National Security: Nigerian Army Recruits 5,000 Soldiers

 

As part of its efforts to improve national security, the Nigerian Army has recruited 5,000 soldiers.

Speaking at the passing out ceremony of the new soldiers, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, assured Nigerians that the military will not rest on its oars until the country is safe from the threats of Boko Haram terrorists, armed bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements.

He also gave an assurance that the security challenges the country is currently facing will soon be a thing of the past as the military is working hard to finally defeat the insurgents.

“Nigeria is currently facing numerous security challenges occasioned by activities of Boko Haram terrorists, armed bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements… but I wish to state that these security challenges will soon come to an end as we will not rest on our oars,” he said.

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“Today marks yet another chapter in the history of this great institution and the country in general.

“I am glad that depot Nigerian Army has continued to evolve innovative ways of improving the standard in the training of personnel for the Nigerian Army.

“These realistic and result oriented trainings that are being impacted in young recruits here have been yielding positive results and this has been evident by the robust fighting spirit displayed by our soldiers in various theatres of operations,” he added.

While congratulating the soldiers on the successful completion of the training, General Olonisakin urged them to uphold the values of loyalty, discipline and selfless service, adding that a lot is expected from them.

The event which took place at the Nigerian Army depot, Zaria in Kaduna State, saw a display of silent drills, unarmed combat and a special combat March by the recruits to prove their operational proficiency.

Boko Haram Insurgency: We Lost Over 847 Soldiers From 2013 To Date, Says Ndume

 

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has said that Nigeria lost over 847 soldiers fighting in the North East to Boko Haram from 2013 to date.

Ndume, who stated this while briefing journalists in Abuja on the findings by his colleagues who recently returned from Maiduguri, explained that the figures are for only soldiers buried in the Military cemetery located in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

“From the record, we saw in the cemetery, by their record, I think we lost over 847 soldiers from 2013 to date that is their record.

“And they have other cemeteries elsewhere in Abuja and other places where they bury their victims.”

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He also debunked allegations that a mass burial is conducted for soldiers by the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, stressing that the military ensures the bodies of victims are retrieved.

“The allegation that there is a mass burial; when I saw it there, it is not true.

“Nigerian Army will never do that; In fact, if any of them is missing, they go out to search, to get that person to declare whether he is dead or alive; even if he is dead, they try to retrieve the body.”

Mr. Ndume also said that a panel has started investigating allegations that some Non-Governmental Organisations operating in the North-East, were providing useful information to the Boko Haram leaders.

“Another area of concern which the senate will look into is this allegation that the various NGOs in that area are conniving with the insurgents, providing them with information, logistics, and so many things.

“Well, I have been critical about this from the beginning, but it has come out now that a few of them operating there are actually aiding, abating and supporting the insurgents.

“But, we will do an investigation and you will hear if we have the evidence. So far, we have evidence, we just want to make it credible,” he added.

Air Force Bombs Boko Haram ‘Meeting Venue’ In Borno

A file photo of NAF helicopter.

 

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has decimated a location being used by Boko Haram terrorists as a meeting venue at Boboshe area on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

According to him, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole conducted the attack on Sunday, following successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, coupled with human intelligence reports.

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Daramola explained that the reports established that a building within the settlement was being used as a rendezvous by the insurgents, where their commanders assemble to take instructions before launching attacks against military troops and innocent civilians.

“Accordingly, the ATF detailed its fighter aircraft to attack the hideout, scoring accurate hits within the designated area leading to the decimation of the target structure.

“Several BHTs were also killed as a result of the strikes,” the statement said.

NAF vowed to sustain its efforts while working with surface forces to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the north-east region of the country.

Troops Capture 10 Suspected High-Ranking Boko Haram Leaders

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The Nigerian Army has captured 10 suspected key Boko Haram members, one of which includes, Alhaji Bukar Modu, a high profile leader who is on the wanted list published by its authorities.

In a statement by the Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the suspects were apprehended while attempting to sneak into some communities around Bitta in Gwoza LGA of Borno State in a bid to escape.

He added that most of the suspects are known to have operated combat vehicles during the attack in Gwoza in 2014.

“For instance, during a successful sting operation conducted on 9 October 2019 by troops of the 26Task Force Brigade, 10 suspected key Boko Haram members were reportedly captured while attempting to sneak into some communities around Bitta in Gwoza LGA of Borno State in a bid to escape the troops’ sustained onslaught against them.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the arrested criminals are ranked higher than the Amir in the criminals’ hierarchy. Many of them have been identified to have operated combat vehicles during the infamous Boko Haram attack on Gwoza in 2014. The arrested suspects include Shettima Mustapha Umar, Abba Buji, Alhaji Bukar Madu-(KAHID – a Boko Haram Terrorists’ equivalent of a Brigadier General), Ali Hassan (Boko Haram Terrorist Imam), Alkali Laminu, Bukur Mustapha, Buba Umaru (Alias Black Uhuru) also a KAHID, Madu Nosobe, Mustapha Hussaine and Umar Jeddum all from Bama LGA of Borno State.

“It is gratifying to note that one of the arrested suspects, Alhaji Bukar Modu is Serial 89 on the high profile Boko Haram leaders wanted list published by the authorities of the Nigerian Army,” the statement added.

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The statement also revealed that troops of 1 Division Garrison Tactical Headquarters responded to a reported cattle rustling incident in a community in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State.

It added that the bandits abandoned the 23 rustled cows and fled into the forest.

The capture is coming after the Theatre Commander of the Army’s Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, said that if military helicopters are provided, the Boko Haram insurgency would be over in the next three months.

He stated this when a National Assembly Joint Committee on the Army operations paid a visit to the theatre in Borno recently.

Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack On Military Base In Borno

 

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Civilian Joint Task Force have repelled an attack on a military base in Tungushe area of Borno State.

The insurgents reportedly attacked the military base, where the military engaged them in a battle in which the assailants suffered some casualty.

Channels Television learned that the fleeing insurgents had snatched a gun truck on their way out, it is not clear if the truck had occupants or what had happened to them.

The insurgents reportedly proceeded to the next military location in Gajiganna where they met stiff resistance and were denied access, forcing them to retreat.

It is not clear how many casualties were recorded as the insurgents’ retrieved bodies of their co-fighters while retreating from superior firepower, according to sources.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the 7 Division, Colonel Ado Isa, said he is not aware of any such attack and as such could not give any more details.

With Helicopters, Army Will End Boko Haram In Three Months – Theatre Commander

 

The Theatre Commander of the Army’s Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi is calling for an army aviation to boost security operations in the North East.

Adeniyi who received a National Assembly Joint Committee on the Army operations on Thursday, told the lawmakers that if military imbedded helicopters are provided, the Boko Haram insurgency would be over in the next three months.

“The only thing that I know needs to be given to the army now is the Nigerian Army Aviation. There’s a way we’ll solve a problem it’ll change the game. Army needs combat helicopters to end Boko Haram war. If we have it, it will not be deployed like the Airforce assets,” he said.

“Airforce assets are for bigger strategic goals. The helicopters will sleep with us at the trench.

“They’ll stay in the frontlines, so the helicopters and the rifles and the tanks will be together. I know this has been on the table for years and when this is done, Nigeria can go to sleep and the Army will end Boko Haram in three months”.

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Adeniyi further stressed that Boko Haram, is not a formidable force that the military cannot defeat.

Speaking with journalists after a closed door session with the Army, the Chairman Senate committee on the army operations, Senator Ali Ndume, said the visit would give the National Assembly better insight as deliberations on the budget for the 2020 fiscal year begins.

Insurgents Attack Borno Town As NASS Members Visit State

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Suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have attack Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State.

The attack took place on Thursday while a joint committee of the National Assembly on the Army visited the state.

The insurgents had stormed the town in the evening and started shooting sporadically, a situation that threw residents into panic.

Sources at the Theatre Command Headquarters told Channels Television that an enforcement team was quickly deployed in the town by Operation Lafiya Dole to combat the terrorists.

According to them, the Air Component of Lafiya Dole was unable to provide air support on account of “bad weather”.

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The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Brigadier General Abdul-Khalifa Ibrahim, also confirmed the attack.

He, however, said troops repelled the attack as the military was fully on the ground engaging the predators.

Brigadier General Ibrahim added that details of the operation were sketchy as the clearance operation was ongoing.

Gubio, located some 84 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno, has been severally targeted by insurgents in recent times.

The latest attack occurred while the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, Brigadier General Ibrahim, as well as other principal officers of the operation received the National Assembly delegation.

The lawmakers led by chairmen of the committees in both Senate and House of Representatives chambers, Senator Ali Ndume and Honorable Abdulrazak Namdas, had received a guided tour of some military locations before a meeting at the headquarters of the Theatre Command.

At the meeting, the Theatre Commander demanded a functional embedded Army Aviation Wing and helicopters.

He was confident that if such was provided, the Boko Haram war would end “in less than three months.”

Major General Adeniyi also told the committee that only a militarised aviation can provide the required firepower for ground troops to launch offensive attacks in the enemy’s territories.

Troops Arrest 10 Boko Haram Members In Borno

 

Gallant troops of the Nigerian Army working in conjunction with members of Civilian Joint Task Force on clearance operations on the 9th of October arrested 10 members of BHT in Pulka Borno State. 

One of the arrested terrorists, Alhaji Bukar Modu alias Modu China (Chief Driver) was declared wanted on Serial 89 of NA wanted list.

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Troops Rescue 27 Persons, Arrest Nine Suspected Boko Haram Spies

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A file photo of troops.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 27 persons displaced by insurgents in multiple clearance operations in Borno state.

According to a statement by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the first clearance was carried out by Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre, troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with troops of Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole and elements of Nigerian Army Super Camp 4 along Goni Gambomi, Kadamari, Melim, Gondori and Jantilu in Kaga LGA of Borno State.

Colonel Iliyasu said that the troops rescued 15 persons, comprising eight adult males, one adult female, and six children, who after interrogation, revealed that they spent 3 days wandering in the bush trying to link up with any community where they could find succour.

Photo Credit: HQ Nigerian Army Facebook Page

He added that they are currently undergoing profiling and subsequent integration into IDP Camps.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that they spent 3 days wandering in the bush trying to link up with any community where they could find succour.

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“They were promptly evacuated and the adult females and children were handed over to NYSC IDP Camp while the adult males were handed over to 7 Military Intelligence Brigade for profiling and subsequent integration into the IDP Camp.”

Photo Credit: HQ Nigerian Army Facebook Page

Similarly, the statement added that another batch of 12 locals was rescued by troops of 82 Division Task Force Battalion at Strong Response Area while conducting clearance operations.

“In the same vein, troops of 82 Div Task Force Battalion at Strong Response Area Ngoshe while conducting clearance operations in Ngoshe and Pulka general area in Gwoza LGA of Borno State also rescued 12 locals. Among them were 2 female adults and 10 children.

“They were later screened, documented and handed over to officials of the International Organization for Migrants at Pulka IDP Camp,” the statement added.

Photo Credit: HQ Nigerian Army Facebook Page

The Army spokesman further revealed that troops conducted a Positive Identification operation at various Check Points and Crossing Points and arrested 9 male suspected spies.

“Similarly, troops while acting on information arrested 9 male suspects in a hamlet in Mainok general area. A preliminary investigation indicates that suspects are Boko Haram criminals’ spies. Suspects are currently undergoing further interrogation.”

Military Operation Against Boko Haram Is Yielding Results, Says NAF

Battle Damage Assessment of A-Jet and L-39ZA Strikes At Kirta Wulgo

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the sustained onslaught against remnants of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) Terrorists (BHTs) in the Northeast of the Country has again yielded significant results.

This follows the destruction of another ISWAP hideout and neutralization of several of their fighters at Kirta Wulgo on the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno State.

The airstrike was conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE  on Friday after persistent Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions revealed that the settlement was being used as a staging area from where the terrorists launch attacks against own troops’ positions.

In a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola, explained that the ATF dispatched its aircraft to attack identified compounds within the settlement.

“Overhead the target area, scores of ISWAP fighters were observed attempting to flee upon sighting the attack platforms. The aircraft took turns in engaging the location, scoring accurate hits that led to the destruction of some structures as well as the killing of several terrorists”.

He assured Nigerians that the NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the Northeast.

 

 

Troops Ambush Terrorists, Kill Three Insurgents In Borno

 

Following credible information from some patriotic Nigerians about terrorists movement along Banki Road Junction, Pulka in Gwoza general area, troops of Special Response Area (SRA) Pulka under the Nigerian Army Super Camp Gwoza, in collaboration with Civilian Joint Task Force conducted a successful night ambush on Thursday 3rd October 2019.

The ambush resulted in the neutralization of 3 terrorists, recovery of 2 AK 47 Rifles and 2 motor cycles. Unconfirmed number of terrorists were reportedly wounded during the ambush. There is no casualty on the Nigerian Army or Civilian JTF.

According to the army spokesman, Colonel Ado Isa, items recovered by troops include 2 X AK 47 rifles and 2 X bicycles.

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Similarly, at about 2250 hours on 3rd October 2019, in what seems like a repraisal attack to avenge the lost of their members in the ambush conducted by the troops, some marauders/criminals woefully attacked the Delta Company Location of the SRA at Pulka.

Consequently, troops swiftly responded by effectively repelling the attack, one bandit lost his life and one Ak 47 rifle was recovered. No casualty was recorded by the Civ JTF or the troops.

The Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE Brigadier General AK Ibrahim was in SRA Pulka where he interacted with the troops, commended them for the successes so far and urged them to remain committed and unwavering in the struggle to end the insurgency soon.

Army Arrests Chikwedum, Alleged Boko Haram Logistics Supplier

The Nigerian Army’s counter-insurgency operation, Lafiya Dole Theatre Command has arrested a middle-aged man, Samuel Chikwedum, who is alleged to be the supplier of logistics for Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

Army operatives caught Chikwedum while travelling to Baga town, heading towards the Lake Chad region with contraband goods.

After he was paraded before journalists, his goods and vehicle were destroyed.

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The GOC 7 division, Brigadier General Aliyu Ibrahim says the suspect had also attempted to bribe personnel at the point of arrest and during interrogation.

Chikwedum however denied the accusations, insisting that his business is legitimate and that he never attempted to bribe his way out of the arrest.

He demanded a fair hearing from the law.

“There is nobody that I have attempted to bribe. What I told about them is the condition of this nation where the judiciary judgement are disobeyed,” he said.