Army Announces Recruitment Centres Nationwide For New Intakes

File Photo of the Nigerian Army logo.

 

The Nigerian Army has released the list of recruitment centers nationwide for its 81 regular recruit intake exercise.

The list which was released via the Army’s verified Facebook page, noted that the recruitment exercise would hold from July 12 to 24.

Last week, the military had released the list of successful candidates and warned against fraudsters.

 

“This is to inform the general public and all applicants that applied for 81 Regular Recruits Intake 2021 to visit the Nigerian Army website to check the list of successful candidates,” the statement read.

“The screening exercise is scheduled to commence from 12 – 24 July 2021 in all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory Abuja. Shortlisted candidates are expected to report to their respective states of origin for the screening exercise with the following:

“Original copies of WASCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB Certificate in a file jacket. b. Trade Test/City Guild Certificate for Tradesmen/Women. c. Printed Bank Verification Number (BVN) certificate authenticated by a bank. d. Valid birth certificate as endorsed by the National Population Commission, hospital, Local Government Council of birth or valid age declaration. e. Valid certificate of state of origin. f. WASCE/ GCE/NECO/NABTEB online scratch card. g. Completed copies of the print outs from the portal including guarantor forms. h. 2 pairs each of plain white T shirts and blue shorts. i. A pair each of white canvass and white socks.

“Candidates are to note that any alteration on their documents will render the documents invalid and eventually lead to disqualification.

“The use of electronic, mobile and recording devices will not be allowed throughout the duration of the exercise.

“A high standard of discipline is expected from all candidates. Candidates who violate any instructions during the State Recruitment Screening Exercise would be disqualified.

“The Nigerian Army shall not be liable for any injuries/death recorded in course of the screening exercise.”

Army Arrests 73 Youths With 47 Motorcycles, Trucks Of Zinc & Led In Benue

A photo showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.
An image showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.

 

Operatives of the 72 Special Forces Brigade of the Nigeria Army in Makurdi the Benue State capital, have apprehended 73 men all from Nasarawa State at the Agan Toll Gate, Makurdi, while on their way to Imo State.

Briefing journalists on Tuesday, the brigades commandant, AD Alhassan said, the operation was based on an intelligence report they received on Monday night

According to him, the young men were intercepted with 47 motorcycles loaded in five trucks conveying some minerals like Led and Zinc from Plateau State to a Port Harcourt-based company.

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Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Benson Abounu, who was also present, commended the Special Forces for their diligence and professional conduct.

He noted that despite the attempts to evade arrest, the soldiers were able to apprehend the trucks and arrest the men who alleged that they were heading to Imo state to ply the trade as motorcycle operators in a state that has since banned motorcycles and tricycles from operating.

Reps Screen Chief Of Army Staff

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya.

 

The House Of Representatives Joint Committees on Army and Defence has screened President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee for the position of Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya.

The screening took place on Tuesday behind closed doors in the National Assembly chambers in Abuja.

Speaking earlier, Major General Farouk Yahaya in his introductory remarks, stated that contrary to public perception, there has been synergy among security agencies to tackle insurgency, especially since the emergence of the new service chiefs.

He also asked Nigerians to support the military in tackling the insecurity problem.

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President Buhari appointed Major General Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff on May 27.

Prior to his appointment, he was the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the incumbent Theatre Commander of the Counterterrorism, Counter-Insurgency military outfit in the North East code-named Operation Hadin Kai.

The appointment came days after the immediate past army chief, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru died in an air crash in Kaduna along with 10 other military officials.

Allegation Of Vengeance Mission In Abia Is Baseless – Army

A file photo of soldiers on a military vehicle. Photo: Channels Television/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Nigerian Army (NA) has denied a claim that troops are on a vengeance mission in some communities in Abia State.

In a statement on Monday, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, also faulted an allegation that six soldiers were killed.

He noted that the army was aware of a report trending on social media that the soldiers were killed in a clash with members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN)/ Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The report, according to Yerima, alleged that as a result, residents of Elu, Amangwu, and Amaekpu in Ohafia Local Government Area of the state embarked on mass exodus out of fear.

“The NA wishes to debunk the allegation as a baseless fabrication aimed at not only tarnishing the good image of the NA but to create distrust between the public and security agents in the state,” he said.

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Recounting what happened, the army spokesman narrated, “The true position is that troops carried out routine clearance operations in line with the rules of engagement and respect for fundamental human rights of the citizens aimed at restoring socio-economic activities, which were hitherto disrupted by criminal activities of IPOB/ESN elements who attack security agents and government infrastructures.

“Troops of the Nigerian Army, working in conjunction with personnel of Nigeria Police and other security agencies, leveraging on timely and accurate intelligence provided by patriotic citizens, are working tirelessly to restore normalcy to troubled areas and to rid the state of criminal elements.”

Yerima assured the people of Abia of the safety of their lives and property and urged them to continue to report suspicious movements and activities of strange individuals or groups in their vicinity to the nearest security agency for prompt action.

Troops Kill Over 50 ISWAP Terrorists In Borno

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ
A file photo of soldiers.

 

Over 50 members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist group have been killed in Borno State, the military authorities confirmed on Wednesday.

The Army spokesman, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, who confirmed this via a statement said the terrorists were killed while launching a futile attack on Damboa Local Government Area of the northeastern state.

Troops involved in today’s exercise were part of Operation Hadin Kai in conjunction with Air Component of the Operation

“The terrorists attacked the town in multiple waves with Armoured Personnel Carriers and 12 Gun Trucks all mounted with Anti-Aircraft Guns, as well as Locally Fabricated Armoured-plated Vehicles loaded with explosives and motorcycles,” the statement partly read.

“The gallant troops successfully defeated the attack, destroyed the locally fabricated armoured-plated vehicles and neutralised over 50 ISWAP terrorists forcing the survivors to run in disarray under heavy gunfire from the resilient troops and Nigerian Air Force attack platforms.

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“The so-called suicide bombers had to abandon their vehicles primed with explosives as they could not withstand the overwhelming firepower from the highly motivated troops. Several weapons and ammunition were recovered from the depleted terrorists.”

Reacting, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Faruk Yahaya congratulated the troops including the Air Component for this great achievement.

He also restated the commitment of the Nigerian Army under his leadership to ending terrorism and other violent crimes in the North East and the rest of the country, charging the troops to sustain the ongoing offensive under Operation Tura Takaibango the goal is attained.

Seven IPOB Members Killed In Rivers – Army Spokesperson

This combination of photos, compiled from images provided by the Nigerian Army on May 29, 2021, show the aftermath of an assault on an IPOB camp in Rivers State.
This combination of photos, compiled from images provided by the Nigerian Army on May 29, 2021, shows the aftermath of an assault on an IPOB camp in Rivers State.

 

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said it has stormed a “terrorist enclave” run by members of the Eastern Security Network in Rivers State and killed at least seven persons.

ESN is the military arm of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which is seeking the creation of a Biafra nation carved out of Southern Nigeria.

A Nigerian court has outlawed IPOB and the Federal Government has designated the group as terrorists.

“Troops of 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt and 29 Battalion in conjunction with operatives of Nigerian Police, DSS, and NSCDC on Thursday, 27 May 2021, conducted a Clearance/Raid Operation at suspected IPOB/ESN enclaves at Agbomchia Forest along Pipeline Road Ogali/Komkom Boundary between Eleme and Oyigbo LGA’s of Rivers State,” a statement signed by army spokesman, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima said on Saturday.

“In the fire fight that ensued during the Clearance/Raid Operation, 7 IPOB/ESN members were neutralized while 5 suspects arrested.

“Various items belonging to the criminals including arms and ammunition were also recovered by the security forces. The camp was promptly destroyed while suspects and corpses were handed over to the Police for further actions.

“There was no casualty on own troops and other security operatives as they have returned back to base in high morale.

“The Nigerian Army urges members of the public to always avail the troops with accurate and timely information that will help in tracking down and neutralise the so-called Unknown Gunmen (UGM) who are terrorizing the region.”

Mali Constitutional Court Declares Colonel Goita Transitional President

FILES) In this file photo taken on August 19, 2020 Colonel Assimi Goita speaks to the press at the Malian Ministry of Defence in Bamako, Mali, after confirming his position as the president of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP). MALIK KONATE / AFP

 

Mali’s constitutional court on Friday named Colonel Assimi Goita, leader of the post-coup junta, as the country’s transitional president.

The judgement stipulated that Goita would “exercise the functions of transitional president to lead the transition process to its conclusion”, following his seizure of power this week.

The constitutional court said it had made the decision due to the “vacancy in the presidency” following the resignation of caretaker president Bah Ndaw.

Soldiers detained Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane on Monday, before releasing them Thursday after they resigned.

Ndaw and Ouane had led a transitional government tasked with steering the return to civilian rule after a coup last August that toppled Mali’s elected president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Keita was forced out by young army officers, led by Goita, following mass protests over perceived corruption and his failure to quell a bloody jihadist insurgency.

Goita had originally been named vice president with other key posts given to fellow army officers.

Earlier Friday, Goita explained that the army had had little choice but to intervene.

“We had to choose between disorder and cohesion within the defence and security forces and we chose cohesion,” he said.

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Army To Hold Passing Out Parade For Recruits One Week After Attahiru’s Death

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The Passing Out Parade (POP) of the 80 Regular Recruit Intakes (RRI) has been postponed to May 29 following the death of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.

Attahiru, alongside 10 other senior military personnel died last week Friday in a plane crash in Kaduna State.

Capt. Audu Arigu, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Nigerian Army Depot, announced the postponement via a statement on Tuesday.

The ceremony was originally scheduled for May 22 with the late Army chief serving as Reviewing Officer and Special Guest of Honour.

He was also expected to commission a new medical center for the depot as part of the event.

Arigu noted that the POP was one of the series of activities lined up to mark the end of the rigorous training involved in the process of making a soldier.

He said the event was the climax of the recruits’ intensive training, adding that the ceremony showcases the height of military discipline and regimentation.

Having Three Military Air Crashes In Two Months Is Devastating – Namdas

The Chairman of the House Committee on Army, Abdul-Razak Namdas

 

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Army, Abdulrazak Namdas, has decried the safety of the Nigerian airspace.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, the lawmaker representing Jada/Ganye/MayoBelwa/Toungo Federal Constituency of Adamawa State described as devastating, a situation whereby the nation has recorded three air mishaps in two months.

He also called on the Federal Government to urgently remedy the situation to avoid further loss of lives.

“We have to be very cautious these days, we have recorded three air crashes in two months. This is very devastating,” the lawmaker said two days the nation recorded another plane crash in Kaduna State.

“We all have to go back to the drawing board and see what the reason is. It shows that our safety record is really very low and that can be very demoralising.”

The nation was thrown into mourning after a Nigerian Air Force jet crashed at the Kaduna International Airport due to bad weather.

Victims on board the ill-fated aircraft were the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, Brigadier Generals Ahmed Kuliya, O Olayinka, and MI Abdulkadir; Majors N Hamza, LA Hayat; Sergeants O Adesina, and Umar; as well as Aircraftman OM Oyedepo, Flt Lt TO Asaniyi, and Flt Lt AA Olufade.

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The Beechcraft 350 aircraft conveying the military officers, with registration number 5N-R203, was billed to land at the Nigerian Airforce Base in the Mando area of Kaduna but diverted to land at the civil airport.

Despite the demise of the Army chief, the lawmaker believes there are still many professionals who have all it takes to effectively fight terrorism, banditry and other security threats.

He believes that with more funding for the armed forces, a lot will be achieved in winning the counterterrorism war.

His remarks come three months after a Nigerian military plane crashed short of a runway in Abuja, killing seven people on board.

The spokesman of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshall Ibikun Daramola had on February 21 said the Air Force plane had reported engine failure.

The plane was on the way to Minna, in the northern state of Niger to try to rescue 42 people who had been kidnapped.

Two months after, a NAF Alpha-Jet went missing while on an operation in the northeastern region of the country.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed this in a statement issued on April 1.

He said the aircraft lost contact with radar while on an interdiction mission in support of ground troops fighting insurgency in Borno State.

Then on May 21, a plane military crash crashed in Kaduna State.

 

Second-In-Command To Slain IPOB Commander Arrested – Army

A file photo of a soldier sitting on a military truck. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The second-in-command to Ikonso, the neutralised commander of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/ Eastern Security Network (ESN) has been arrested.

Awurum Eze was nabbed by security operatives in Aba, the commercial centre of Abia State in the south-east region of the country.

The Director of Public Relations at the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, confirmed the arrest of the suspect in a statement on Wednesday.

Forty-eight years old Eze is a native of Umoneke Nta in Isiala-Mbano Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

On Tuesday last week, the IPOB member was said to have escaped when operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) stormed his village house in Isiala Mbano where he was reportedly hiding.

“Intensive manhunt was, thereafter, launched towards tracing and arresting him,” said the army spokesman.

He added, “He (Eze) was eventually apprehended on Wednesday, 12 May 2022, in Aba after weeks of unrelenting follow-ups by operatives.”

According to Yerima, Eze is one of the main sponsors of the numerous killings in Imo State and has been on the wanted list of security agents for more than three months.

Many of the arrested IPOB members were said to have mentioned him as their key sponsor, mastermind, and second-in-command to late Ikonso, the army spokesman noted in the statement.

“According to them (the arrested suspects), amongst all their leaders in Imo State, only Ikonso and Awurum have a direct communication link with Nnamdi Kanu.

He stated, “He can be seen in several photographs posing with the fugitive terrorist leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Investigation by the combined team of security operatives continues.”

On April 24, the army confirmed the death of Ikonson – the overall commander and vice president of the secessionist group – by a combined team of security forces.

He was said to have been killed in a raid on the operational headquarters of the IPOB/ESN in Awomama Village in Oru East local government area of Imo State.

The operation was carried out by troops of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, as well as operatives of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and Department of State Services (DSS).

Army Renames Northeast’s Operation Lafiya Dole

(FILE) The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru addresses troops at in Dikwa Local Government, the headquarters of the Super Camp 9 Operation Lafiya Dole on February 21, 2021.

 

The Nigerian Army has renamed Operation Lafiya Dole, military operations ongoing to flush out Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the northeastern part of the country.

This was announced on Friday via a statement signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima.

Following the approval of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, the ongoing counterinsurgency Operation in the troubled region will be changed from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai.

“The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has approved the renaming of the ongoing Counterinsurgency Operation in the North East from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai,” the statement partly read.

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“This is premised on the fact that the Nigerian Army has made a lot of progress over the years and needs to re-align for better efficiency.

“Also affected in the re-designation are the Army Super Camps which now reflect the nomenclature of the formations and units followed by the name of the locations they occupy while sub-units are redesigned as Forward Operating Bases followed by the name of their locations. All these changes are with immediate effect.”

The army spokesman explained that the change is in line with the COAS Vision of having “A Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a Joint Environment.”

According to him, the Army chief is committed to the complete defeat of insurgency, adding that it is a process that requires the participation of the entire nation using all elements of national power.

He added, “He further assured that the NA under his leadership will continue to pursue the path of jointness in prosecuting the counterinsurgency war.”

The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the northeast.

The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.

Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

Army Condemns, Threatens To Sue Those Sharing Photos Of Slain Personnel On Social Media

File Photo of the Nigerian Army logo.

 

The Nigerian Army has condemned and threatened to sue those involved in sharing the graphic pictures of personnel who paid the supreme price in the cause of defending and protecting the country from its adversaries on social media.

In a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, “This act is not only unpatriotic but very insensitive and utterly reprehensible”.

According to him, the Nigerian Army considers this despicable and unpatriotic act totally unacceptable and will henceforth take legal actions to protect troops who die in action from being ridiculed on social media or any platform.

“Officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army deployed to various theatres of internal security operations are on legitimate duties and are in the harm’s way to defend and protect the country from those who are intent on destroying it.

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“In the course of carrying out this constitutional mandate, troops put their lives on the line to ensure that innocent citizens and institutions of the state are protected from violent criminals. In some cases, these gallant officers and soldiers are meted with the worst form of savagery by the heartless adversaries whose intent is to instill fear in the citizenry.

“While the Nigerian Army and its personnel understand the nature of the noble calling and are ever ready to confront any danger of adversity on the way, what is most unfathomable is the glee with which some people share the gory pictures of officers and soldiers who are either killed-in-action or Wounded-in-action in the media”, the statement added.

He noted that these unpatriotic acts are often done without any modicum of consideration for the memories of the departed personnel or their family members. “In some cases, their loved ones do find out about their unfortunate death in such callous manner before they are even contacted by the military authorities. One can only imagine the trauma and pain such families go through waking up to see the gory pictures of their loved ones splashed on social media”.

Read Full Statement Below:

PROTEST AGAINST INDISCRIMINATE AND INSENSITIVE SHARING OF GRAPHIC PICTURES OF KILL-IN-ACTION SOLDIERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

The Nigerian Army condemns in the strongest term possible, the indiscriminate sharing on social media of graphic pictures of personnel who paid the supreme price in the cause of defending and protecting the country from its adversaries.

This act is not only unpatriotic but very insensitive and utterly reprehensible.

Officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army deployed to various theatres of internal security operations are on legitimate duties and are in the harm’s way to defend and protect the country from those who are intent on destroying it.

In the course of carrying out this constitutional mandate, troops put their lives on the line to ensure that innocent citizens and institutions of the state are protected from violent criminals. In some cases, these gallant officers and soldiers are meted with the worst form of savagery by the heartless adversaries whose intent is to instill fear on of the citizenry.

While the Nigerian Army and its personnel understand the nature of the noble calling and are ever ready to confront any danger of adversity on the way, what is most unfathomable is the glee with which some people share the gory pictures of officers and soldiers who are either killed-in-action or Wounded-in-action in the media.

These unpatriotic acts are often done without any modicum of consideration for the memories of the departed personnel or their family members. In some cases, their loved ones do find out about their unfortunate death in such callous manner before they are even contacted by the military authorities. One can only imagine the trauma and pain such families go through waking up to see the gory pictures of their loved ones splashed on the social media.

The Nigerian Army consider this despicable and unpatriotic act totally unacceptable and will henceforth take legal actions to protect troops who die in action from being ridiculed on social media or any platform.

Mohammed Yerima
Brigadier General
Director Army Public Relations
27 April 2021