Troops Clear IPOB/ESN Camps In Anambra, Enugu, Recover Dangerous Weapons

 

A joint security team consisting of troops of 302 Regiment of the Nigerian Army, operatives of the Nigerian Navy, Department of State Services and Nigeria Police Force have dislodged camps belonging to Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) at Idara Nnebo, Ihe Mbosi villages and Ukpor in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu stated this on Sunday in a brief communique.

He explained that in a clearance operation conducted in the early hours of Saturday 25 June 2022, troops cleared IPOB fire positions and Improvised Explosive Devices to dislodge the criminals from their hideouts.

During the operations, troops recovered two AK-47 rifles, three magazines with five rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition, two pump action rifles and one locally fabricated gun. Other items include three power generators, among others.

Similarly, troops of 103 Battalion conducted a raid operation on IPOB/ ESN camp at Nkwere Inyi Forest in Oji River Local Government of Enugu State.

The encounter forced the criminals to flee in disarray, while troops recovered one Lexus and a Toyota Highlander SUV suspected to have been snatched by the criminals.

Other items recovered include two motorcycles, one double barrel gun and seven live cartridges.

General Nwachukwu on behalf of the army urged members of the public to continue to support troops with credible information on the activities of the criminal elements in the region.

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Execute Comprehensive Onslaught Against Bandits In Kanji National Park, Senate Urges Military

A file photo of lawmakers during plenary in the Senate.

 

The Senate has asked the military to carry out a comprehensive onslaught on bandits and criminal elements within Kainji Lake National Park and other identified terrorists’ enclaves in communities within three local government areas of Kwara and Niger States.

This call was part of the Upper Chamber’s resolve reached during plenary on Tuesday, June 21, when a motion on the worsening insecurity in Kainji Lake National Park and threat to communities in Kaima, Baruten and Borgu Local Governments, was considered.

The sponsor of the motion Senator Sadiq Umar said kidnapping and other forms of criminality have now become prevalent in communities close to Kainji Lake National Park and this has led to palpable fear in the communities.


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After deliberations on the issue raised, the Senate resolved to mandate its  Committees on Defence; Finance and National Planning to jointly inter-face with the Ministry of Defence to determine status of the establishment of Army Barrack in Kaiama.

The Red Chamber also urged the military authorities to execute an exhaustive attack on bandits and other criminal elements within Kainji Lake National Park, especially Kaiama, Karonzi –Yashikira in Baruten local government, and Wawa and Babanna areas in Niger State.

Lawmakers also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to victims within the affected communities.

Nigerian Military Arrests Foreign Terrorists’ Informant

 

The Nigerian military says it has arrested a foreigner, Jabe Buba, who has allegedly been acting as an informant to terrorists.

Briefing journalists at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, the director of defence media operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko further disclosed that pictures and video of the suspect posting rifles in the forest were found in his  phone.

The military also recovered from him the sum of one hundred and thirty thousand naira (N130,000.00) cash.

Genera Onyeuko also revealed that at least thirty-two terrorists and bandits have been neutralized in the last two weeks under the various operations of the Nigerian military.

He said forty terrorists and bandits were apprehended during the period under review, including a notorious gun-runner, Morris Ayitu who was arrested within Abirisi, in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

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Below is the military spokesman’s full statement on the feats of the Nigeria troops within the last two weeks.

PRESS BRIEFING BY DIRECTORATE OF DEFENCE MEDIA OPERATIONS ON ARMED FORCES OF NIGERIA’S MILITARY OPERATIONS HELD AT DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS NEW CONFERENCE ROOM ON 2 JUNE 2022

Press briefing on the operations of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Police and other security agencies. The security situation across the six geo-political zones of the country remains dynamic. There has been sustained efforts to build on the success so far achieved in the various theatres. The operational brief today will cover from 19 May – 2 June 2022.

OPERATION HADIN KAI

On 22 May 2022 troops in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force at Amdaga, Balazola, Ndakaine, Jango, Sabah and Gobara in Gwozaq Local Government Area of Borno State cleared terrorists hideout during the encounter, the terrorists fled in disarray due to the superior fire power of own troops abandoning their properties and family members.

Also, on 23 May 2022, troop conducted patrol along Old Marter road in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State recovered a dump truck vehicle belonging to Borno State Road Maintenance Agency that was stolen in February 2021 by the terrorists.

Similarly, troops on fighting patrol along Ashigashiya, Kodele, and Apagaluwa in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State encountered terrorists herders who engaged troops in a fierce gun battle, the terrorists fled due to troops superior fire power while troops recovered 40 sheeps during exploitation.

Within the weeks under review troops also conducted robust, aggressive patrol, ambushes and clearance operation in Zuyel-Wuno area along Shelmi Mountain, Dugushewu village, Gwoza, Limankare Old Marte, Sabah, Kancorner, Gamboru Wulgo road, Charaman, Pulka-Kwadale road, Mairamri Tumbun Rago, Tumbum Dilla and Jamina, Kawuri Sibiri, Kuwaiti, Miya village all in Borno State.

Furthermore, on the 31 May 2022, troops repelled attacked by terrorists at Firm Base Arege in Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State. during the attacked troops responded with superior fire power and inflicted heavy casualties on the terrorists while other fled in disarray.

Cumulatively, troops recovered 10 AK 47 rifles, 5 AK 56 rifles, 2 FN rifles, 227 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 7 AK 47 magazines, 1 PKM gun. 1 AA gun, 164 rounds of AA ammunition, 111 Shilka ammunition, 1 gun truck, 1 shilka barrel, 2 dane guns, 2 Improvised Explosive Device, 1 car engine, 4 trollies and one water pump machine.

The troops also rescued 100 terrorists family members which included 33 women. and neutralized 14 terrorists. Fifteen gunmen were also arrested.

Accordingly, all arrested, rescued terrorist families and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.

OPERATION SAFE HAVEN

As part of its non-kinetic measures towards ensuring security of lives and property in the troubled parts of Kaduna State, the Theatre Command on 21 May 2022 graduated 122 local vigilantes trained to assist the security agencies to ensure security of hinterland communities in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

He charged the trained vigilantes to be good ambassadors of their communities and discharge their duties effectively devoid of sentiment; he stressed the need to imbibe the tenets of equality, fairness and neutrality in discharging their duties.

Present at the occasion were the representatives of the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, the Chairman Sanga Local Government Area, Traditional ruler amongst others.

Furthermore, the Commander held peace meetings at the Headquarters of Operation SAFE HAVEN with Bemood Fulani Stakeholders in order to sustain peace in the area. The meeting was centered on the killing and rustling of cattles at Kuru area in Jos Souh Local Government Area of Plateau State, he urged the herders to be patient as efforts are ongoing to recover the rustled cows.

In attendance were the Chairman Riyom Local Government Area, Member representing Riyom in the State House of Assembly, Miyetti Allah members and other community leaders from Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.

OPERATION HADARIN DAJI

Troops in Operation HADARIN DAJI theater of operations sustained aggressive and clearance operations to deny terrorist and other criminal elements further freedom of action.

On 22 May 2022, following credible information about terrorists heading towards Dampo village in Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Troops mobilized and laid in wait at bandit crossing point, gun battle ensued between the bandits and own troops, bandits fled in disarray due to superior fire power following the attack troops recovered 292 cattle and 1 camel.

Also, on 21 May 2022, following credible intelligence report, troops arrested a notorious foreigner Jabe Buba a terrorist informant at Garuwa village in Tambuwa Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

pictures and video of him posting rifles in the forest were found in phone and cash of One Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira (N130,000.00) was recovered from him.

Troops also conducted operational activities in Maidabino, Mahuta, Yantamaki, Mahuta Makal village in Dan Musa Local Government Area, Batsari Jibia road-Jibia road in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Other locations include Kaura Namoda-Shinkafi road, Anka Market in Magaza town in Zamfara State and Kaikaza village in Sokoto State respectively. Consequently, within the weeks under review troops recovered 9 AK 47 rifles, 100 rounds of 7.62mm ammunitions, 458 rustled cattle 20 motorcycles, troops also rescued 152 civilians, neutralized 18 bandits and apprehended 25 bandits.

Accordingly, all arrested, rescued civilians and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.

OPERATION WHIRL STROKE

The troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE conducted several operations within the period under review. On 24 May responded to a distress call on kidnapping incident along Road Zakibia-Ugba, own troops made contact with the criminals.

After a gun battle, the leader of the group one Mr Odada and 2 others the kidnappers who were all dressed in military uniform were neutralized.

The victim one Mr Chimaobi Omemma a businessman was rescued, items recovered include 1 AK 47 rifle, 3 fully loaded magazines (90 rounds of 7.62mm special), 1 Toyota Corolla vehicle and an ATM card bearing Felix Terzenqwe.

All recovered items are still in custody. Similarly, on 29 May 2022 a distress call was received of a bandit terrorizing local at Bowa in Doma Local Government Area of Nassarawa State.

After a hot pursuit one Mr Adamu Akure was captured at Ijiwo junction in Rukubu. Items recovered include 1 locally made pistol, several cartridge amongst others. The arrested criminal is presently under interrogations.

Also, a notorious gun runner Mr Morris Ayitu was arrested after a raid at his residence in Abirisi in Guma Local Government Area also arrested are his wife and an accomplice Mr Julius Aseni.

OPERATION OCTOPUS GRIP

Troops in Operations OCTOPUS GRIP theatre of operation has sustained pressure on economic saboteurs and other criminal elements which has significantly reduce the oil thieves freedom of action.

Operation OCTOPUS GRIP, a subsidiary of Operation DELTA SAFE conducted operational activities in creeks, towns and communities in locations such as Mosogar, Jesse, Warri Road in Eihiope West Local Government Area, Banga, Modangho creek in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

Other locations are Okubotowa creek in Akassa Brass Local Government Area, Ikebiri Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Other areas include Gawthrone channel in Bonny Local Government Area of River State, Akpabiyo Local Government Area in Cross River State and Effiat water ways Ibaka in Akwa Ibom State.

Cumulatively, within the period under review, troops discovered and destroyed 40 illegal refineries, 165 metal storage tanks, 72 ovens, 23 dug out pits, 5 wooden boats.

Also, recovered are One Hundred and Seven Thousand Four Hundred (107,400) litres of crude oil, Four Hundred and Fifty Six Thousand Four Hundred and Fifty (456,450) litres of AGO, Six Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty (6,250) litres of PMS, 6 trucks, 3 outbound engines, 1 AK 47 rifles, troops also apprehended 21 criminal elements. All recovered items and apprehended criminals were handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.

Army Says IED Planted By IPOB Blows Up Members

This photo, released by the army on June 1, 2022, shows IED said to be planted by members of the outlawed group, IPOB
This photo, released by the army on June 1, 2022, shows IED said to be planted by members of the outlawed group, IPOB

 

The army says an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) has exploded, causing severe injuries to two members of the outlawed group.

According to a statement signed by army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, the incident occured along Eke Ututu – Orsu road in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo state on 1 June 2022.

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“The dissidents, inadvertently stepped on the IED which they had earlier planted along several routes in Orlu, Orsu Local Government Area, while they were attempting to evade troops’ onslaught against terrorists in the area,” the statement said.

“The outlawed group have severally planted IEDs along troops’ patrol routes in failed effort to bring harm to the troops.

“We urge all peace loving people of the South East to please inform troops of possible areas where these explosives have been buried for proper evacuation and disposal.”

No Nigerian Territory Under Attack By Cameroonian Separatists – Army

File Photo of the Nigerian Army logo.

 

The Nigerian Army has dismissed claims that some Nigerian villages were attacked by Ambazonia militants, a separatist group in Cameroon.

Although the military authorities confirmed that the militants stormed some communities on Sunday, it said the attack did not happen on Nigerian territory.

In a statement dated May 30, 2022, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, noted that four victims who ran into the Nigerian territory were rescued.

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“The Nigerian Army has been notified of a statement insinuating that Nigerian villages were attacked by Cameroonian separatists on May 29, 2022,” the statement read in part.

“Contrary to the misinformation, our troops deployed at Danare received information on Sunday morning about the said attack. The troops immediately mobilised to the Bashu community, which was allegedly under attack.

“Upon their arrival, it was revealed that Bashu was not under attack and no external incursion was recorded; rather the separatists attacked Obonyi 2 and Njasha, both of which are communities located in the Republic of Cameroon.

“Four victims of the attack, who crossed over into the Nigerian territory were later rescued by troops and operatives of Nigerian Immigration Services. The attack was, therefore, not within the Nigerian territory as claimed.”

Troops Destroy ‘IPOB Training Camp’ In Imo

This photo, released by the Nigerian Army on May 21, 2022, shows troops dislodging a camp in Imo State.
This photo, released by the Nigerian Army on May 21, 2022, shows troops dislodging a camp in Imo State.

 

The army said on Saturday troops of 34 Brigade in conjunction with Department of State Service operatives have dislodged a training camp of the proscribed Indigeneous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) at Okporo in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.

According to a statement signed by army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, “the troops dislodged the training camp after exchanging fire with the dissidents, neutralizing two notorious members of the group, who have been on the wanted list of security agencies and have been terrorising residents in the general area of Orlu, Orsu and Njaba.”

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The statement added that the troops “equally destroyed the training shed and other facilities used by the separatists, including a shrine, which members of the outlawed group reportedly use for spiritual fortification. A local factory for fabricating weapons was also discovered and destroyed.

“A search of the factory uncovered , three dane guns, one locally fabricated pistol, one live round of 7.62mm, one live cartridge, two used shells of 7.62mm (special) and objects suspected to be charms, among other dangerous weapons.”

Troops Neutralize 18 Terrorists, 115 Bandits In Two Weeks

Army Speaks About Recent Attacks On Military Bases In North East
A file photo of troops. Source: [email protected]

 

Troops of the Nigerian military have neutralized 18 terrorists and 115 bandits in various operations in the Northeast, Northwest, and North Central regions of the country.

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this during the bi-weekly media briefing at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, where he highlighted some of the achievements of the military within the last two weeks.

He said troops of Operation Hadin Kai sustained an aggressive posture by conducting clearance operations in the fight against Boko Haram terrorist/Islam State West Africa (ISWAP) province terrorists and other criminal elements in the theatre of operations in Borno State during which significant results were recorded including the neutralization of twelve terrorists and the recovery of guns as well as ammunitions were made.

“The troops’ operational efforts yielded significant results in some locations in the northeast such as Mandara Mountain, Kwatara Hill, Fadagwe Village in Gwoza local government area, Timbuktu Triangle, Buk Village in Damboa Local Government Area, Hawul Village, and Mallam Fatori in Biu Local Government Area all in Borno State.

“Notably, own troops during a robust clearance operation engaged ISWAP terrorists at Mandara mountain in Gwoza Local Government Area and Timbuktu Triangle in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno; during the encounter, 10 terrorists were neutralized.

“Troops also recovered four aa-guns, 2,000 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition, 10 bicycles, 1 unexploded improvised explosive device, one mowag apc, one truck mounted with 122 artillery gun, one machine gun, four AK 47 rifles, one 60mm mortar tube with five bombs,” General Onyeuko stated.

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In a similar vein, Onyeuko revealed that the troops “had an encounter with Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists along with Debiro-Shaffa village in Hawul local government area, and there, two terrorists were neutralized and the troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, three magazines, 143 rounds of 7.62mm special, one Dane gun, one pump action rifle, and six cartridges.”

He said a total of 174 terrorists, mainly members of ISWAP, have also surrendered to the military in the last two weeks.

According to him, “the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province have continued to surrendered to own troops at different locations in the theatre, a total of 174 Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State West Africa province terrorists and their families comprising of 43 adult males, 58 females and 73 children from villages around Bama and Dikwa local government area of Borno state surrendered to own troops. All surrendered terrorists and their families have been profiled.”

In the northwest, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji neutralized 96 bandits in Zamfara, Katsina, and Kebbi states during clearance patrol, rescuing eight kidnapped victims.

Major General Onyeuko said the troops also recovered 574 rustled cattle, 22 motorcycles, three AK-47 rifles, 21 rounds of ammunition, 2 locally fabricated rifles, two pump action guns, one locally-made pistol, and five rounds of 7.62mm special, and four phones.

He further explained that “in the last two weeks’ operation whirl stroke carried out kinetic and non-kinetic operations in its theatre.

“Some of the areas in which the operations were conducted are; Akula, Alijo, Hillega, Ihuwakaa, Akirga, Tse Mela in Yooyo Council Ward, Tyodoo in Mayongo Council Ward of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area, Kwanta Sule Village, Gbekyor in Guma Local Government Area, Tse Ogo Village in Ugbaam Council Ward, Tse Jundo in Mbamema Council Ward of Ukum Local Government Area and Tse Kyegh Ugondo in Logo Local Government Area All in Benue State.

“The renewed intensity by own troops in the fight against banditry and other criminal elements resulted in the destruction of many bandits’ camps. Notably on 24 February 2022, while on fighting patrol, own troops responded to a distress call from Tse Mela in Yooyo Council Ward of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area about the criminal activities of Iortyom Wuave aka Janta, a notorious armed militia gang leader on operation whirl stroke wanted list.

“Our troops mobilized and moved to the location and in a subsequent gun battle, Janta was neutralized.

“Relatedly on 25 February 2022 troops raided the hideout of the notorious armed bandits at Tse Jundo in Mbamena council ward in Uukum Local Government area of Benue State. During the shootout with troops, 2 of the notorious armed bandits – Terdoo Kiorga aka Apaapa and Orkulam Mom aka Orbutee were neutralized.

“The duo has been on the wanted list of Operation Whirl Stroke and is known to have unleashed mayhem on Zaki Biam and its environs in the past.

“Furthermore, 5 AK 47 rifles, 1 pimp action rifle, 1 pistol, 1 local made gun, 3 AK 47 magazines, 127 pieces of 5.56mm rounds, 6 pieces of 9mm rounds, 4 rounds of 7.62mm, 12 cartridges, 5 cell phones, and assorted charms were recovered and handed over to the appropriate authorities for necessary actions”.

In another development, troops on patrol and clearance operations encountered bandits in Kutunku, Baban Lamba villages in Wishishi, and Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger state.

In the encounter, seven bandits were neutralized, three AK-47 rifles, five magazines, 71 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 37 motorcycles, and 10 mobile phones were recovered.

Within the period under review, Operation Whirl Stroke has cumulatively neutralized nine bandits and recovered eight AK-47 rifles, eight magazines, 208 special ammunitions, and 15 cell phones.

Military Recording Successes Despite ‘Serious’ Security Challenges, Says COAS

File photo of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, on Wednesday said the military and other security agencies are making steady progress in various theatres of operation despite the serious security challenges facing the country.

Yahaya stated this at the combat training week of the Army Infantry Corps, in Jaji, Kaduna State, which has both serving and retired military officers in attendance.

While noting that the security challenges are not peculiar to Nigeria and the West African sub-region alone, he said the military has continued to adopt kinetic and non-kinetic measures to confront such security threats.

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“We are aware that our country is facing serious security challenges. We are not the only ones facing security challenges if we are fair across the globe, region, or sub-region,” he said.

“We know that these are challenging times. We are doing our best to address them and we are doing that by recording a lot of successes across all theatres of operations. Training is key and we are not letting on it.

“It cuts across all board including soldiers and us. In everything we do, we shall continue to review our curriculum in tandem with the existing security challenges.”

The Combat Arms Training Week of the Nigerian Army is an annual event for the various combat support units of the Nigerian Army to appraise activities,  brainstorm and share ideas.

Activities line up for the week-long event including lectures, and discussions, among others,  and the chief of Army Staff arrives at the Army Infantry Corps in Jaji Kaduna State to participate in the event.

The theme of this year’s Combat Training Week is “Effective combat arms manoeuvre,  a panacea for success in battle.”

Again, Explosion Rocks Taraba

Map of Taraba
A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.

 

An explosion has rocked the headquarters of Six Brigade Nigeria Army located in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital. 

The incident took place late Tuesday night in the backyard of the building but no casualty was recorded.

The Army has so far barricaded the roads leading to and fro the axis of the Six Brigade Nigeria Army headquarters to forestall further attempts on their lives.

No statement has emanated from the Brigade commander as to what transpired.

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‘Ungodly, Inhuman, Barbaric’

A file photo of Taraba state Governor, Darius Ishaku.
A file photo of Taraba state Governor, Darius Ishaku.

 

Tuesday’s explosion adds to the increasing cases of bombings in the northeastern state.

Late last month, there were two bombing incidents in a space of four days in Taraba State. One of them, which the terrorist group ISWAP took responsibility for, killed at least six persons.

Irked by the development, Governor Darius Ishaku ordered a stop and search operation across the state as part of efforts to firm up security.

“Governor Ishaku described the incident as ungodly, inhuman, barbaric, and a deliberate attempt by evil people to destabilize the state,” a statement signed by his spokesperson, Iliya Bekyu Akweh, said.

“He directed security agencies in the state to a network through proper investigation to fish out the terrorists whom he said are working relentlessly to destabilize the peace of the state

“The Governor further directed security agencies to immediately introduce operation stop and search across the state especially in the state capital to checkmate the nefarious activities of terrorists and their cohorts who have infiltrated the state recently.”

According to the governor, who lamented the loss of lives in the state,  “his administration would not allow evil people and their sponsors including those harbouring them to destabilize the peace he had worked hard to restore in the state”.

 ‘IPOB Not Protecting Igbos’ – Army Condemns Killing Of Two Soldiers

File Photo of the Nigerian Army logo.

 

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday condemned the recent killing of two soldiers by suspected members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying the secessionist group is not protecting the interest of the Igbo.

Director of Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement, three days after gunmen killed and then beheaded two soldiers at an unknown location in Imo State.

Following the gruesome murder, military authorities confirmed that the victims –  Linus Audu, a retired Master Warrant Officer, and his partner, Gloria Matthew, a Private – were travelling to Imo State for their traditional wedding when they were attacked and killed by the gunmen.

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Matthew hailed from Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo state, Nigeria’s South-east, according to the army spokesperson. He expressed surprise that the outlawed group killed the female soldier despite being an indigene of the South-east, where the terror group claim they are on a mission to protect and liberate.

“Ironically, the fact that one of the soldiers, Gloria Matthew who hails from Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State (and) has an ethnic affiliation with the good people of South-east Nigeria, did not prevail on the sensibility of the dissidents,” the statement partly read.

“This dastardly act, one too many, clearly portends the deep seated hate, desperation and lawlessness with which foot soldiers of IPOB/ESN have been unleashing terror on Ndigbo, whom they claim they are on a mission to protect and emancipate, as well as other innocent Nigerians who are resident or transiting the South-east.

“This gruesome murder, in which they did not spare even their own child, clearly depicts callousness, impenitence and is indisputably, a brazen act of terrorism perpetrated by IPOB/ESN,” he said.

According to the army spokesperson, the proscribed group has “continued to live in denial, while masquerading as unknown gunmen in their criminal (and) violent campaign in the region.”

Army Recovers Weapons From Boko Haram Enclave In Sambisa

This screenshot from a video shows military equipment recovered by the Nigerian Army from Boko Haram terrorists.
This screenshot from a video shows military equipment recovered by the Nigerian Army from Boko Haram terrorists.

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Farouk Yahaya has commended troops of Operation Hadin Kai in the Northeast for capturing large number of weapons from the enclave of Boko Haram insurgents during its recent operations in Sambisa forest.

The COAS, who was taken round the equipment at the headquarters of the theatre command by the General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigeria Army, Major-General Christopher Musa, assured Nigerians of the Army’s readiness to get rid of all terrorists in the country.

While thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for all the support, the COAS asked the terrorists to lay down their arms as soon as possible before it is too late.

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“The weapons that were captured from these terrorists speak for themselves,” the army chief said. “And we cannot but appreciate the troops and urge them to do even more. I am very impressed with the commitment and zeal I am seeing in the theatre and indeed all our theatre of operations.

“Challenges are part of operations but the military and other agencies are not deterred by the few setbacks we’ve had. But we are determined to defeat this enemy. Our call to all these terrorists and bandits is to know that the tide is against them.”

Army Dismisses Viral Video Of Soldier Allegedly Abandoned By Colleagues

This photo combination shows a soldier with the nametag Musa M. and the logo of the Nigerian Army.
This photo combination shows a soldier with the nametag Musa M. and the logo of the Nigerian Army.

 

The Nigerian Army on Thursday described as misleading the viral video of a soldier who claimed he had been abandoned by his colleages.

“I’ve suffered a lot,” the soldier with the nametag Musa said in the video. “I’m trying to save my life. I’m the only one in the bush. The remaining soldiers have ran and left me. God, help me. God, protect my life.”

In a statement signed by spokesperson Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, the army said the video was shot by the soldier after he absconded from his duty.

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“Contrary to the claims and impression created by the soldier in the video footage, preliminary investigations have revealed that the video footage was a deliberate attempt to shield himself from being accused of cowardice, having abandoned his colleagues during an ongoing clearance operation in Gurara, Niger State,” the statement said.

“It could be recalled that troops of the NA, recently carried out a clearance operation in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State. Disappointingly, during an encounter, the said soldier abandoned his colleagues and absconded in an outright display of cowardice and possible sabotage, which negate the precepts of the military profession.

“Sensing the gravity of his action and its consequences, the soldier surreptitiously uploaded the video online in a calculated attempt to whip-up public sentiment and cover up his act of cowardice. The soldier’s action amounts to a betrayal of the esprit de corps and comradery that are synomous with a military unit and fighting formation, particularly during operations. The soldier’s conduct is therefore an aberration and against the ethics and core values of the military profession.

“The video footage is thus, in all intent, and purpose a misrepresentation of what actually transpired between the soldier and his colleagues.
The soldier has rejoined his unit and further investigations are currently ongoing to unravel the reasons behind his unprofessional conduct.”