By Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA— Investigations into the circumstances of an alleged $20 billion missing from the coffers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, will be a priority for the incoming administration, the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), said yesterday.Buhari-Presidfent-elect

Receiving a delegation of political stakeholders from Adamawa State, Buhari also expressed shock at the treatment of the military by the outgoing Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government, describing it as among the worst atrocities of the party on the nation.

Buhari, at the event, also reaffirmed his campaign promise to make the economy, security and corruption as the major agenda of his incoming administration.
The delegation of stakeholders from Adamawa State, led by the Governor-elect, Senator Jibrilla Bindow, comprised Senators-elect, House of Representatives members-elect and other political chieftains from the North-East states. Read More →

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By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja, Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri and Seriki Adinoyi in Jos

As assault on Sambisa forest resumed, the Nigerian military has deployed more equipment to enhance the speed of the operation to flush out terrorists from their last known stronghold.Nigerian-troops

Military sources had informed THISDAY that the troops remain undeterred and have deployed mine sweepers in the forest to rid the area of deadly mines, just at the Nigerian Air Force has stepped air raids to stop Boko Haram insurgents from amassing.

This was also confirmed by Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, who said that more military equipment, arms and ammunitions have been deployed and assured that the outcome of the operation will be made known to the members of the public as at when due. Read More →

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Boko Haram fighters have amassed in the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold in northeast Nigeria, as a military offensive tries to flush them out, a civilian vigilante told AFP on Thursday.

But soldiers were forced to retreat because of the extensive use of landmines in the area, one of which exploded killing a soldier and three vigilantes. Read More →

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The Nigerian military said it killed a top terrorist commander, Abu Mojahid, on Tuesday.Chris_Olukolade

The Defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, in a statement said Mr. Mohajid was among the terrorists that died in an encounter with Nigerian troops in the outskirt of Algarno forest on Tuesday morning. He said the terrorists had staged a daring attack on troops on patrol in the area. Read More →

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Two soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram rocket attack on a military vehicle in the northeast Nigerian town of Baga, residents told pressmen on Tuesday. Six other soldiers and a civilian vigilante were critically injured when their vehicle hit a mine planted by the Islamists just outside the town in Borno state on Sunday, they added. The attack and the mine explosion happened as the military escorted some 1,200 people from Baga on a brief return visit to their hometown from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.Boko

Boko Haram seized the town on the shores of Lake Chad on January 3 and is suspected of killing hundreds in what was feared to have been the worst massacre in the six-year insurgency.

Nigeria’s military said it had recaptured the town in late February, as an operation also involving Chad, Niger and Cameroon stepped up to drive out the militants from occupied territory.

“Boko Haram fired a rocket-propelled grenade on a military van in an ambush in Baga which killed two soldiers and destroyed the vehicle,” said resident Karimbe Maina.

The soldiers were driving back to their base outside Baga to mobilise more troops to help drag an armoured vehicle stuck in the mud across town on the shores of Lake Chad, he added. “Following the attack which killed two soldiers there was a prolonged gun battle ‎between soldiers and the Boko Haram gunmen, which forced the gunmen to flee,” said vigilante Haruna Shuaibu.guard-boko

The attack disrupted the tour, forcing the residents to leave their badly damaged and pillaged town as quickly as possible, said Musa Bulama who was on the visit. The visit was initially planned for Sunday but was temporarily stalled after a military vehicle set off a mine in Kauyen Kuros village, six kilometres (four miles) from Baga.“We had to spend the night in Kauyen Kuros as a result of the explosion which injured six soldiers and a member of the civilian vigilantes giving security cover to the convoy,” said Bulama.‎ Read More →

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In this report, BAYO AKINLOYE examines how former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s relentless condemnations of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration likely contributed to the latter’s loss at the presidential pollJonathan-and-Obasanjo

For many years since President Goodluck Jonathan took over the reins of power, apart from the vociferous major opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, he has had to endure the unwavering litany of censures from former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo had written scathing letters and a book targeting the incumbent President. Read More →

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By Madu Onuorah (Abuja Bureau Chief)

Last week, members of the National Peace Committee on the 2015 elections led by former Head of State, Gen AbdulsalamiAbubakar met with the leadership of the Nigerian military at Defence Headquarters Abuja. Their mission was first to express appreciation to the military for the “excellent work done” towards provision of security during the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections.Jonathan

More importantly, the committee came to congratulate them for liberating parts of the North East from the insurgents. According to Gen Abubakar, “we congratulate you for what you are doing to liberate our country from the Boko Haram.

The Nigerian military made their mark any time they serve in the United Nations. So, I am not surprised that the military has been able to safeguard the country. Certainly, in any country, civilians look up to the military, especially in times of crisis, to do this. And you have been able to do this creditably.

This committee doffs its hats to all of you. And I am very proud to have been part of this military. We wish you well, God’s protection and may the Armed Forces of Nigeria grow from strength to strength.” This accolade has been rare for the military.BADEH

Suddenly, Nigeria’s once vaunted military became the butt of derision. It was such that when National Security Adviser, Col SamboDasuki, in defending the deferment of the elections, said the military would crush the Boko Haram insurgency that has bedevilled the country for the past six years, in six weeks, it was like a joke.

“All known Boko Haram camps would be taken out by March 28. The situation would surely be conducive enough for elections,” he had added. US-based Time magazine, in its Feb. 10, 2015 edition had this verdict: “Nigeria’s military has so far proved incapable of containing Boko Haram, and there is little to indicate that anything has changed… That Nigeria’s army needs help dealing with what even its own leaders call a rag-tag militia is a sobering indictment of an institution that was once considered the powerhouse of African peacekeeping.In 2003 the Nigerian army helped defeat the forces of Liberia’s bloodthirsty warlord Charles Taylor. Now it can’t even locate 219 schoolgirls from Chibok that were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April.Minimah

What happened?” And officials at the headquarters of United States Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany offered its own damning assessment, saying they are “in tatters. Ounce for ounce, Boko Haram is equal to if not better than the Nigerian military.”

The Governor of Borno State, AlhajiKashimShettima on February 2014 added his own bombshell that “Boko Haram are better armed and are better motivated than our own troops. Read More →

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