Nigerian Army Colonel Killed By Boko Haram In Borno

 

Colonel D.C Bako of the Nigerian Army has been killed in a Boko Haram ambush.

The news of Colonel Bako’s demise was disclosed by the Force, in a communique late on Monday.

According to the newsletter signed by an army spokesman, Colonel Ado Isa, the fallen soldier was gallant and was one of the finest war heroes.

The statement further revealed that Col DC Bako always led from the front and was a patriotic Nigerian, who led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa.

It was in carrying out his duty that the Colonel’s patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020.

“Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting in the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment.

“Sadly, however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment.

“The late senior officer was recuperating well after a successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit, and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing on at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest. Ameen,” the communique read in part.

In his reaction to the death, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen TY Buratai expressed his heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family, on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, and all well-meaning Nigerians.

The COAS said, “We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the motherland.

“May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our farther land”.

Cameroon Soldiers Jailed 10 Years For Murder Of Four Civilians

Map of Cameroon

 

Four Cameroonian soldiers were sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison for the execution-style killings of two women and their children in a region where the army is fighting jihadists.

A fifth soldier received a two-year sentence.

A video was broadcast on social media in July 2018 showing soldiers shooting two kneeling, blindfolded women as well as a baby on one of their backs and a girl.

The government initially denied the army’s involvement, dismissing the video as “fake news”.

But after Amnesty International provided credible evidence, the authorities announced that the seven soldiers seen in the video had been arrested and would be prosecuted.

Two were later acquitted.

The military court in the capital Yaounde handed down the murder verdict and sentences after the trial was adjourned several times.

The seven soldiers had pleaded not guilty nearly a year ago.

The killings took place in Zeleved, in Cameroon’s Far North region where troops have been deployed to fight Boko Haram jihadists carrying out cross-border attacks from Nigeria.

International human rights organisations regularly denounce abuses and crimes committed against civilians by security forces in Cameroon.

Three soldiers were charged with murder in June over a massacre earlier this year in western Cameroon, where security forces are fighting anglophone separatists.

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Spain Calls In Army To Fight COVID-19 Pandemic

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez addresses media representatives at a press conference following a European Union Summit at European Union Headquarters in Brussels on October 18, 2019. AFP

 

Spain will call in the army to help identify those who have been exposed to people infected with coronavirus as part of efforts to curb the spread of the disease, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Tuesday.

The central government will make 2,000 soldiers who are trained in tracking available to the regions, which are responsible for health care, to assist in tracking cases and stem a rise in infections, he told a news conference.

“We could even increase this figure as required through the urgent training which we have planned,” Sanchez said.

Many experts have blamed a lack of virus trackers for a surge in COVID-19 infections in several Spanish regions such as Madrid and Catalonia.

Sanchez urged Spaniards to use a smartphone app designed by the government called RadarCovid which can identify people who have crossed paths with a contagious patient and alert them so they can get tested or be quarantined.

He also announced that regional authorities could ask the central government to apply a state of emergency, which would allow it to limit people’s movements, on part or all of its territory.

People queue to be tested at a temporary testing centre for the novel coronavirus in the Spanish Basque city of Gernika, on August 25, 2020. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP).

 

The central government declared a nationwide state of emergency in mid-March which allowed it to impose one of the world’s strictest lockdowns, with people allowed outside only to buy food or medicine, seek medical care, briefly walk their dog or go to work if it was impossible to do their jobs from home. It was only fully lifted on June 21.

While the rise in infections in Spain is “worrying”, it is “far from the situation in mid-March”, Sanchez said.

“We can’t let the pandemic to once again take control of our lives… we must take control and halt this second curve.”

Infections have risen sharply since Spain lifted the lockdown, but deaths have been much lower than during the epidemic’s peak.

The country has more than 400,000 confirmed cases of the respiratory disease, the highest in western Europe, and one of the fastest growth rates on the continent.

Nearly 29,000 people have died, one of the world’s highest tolls.

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ICYMI: How To Apply As Nigerian Army Begins 2020 Recruitment

Nigerian Army Begins 2020 Recruitment
File photo, Nigerian Army.

 

 

The Nigerian Army has opened the portal for its 2020 recruitment as well as disclosed the application details.

A statement by the Nigerian Army via its Twitter account confirmed that the recruitment is for the Short Service Combatant Course (SSC) 47/2021 and Direct Short Service Commission Course (DSSC) 26/2021.

Application Requirements For Nigerian Army Recruitment

 

In a post on its recruitment portal, the Nigerian Army said applicants must meet the following requirements:

Applicants must be a Nigerian citizen by birth and have a national identity card.

Possess at least 4 credits in no more than 2 sessions in WASSCE / GCE / NECO / NABTEB. One of the credits must be in English.

In addition to the above qualifications, merchants/women applicants must also have an OND / Craft Exam / City and Syndicate Certificate.

Be between 18 and 22 years for non-craftsmen / women while merchants/women must be between 18 and 26 years old by March 1, 2019.

Be not less than 1.68 m in height and 1.62 m in length for the male and females respectively.

Knowledge of an additional Nigerian language other than the mother tongue is an advantage.

Bachelor’s or master’s degree in another relevant discipline in the quantitative field or a higher national diploma in a related discipline in the quantitative field

Computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Office and web applications and the use of related applications to provide the service efficiently.

How to Apply for Nigerian Army Recruitment 2020

Interested Nigerians are, therefore, urged to visit the Nigerian Army recruitment portal https://recruitment.army.mil.ng/ to fill and submit the application form.

Documents Required For Nigerian Army Recruitment

According to the Nigerian Army, applicants should ensure they upload the following documents while filling their forms:

(a)     Passport photograph.

(b)     Educational certificates.

(c)      Evidence of membership of any professional body.

(d)     Certificate of state of origin.

(e)     Birth certificate or age declaration.

For DSSC applicants, note that the qualification selections available to you are dependent on the preferred corps selected.

Nigerian Army Recruitment Deadline

The recruitment process starts on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 and ends on September 29th, 2020.

 

Fresh Israeli Strikes On Gaza Over Balloon Bombs, Rockets

Smoke and flames rise after Israeli army war planes carried out airstrikes over Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip on August 16, 2020. – The Israeli army said it carried out fresh air strikes against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on August 16, in response to firebombs sent into Israeli territory attached to balloons. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP)

 

Israel’s army launched new airstrikes Sunday against Hamas positions in Gaza and closed the fishing zone around the Palestinian enclave in response to rockets and firebombs sent into Israeli territory.

The measures came after a week of heightened tensions, including clashes on Saturday evening along the Gaza-Israeli border, the army said.

Dozens of Palestinian “rioters burned tyres, hurled explosive devices and grenades towards the security fence and attempted to approach it,” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement.

Long simmering Palestinian anger has flared further since Israel and the UAE on Thursday agreed to normalise relations, a move Palestinians saw as a betrayal of their cause by the Gulf country.

Over the past week, Israeli forces have carried out repeated night-time strikes on targets linked to the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

The army says they were carried out in response to makeshift firebombs attached to balloons and kites which have been sent into southern Israel, causing thousands of fires on Israeli farms and communities.

There were 19 such Palestinian attacks on Saturday alone, according to Israeli rescue services.

In response, “IDF fighter jets and aircraft struck a number of Hamas military targets in the Gaza Strip,” the army said, adding that among the targets hit were a Hamas “military compound and underground infrastructure”.

Early Sunday the IDF said two nore rockets had been fired into Israel from Gaza and intercepted by its Iron Dome defence system.

“In response, our Air Force just struck Hamas terror targets in Gaza, including a military compound used to store rocket ammunition,” it said.

– Total fishing ban –

Following rocket and incendiary balloon attacks earlier this week, Israel on Wednesday slashed Gaza’s permitted coastal fishing zone from 15 nautical miles to eight, a punitive move often used by the Jewish state in response to Gaza unrest.

Following Saturday’s clashes and rocket-fire, Israel’s military decided “to entirely shut down the fishing zone of the Gaza Strip, immediately and until further notice, starting this morning (Sunday),” a military statement said.

Israel has also closed its Kerem Shalom goods crossing with the Gaza Strip.

Despite a truce last year backed by the UN, Egypt and Qatar, the two sides clash sporadically with rockets, mortar fire or incendiary balloons.

The Gaza Strip has a population of two million, more than half of whom live in poverty, according to the World Bank.

The IDF said Hamas “is responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it, and will bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians”.

AFP

Borno Governor Blasts Army Over Convoy Attack

 

The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has confronted the army over an attack on his convoy in Baga, a town in Kukawa local government.

Governor Zulum had departed Maiduguri, the state capital on Monday afternoon for the northern part of the state in continuation of the food distribution programme which he started earlier in July.

On Wednesday, he was scheduled to visit Baga, a fishing town on the shores of the Lake Chad region which has been under the control of insurgents for many years until the military declared its liberation, insisting no Nigerian territory is under the control of Boko Haram.

But, few kilometers to Baga, gunmen opened fire on the Governor and his entourage.

The Governor was forced to retreat as security operatives on escort duties repelled the attackers.

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A furious Zulum confronted the Commanding Officer in Mile 4, mincing no words in expressing his disappointment at the inability of the military to rid Baga and environs of insurgents.

“You have been here for over one year now, there are 1,181 soldiers here; if you cannot take over Baga which is less than 5 km from your base, then we should forget about Baga. I will inform the Chief of Army Staff to redeploy the men to other places that they can be useful,” Zulum said.

“You people said there’s no Boko Haram here, then who attacked us?”

The Governor has since returned safely with his entourage to Monguno where the distribution of palliatives continues.

Senate Passes Bill To Establish Army University

A file photo of lawmakers in the Senate.

 

The Senate has passed a bill to give legal backing to the establishment of the Nigerian Army University, Biu, Borno State.

The passage of the bill followed a clause-by-clause consideration of the report of the Committee on the Nigerian Army during plenary on Tuesday.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ali Ndume (APC – Borno South) said the Committee while undertaking legislative work on the bill, took into consideration “areas that are in conflict with other extant laws, those that have security implication and those that are ambiguous.”

According to the lawmaker, the University with the passage of the bill into law, “Would promote research and other means of advancement of knowledge and its application to military hardware and software, social, cultural, economical, scientific, and technological situations.”

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.

Senator Ndume noted that the institution would cater to the development of middle and high-level manpower in the area of technological empowerment for civilians, appreciation of military policies, logistics, and strategies.

In a similar development, the Senate also moved to address the issue of out-of-school children by calling on the Federal Ministry of Education to intensify its sensitization and advocacy programmes; and engagement of traditional and religious scholars on the plight of Almajiris, the need to enroll them into the universal basic education system.

The call was contained in the recommendations of the report by the Senate Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary) on the need to integrate Almajiri Education into the Modern System of Education in Nigeria.

Vice-Chairman of the Committee, Senator Akon Eyakenyi (PDP – Akwa-Ibom South), in her presentation observed that “the Almajiris, who are predominant in the North, constitute the larger number of out of school children roaming the streets begging for alms and food in Nigeria, and therefore are covered by the intervention policy and programmes of the Federal Government through the Universal Basic Education Act, 2004.”

Senator Eyakenyi said, that “the implementation of the UBEC Act, 2004 requires maximum collaborations with the state governments and indeed the domestication of the Act through the State Legislatures.”

She explained that Nigeria had obtained $611 million dollars from the World Bank Financed Programme – Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA), as a credit to specifically address the problem of Out of School Children.

The lawmaker, however, stressed that “optimal operation and implementation of the BESDA Programme as being anchored and implemented by UBEC in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education and participation of key Education Agencies, require improved Federal-State-Local level Communication, coordination and collaboration to succeed.”

Meanwhile, the Senate has confirmed the nomination of Barrister Idahagbon Omoregie as a commissioner representing Edo, Ekiti and Ondo states in the Federal Civil Service Commission.

Also confirmed was the re-appointment of Engr. Umaru Danbatta as Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The confirmation of both nominees followed the consideration of the reports of the Senate Committees on Communications; and Establishment and Public Service.

Reps To Investigate Purported Resignation Of Over 356 Soldiers

In this photo released by the House of Representatives, some lawmakers are seated during one of the plenaries in the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

The House of Representatives is to investigate the purported resignation of over 356 soldiers from the Nigerian army.

This follows a motion of urgent public importance raised by the Chief Whip, Mohammed Monguno, and co-sponsored by three other leaders of the house.

According to the motion, a memo from the aggrieved soldiers was sent to the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, dated July 3, with reference number NA/COAS/001, quoting the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service for Soldiers/Ratings/Airmen (revised) 2017.

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In leading the debate, Monguno stated that the protests by junior officers of the Nigerian army have become a recurring decimal which is a serious source of concern.

He feared that the morale of the officers is at an all-time low which is affecting the outcome of the war against insurgency.

The house has mandated its Committee on the Army to investigate and report back in a week.

Troops Neutralize Bandits At Kagara Forest In Zamfara

File photo of a fighter jet in action.

 

The military says at least eight armed bandit leaders and several of their fighters have been neutralized in airstrikes carried out by the air component of operation Hadarin Daji in Zamfara state.

This followed reports that some armed bandits had relocated with a large number of rustled livestock from the Sokoto state side of the Kagara forest and have set up camp in the Zamfara State part of the forest.

According to the Defence Headquarters, as the attack aircraft approached the camp, some of the bandits and their leaders were seen fleeing towards the surrounding bushes but several of them were taken out as the aircraft struck the area of the forest.

READ ALSO: Seven Arrested For Multiple Bank Robberies In Ondo And Ekiti

Earlier on Thursday, the military said troops rescued three victims kidnapped by bandits in Chikun Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.

Major General John Enenche, who is the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, confirmed this in a statement.

He noted that the victims were saved by troops of Operation Thunder Strike operating under the subsidiary Operation Accord.

The military spokesman explained that the rescue followed credible intelligence received by the soldiers on the kidnap of some people by armed bandits from their farm in Gwazunu village.

He added that a team of security operatives, promptly deployed in the scene, engaged the bandits with effective firepower.

“The bandits escaped in disarray with gunshot wounds thereby abandoning the kidnapped victims.

“All the three victims were successfully rescued unhurt and have been reunited with their families,” Enenche said.

Army Assures Nigerians Of Continuous Collaborations To Enhance Peace And Security

 

The Nigerian Army has assured citizens of its determination to continuously work with other security agencies to enhance peace and security across the country.

The assurance is coming under the direction of President Muhammadu Buhari to the military to stamp out bandits terrorizing the Northwestern region of the country.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai disclosed this on Wednesday in Faskari, one of the front line LGAs of Katsina state during this year’s Nigerian Army Day Celebration, NADCEL.

The celebration which was hitherto planned to hold in Jos, the Plateau state capital, was moved to Faskari in order to boost the ongoing Military Operations against banditry and other related crimes.

This particular exercise which is one of the far-reaching decisions of the Senior Officers Conference is according to Buratai out not only to check banditry in Katsina but also in the entire Northwest region and central parts of the country.

The celebration with the theme “Nigeria’s Territorial Defence and Sovereignty: Imperatives for Nigerian Army’s Sustained Training and Operations” was relocated to Faskari LGA to kick start a major exercise codenamed ‘EX SAHEL SANITY’.

One of the activities lined up for the celebration is according to the Chief of Army Staff ‘Operationalization of Special Army Super Camp IV in Faskari which is coming up on Monday, 6th 2020 which will herald the exercise.

Other activities include commissioning of some completed projects in the 8th division of the Nigerian Army Sokoto, among others.

According to Buratai, the Nigerian Army will equally be distributing palliatives to vulnerable Nigerians in the 36 states and the FCT concurrently across all formations and units in the country.

The measure is to improve on the existing cordial relationship and in line with the efforts of the Federal Government in cushioning the effect of COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the globe.

“The celebration will translate to realtime operation codenamed “EXCERCISE SAHEL SANITY’ which is aimed at curving Banditry and other criminal activities in the North West and central.

The Covid_19 Pandemic currently ravaging the globe has compelled the Nigerian Army to review its earlier plans by resorting to a media-driven celebration.

A combination of socio-economic and political solutions as well as the military solutions will help to curve the rampant killings being recording across the country.

So the Nigerian Army is ever ready, willing and determined to deal with bandits wherever they are even if it’s inside towns and cities”. Buratai noted.

Troops Kill Four Militias, Arrest Suspected Kidnap Kingpin

A file photo of soldiers travelling in a truck.

 

 

The Nigerian Army has killed four suspected Tiv militias and injured others at Che Jukun village in Taraba State.

A statement by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, on Tuesday said the suspects were killed during a gunfight with the troops.

According to Enenche, the troops of Operation Whirl Stroke operating under Operation Accord deployed at Gbise in Katsina-Ala LGA in Benue State and Sector 4 in Taraba State conducted a joint commando raid on Monday at Rafin Kada in Wukari LGA and Yojaa in Donga LGA of Taraba State.

He noted that the armed militia opened fire on sighting the troops who responded with superior firepower, thereby neutralising four of them while an unconfirmed number escaped with gunshot wounds.

The troops recovered from the suspects, two locally-made rifles, 55 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, 117 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, three AK47 magazines, and two motorcycles among other items.

In another development, Enenche said troops responded to a distress call from Zaki Biam on the activities of a suspected notorious kidnap kingpin, Kobo Ishor (aka ‘Lesser’), an associate of late Orjondu.

He noted that the suspect has been apprehended and undergoing interrogation and would be handed over to the police for prosecution.

“The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria congratulates the gallant troops of Operation Whirl Stroke for their dexterity and professionalism and encourages them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of criminals in the North-Central zone of the country,” the military spokesman added.

Army Convoy Knocks Down Motorcycle Rider In Katsina

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

A convoy of the Nigerian Army has knocked down a motorcycle operator, resulting in the death of the 75-year-old in Katsina State.

The man identified as Salisu Ibrahim was said to be sharing wedding invitations on Monday evening before the incident occurred at Mani House junction in the state capital.

According to witnesses, the convoy did not stop to check on the victim after knocking him down.

The army authorities have confirmed the incident, saying it was an accident and promised to be fully involved in Ibrahim’s burial.

“The convoy of the Commander, 17 Brigade NA, Katsina was involved in a road traffic accident today 29 June 2020 during which the death of a road user was recorded,” the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, said in a statement.

He added, “The late motorcycle rider was a 75-year-old man named Alh Salisu Ibrahim of Filin Samji,  Katsina. The incident occurred when the vehicles went to refuel and were expected to pick up the Brigade commander later.

“Already, a delegation of the Nigerian Army led by the Brigade commander has visited the family to commiserate with them and will be fully involved in the burial.”