Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
The Rivers State caucus in the National Assembly has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over the “politicization” of the State Security Services (SSS) and the Nigerian Army by the state’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It added that involving security agencies in politics in a desecration of the institutions, and is antithetical to the anti-corruption campaign.
The caucus, in a statement issued Tuesday and signed by 16 Senators and House of Representatives members, accused the Director of SSS and Chief of Army Staff of meddling in the election petition tribunals handling electoral disputes from the 2015 general elections in the state. Read More →
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There was massive gunfire fight between troops in the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai and scores of Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to ambush the Army Chief during an operational visit to troop’s location in the epicenter of the counter insurgency battle on Saturday.
The ambush of the Army Chief’s convoy by the terrorists according to a statement issued in Maiduguri and signed by Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, occurred at Faljari village between Mafa and Dikwa
At the end of the hot exchange, 10 Boko Haram terrorists were killed, 5 terrorists were captured, and one soldier was killed while one officer and 4 other soldiers sustained severe gunshot injuries. Read More →
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Nigeria’s new Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Sunday said under his command, Boko Haram would either beg for peace or face the wrath of highly motivated and combat ready soldiers.
The Borno State-born Major General, who took over command of the nation’s army last week, said he was ready to lead soldiers to the dens and enclaves of the insurgents.
He, therefore, re-christened the operational code of the counter insurgency efforts from “Operation Zaman Lafiya” to “Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole” – which in Hausa means ‘the quest for peace becomes a must’.
Mr. Buratai, who was in neighbouring Yobe State to celebrate the Islamic eid-el-fitri festival with Nigerian troops, moved to Borno on Sunday afternoon. He arrived Maiduguri by road and was received by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Zannah Mustapha, who immediately accompanied the army boss to visit the 103 Battalion of the 7 Division, Maiduguri in Konduga Town where they met the troops and hailed their courage and gallantry. Read More →
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The Chief of Army Staff Maj. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai has said that he would not tolerate indiscipline in the Army.
The COAS who was reacting to questions from journalists in Damaturu as to whether the over 4,000 soldiers that were sacked by the Army during the Boko Haram fight would be recalled responded that; “what I would tell you is that I cannot tolerate indiscipline in the force.”
The Chief of Army Staff explained that his coming to Damaturu to celebrate Sallah with the troops is part of the measures to boost the morale of the troops on ground and help him access the equipment and the discipline of the soldiers so as to come up with a better approach to the counter insurgency fight.
He said: “I cannot tell you why I am here on the strategic level because it’s a strategic decision. We all know the importance of Damaturu and Yobe State in particular. My presence here is to improve civil military relation, we need the cooperation. My presence will boost the morale of the troops. Read More →
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The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of 50 persons in two separate bomb explosions in Damaturu, Yobe, on Friday morning.
A statement issued on Friday in Abuja by the Acting-Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said that the explosions occurred at screening areas of the Eid prayer ground.
According him, many other persons are injured in the explosions suspected to have been masterminded by insurgents.
“This is to confirm that there were two suicide bomb explosions today at about 7:40 a.m. in Damaturu, Yobe, in which two female suicide bombers — one elderly woman and a ten year-old girl –detonated the devices. Read More →
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By Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-.Gen. Kenneth Minimah, on Sunday said the Nigerian Army will re-establish check points in certain places across the country with a view to curb crime.
Minimah said this at the Inter-Denominational Church Service to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2015 (NADECL).
On removal of military check points, Minimah explained that not all military check points and road blocks were being removed, contrary to the perception of people. Read More →
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Friday Olokor, Adelani Adepegba, Olalekan Adetayo and Toluwani Eniola
Amnesty International has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands to investigate some former and serving Nigerian service chiefs for war crimes.
The crimes, according to the global civil rights organisation, were perpetrated during the fight against Boko Haram in the North-East between March 2011 and 2014.
It said in a comprehensive report, entitled, “Stars on their shoulders, blood on their hands: War crimes committed by the Nigerian military,” that no fewer than 8,000 persons were “murdered, starved, suffocated and tortured to death “in the North-East during the period.
AI added in the report which was presented in Abuja on Wednesday by its African Director (Research and Advocacy), Netsanet Belay, and Senior Director of Reseach, Anna Neistat, that it had “compelling evidence” for the investigation of the former and serving service chiefs as well as “mid-level and senior-level military commanders.” Read More →
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