Be Abreast With Current Security Challenges, Buhari Tells Military Officers

Muhammadu-Buhari addressing senior officers President Muhamadu Buhari of Nigeria has asked senior military officers to always update themselves in order to be abreast with current security challenges which threaten both national and global security.

The President gave the advice during the graduation ceremony of Senior Course 38 Military Officers at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State.

The President, who was represented at the event by his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, urged the Nigerian Armed Forces to ensure zero tolerance to indiscipline.

He further urged them to join hands with the Federal Government on the ongoing transformation in the Nigerian military, which he said was borne out of the emerging security challenges confronting the nation.

The President also asked the officers to exhibit high sense of professionalism, which the college was known for in the course of their military career.

He stressed the need for the officers to always abide by the Armed Forces Act, standing operational procedures and rules of engagement even in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the north east.

Winning The War

While pointing out that the Nigerian military ranked amongst the best in the world, he urged the graduating officers to also contribute their quota to the fight against insurgency in the northeast and other security challenges in other parts of Nigeria.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the event, the Vice President said the Federal Government was winning the war against insurgency in the northeast.

The graduation ceremony formally marked the successful completion of yet another senior course.

The arrival of the Vice President signalled the commencement of the colourful event where a total of 191 students, comprising of 89 Nigerian Army officers, 48 Navy, 31 Air Force officers and 10 para-military students as well as nine international students took part in the course that commenced on July 29, 2015.

The curriculum of their course includes fitness training, rigorous training in basic military subjects and outdoor training exercises.

In line with the current security challenges, the officers were also given a special training on counter-terrorism.

Highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of certificates to the graduating students.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, service chiefs and other dignitaries attended the event

Army Trains Troops On Counter Terrorism Operations

Nigeria-Army-Troops-counteri-terrorism-Boko-HaramThe Nigerian Army has conducted a special training on counter-terrorism operations for officers and recruits.

The training was held at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, ahead of their graduation from the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, and Command College, Jaji.

The exercise is part of efforts by the Nigerian military to expose the young soldiers to conventional ways of fighting terrorism in the northeast.

Addressing the Cadets at the end of the exercise, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, said the training has become necessary due to the emerging security challenges, which requires effective training of troops in the art of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations.

He express satisfaction with the performance of the troops, adding that most of them would be deployed to the north east and other troubled parts of the country to fight the Boko Haram group and other related crimes.

Over 2, 000 recruits from the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria took part in the exercise.

The training, which exposed them to combat bush exercise and other tactics, is the last lap of their training before their passing out from the depot within the year.

After watching their training session, General Buratai, said they are good to go.
He commended the management of the Armed Forces and Command College for the effective manner they handled the troops during the training period.

The Nigerian Army has been a major facilitator and force multiplier in the fight against terrorism in the country through effective training of its personnel, as well as personnel of sister security services.

Fighting Insurgents: Military College Holds Inter-agencies Security Training

MilitaryThe Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State, has conducted an inter-agencies training on information sharing and intelligence gathering.

Addressing participants during the closing ceremony of the training, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, said that the training was very important considering the internal security challenges facing Nigeria.

Mr Arase, who was represented by the Zaria Area Commander, reiterated that the Nigerian Police Force was determined to take its rightful place in internal security operations aimed at ensuring a peaceful and secured society.

In his speech, the Director of Joint Studies of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Johnson Irefin, explained that such joint inter-agencies training would bring about developing of new techniques on standing operating procedures on internal security and low intensity operations.

He also stressed the need for security personnel and other stakeholders involved in conflict and emergency situations to adhere to the rules of engagement during internal and low intensity conflict.

The event was organised to gather intelligence on a regular basis, to ensure prompt response to crisis situations in line with the humanitarian challenges caused by the Boko Haram insurgents in northern Nigeria.

The training workshop, which drew participants from the military, Police, para-military agencies, National Orientation Agency and National Emergency Management Agency among others, lasted for three weeks.

It was conducted in two phases which featured lectures, presentations, planning and conduct of internal security operations in a multi-agency setting.

US Trains Nigerian Military Officers On Counter-terrorism

militaryA team of military personnel from the United States of America has arrived Nigeria to train a battalion of Nigerian Army officers and soldiers on counter-terrorism and insurgency operations.

Speaking at the commencement of the training at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State on Wednesday, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Enwistle, stressed the need for countries within the Lake Chad Basin to continue to work together in the fight against terrorism and insurgency within the region.

He stated that with the ongoing partnership between United States and Nigerian military in the areas of training of officers and soldiers, the war against the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast was already yielding tremendous result as the insurgents had been largely defeated.

The US Ambassador also tasked the Nigerian government on improving the socio-economic development of the northeast that had been ravaged by Boko Haram attacks in order to secure a long term stability of the region.

On his part, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Owonishakin, said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to ensure that the Nigerian Armed Forces were adequately equipped to enable personnel fight terrorism and other security challenges confronting the nation.

He explained that the partnership between the US military and Nigeria’s Armed Forces was borne out of the commitment of the present administration in waging war against global terrorism and violent extremism.

General Owonishakin, however, urged the participants to use the training opportunity to improve their military skills and capacity.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, reminded the participants of the enormous security challenges facing Nigeria and the need for them to adapt with the new tactics to deal with the situation.

He also reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army towards strict observance of human rights and international humanitarian laws in the ongoing military effort to liberate the northeast from the Boko Haram terrorists.

The training which would last for 12 weeks, is designed to be conducted in three phases for troops of the 145 Battalion.

Terrorism: Armed Forces College To Review Training Curriculum

soldiers and officersThe new Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Air Vice Marshal Sulaiman Dambo, on Saturday said the college would review its academic and training curriculum to meet the demands of the current Boko Haram insurgency 

The commandant disclosed this shortly after taking over from his predecessor, Air Vice Marshal John Ifemeje, who just retired from service.

He stated that the inclusion of counter-terrorism training for officers, who passed through the college has contributed immensely to the success recorded by troops fighting the Boko Haram insugents in the north east.

According to him, the college would continue to build the mental capacity of its students to equip them with vital skills to confront any war situation.

The commandant warned officers and men of the college against partisanship and mismanagement of resources.

Air Vice Marshal Dambo also solicited for the support of the staff to re-position the institution for greater efficiency.

He commended the former commandant for remodeling the military institution, which made it to excel.

On his part, the former commandant thanked God and Nigeria for giving him the opportunity to serve the nation for 35 years.

While giving account of his stewardship, Air Vice Marshal Ifemeje says the entire college was renovated in addition to the remodeling of its two departments in line with global standards.

FG Will Effectively Support Military To Defeat Boko Haram – Buhari

militaryNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has implored the nation’s military officers to be mindful of their actions by taking into cognizance, the religious and ethnic sensitiveness of the country in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast, and other criminal elements across the country.

He made this call to officers of Senior Course 37 during their graduation ceremony on Friday at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.

President Buhari, who was represented by his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said that the Federal Government under his leadership, will do everything possible to equip the military and other security forces to effectively dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents in the region.

The President also gave an assurance that his administration will use all legitimate means at its disposal to end the menace of deadly attacks by the terrorist group in the region.

A total of 174 students comprising of 70 Army officers, 43 Navy, 31 Air Force officers, 21 allied officers from some West African countries and 9 paramilitary personnel, enrolled for the course on July 30 2014.

According to Commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshal John-Chris Ifemeje, the high number of international students that have enrolled in the college strengthens the idea of African brotherliness and regional cooperation which were necessary for the security of the continent.

The Vice President lauded men of the Armed Forces for the bold and courageous steps taken so far in the ongoing war against terror.

Osinbajo also reminded the officers to make good use of the skills and knowledge they have acquired from the college, as most of them would be deployed in crisis-prone areas within or outside the country.

He urged them to remain apolitical and neutral while discharging their constitutional roles at all times.

The AFCSC was established to offer increased capacity for academic and professional training of military officers and other ranks of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Since its inception in 1976, the college has graduated a total of 3,060 officers, including officers drawn from 28 African countries and other paramilitary agencies.

600 Nigerian Army Officers Receive Specialist Courses Training Abroad

Nigeria_Army The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Kenneth Minimah, on Tuesday said over 600 army officers have so far been trained from a range of specialist courses at different military institutions abroad, while new military equipment have been acquired to boost the fighting capacity of security forces in line with current trend.

He also assured Nigerians that the military will soon recapture all territories in the north east which were under the control of the Boko Haram sect.

He gave the assurance during a training seminar for army officers held at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State.

The training in collaboration with the British Military Advisory and Training Team is part of the ongoing war against the Boko Haram terrorists in the north east.

Addressing the officers at the event, Lt. Gen. Minimah, stressed the need for continuous training and re-training of army personnel for them to be able to tackle the current security challenges facing the nation.

He disclosed that the Nigerian Army had in the last one year embarked on intensive individual and group training of personnel within and outside the country, adding that such initiative is already yielding positive result with the recent onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgents in the north east.

Over 100 officers, including Commanding and Brigade Officers, were drawn from the various army divisions and units to attend the seminar, which will last for five days.

The training will focus on capacity building development in three areas; intelligence and analysis, operational capacity building and force sustainment. These areas, according to the organizers of the seminar, are critical in the effort by the Nigerian Army to defeat the current security challenges.

The Army chief who noted that the British Military Advisory and Training Team have been assisting Nigeria in the capacity building of its military forces in the areas of tactics for over thirty five years, maintained that this particular seminar will focus on operation development of the officers aim at making the Nigerian Army a professional force, adding that such collaboration is already yielding good result.

Head of the British Military Advisory Council, Brig. Gen. Jonny Bourne, gave an sight of the contributions of his country in capacity building of Nigerian military personnel.

He also expressed confidence that such training and collaboration in some key areas will assist Nigeria to overcome the current security challenges.

Channels Television’s correspondent in the north-wetern state, Chmezie Onyeocha, reports that trainings such as this will go a long way in strengthening the capacity of military officers and also develop their mental and physical well being.

Insurgency: Army Commences Massive Re-training Of Officers, Soldiers Nationwide

Army Training closeupThe Nigerian Army on Friday said that it had commenced massive training for its soldiers and officers nationwide to bring an end to the insurgency and other security challenges bedevilling the nation.

The Commandant, Infantry Corps, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Major-General Mohammed Abubakar, disclosed this during the commissioning of 1 Division Nigerian Army Headquarters Training School in Kaduna.

According to him, the training schools, which had been in existence since the 1970s had been reopened to enable the Army train the multitude of soldiers it has, since the existing schools could not cope with the increasing number of soldiers being recruited on yearly basis.

He said that the training would improve the basic knowledge and skills of the soldiers and officers to enable them effectively curb the insurgency and other security challenges that have faced the nation.

The Army authorities also noted that establishing schools at each division level would help to give basic trainings to soldiers, rather than making them wait until they get to the training schools in Jaji, Bauchi, Kachia and the rest.

On his part, the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division Headquarters of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Kenneth Osuji, said that the establishment of the schools would provide avenue for immediate training of soldiers and officers under every division.

Osuji added that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, had also directed all the six divisions in the Nigerian Army to establish basic training schools for its officer and soldiers to aid in curbing security challenges.

Apart from academic exercise, the soldiers and officers, during their trainings, would equally undergo special physical training in line with the contemporary challenges.

Prayers were also offered for God’s protection of those in the battle field.


Nigerian Navy Decries Inability To Effectively Tackle Maritime Crime

While the Nigerian Army counts its gains in the fight against insurgency, the Navy is raising an alarm over the increase in maritime crime in the country.

Though the Navy acknowledges this worrisome trend, its ability to respond adequately to it appears to be limited by various factors.

At a session designed for junior officers on how to police the maritime environment at the Department Of Maritime Warfare, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji Kaduna, Rear-Admiral Sanmi Alade, said that crime in the territorial waters of the Gulf of Guinea has become sophisticated, as the criminals keep devising various means to the beat the law.

He however added that: “The Nigerian Navy’s cooperation with other maritime stakeholders… has helped in no small measures in curbing many of the threats in our maritime environments. The successes achieved so far through such collaborations should encourage us to proceed towards even greater efforts in the field of cooperation.”

One of the challenges mentioned by speakers at the session is poor communication infrastructure, which they said often affects command and control and makes timely response to crisis situation difficult and also limits the extents to which agencies can offer assistance among themselves.

One of the participants, Lieutenant Chinwe Emeruwa said: “The Nigerian Navy and most maritime related agencies do not have a common network for collating, analyzing, sharing and storing intelligence. Consequently, vital information that would have been used to address crisis situations are not disseminated or accessed.”

Other maritime related crimes were also analyzed at the session, including crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism, with recommendations made on how to combat them.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, pirate attacks off Nigeria’s coast have risen by a 3rd, as ships passing through West-Africa’s Gulf of Guinea have increasingly come under threat from gangs wanting to snatch cargoes and crews.





Senate Decries Underfunding Of Armed Forces Command And Staff College, Jaji

The Nigerian Senate has termed as inadequate the funding of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji North West Nigeria.

At an oversight visit to the college by the Senate Joint Committee on Defence and Army on Thursday, the committee members lamented that the annual budgetary allocation to the college is insufficient to meet its demands, while at the same time; the funds approved are never released fully by the Ministry of Defence.

Worried by the insufficient funds allocated to the college in the 2013 budget, the committee said it was totally unacceptable that such a foremost military training institution in Sub Saharan Africa would be starved of funds to carry out its duties of churning out highly skilled officers for the country.

Chairman of the committee, Senator George Sekibo who led other members to the college said the committee will do everything within its powers to ensure that the institution is funded properly by the Federal Government, given its importance to the security of the nation.

Senator Sekibo told the commandant that the committee was at the college to ascertain if the funds approved to the college in the 2013 budget have been released by the relevant offices and also to know how the funds were spent.

In their separate presentations, the commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshal Eko Effiom Osim and Director of Finance, James Iliyasu told the lawmakers that out of the 3 billion Naira appropriated to the college for various projects this year, only 1.5 Billion Naira has been accessed on paper, while only the sum of 743 million Naira was released for Capital Expenditure as at October 31, 2013, a situation that has hindered rapid development of infrastructure in the college.

Despite the challenges, the commandant said the management has been able to execute some capital projects.

At the end of their presentation, the committee members were not impressed with the budgetary allocation to the college and blamed the Ministry of Defence and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation for the disparities in funds approved and the ones released to the college.

The committee however, expressed satisfaction with the expenditure pattern of the college and called on the Federal Government to take the college as a priority by allocating enough funds to the institution.

The Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji,  is a joint Service Institution established in 1976 to offer increased capacity for academic and professional training of military officers and other ranks of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Jaji bombing: SSS parades 2 suspects

Two suspects linked to the bombing at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, in Kaduna state have been paraded by the State Security Service (SSS).

A 50 year old yam hawker from Jalingo, Taraba state who allegedly acts as a motivational preacher for members of the Boko Haram Sect in Kaduna state has been paraded by the SSS.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, explained that the suspect, Mohammed Idris also conducts surveillance on selected targets using the cover of a yam hawker.

“Following the incident, a thorough investigation was initiated by this service and the military which led to the arrest of some suspected masterminds of the attack,” spokeswoman for Nigeria’s secret service” Mrs Ogar said.

15 lives were lost in the twin attack on the Saint Andrew military protestant church located within the premises of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

Also paraded is 18 year old Ibrahim Mohammed from Osun state who confessed to actively participating in several attacks in Kaduna state including the suicide bomb attack on St Rita’s Catholic Church in Badarawa area of the state.

“Mohammed and Idris will be handed over to the military for further investigation. However, other suspects apprehended in the same vein are still being … (questioned).”

Nigerian Army denies ethno-religious undertone in Jaji’s redeployment

The director of Military Intelligence, Major General Ahmed Jibrin, has explained that the redeployment of two commanders at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji Kaduna state had no undertones of any kind.

He says contrary to speculations by some groups that the redeployment had ethno-religious undertones; it was a measure to pave way for the investigation set up by the military into the bomb blasts that rocked the Saint Andrews Protestant Church at the cantonment.

The defence headquarters had ordered the re-deployment of the Commandant of the College, Air -Vice Marshall Abdullahi Kure, and the Corps Commander infantry; Major General Muhammad Isa, following the incident on November the 25th.

Meanwhile leading religious organisations in the country have also disagreed on the re-deployment.

The Jama’tu Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) differed over the removal of the army officers following the bombing of the church inside the military cantonment.

JNI’s Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Aliyu while condemning the Jaji blasts said the military authorities were in a haste to remove the two officers when the panel investigating the incident is yet to submit its report.

On his part, the chairman of the CAN, Kaduna state chapter, Reverend Samuel Kujiyat said the removal is in order considering the embarrassment the bomb attack caused the military and the country in general.

He added that no group or religion should give any ethno-religious interpretation to their removal.