemeka Odumegwu) Ojukwu for the Biafran Army during the civil war. They were handed over to the Nigerian government after he and other leaders of the Biafra Army surrendered to General Yakubu Gowon. “The bombs given to us by...
Why Senate Confirmed Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Sen Bashiru
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Why Senate Confirmed Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Sen Bashiru

The Nigerian Senate has explained why the upper legislative chamber ignored petitions and complaints against former service chiefs and hurriedly confirmed their ambassadorial nominations. The former military commanders whose appointment were confirmed are: the former Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; former Chief of Air Staff, Ibok Ibas; and former Chief of Naval Staff, Abubakar Sadique. They resigned late January and were immediately replaced with Leo Irabor, new Chief of Defence Staff; I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; A.Z. Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and I.O. Amao, Chief of Air Force. Days after leaving office, the International Criminal Court (ICC) acknowledged petitions against them for their alleged sadistic conducts ...
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...
Nigerians Unappreciative of Military Efforts to Contain Insurgency — Former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai
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Nigerians Unappreciative of Military Efforts to Contain Insurgency — Former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

Former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has alleged that Nigerians are unappreciative of the efforts of the military to contain insurgency in the country. Buratai who was represented by two of his coursemates, Major Daniel Banjo (retd) and Wing Commander Mamman Yusuf (retd.), Buratai at an interdenominational prayer organised for him by Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude, recalled being ambushed thrice while battling insurgents. He said; “At the war front, many things happened and Nigerians are not appreciative. Three times I was ambushed and jumped into the bush with my men and engaged the insurgents. My relationship with Olowu of Kuta is divine."
Senate Confirms Buratai, Olonisakin, Others As Non-Career Ambassadors
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Senate Confirms Buratai, Olonisakin, Others As Non-Career Ambassadors

Senate, Tuesday confirmed former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; former Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; former Chief of Air Staff, Ibok Ibas; and former Chief of Naval Staff, Abubakar Sadique as non-career President Buhari had on the 5 of February, sent their names to the senate to be confirmed as non-career ambassadors. Nigerians had condemned their nomination, noting that it was a plan to shield them from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged abuses committed by the Nigerian military under their watch.
Deji Adeyanju Drags Buratai To ICC, Demands His Arrest & Prosecution
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Deji Adeyanju Drags Buratai To ICC, Demands His Arrest & Prosecution

The Concerned Nigerians Group has filed a petition at the International Criminal Court (ICC), demanding the arrest and prosecution of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, over allegations of human rights violations and crimes against humanity while he was in office. Buratai alongside the other service chiefs were removed from office on Tuesday, January 26. The group in a letter filed by its Convener, Deji Adeyanju, asked the ICC to investigate, arrest and prosecute Buratai to serve as a deterrent to others who have made it a point of duty to ''indiscriminately abuse the rights of Nigerians.'' The letter addressed to Fatou Bensouda, the court’s Chief Prosecutor reads: “We write to call on the International Criminal Court and all lovers of democracy and human r...
Soldiers Dancing Over Removal Of Buratai As Chief Of Army Staff (Video)
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Soldiers Dancing Over Removal Of Buratai As Chief Of Army Staff (Video)

Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday, were seen jubilating over the removal of Tukur Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff in Maiduguri. As shared by Omoyele Sowore on Twitter. See soldiers rejoicing over the removal of Tukur Buratai as the Chief of Army staff of @HQNigerianArmy imagine what’s #Nigerians will do when his incompetent boss @MBuhari is also retired permanently from #Nigeria’s political space. imagine it! #RevolutionNow https://youtu.be/V6VE4qbNBjM
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...
Court Martial Grants Bail To Martins Idakpini, Soldier Who Criticized Buratai
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Court Martial Grants Bail To Martins Idakpini, Soldier Who Criticized Buratai

A court martial sitting in Sokoto has granted bail to Martins Idakpini, a Lance Corporal who criticised Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff. Tope Akinyode, Idakpini's lawyer, made the disclosure on Thursday. Court martial is a judicial process used in trying members of the armed forces accused of offences. Akinyode said, “Court martial grants bail to Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini. The court sitting in Sokoto made the order today after I argued the bail application. Idakpini was arrested for criticising army authorities. He's been detained for seven months without access to his family.” Idakpini was arrested in June 2020 shortly after he made a viral video castigating Burutai for the failings of the Nigerian Army to combat and destroy Boko Haram. Following his arrest, he...
We Are Not Discouraged By Malicious Threats – Amnesty International Nigeria
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We Are Not Discouraged By Malicious Threats – Amnesty International Nigeria

A group, Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER), allegedly sponsored by the COAS Tukur Buratai, had on Wednesday asked Amnesty International to leave the Country within seven days or attract civil disobedience at its offices in Abuja and Lagos on a scale that will make the campaign of looting and arson it facilitated appear like child’s play. However, Amnesty International Nigeria in a series of tweets, has insisted it will continue to carry out its activities devoid of Government, religious or commercial interests. On threats to lives of our staff�� #EndSARS #LekkiTollGateShooting Amnesty International is a human rights organization and not affiliated to any government, ideology, interests, political, religious or commercial. We have been working on Ni...
You Have 7 Days To Leave Nigeria Or We Will Burn Your Offices – Group Sponsored By Nigeria’s Chief Of Army, Buratai, Threatens Amnesty International
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You Have 7 Days To Leave Nigeria Or We Will Burn Your Offices – Group Sponsored By Nigeria’s Chief Of Army, Buratai, Threatens Amnesty International

A group, Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights, sponsored by Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has asked Amnesty International to leave Nigeria within seven days. “For Nigeria to rebuild, Amnesty International must be out of the way. CALSER, therefore, gives Amnesty International a seven-day ultimatum to leave Nigeria. The NGO’s failure to leave Nigeria will attract civil disobedience at its offices in Abuja and Lagos on a scale that will make the campaign of looting and arson it facilitated appear like child’s play. “Its staffers will be treated the same way that innocent policemen lynched by mobs were treated,” Princess Ajibola, convener of CASLER, said during a press briefing on Wednesday. The group’s threat followed revelations by Amnesty Inter...
Criminals Are Threatening Us With Travel Ban – Buratai
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Criminals Are Threatening Us With Travel Ban – Buratai

After Initial denial by the Nigerian Army that its officers were not at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, where peaceful protesters were shot and killed last Tuesday, the military has come out to say its officers were only ensuring compliance with a curfew put in place by Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, earlier that day. Soldiers killed over 10 peaceful demonstrators and left scores more injured. The Nigerian Army has now said its officers were simply ensuring compliance with the curfew put in place in Lagos State. In a statement credited to the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, said some people were trying to discredit the military and Nigerian Government. Though Musa did not make direct reference to Tuesday killi...
Soldiers Have Killed 1,015 Boko Haram Terrorists Since April – Buratai
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Soldiers Have Killed 1,015 Boko Haram Terrorists Since April – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has revealed that troops have killed 1,015 Boko Haram insurgents since April 4 till date. The COAS disclosed this while hosting troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at an Eid-El-Fitr luncheon at Military Control and Command Centre in Maiduguri. Buratai who revealed that artillery airstrike and blockage operations conducted by troops at the Tumbuktu Triangles around Sambisa has been greatly successful, further disclosed that some notable encounters since the commencement of the operation include that of Buni Gari, Gaidam, Minok, Dapchi, Baga, Dikwa, Awulari, Ajiri, Pulka, Ngoshe, Alafa and different parts of Sambisa Forest as well as Gajiganna. He also said that a total of 84 high ranking members of Boko Haram logistics and informants were arre...
Kakah Hajja, Mother Of Nigeria’s Chief Of Army Staff Dies In Borno
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Kakah Hajja, Mother Of Nigeria’s Chief Of Army Staff Dies In Borno

Tukur Buratai, Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, on Tuesday lost his mother, Kakah Hajja. A family source told SaharaReporters that the late Hajja died after a brief illness at her home in Maiduguri, Borno State. “Yes I can confirm to you that she’s dead. "She passed away this evening and will be buried tomorrow morning by 8am. May her soul rest in peace.”
Buratai Orders Evacuation Of Stranded Passengers On Maiduguri-damboa Road
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Buratai Orders Evacuation Of Stranded Passengers On Maiduguri-damboa Road

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a lieutenant general, on Friday, ordered his convoy to evacuate some passengers whose vehicle broke down along Maiduguri-Damboa road in Borno State. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Buratai who was en route at the time, ensured that all passengers in the vehicle were evacuated into one of the vehicles in his convoy. The action was borne out of the fact that the road was recently reopened by Nigerian Army after over a year of closure. The passenger vehicles were usually escorted in convoy by team of security agencies to and from Maiduguri to their destinations. The driver of the vehicle, Emmanuel John, told journalists that he was part of the passenger vehicles’ convoy from Maiduguri on Friday morning before he lost its shaft a...
DSS Set To Release El-zakzaky And Wife
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DSS Set To Release El-zakzaky And Wife

The leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat might breathe the air of freedom very soon as the Department of State Services (DSS), is already working to ensure his release from detention. Naija News had earlier reported today that Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna state High Court gave El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat leave to travel to India for medical attention. He, however, added that the trip will be under the supervision of the state. A statement signed by the DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya and made available to us reads: "This is to inform the public that the Department of State Services (DSS) has received the order granting Ibrahim EL-ZAKZAKY leave to travel to India for medical treatment. Conseq...
Obasanjo Writes Buhari Again, Warns Him To End Violent Attacks Across Nigeria
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Obasanjo Writes Buhari Again, Warns Him To End Violent Attacks Across Nigeria

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written yet another letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, warning that Nigeria is tipping towards a dangerous cliff and only the president could forestall such a looming disaster. Mr Obasanjo a former Nigerian leader, between 1999 and 2007, said Nigeria has been consumed by violence and ethnic divisions since Mr Buhari assumed office four years ago, in a manner not seen for decades. In the July 15, 2019 letter, Mr Obasanjo said the world, especially Western countries, has been warning Nigeria against descending into a state of violence because any outbreak would be difficult to contain. He warned that for Mr Buhari to be able to stop the “smouldering ethnic agitations”, he would have to stop fanning “the embers of hatred, disaffection and...
I’m Now Member Of Miyetti Allah, Create Ruga Settlement For Me – Dino Melaye Tells Buhari
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I’m Now Member Of Miyetti Allah, Create Ruga Settlement For Me – Dino Melaye Tells Buhari

Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi west senatorial district, says he is now a member of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and deserve a share of the Ruga settlement. The senator said during the funeral service of his mother in Aiyetoro-Gbedde, Ijumu local government area of Kogi state, he received 104 cows from sympathisers and this has made him qualified to join Miyetti Allah. The service held at Apostolic Church of Nigeria, Oke-Ayo assembly, Iluafon quarters in Ijumu. “My sincere appreciation goes to the good people of this country, including the chief of army staff, and several others that have identified with me and my family,” he said. “During this period, I have received 104 cows and I can say I’m now a member of Miyetti Allah, and will thereby...
Buratai Avoids Question On Military’s Interference.
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Buratai Avoids Question On Military’s Interference.

  The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday refused to speak on the of the 2019 polls, particularly the alleged interference by the Nigerian Army in elections in some states.militarization Excessive force was said to have been used by the army in some states, including Rivers, during the presidential/National Assembly polls and the governorship/State Houses of Assembly elections. President Muhammadu Buhari had met with Buratai and other security chiefs in Abuja on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s supplementary elections in six states. However, as the COAS emerged from the meeting, he refused to answer questions on the role of his men during the polls. Instead, he directed State House correspondents to the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohamme...
Nigerian Army Buries fallen heroes who Died During the Clash with Boko Haram Terrorists in Metele
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Nigerian Army Buries fallen heroes who Died During the Clash with Boko Haram Terrorists in Metele

Nigerian Army has buried 19 of its 23 troops killed in the Metele attack by Boko Haram, last month. Lt. Colonel Ibrahim Sakaba and 22 soldiers of 157 Task Force Battalion, Metele, Abadam Local Government Area, Borno State, who died in the gun-battle against Boko Haram on November 18 were buried on Friday in a solemn military ceremony at Army Cantonment Cemetery, Maiduguri. Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the troops paid the supreme price in the battle to keep the Northeast region safe. Buratai, who was represented by the army’s Chief of Training and Operations, Maj. Gen Lamidi Adeosun, said the names of the “fallen heroes will be written in gold” whenever the history of the counter-insurgency operation is documented. He appealed to the families and relations of t...
Deji Adeyanju’s Re-Arrest Shameful – Timi Frank
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Deji Adeyanju’s Re-Arrest Shameful – Timi Frank

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has described as shameful , the re-arrest of a popular Human Rights activist Prince Deji Adeyanju, on the order of presidency. Frank, however, fingered the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai as major actors on whose order the police acted plotting to silence Adeyanju for his involvement in Shi'a protest. Recall that prince Adeyanju was ealier arrested and charged on account of leading a protest last week but was able to meet bail conditions on Monday evening. Reacting in a statement on Tuesday, Frank condemned what he described as victimisation of the Human Rights crusader, even as he called on Nigerians, Civil Society Organisations (s...
Nigeria Army University To Start Before End Of 2018 — Buratai
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Nigeria Army University To Start Before End Of 2018 — Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has said that the Army University is expected to commence academic activities before the end of the year. Mr Buratai told media executives in Abuja on Thursday that the university would run courses in the sciences and humanities and that admission would be in the ratio of 30 per cent military and 70 per cent civilian, with a civilian vice-chancellor. He said the army had been holding discussions with the National Universities Commission, Federal Ministry of Education, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the Education Trust Fund. “The Army University is taking shape. Before the end of the year, the university will take off; courses have been identified in the sciences and humanities and we are waiting for the necessary gui...
FG Gives Nigerian Army Varsity N2 Billion
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FG Gives Nigerian Army Varsity N2 Billion

The federal government has permitted Tertiary Education Trust Fund,TetFUND, to release of the sum of N2 billion for the establishment of the Nigerian Army University Located in Biu, Borno State, the school is expected to takeoff with the amount. Abdullahi Baffa, the Executive Secretary,TetFUND, made this known when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, visited him in his office. According to the TetFUND boss, the approval for the money was given by theFederal Executive Council,FEC. Baffa, who noted that the establishment of the university for the military was overdue, said: “The FEC has approved N2bn for the establishment of the Nigerian Army university in Biu, Borno State. I also want to congratulate the Chief of Army Staff and the entire Nigerian Army in the treme...
Security Chiefs, Govs in Closed-Door Meeting With Osinbajo
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Security Chiefs, Govs in Closed-Door Meeting With Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is currently presiding over the National Economic Council (NEC) comprising state governors and relevant ministries of government and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Also to brief the NEC are the Security Heads who are also around for the meeting. It was gathered that the meeting may discuss the security situation in the country as well as the threat of possible government shut down as a result of the crisis between the executive and the legislature which has affected the government that borrowing plan and President Muhammadu Buhari’s requirement. Recall that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang had recently raised the alarm of possible shut down of government over the inability of the National...
Sambisa Forest To Become Tourist Attraction Soon – Chief Of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai
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Sambisa Forest To Become Tourist Attraction Soon – Chief Of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, says Nigerian Army will work with National Park Service and Borno Government to revive Sambisa forest to attract tourists into the country. Buratai said this on Tuesday when the Conservator-General of National Park Service, Ibrahim Goni, paid him an advocacy visit at the Army Headquarters in Abuja. The forest is under the control and management of Borno Government. The chief of army staff said the forest deserved to be revived as it harboured large number of wild animals, noting that the army would see the possibility of working with relevant stakeholders to make the forest a tourists’ attraction and training ground for the army. According to him, the army in partnership with National Park Service and Borno Government will explore th...
Federal Executive Council Approves Establishment Of Nigerian Army University In Biu
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Federal Executive Council Approves Establishment Of Nigerian Army University In Biu

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the establishment of the Nigerian Army University in Biu, Borno State. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this when he addressed State House correspondents after the council’s meeting which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. “The Federal Executive Council has approved Ministry of Education’s memo for the establishment of a Nigerian Army University in Biu, Borno. “It is our hope that it will be the hub for developing a Nigerian Industrial Military Complex. It will be a very great university. It would be recalled that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, had in June 2017, said the army had already reached out to the National Universities Commission to secure approval for the university...
Nigerian Army Bars Officers From Attending Church Services Outside Barracks
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Nigerian Army Bars Officers From Attending Church Services Outside Barracks

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has barred officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army from attending church services outside the barracks. The COAS also warned personnel who he said were ‘sympathetic’ to political, religious and ethnic groups to voluntarily retire from service or have themselves to blame. Gen. Buratai gave the warning at the opening of the chief of army staff first quarter conference holding in Abuja. He said henceforth no personnel was permitted to attend church services outside the barracks especially when the Army has made provisions for the spiritual needs of its personnel. The Nigeria Army recognises the Roman Catholic Church, Protestant (Anglican), and Mosques, all of which have heir prayer houses in all its barracks, formations and units acr...
Protesters Storm Abuja National Mosque As President Buhari Arrives For Prayers
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Protesters Storm Abuja National Mosque As President Buhari Arrives For Prayers

After concluding a 2-day visit to Lagos state, president Muhammadu Buhari attended Jumma prayers at the National Mosque in Abuja on Friday. Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) stormed the mosque premises to protest against the continuous detention of their leader, Sheikh El-Zakzaky. The protesters were restrained by stern looking security personnel who surrounded the premises as the president was driven into the mosque… El-zakzakky was arrested in 2015 after his members had a confrontation with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai in Zaria, Kaduna State. Also, 53 of his followers were arrested on Wednesday by the Police in Abuja following a violent protest. Since the arrest and detention of the group’s leader, his followers had organised se...
Nigerian Army Inaugurates A 17-Member Committee To Verify Arms
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Nigerian Army Inaugurates A 17-Member Committee To Verify Arms

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday set up a 17-man Committee to verify arms and ammunition in units and formations of the Nigerian Army nationwide. Speaking at the inauguration of the committee, Mr. Buratai said that the army had an existing procedure for checks and balances in which formations and units rendered computerised arms returns for accounting process. He, however, said that the laid down procedures had over the time been “jettisoned or compromised for various reasons.’’ “The Nigerian Army has procured different types of arms for training and operations. “However, we have discovered that some of these weapons were delivered straight to various theatres of operation without following the proper process of documentation and accounting. “This h...
Stakeholders Mum On Outcome Of Security Meeting With President Buhari
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Stakeholders Mum On Outcome Of Security Meeting With President Buhari

The prevailing security challenges in the country may have necessitated a Security Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Monday. It was learnt that the meeting may have been called to review the current security situation in the country, especially in Benue and Taraba states, where herdsmen and farmers’ clashes had led to several deaths. The meeting, which lasted almost three hours, took place behind closed doors, and reporters covering the presidency were not allowed to cover the meeting. When the meeting finally came to an end, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Maj. Gen. Babagana Munguno (rtd.), National Security Adviser, and Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, w...
We Welcome Exercise Cat Race – Tor Tiv
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We Welcome Exercise Cat Race – Tor Tiv

The Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, has pledged the support of the traditional rulers and the entire people of Benue to the Nigerian Army as its conducts Exercise Ayem Akpatuma – Cat Race in the state. “We welcome the exercise. We believe it will help peace to return to Benue which has suffered series of attacks from herdsmen,” the traditional ruler said as he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai on Monday. He, however, said the people were apprehensive of the exercise, recalling the clashes between the army and Tiv people at Zakibiam in the past and called for adequate enlightenment on the exercise. Ayatse said that the herdsmen attacks which affected Guma, Logo, Gwer West, Makurdi, Kwande, Katsina-Ala and Agatu Local Government Areas of the state had resulted in ...
Boko Haram: Give Me Abubakar Sheka Dead Or Alive – Genetal Buratai Tells Troops
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Boko Haram: Give Me Abubakar Sheka Dead Or Alive – Genetal Buratai Tells Troops

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Buratai, has again charged troops to capture the factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorists group, Abubakar Shekau, alive or dead. Buratai gave the charge at Camp Zairo, the former Command and Control Centre of the terrorists group in the Sambisa forest during an operational visit to troops. In 2017, the army chief gave troops a 40-day ultimatum to capture Shekau and the army recently offered a N3 million reward for information on him. Troops finally destroyed the camp in January in an operation tagged “Deep Punch II’’ and are now dominating the general area of the forest. The military sacked Shekau from the camp in December, 2016, but the terrorists later re-grouped to launch pockets of attacks. Other locations visited by Buratai...
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Fulani Herdsmen: Army Sets Up Cattle Ranch In Abuja

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, says the government’s efforts at achieving national security, including the fight against insurgency in the North-East, would be meaningless without food security.   Buratai made the disclosure during the presentation of farm implements and items by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh to the Nigerian Army in Abuja.   The General explained that the Army was investing in livestock, fisheries, poultry and other aspects of agriculture, and that so far, the Army boasts of about 1,000 herds of cattle in its ranches in different formations across the country.   He said, “The army is going beyond carrying arms in the affected areas to ensure security, they are playing active role in...
Army Demands Extra N18bn To Battle Terrorism, Vandalism In 2018 Budget
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Army Demands Extra N18bn To Battle Terrorism, Vandalism In 2018 Budget

The National Assembly should increase its budget by N18. 177 billion to enable it effectively fight against terrorism, pipeline vandalism and other security challenges, the Nigerian Army has said. It also said it should be removed from the zero based budgeting (ZBB) otherwise known as the envelop budget ceiling system adopted by the Budget Office of the Federation. Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, made the demands on Thursday during a budget defence session with the House committee on army According to him, the envelop budgeting system was making the Army ineffective operationally and this is against the grains of current reforms being carried out. The Army, he said requires at least N39, 800 billion capital components and had requested for N261.6 billion, but the Budge...
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Buhari, Osinbajo, Others Lay Wreaths For Heroes

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday led other top government officials and service chiefs to lay wreaths in honour of soldiers who died in service in Nigeria and at international assignments. The ceremony was to mark the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day. January 15th every year is also dedicated to remembering and appreciating surviving Nigerian military men who have retired from active service. It was the third time President Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces was laying the wreath in a democratic setting. Buhari was clad in white ‘Babanriga’, just like Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, The brief ceremony started at about 10:00 a.m. when President Buhari a...
Nigerian Army Deploys Special Forces To Benue, Taraba, Nassarawa
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Nigerian Army Deploys Special Forces To Benue, Taraba, Nassarawa

The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai, says the Nigerian Army has deployed its Special Forces Brigade to Benue, Taraba and Nassarawa to help fight herders farmers clash in the country. Gen. Buratai stated this at the presentation of Farm implements to the Army Farms and Ranch by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Giri Abuja Nigeria’s Capital. He said the deployment of Special Forces Brigade is to support the Federal Government’s efforts to bring an end to herders’ farmers’ clashes. His words: “We are ready to support the Federal Government’s efforts to stabilize the herders/farmers’ clashes across the country, we are tasking our Special forces brigade to ensure that they are deployed to stem this menace of the conflicts between herders and farmers,...
38 ‘Unjustly’ Dismissed Army Officers Drag Nigerian Govt To ECOWAS Court
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38 ‘Unjustly’ Dismissed Army Officers Drag Nigerian Govt To ECOWAS Court

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

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

Human rights experts and activists have lauded men of the Nigerian Army on their strict adherence to the rules of engagement in the course of fighting insurgents in the country. The experts who scored the Nigerian Army very high in its efforts to stop the Boko Haram sect from destroying the country, noted that the military might have achieved more if it were not distracted in the discharge of its responsibility. The experts made this submission at the just concluded two-day seminar on humanitarian issues, human rights and the war against insurgency in Nigeria held in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. The event which was organized by the Save Humanity Advocacy Centre [SHAC], had the theme 'Global War Against Terrorism: For Nigeria, A Choice Between Law and Life'. During the workshop...
Nigerian Army To Remain Responsive, Apolitical – General Buratai
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Nigerian Army To Remain Responsive, Apolitical – General Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Thursday assured Nigerians that the army would remain responsive and apolitical in the discharge of its constitutional duty. Buratai gave the assurance in Ibadan at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference. He appealed for the understanding of Nigerians as the army continues to perform its responsibilities as enshrined in the constitution. The army chief also promised that the resolutions reached at the end of the conference would be judiciously implemented. “As we enter 2018, the Nigerian Army identified the core values of discipline, professionalism and responsiveness as the benchmark to reposition the service. “There is the need for maintenance culture and continuous infrastructural developme...
Federal Govt Alleges Campaign Of Calumny Against Military
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Federal Govt Alleges Campaign Of Calumny Against Military

The Federal Government has raised the alarm over an alleged campaign of calumny against the leadership of the Nigerian military, “aimed at smearing the efforts of the government at fighting Boko Haram terrorists.” It said the perpetrators wanted to create an impression that the military and the government do nothing even when they receive information of pending attacks on communities. A statement signed by Mansur Dan-Ali, Public Relations Officer to the Minister of Defence, Col. Tukur Ismail Gusau, in Abuja, yesterday, reads in part: “The Federal Government of Nigeria has come across credible information on sponsored campaign of calumny against the Nigerian military leadership by some unscrupulous members of the Nigerian society. The campaigners want to disparage the achievements rec...
Nigerian Army Captures 60 Terrorists
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Nigerian Army Captures 60 Terrorists

The Nigerian Army said on Saturday that its troops had captured no fewer than 60 Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East geopolitical zone, in the last three days. The army said some of the captured terrorists were killed during an exchange of gunfire but said the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, was not injured by the insurgents, as being speculated in some quarters. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, who said this in a statement, noted that the terrorists were captured around the Lake Chad area, and that the troops were closing in on “the political Boko Haram terrorists and their collaborators.” Usman explained that Buratai was not injured by the insurgents when he went to see the troops, adding that members of the public should disregard the...
FG Alleges Campaign Of Calumny Against Military
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FG Alleges Campaign Of Calumny Against Military

Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai looks on at the headquaters of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, Borno State in northcentral Nigeria, on October 4, 2017.The United Kingdom is providing expert training to the Nigerian military in helping to develop the skills necessary to tackle the terror threat of Boko Haram in North East Nigeria. Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency began in 2009 and has killed at least 20,000 and forced more than 2.6 million from their homes. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI• Denies Buratai Was Ambushed The Federal Government has raised the alarm over an alleged campaign of calumny against the leadership of the Nigerian military, “aimed at smearing the efforts of the government at fighting Boko Haram terrorists.” It said the perpetrators wanted to cre...
Coalition Lauds President Buhari On Defence Structure
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Coalition Lauds President Buhari On Defence Structure

The Coalition of Civil Society for Transparency and Good Governance has lauded the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s Defence strategies, saying it has ensured sustained process of nation building and good governance in the last two years. Addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday, the National Convener of the group, Nkechi Odoma, maintained that President Buhari through his capable Service Chiefs has continued to impress it on Nigerians that the administration means well for the Nigerian state and her citizenry in all ramifications. Odoma commended the efforts of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and other Service Chiefs for their tenacity, purposefulness and patriotism in aligning with the vision of the President to curtail the activities of dark ...
Abaribe Begs Court To Visit Home Of Nnamdi Kanu, Insists IPOB Leader Is With Nigerian Army
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Abaribe Begs Court To Visit Home Of Nnamdi Kanu, Insists IPOB Leader Is With Nigerian Army

In his frantic efforts to extricate himself from the consequences of the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to visit the Abia State home of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Abaribe, one of the three sureties of the missing IPOB leader, has been ordered by the court to ensure he produces Kanu, who is facing trial on treasonable offence with others, or face the consequences. The matter was on Tuesday adjourned by the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako till February 20, 2018. However, Senator Abaribe, who still has his motion seeking the court’s order to compel the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce Kanu, still pending in court, on December 4, 2017, filed a fresh motion on the m...
Senator Abaribe Begs Court To Visit Nnamdi Kanu’s Home
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Senator Abaribe Begs Court To Visit Nnamdi Kanu’s Home

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has told the Federal High Court in Abuja to visit the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, in Abia State. Abaribe is one of the three sureties of the missing IPOB leader. Abaribe told Justice Binta Nyako to visit the IPOB leader’s home allegedly invaded by soldiers in Abia State in September. Justice Nyako on Tuesday adjourned Kanu’s trial until February 20, 2018. The Senator, whose motion seeking the court’s order to compel the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce Kanu, is still pending in court, filed his fresh motion on December 4, 2017. The motion, filed by Abaribe’s lawyer, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, SAN, ureged the court to visit and make physical inspection of Nnamdi Kanu’s residence, at Isi...
Army Chief Tukur Buratai knows IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabouts – Emmanuel Kanu
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Army Chief Tukur Buratai knows IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabouts – Emmanuel Kanu

Family of the elusive leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has insisted that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, knows the whereabouts of the IPOB leader. The family said this while describing as cheap and childish lies Buratai told an Abuja Federal High Court that soldiers chased a truck laden with weapons into the house of Kanu’s father in Afara Ukwu. The Army boss had made the claim in a counter-affidavit he filed against Kanu at the court. Reacting to Buratai’s claim, Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, described the Army Chief as a liar, who should be jailed. Speaking on behalf of Kanu’s family, on Friday, Prince said, “What is General Buratai talking about? The question I am asking is why should Justice Binta Nyako listen to such...
Court Rules On Suit About Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabouts December 13
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Court Rules On Suit About Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabouts December 13

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday fixed December 13 to deliver its judgment in a suit seeking an order to compel the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. Justice Binta Nyako adjourned for judgment after hearing Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, and two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Messrs Augustine Alegeh and Akinlolu Kehinde, who represented the Chief of Army Staff. Justice Nyako is the same judge before whom Kanu and others are being prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation on charges of treasonable felony.
Army Chief Tukur Buratai Asks Court To Quash Suit Compelling Him To Produce Nnamdi Kanu
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Army Chief Tukur Buratai Asks Court To Quash Suit Compelling Him To Produce Nnamdi Kanu

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to dismiss a suit, seeking to compel him to produce the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Kanu’s lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, on Thursday brought an application before the court, praying the court to order Buratai to produce Kanu dead or alive. Ejiofor told the court that his client was last seen with the Nigerian Army on Sept. 14 and that neither he (Ejiofor) nor Kanu’s family had seen or heard from Kanu since then. Opposing the motion, however, Buratai through his counsel, Mr Akinlolu Kehinde, told the court that Kanu was not and had never been in the custody of the Nigerian Army. “The Nigerian Army did not at any time arrest or take Kanu into its custody ...

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