Two Soldiers, Several Boko Haram Fighters Killed In Borno Town – Army

A google map of Damasak, the headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State.

 

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the attack by Boko Haram fighters on Damasak town in Borno State.

Ground troops, supported by the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD), however, thwarted the attack by the insurgents, army spokesman Mohammed Yerima said in a statement on Sunday.

Damasak came under attack on Saturday by the insurgents who were said to be on a mission to loot foodstuff from humanitarian facilities in the town in Mobbar Local Government Area of the state.

During the incident said to have lasted for hours, the insurgents were reported to have targeted international aid facilities, setting them ablaze.

But Yerima, a brigadier general, said the troops engaged the terrorists with superior firepower – both from the air and on the ground.

This, according to him, compelled the insurgents to withdraw in disarray with several men and equipment casualties in the process.

“Sadly, two gallant soldiers have paid the supreme price while one officer and two soldiers were injured.

“The injured are currently recuperating at a military hospital in Maiduguri,” said the Director Army Public Relations.

He noted that elsewhere, troops of Sector 1 on picketing duty along road Ngwom-Mafa to Maiduguri killed seven Boko Haram members on Sunday.

Yerima said the insurgents were supposedly lying in wait to attack the troops and other innocent citizens plying the busy road.

He explained that the troops, who have continued to dominate their areas with massive clearance patrols and ambushes, sprang the surprise attack on the terrorists that have been threatening the peace and livelihood of the people in the area.

“In the encounter, seven terrorists were neutralised while four AK-47 rifles were recovered along with several other items.

“The terrorists laid the ambush with the intent to harm NA troops and other innocent commuters. They, however, ran out of luck as they were instead trapped and neutralised in their own web,” the army spokesman said.

He added, “After the duel and successful neutralisation of the terrorists, the troops continued their clearance patrol up to Maiduguri.”

According to Yerima, the soldiers will continue to maintain an aggressive posture to ensure the entire area is cleared of terrorists and their activities while maintaining high morale and fighting efficiency.

Joint Military Operation Restores Calm In Akwa Ibom

 

Calm has been restored in Akwa Ibom State following an operation by a combined team of military and other Security Agencies.

The successful operation was carried out at Ntak Ikot Akpan where hoodlums and other criminals were flushed out following the unrest that they stirred across the region.

A statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, said the operation was successfully executed and resulted in the dislodgement of the criminals while fleeing hoodlums were neutralized by the Air Component.

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General Yerima further noted that the security situation around Essien Udim Local Government Area of the State became tense occasioned by activities of some hoodlums and criminal elements exploiting various avenues to acquire weapons to perpetrate their heinous crimes.

He said, “The past few weeks, the group attacked various security agencies which resulted in the loss of lives and carting away of weapons.

“The hoodlums continued to terrorize law-abiding citizens through extortions and infringement on their rights which also led to the killing of some Policemen including a CSP.”

The army spokesman assured residents and indigenes that that normalcy has been restored within the area and the state, adding that police operatives have since assumed full control and are carrying out their normal duties.

He urged members of the public not to panic but remain calm and continue to support the security agencies to further build on the successes achieved so far.

Recruit 50 Million Youths Into Army To Tackle Insecurity – Tinubu Tells FG

 

Chief Bola Tinubu on Monday asked the Federal Government to recruit 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army in a bid to oust the insurgents and miscreants threatening the nation’s peace. 

According to the former Lagos State governor, the insurgents and bandits are taking advantage of the high unemployment in the country and are recruiting the youths to indulge in their criminal activities.

Tinubu emphasized that the nation is under-policed, adding that drafting the youth into various national security agencies should not be based solely on educational qualification or literacy.

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“We are under-policed and we are competing with armed robbers and bandits to recruit from the youths who are unemployed —33 per cent unemployed?

“Recruit 50 million youths into the army, what they will eat —cassava, corn, yam, will grow here.

“Don’t talk about illiteracy, anybody who can hold a gun, who can handle a gun, who can cock and shoot is technically competent to repair a tractor in the farm,” the Asiwaju stated while addressing guests at the 12th colloquium organised in his honour.

At the Kano event which also served as a celebration of the APC Chieftain’s 69th birthday, he urged the government to create opportunities in agriculture to stem the unemployment rate.

Logistics Constraints Affecting Army Operations Across Nigeria, Says Attahiru

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

 

The Nigerian Army is facing logistics constraints affecting its operations across the country, said the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

He stated this on Monday in his opening remarks at the combined COAS First Quarter Conference and Nigerian Army Operations Retreat 2021 held at Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess in Abuja.

Attahiru, however, noted that the President has pledged to continue to support the Nigerian Army, adding that they would soon receive combat enablers to enhance and boost their operations.

According to him, a concerted effort is being made to eliminate the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that has been a major impediment to troops and their operations in Operation Lafiya Dole.

“Again, in order to increase our operational capabilities, I have approved the purchase of spare parts and directed that all damaged and unserviceable equipment in the theatre be backloaded for immediate repairs.

“I want to assure you that I am determined in rebuilding the fighting skills, capacity, confidence, and morale of our troops across the various theatres of operations,” the army chief said.

He added, “In order to achieve this, my top priorities for the second and third quarters of the year would be training – I will ensure that through functional training, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army are equipped with the right competencies and skills to effectively undertake daring missions in addition to developing special operations forces.”

 

A Key Principle Of War

Attahiru explained that this would be closely followed by procurement that would ensure appropriate kitting and provision of protective gear, weapons, equipment, and platforms.

He highlighted administration as a key principle of war, saying the welfare of troops would also be given paramount attention.

The army chief, however, asked the senior officers at the event to ensure the sustenance and maintenance of all equipment and put measures in place for sound administration of troops and their families.

He said, “I want to state that the Nigerian Army under my watch will remain resolute in decisively dealing with any threat confronting the country.

“Hence, I have directed that serious attention must be given to sustaining and improving the tempo in all ongoing Nigerian Army operations across the country.”

“Commanders must, therefore, glean from my command philosophy to ensure that operational and administrative proficiencies of Nigerian Army formations and units are sustained and improved upon,” Attahiru added.

Troops Neutralise Boko Haram Terrorists, Rescue Victims – Army Spokesman

A photo released by the military on September 5, 2020, shows some soldiers riding on motorbikes during an operation in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops have neutralised scores of Boko Haram terrorists in an ambush along the Chibok-Damboa axis of Borno state.

According to a statement signed by army spokesman, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, the ambush was carried out by troops deployed in Chibok under 28 Task Force Brigade of Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole.

“The troops achieved the feat while acting on credible intelligence that some remnants of insurgents were fleeing due to the intensity of troops’ operations in Sambisa Forest,” the army statement said.

“The gallant troops laid ambush, engaged and overwhelmed the criminals with aggressive firepower, neutralising 9 terrorists in the process while several others escaped with fatal gunshot wounds. The troops also recovered 7 AK 47 Rifles and freed 3 kidnapped victims.”

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The statement added that, in another encounter, troops of 28 Task Force Brigade located in Askira equally laid a successful ambush along Askira – Chibok Main Supply Route (MSR) and neutralized 39 terrorists.

“In the course of the encounter, troops successfully rescued
8 kidnapped victims from the terrorists,” the army said.

“Unfortunately however, one of the kidnapped victims sustained injury to his leg while in the hands of his abductors. He has since been conveyed to a military medical facility for immediate treatment. During the operations, troops recovered another 8 AK 47 Rifles with 4 magazines, among other items.

“The gallant troops are presently dominating the area with aggressive patrols and are equally on a trail of fleeing terrorists in order to locate and neutralise them.”

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru “appreciated the gallantry and dexterity of the troops and urged them to remain dogged and maintain their offensive posture in all operations until the area is rid of all remnants of terrorists.

“He equally appreciated members of the public for their continuous support to the troops and enjoined them to continue to provide credible information to the troops and other security agencies operating within their localities.”

Soldier Dies As Troops Kill Scores Of Bandits In Zamfara Village – Army

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A file photo of soldiers.

 

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of a soldier as troops kill scores of bandits during an attack on Kabasa village in Zamfara State.

Troops of Sector 3 Operation Hadarin Daji engaged the bandits and thwarted a deadly kidnap, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, said in a statement on Friday.

He noted that the soldiers stormed the village in Magami Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara following a credible tip-off on Tuesday while the criminals were attacking the villagers.

Yerima stated that the timely arrival of the troops disrupted the attack by the bandits who swiftly engaged them.

He added that the troops “Successfully neutralised scores (of the bandits) while others escaped into the forest with bullet wounds.

“Unfortunately, one soldier paid the supreme sacrifice and three others who sustained various degrees of injuries during the encounter are currently receiving medical treatment.”

 

Freedom After 22 Days

The army spokesman said the soldiers have dominated the general area with aggressive patrols and have continued further exploitation and pursuit of the bandits into the forest.

Similarly, he said troops responded to a distress call that bandits were attacking Gidan Goga village in Maradun LGA.

According to the brigadier general, troops swiftly mobilised to the area and engaged the bandits with superior firepower, killing three of them while others fled in disarray – some with gunshot wounds.

Elsewhere, troops rescued two female kidnapped victims in Birnin Gwari LGA in Kaduna State.

Preliminary investigation, Yerima stated, revealed that the victims were kidnapped 22 days ago from Kuyallo village in Birnin Gwari.

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

He noted that the victims have been given medical treatment while waiting to be reunited with their families.

In his reaction, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, congratulated the gallant troops and asked them to keep up the momentum until the entire North West zone was rid of bandits, cattle rustlers, and kidnappers, among other criminals.

He also thanked the villagers for the credible and timely information they provided to the troops which made their operations successful.

Attahiru said the patriotic action of the villagers should be emulated by others so that the activities of bandits would be nipped in the bud.

Four Soldiers, Many Insurgents Killed As Troops Engage Boko Haram, ISWAP – Army

A file photo of soldiers travelling in a truck.

 

Four security operatives and many insurgents were killed in a firefight on Saturday in Borno State, the Nigerian Army has said.

In a statement shared on social media on Monday, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, noted that the combined troops of Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole were on clearance patrol along the fringes of the Lake Chad before the incident occurred.

He explained that the security operatives had advanced and cleared Daban Massara and Ali Sherifti villages, among other settlements before they harboured for replenishment and retrofitting.

As they commenced the second phase of their operations and advance along the Kukawa – Monguno Road which was about 14 kilometres to their base, Yerima said the troops sighted some gun trucks of the Boko Haram terrorist group and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the area.

He added that the soldiers swiftly commenced pursuit of the insurgents with heavy fire and deft manoeuvre.

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“In the course of the hot pursuit which was aided by air cover provided by the Air Task Team of Operation Lafia Dole, several terrorists were neutralised and their gun trucks destroyed.

“Unfortunately, however, one officer and three gallant soldiers paid the supreme sacrifices while those wounded in action are currently receiving medical attention at 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital in Maimalari Cantonment,” the statement said.

According to the army spokesman, the report was an on-the-spot account of the encounter between the troops and the insurgents in the Monguno area and its environment.

He assured residents in the area and other parts of the country that the troops were on top of the situation and working assiduously to end insurgency in the country.

Yerima explained that this was in line with the directives of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

Kaduna Abduction: How Attack On Another Secondary School Was Foiled – Army

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A file photo of troops. Source: [email protected]

 

An attempt by armed bandits to kidnap students of the Turkish International Secondary School in Kaduna State was thwarted on Friday, the Nigerian Army has said.

Acting on a tip-off on the impending abduction of the school children in the Rigachikun area of the state, troops of Quick Response Force of 1 Division of the army quickly mobilised to protect the school from the bandits.

Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, who is the Director of Army Public Relations, disclosed this in a statement.

While the troops were securing the school, the army spokesman said another distress call was received that bandits had stormed the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Afaka.

He explained that the troops swiftly moved to the scene in the Igabi Local Government Area of the state and decisively engaged the armed bandits to prevent them from kidnapping the staff and students of the school.

 

“Following the firefight, troops were able to rescue 180 persons, comprising of 132 male students, 40 female students, and eight civilian staff.

“The bandits were said to have broken into the institution by breaching the perimeter fence of the school,” the statement said.

According to Yerima, the rescued students have been evacuated to a safe place while the injured were taken to a military facility for medical attention.

He stated that a combined team of operatives from the army, air force, police, and the Department of State Service (DSS) have been drafted to the forest in pursuit of the bandits.

Following the attack on the college, the Kaduna State government said a total of 39 students were yet to be accounted for.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, noted that 23 female and 16 male students were still missing.

He stated that efforts were being sustained by the security agencies to track the missing students.

The school is just a few kilometres away from the Nigerian Defence Academy, and it also not too far from the Kaduna International Airport Road which is one of the hotbeds of banditry and kidnapping in the state.

Army Neutralises Five Bandits In Katsina – Spokesman

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

 

At least four armed bandits have been neutralised by the troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI while conducting clearance operations against armed bandits and other criminal elements in Katsina State, the army said in a statement on Saturday.

The troops engaged the bandits at Marina village in Safana LGA of Katsina State on March 4.

Other bandits escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds as the army recovered arms and motorcycles.

According to the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the unconfirmed number of armed men with an unspecified number of rustled cattle were sighted and intercepted along Batsari-Runka road.

“However, in an attempt to escape from the troops onslaught, the bandits sporadically fired at troops direction but the gallant troops responded with superior firepower followed by a hot pursuit thereby forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray,” the army said.

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“During the encounter, four-armed bandits were neutralized while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds.

“The troops also captured two AK-47 rifles and one motorcycle belonging to the bandits. Regrettably, one brave soldier paid the supreme sacrifice during the encounter.

“Troops have dominated general area and are trailing the escaping bandits.

“The gallant troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI have been commended for the successes achieved and their commitment so far. They are further urged not to rest on their oars until the North West zone is rid of all criminal activities.

“Additionally, the good people of the North West are once more assured of the troops’ commitment to safety of lives and properties within the zone. They are also encouraged to avail the troops with timely and credible Information that could assist in the success of their operations.”

In a related Development, police in Katsina State have killed one bandit and recovered a magazine of AK 47 Rifle with 25 ammunition in Kankara Local Government Area of the state.

The Divisional Police Officer of Kankara Local Government Area of the state-led Operation Puff Adder and engaged a team of bandits who have attacked Matsiga and Masaku villages of the LGA today at about 01:25hrs in a shootout as a result of which one of the Bandits was killed.

The Spokesman of the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah confirmed this in a statement, adding that investigation is ongoing.

Insecurity: 600 Army Officers Undergo Three-Month Training In Taraba

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A file photo showing the boots of military personnel.

 

The Nigerian Army has trained 606 personnel to help nip in the bud, the insecurity bedevilling the country including the activities of insurgents in the North East.

The military personnel were trained at the 20 Model Battalion, Serti in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State where they were made to undergo intensive leadership and regimentation courses for a period of three months.

At the end of the programme, a graduation ceremony was held in honour of the Regular Course 67 and Short Service 46 of Course 9 on Friday in Serti.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, was represented at the event by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division, Brigadier General Musa Danmadami.

He explained that the training became necessary in view of the lapses observed in the theatre of operation.

The GOC noted that the security challenges in the country called for new approaches, hence the training of the personnel to prepare them for the task ahead.

“Before now, there was no course like this for officers who graduated from the various training institutions in the Nigerian Army Officers Cadre and it was because of the lapses observed, particularly in the theatre of operation as it relates to leadership.

“The former Chief of Army Staff deemed it necessary for them to start this programme and that is the Genesis of the programme,” he said.

Danmadami added, “The army has spent money to train you for three months period and, therefore, we expect that when you return to your respective units, you will begin to reflect and showcase what you have learned for the period you were here.”

He, however, advised the newly trained to spend their salaries wisely and avoid an extravagant lifestyle.

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

 

The Commanding Officer of the Battalion, Colonel Abdullatif Raji, gave an insight into what the training was about in military formations and its impact in having a repositioned Nigerian Army devoid of indiscipline.

He said, “The overall objective of the course was to prepare and acquaint newly commissioned officers with the prerequisite of leadership and regimentation in the Nigerian Army, especially at the unit level before been posted out for military duties ”

“Other objectives that were attained were enhancing the officers’ skills, training young officers on tactical manoeuvres to combat internal security and to understand modern contemporary security challenges, as well as inculcating a sense of consciousness in their appearance and further building their level of confidence.”

The students were initially 613, but one of them died as a result of ill health, four others were referred to various military hospitals, and two officers invited to CMIs interview.

To showcase how well the lessons were inculcated, the student officers were asked to parade, strip and assemble Alexander Kalashnikov (AK) 47 rifle, beretta pistol, General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) in some seconds.

One after the other, they were presented with certificates of graduation, and awards of excellence for distinguishing themselves and attesting to the training they have gone through.

The overall best among the student officers, Idris Salami, who spoke on behalf of others, promised to reciprocate the gesture by reflecting and showcasing lessons learnt.

Mass Resignation In Army: Lawmakers Seek Improved Welfare For Soldiers

A file photo of a soldier sitting on a military truck in the Mpape area of Abuja on December 28, 2019. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The House of Representatives has called for improved welfare for troops and effective delivery of welfare packages across the ranks.

This was the position of the lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

They made the call following the consideration of the findings and recommendations of a report of the House Committee on Army.

A total of 356 troops of the Nigerian Army were reported to have resigned from the service in July 2020, a development that sparked controversy from various quarters.

The soldiers were said to have tendered their resignations at the time because they had lost interest in the job due to poor welfare and claims that the army was not well equipped to battle insurgents.

This caught the attention of the lawmakers who deliberated on the matter and mandated the House Committee on Army to carry out a thorough investigation on July 14, 2020.

Seven months after the directive, the committee submitted its report after concluding its investigation into the mass resignation of the soldiers.

 

The Way To Go

While presenting the report of the committee, the Chairman of the committee, Abdulrazak Namdas, stated that it was not new for such resignations to happen as it occurred almost annually in the military.

He explained that the recommendations of the report were based on the fact that the soldiers that resigned were mostly citing poor welfare as being the main reason for wanting to leave the service of the army.

A file photo of some members of the House of Representatives during plenary. Photo: Twitter- @HouseNGR

 

The lawmaker stressed the need for the Nigerian government to ensure military personnel were well motivated to defend the nation’s territory and overcome security threats – home or abroad.

Part of the recommendations of the report read, “That the Nigerian Army should improve on the welfare of its personnel, especially those in battlefields or other combat operations to further make the soldiers more committed to their jobs and to the nation at large.

“That there should be effective monitoring or follow up in the delivery of the welfare packages in all the army formations to ensure that they reach out to all the beneficiaries (the soldiers) in a fair and equitable manner.

“That the army should continuously embark on orientation of soldiers – both old and new – about the reality of their jobs and the need to be committed to their country. This will reduce the number of soldiers leaving the army due to loss of interest.”

According to the report, the number of disengagements is far lower than the enlistment in the army in the last five years.

It stated that about 6,752 personnel were disengaged and 25,655 were enlisted, adding that not all the soldiers who voluntarily resigned were actively involved in combat operations.

Fire Outbreak At Army Headquarters In Abuja

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There has been a minor fire outbreak at the Army headquarters complex in Abuja.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the incident that occurred at about 10:15 am was a result of a minor electrical fault in one of the offices.

According to him, the Army headquarters complex is currently undergoing some renovation involving electrical rework.

He noted that the Nigerian Army Fire Service Department has since put out the fire and no casualty was recorded during the incident.

Yerima added that normalcy has since returned to the complex.