The Nigerian Army has ordered 30 of its top officers to proceed to the Army Headquarters Garrison in Abuja to face a judicial panel reportedly over their conduct and performances in the ongoing war against Boko Haram.
According to an internal army memo dated March 11, 2015 and sighted by PREMIUM TIMES, the officers are to be court-martialed for various offences.
The memo listed 30 senior officers who were instructed to depart their current posting and head for the Army Headquarters garrison for “jurisdiction”.
The specific offences for which each of the officers is to be tried was not stated but military insiders say it has to do with their conduct in the fight against the Boko Haram extremist group. Read More →
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Chadian President Idriss Deby has said the lack of coordination between Nigerian and Chadian armies in the ongoing anti-terror war is not creating the desired impact.
He said this accounted for the difficulty in arresting the leader of the Boko Haram insurgents, Abubakar Shekau.
The two armies were separately prosecuting the anti-terrorist war, Deby told reporters after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja yesterday.
He said if Nigerian and Chadian soldiers had launched joint operations against the insurgents, more results could have been achieved. Read More →
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Chadian President Idriss Deby says arresting the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group has been difficult because Nigerian and Chadian armies are not undertaking joint operations.
The Chadian president stated this at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday when he visited President Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking to State House journalists after holding a closed-door meeting with Jonathan, Deby regretted that both countries’ armies were separately prosecuting the anti-terrorist war. Read More →
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A gunman opened fire on Friday outside a school in northeast Nigeria’s city of Potiskum, seriously wounding 12 students in an area repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram, a police officer and witnesses said.
“We have evacuated 12 people with serious gunshot wounds to hospital from the scene of the shooting attack,” said the officer, who requested anonymity.
Many students at the College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS) in Potiskum, Yobe state, said the attacker with explosives strapped to his body blew himself up when he ran out of ammunition, but the blast caused no other casualties. Read More →
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Two of Nigeria’s eminent personalities have given divergent prognoses on the just concluded 2015 elections, with Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, stating that he chose Major-General Muhammdu Buhari (rtd) over President Goodluck Jonathan because he was the “better of the two evils”.
In contrast, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations and former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku yesterday said Nigerians owed Jonathan a debt of gratitude for his roles in the conduct of the successful elections this year. Read More →
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Following the rescue by Nigerian troops of over 293 girls and women abducted by Boko Haram, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, yesterday lamented that the impregnation of a sizeable number of the ladies was aimed at producing future insurgents.
The governor therefore, noted the need for a special programme to break the chain anticipated by the terrorists.
He spoke through an aide, Isa Gusau, during a closed-door meeting in Maiduguri at the weekend with government officials.
“Boko Haram deliberately raped women with the intention of getting them pregnant so they would give birth to future insurgents as successors of their violent struggles,” Shettima said, adding that his study of the terrorists showed “there is a general belief among them that whoever doesn’t share their ideology is an infidel, and as such they can freely acquire the (infidel’s) property and wife to serve as slaves and satisfy the sexual urge of their masters. Read More →
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The Nigerian military has said that hunting for Shekau is “not the major element” of Nigeria’s collaboration with Chad, which retook Baga from Boko Haram.
Stating this in an interview with Reuters at the weekend, the spokesman for Nigeria’s defence headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade, said the idea of looking for one man should not distract the military.
“The sensational idea of looking out for one individual should not distract us or hold us down,” Olukolade said.
However, Shekau, or a man claiming to be him, last appeared in a video in January, when Boko Haram claimed a major attack on the town of Baga and threatened Nigeria’s neighbours. Read More →
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