Troops Raid Militants Hideout In Rivers, Recover Arms And Ammunition

 

Troops of 146 Battalion deployed in Bonny Island on the 12th of May 2020, raided and destroyed an identified pirates/militants hideout in Arugbanama Community in Bonny LGA of Rivers State.

During the operation, the gallant troops exchanged fire with the militants/pirates resulting in the neutralization of 2 of the criminals as well as recovery of one(1) AK 47 Rifle, one(1) Pump Action Rifle, one(1) Pistol, seven(7) AK 47 Rifle magazines, one(1) Pistol magazine, one round of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, 102 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 3 rounds of 9mm ball ammunition, one live cartridge, one camouflage uniform, one headgear, one speedboat and Four 85 Horse Power engines.

Similarly, in the early hours of 12th May 2020, troops of 3 Battalion (Rear) while on routine patrol arrested a suspected criminal named Stephen Eboje along Warri-Sapele Road in Uvwie LGA of Delta State and recovered one AK 47 Rifle from the suspect.

In a communique on Sunday, the Military high command congratulated the gallant troops for their resilience, courage, and dedication to the noble cause of defending the nation against the criminal elements. The command also urged the general public to continue to provide credible information to the Armed Forces of Nigeria regarding criminality in their environment.

Nigerian Army Agrees To Offer Security Support For Isolation Centres – Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire speaks on the Federal Government’s response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the country on March 1, 2020.

 

The Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire, says the Nigerian army has agreed to support isolation centres in the country with security as the need arises.

Ehanire said this on Tuesday while answering questions around security during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.

“We have had to speak to security forces about that and I can say quite happily and proudly that the Nigerian Army has agreed to support isolation centres with security as the need arises”, the minister said.

“So we shall be applying for their support in situations where we need security for all our patients and also those who are awaiting results or who have been tested.”

Speaking about other efforts being made by the government to fight the spread of the disease, Ehanire said: “The Ministry of Health has set up a ministerial expert advisory committee, made up of eminent Nigerian virologists, public health experts, infectious disease and diagnostic experts and others, to study the evolution and development of the COVID-19 outbreak, especially as we go into this community transmission phase.”

The minister also responded to concerns about the increasing number of cases.

According to him, that could be “evidence of improved testing but also stronger signs of community transmissions”.

“The highly propagated social measures like social distancing and postponement of all non-essential travel have had only limited success,” he admitted.

He, however, stressed that it is a reminder that we need to redouble our efforts to comply with advisories, “especially as restrictions have been eased”.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday, announced an extension of the lockdown in key cities like the FCT Abuja, Ogun State and Lagos by one week, after which he asked the states to begin to ease the lockdown in phases to avoid to a total breakdown of the economy.

With this, Ehanire believes that “much more stringent compliance” to hygiene measures such as constant washing of hands, wearing of masks and maintaining physical distance, “will be required from all of us in order not to have any reversal.”

He also stated that provisions will be made for “holding bay for suspected cases before their results come out.”

 

Nasarawa Security: Governor Sule Donates Vehicles, Other Items To Army

Some of the vehicles donated to the Army by the Nasarawa State Government on April 27, 2020.

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has donated vehicles and other items to the Nigerian army in the state.

The governor noted that the move is part of the efforts made by his administration to boost the security situation in the state.

Governor Sule also reiterated the state government’s commitment to facilitate the take-off of the recently established army camps in Nasarawa and Toto local government areas of the state.

He also assured the security agencies of his administration’s support, pledging to wipe out criminal elements from Nasarawa State.

“This is a time that we are faced with the challenge of COVID-19 globally. The statement we are trying to make here is to state that in spite of all the challenges of COVID-19 and all the issues that we are facing in the state, we are not shying away from one of our major responsibilities – the security of our state.

“We have to say thank you for coming out to provide some of these simple supportive materials and this is not the end of it. I assure you that we will continue to support you as well as all the other security agencies that we have continued to do all the time so that this state is rid of criminal elements by the grace of God,” he said.

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Sokoto, Plateau Killings: Buhari Orders Army To Support Police

A file photo of soldiers travelling in a truck.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigerian Army to support the police and flush out bandits from forests around the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed this in a statement on Friday.

According to him, the President issued the directive to flush out bandits from forests, especially in the areas that witnessed recent attacks.

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Shehu explained that the President gave the directive in response to the killing of 22 people in Sokoto State, whose community was attacked by armed bandits.

He added that the order was also in response to the reported killing of 10 people in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

“In a quick response, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has already gotten in touch with the General Officers Commanding the army formations in the affected states, directing them to reinforce the police efforts to track the bandits and bring them to justice,” the statement said.

The President condoled with the governments and people of the two states, assuring Governors Aminu Tambuwal and Simon Lalong of the Federal Government’s support in bringing an end to the spate of attacks in the regions.

He also sympathised with the families and friends of the victims and prayed that Allah would comfort them.

Amid Renewed Attacks, Buratai Insists Army Will Crush Boko Haram, Bandits

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

 

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has insisted that the Nigerian Army, in collaboration with other security agencies, would soon crush all the enemies of national peace and security.

He stated this in spite of the rising cases of attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the North East, as well as banditry in the North West and other parts of the country.

The army chief gave the assurance on Saturday at the Nigerian Army Special Day at the 41st Kaduna State International Trade Fair in Kaduna.

He disclosed that the army recently recorded resounding tactical victory against the terrorists during an onslaught at their camp in Damboa, Borno State and other parts of the north-east zone.

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Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun, reiterated the commitment of the army to crushing the enemies of the Nigerian state through an effective collaboration with other security agencies.

He explained that the main aim of participating in the trade fair was to further foster civil-military relations with the army.

The army boss, however, called for patience, support, and understanding of Nigerians in the effort to overcome the security challenges.

He added that the much-expected victory required the collective effort of all, in addition to divine intervention.

Buratai stressed that apart from its primary role of defending the territorial integrity of the country, the army was prepared to contribute to the nation’s economic development through the invention of locally made military hardware and armoured vehicles.

The highpoint of the event was the display of the first indigenous mine resistant ambush protected armoured vehicle, also known as Ezeugwu, and other military equipment produced by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON).

Soldier Opens Fire On Colleagues, Kills Four And Commits Suicide

 

A Corporal of the Nigerian Army serving at the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Army Super Camp 15, located at Malam Fatori went berserk in early hours of 26 February 2020 and opened fire killing 4 of his colleagues before shooting himself.

According to a statement by Sagir Musa, Colonel Acting Director of Army Public Relations, two other colleagues were also injured during the incident and are currently in stable condition in our hospital in Maiduguri.

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Colonel Musa said efforts are ongoing to contact the families of our gallant colleagues who paid the supreme price in the line of duty. May their gentle souls Rest In Peace.

Meanwhile, an investigation into the case has since been instituted to determine the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.

It’s Just A Matter Of Days To End Boko Haram Menace, Says Buratai

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

 

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, believes troops will soon end the menace of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

He stated this in a letter to troops deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command and addressed to the Theatre Commander, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi.

“I am more confident now than ever before with your current robust posture that you will end the BHT/ISWAP menace in no distant time,” the army chief was quoted as saying in a statement on Friday by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa.

He also urged the troops never to allow the terrorists any breathing space or freedom of action anywhere as they continue to discharge their legitimate duties.

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Buratai congratulated the theatre commander, sector commanders, super camps commanders, commanding officers, as well as the officers and soldiers serving in Operation Lafiya Dole for their gallantry.

He thanked them for their renewed efforts which he said manifested in the successes recorded and brought more confidence and hope in the troops by Nigerians.

The army chief stated that he had foreseen that with the renewed zeal, it was just a matter of days to end the menace of Boko Haram terrorists and contain their criminality.

He stated that his confidence in total victory has further been rekindled by the dogged determination of the troops on the ground and reminded them that they would achieve the goal without any foreign troops around.

Buratai further showered encomiums on the troops and their commanders for the display of courage, gallantry and patriotism in the course of operation.

According to him, this led to the decimation of the leadership and ranks of the criminal Boko Haram terrorists and their affiliate ISWAP in various parts of the theatre.

The army boss said he has never been so happy and proud of the troops in their concerted efforts of ending the menace of the insurgents.

He, therefore, urged them to continue to dominate the theatre and maintain a high standard of professionalism.

Buratai assured the troops of his continued support, adding that the government would continue to provide the needed support for them to enable them do more.

Army Urges International Organisations To Stay Off Conflict Zones

 

The Nigerian Army has urged officials of the Medicine Sans Frontier (MSF), otherwise known as Doctors Without Borders, and other international groups to desist from visiting conflict zones in the country.

The Chief of Army Policy and Plans, Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun, made the appeal at a meeting with members of the organisation on Friday at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.

He stressed that the security of the humanitarian workers was a top priority for the Nigerian government.

Adeosun informed the MSF that the plea to stay away from conflict zones was in their interest as Boko Haram terrorists carry out attacks indiscriminately.

 

Trained To Kill

“Despite your neutrality and impartiality, at times situations make it sometimes difficult for you to have the reach you would like to have – neutrally without any security man or apparatus seen around you,” he said.

The lieutenant general added, “To the terrorists, everything is a target; they don’t know what it is to even attack you as a group that is concerned and responsible for their well-being, because they are not trained in that manner; they are only trained to kill.”

He stressed that while reaching out to victims of conflict across the country, its members must cooperate with the government by keeping away from serious conflict zones.

Adeosun, however, promised to ensure adequate security for members of the organisation to help them alleviate the plight of persons affected by insurgency in the North East.

“We must continue to operate with understandings so that while you are providing succour for the people, you also don’t come into harm’s way,” he said.

Army Foils Attempted Boko Haram Attack In Yobe

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria

 

An attempted attack by Boko Haram insurgents has been foiled by the troops of the Nigerian Army with support from fighter jets, along Gashua road in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

According to locals who spoke to Channels Television, the insurgents were sighted around 5.00pm on Sunday, along Babangida town, the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government council advancing to the state capital.

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The Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh, who confirmed the incident, said the planned attacks by the insurgents were repelled.

Meanwhile, some residents along Gashua road in Damaturu, confirmed that normalcy has been restored in the area.

The recent attacks on the northern parts of the city have created fear among residents and motorists plying the road linking to Babangida town.

Okowa Asks Army To Probe Delta Attack That Killed Eight Persons

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has asked the Nigerian Army to investigate the involvement of military personnel in an attack that claimed eight lives in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement on Saturday by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, the governor condemned the attack after suspected armed herders unleashed mayhem on Agadama, Ohoror and other communities in Uwheru.

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While urging for calm, Okowa called on the Commissioner of Police and the Brigade Commander, 63 brigade of the Nigerian Army, Asaba to bring the culprits to justice.

“I have directed the commissioner of police and the Brigade Commander, 63 Brigade, Nigerian Army, to rise to the occasion and bring the culprits to justice.

“The unwarranted attacks and killing of innocent locals in Avwon, Agadama and Ohoror communities of Uwheru Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area and the wickedness of suspected criminal herdsmen alleged to be aided and abetted by unidentified military personnel are mindless,” the statement read in part.

US Bans Sri Lanka Army Chief From Visiting Country

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes a statement during a press conference at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on November 18, 2019. JIM WATSON / AFP

 

The United States said Friday it would refuse entry to Sri Lanka’s army chief over “credible” evidence of human rights violations in the bloody 2009 finale to the civil war.

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, whose appointment last year drew wide international criticism, will be ineligible to visit the United States, as will his immediate family, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

“The allegations of gross human rights violations against Shavendra Silva, documented by the United Nations and other organizations, are serious and credible,” Pompeo said in a statement.

“We urge the Sri Lankan government to promote human rights, hold accountable individuals responsible for war crimes and human rights violations, advance security sector reform, and uphold its other commitments to pursue justice and reconciliation,” he said.

Silva was the commanding officer of an army division in the island’s northern war-zone in the final months of the military offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009.

Rights groups say some 40,000 ethnic Tamils were killed in mass atrocities as government forces seized Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil north.

The United Nations, in a report into the allegations, said Silva played a major role in orchestrating war crimes.

The 2009 offensive delivered a death blow to the Tamil Tigers, whose nearly four-decade campaign for a separate homeland had killed 100,000 people and was characterized by the rebels’ bloody suicide attacks.

Pompeo nonetheless said that the United States hoped to maintain security cooperation with Sri Lanka, which last year was rocked by Easter Sunday bombings by Islamist extremists.

“We deeply value our partnership with the Sri Lankan government and the long-standing democratic tradition we share with the Sri Lankan people,” Pompeo said.

Sri Lanka’s successive governments have resisted calls for an independent investigation into the conduct of troops during the final months of the conflict.

AFP

Army To Treat Coronavirus Patients In China

This photo taken on February 2, 2020 shows an inside view of the Huoshenshan hospital, which means “Fire God Mountain”, after handed over to China’s army in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. STR / AFP

 

China’s army on Sunday was given control of a nearly-finished field hospital that will treat patients at the epicentre of a deadly virus epidemic that has severely strained medical facilities.

Some 1,400 military medics will treat patients at the 1,000-bed hospital, dubbed “Fire God Mountain”, which will receive its first patients on Monday — just 10 days after construction began, according to state media.

The official Xinhua news agency said many of the staff were involved in the fight against another coronavirus, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed some 650 people in mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

It is one of two makeshift medical facilities that the authorities decided to build in order to relieve hospitals swamped with patients in Wuhan, the central city at the epicentre of the national health emergency.

People in the city of 11 million people, which has been under quarantine for more than a week, have complained of waiting hours in line to see a doctor.

The new coronavirus, which is believed to have originated at a wild animal market in Wuhan, has killed more than 300 people and infected another 14,000.

The second field hospital, “Thunder God Mountain”, is set to start admitting patients on Thursday, with 1,600 beds — 300 more than originally planned.

AFP