Nigerian Army Donates Educational Materials To IDPs

Military Officers Enjoined To Exhibit Absolute LoyaltyThe 7 Division of the Nigerian Army has donated books and other educational aid to children affected by insurgency in Borno State.

The General Officer Commanding the 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu presented the items to the kids at the Bakassi Internally Displaced Person’s camp in Maiduguri.

Part of items donated by the 7 Division at the Bakassi camp school includes thatched classrooms, furniture, instructional materials for teachers and books for the students.

The approach, according to Gen. Ezugwu said is part of the strategies aimed at not only winning the war but also the hearts of the people particularly the children against future indoctrination.

“The project that I and officers of 7 Division would be commissioning is in furtherance of the commitment and desire of our able Chief of Army staff’s counter terrorism strategy which is aimed at applying the stick to whip Boko Haram, while using the carrot to ensure a bright future for children who are innocent victims of terrorism”, Gen. Ezugwu said.

The Commissioner for Education, Musa Kaibo also shared the sentiments of the Army, he believes that if children are supported and put back in school the aim of the insurgents would have been defeated.

“We should avoid this by trying to see that most of those in the community have something to fend on in life, so that we will have a free society.” Kaibo lamented.

The representative of the beneficiaries, Hadiza Abubakar thanked the guests for their generous contributions.

“Thank you for the effort made by you in improving the school condition. We appreciate the soldiers and teachers who have been putting us through.” She said.

Shettima Holds Emergency Meeting With Security Heads

Shettima Holds Emergency Meeting With Security Heads In BornoFollowing resurgence of attacks by remnants of the ‎Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of Borno State, Governor Kashim Shettima, has held an emergency security meeting with security operatives.

The meeting was attended by heads of the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Police and the Department of State Services (DSS), with proactive measures taken on how to increase surveillance and forestall unanticipated security breach.

Governor Shettima began with a three-hour closed door meeting with the Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Leo Irabor, on Friday at the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

‎During the meeting, he was briefed on recent attacks and ongoing military operations while discussions were held with assurances that the remnants of the insurgents were on suicidal mission, given their displacement from their former headquarters at the Sambisa forest.

Spokesman to the governor, Mr Isa Gusau, said in a statement issued on Sunday that after meeting with the Theater Commander who is not a member of the State Security Council, Governor Shettima presided over an emergency meeting of the State Security Council that involved core armed forces.

At the end of meeting, new guard locations were established in some routes across the state to curtail the movement of the Boko Haram fighters.

The number of security personnel deployed to various locations were also increased with more members of the Civilian JTF (youth volunteers) involved.

Governor Shettima also gave approval for the release of additional patrol vehicles to security agencies for increased surveillance in the state.

He also approved logistics to compliment efforts of the Federal Government in strengthening the armed forces, while measures were adopted to strengthen the Civilian JTF and hunters.

The Council also reviewed the synergy between formal armed forces and volunteers, with steps adopted to increase collaboration and clamp down on cattle rustling used by insurgents to raise funds.

The meeting, which lasted for over three hours at the council chambers of the Government House, had in attendance ‎the General Officer Commanding, Seven Division of the Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu; the Commander, 79 Composite group of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo; the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, and the Garrison Commander, Seven Division of the Army, Brigadier General Jibrin Mohammed.

Others at the meeting are the State Director of the DSS, Suleiman Kankia, Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Shuwa, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Lawan and the Permanent Secretary in charge of Security.

Foiled Suicide Mission: NSCDC Operatives Get Cash Reward

Boko Haram: 75 NSCDC Personnel Killed In Borno In 2016 – Civil Defence OfficialsThe General Officer Commanding (7 Division) of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, has presented cash awards to NSCDC operatives who foiled a suicide attack in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

Operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps had tried to stop and later fired at a female suicide bomber who forced herself into a crowd of motorists around the NNPC mega station of the city.

Her accomplice had lost the nerve to detonate her Improvised Explosive Device (IED), leading to her arrest until she was subsequently handed over to the army.

The Garrison Commander of the 7 Division, Brigadier General JD Mohammed presented the cash gifts on behalf of the GOC in a quiet ceremony at the NSCDC headquarters in Maiduguri.

He applauded the courage and gallantry of the officers and urged others to emulate their patriotism and commitment to duty.

United Nations Advisor Commends Military’s Effort Against Insurgency

Troops, Nigerian Army, Boko Haram TerroristsThe Civil Military Advisor of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), Major General Moses Bisong Obi (rtd) has commended the leadership qualities of the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu.

He said his leadership ingenuity contributed to the decimation of Boko Haram terrorists in North Eastern part of Nigeria.

The Civil-Military Advisor to UN OCHA made the assertion during a courtesy call to the GOC at the Headquarters of the Division in Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri Borno State.

In a statement by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Division 7, Captain Emmanuel Onyeachonam, he congratulated, 7 Division for successfully chasing Boko Haram terrorists out of Nigerian territory, while condoling the command on the loss of officers and soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for the nation.

The one time GOC 1 Division Nigerian Army also commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, describing him as the man behind the successful outing of Nigerian Army in the northeast and promised his agency’s support in the war against insurgency.

Responding, the 7 Division GOC, Brigadier General Ezugwu described the services rendered by UN OCHA as quite critical in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, adding that the visit will boost the morale of officers and soldiers of the Division.

He promised to continue granting their requests for military assistance in terms of VIP escorts and convoy protection to high priority areas, to enable them function effectively to alleviate the sufferings of the IDPs in particular and delivery of humanitarian services across the theatre in general.

Army Gives Breakdown Of Released Suspected Members Of Boko Haram

Boko HaramThe Nigerian Army says 1,250 suspects absolved from possible links with Boko Haram were released from detention facilities in 2016.

Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Seven Division of the army, gave the figure on Monday at a meeting with the Head of Sub Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr Beat Mosimann.

Ezugwu said the cleared suspects were released in about seven batches after investigations which certified they had no links with Boko Haram.

The GOC explained that housing suspects in military facilities was a multi-agency affair which involves collaboration with international agencies to complement the army’s effort.

Ezugwu said: “So the ICRC came to consult me on how we can collaborate to ensure that the suspect’s detained in our facilities have the very best of what we and them can offer.

“We have reached some far reaching decisions on how we can improve in terms of feeding them, exercises, giving them the best in terms of accommodation and so we are hoping that things will get better this year as we continue to collaborate to ensure that suspects are given the best kind of humane treatment one can offer”.

Brigadier General Ezugwu also told reporters that there were plans to provide medical doctors and medical personnel to ensure detainees were checked at least three times a week to attend to the health needs of the suspects.

“In terms of feeding, we are providing them solid Nigerian meals while they (ICRC) are going to be responsible for supplements for the wellbeing of the detainees.

“We also collaborated in the areas of release of suspects. In the last one year we have released Seven batches totalling 1,250.

“So we are keeping this regular release because the Chief of Army Staff wants us to ensure that only people who have connection with Boko haram and have insurgency issues to sort out are detained.

“Those who do not have cause to be there are not there. And we have assured them that it’s going to be a bi-monthly affair,” he added.

The ICRC has been engaging the Army, as part of its collaborative effort to fill in where there are gaps, all aimed at ensuring suspects detained are well catered for.

“We have several programmes but the main programme is to help IDPS who are in the camps and are going back and we have a very big programme to help them go back.

“Other programmes include corporation with the army in terms of protection and how we can go ahead and we are happy with the discussion.

“Other issues discussed are linked to some protection which is our mandate from the Geneva convention that is the situation of detention mainly to see how we can continue to work together,” Mr Mosimann said.

 

UN Pledges More Humanitarian Support In Northeast Nigeria

UN Pledges To Beef Up Humanitarian Support In Northeast NigeriaThe United Nations has pledged to beef up humanitarian support to the government of Nigeria to restore normalcy and security to the North East.

The Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr Janthomas Hiemstra, revealed his mission to journalists shortly after a courtesy call on the General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Army in Maiduguri, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu.

Hiemstra said: “The UNDP is going to put more presence in this area because we believe that the situation for Nigerian people have evolved to outside of the humanitarian situation.

“The military have done their work. The humanitarian are still looking at where are the people that are really suffering and have no food but the development programmes to come in also and say it’s not about food it’s about jobs, business.

“It is about agriculture, it is about people rebuilding houses, rebuilding secretariat buildings, clinics and schools, so this is the next phase that would have to happen together with humanitarian work.

“The UNDP is a specialised agencies that would work with other agencies towards recovery and development in the Northeast.

“We have reassured the General Officer Commanding that we will be beefing up our office and our activities and he appears to be pleased with that,” Hiesmstra stated.

Pupils Contribute Pocket Money To Honour Nigerian Troops

Pupils Contribute Pocket Money To Honour Nigerian TroopsNigerian Troops of Operation Lafia Dole were on Monday presented with gifts at the Headquarters of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri by Volt Club students and Children International School (CIS) Lekki, Lagos.

According to the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations – 7 Division, Mustapha Anka, the gift pack tagged “Ziploc” contains varieties of items which are essential daily needs.

They include tooth brush, toothpaste,  sanitary pads, shaving stick, chewing gum, towels, bathing soaps, candies, recharge cards, handy greeting cards with hand written motivating messages by pupils of the school to soldiers at the fore front of the fight against Boko Haram.

The leader of the CIS Ziploc Appeal 2016 delegation, Mr Bhila Kiphani, during the presentation of gifts stated that the students willingly donated part of their pocket monies to fund the project so as to put smiles on the faces of troops who are tirelessly fighting in hash terrains to save the country from insurgency.

“Every year we look for a cause and when we do, the students drive those causes and this year we decided to do something for the soldiers that are on the battle front.

“We’ve got 1000 Ziploc bags to form a battalion. Not only do we want to do this but we want others to take the torch in and take it further. So all Nigerians out there should go out and think about what they can do to also help he soldiers at the battle front,” he said.

Some of the emotional messages on the handy card sent to troops read “Thanks for putting smile on our faces”, “Thanks for fighting for me”, “Thank you for sacrificing your life for me”, “ Thank you Solider, I pray you return home safely”.

In his response the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu commended the pupil for remembering soldiers fighting in the heart of Sambisa.

“Commanding officers have laid down their lives; soldiers have lost their lives family members have lost their loved ones all because we are trying to keep peace in the land.

“And while majority of Nigerians are appreciating it like your school and these little children, some other Nigerians are out there trying to tarnish the image of the Army, trying to paint us black and trying not to see anything good that was done for this nation.

“But we take it that God almighty will bless these children because they are very patriotic in their attitude and behaviour. God will bless them and bless their parents.”

He further stated: “This is the most emotional moment of my stay as GOC of the 7 Division, for two and three year old children to contribute their pockets monies to remember our soldiers.

“We want to assure the CIS Lekki pupil (and) students that we will not let them down, we promise to exterminate Boko Haram terrorist from their hideout and ensure that they never exist again in our country.”

 

Troops Rescue 85 Boko Haram Captives In Chukungudu

Troops, Boko Haram, Chukungudu, Army, Operation Lafiya DoleTroops of Operation Lafiya Dole have rescued 85 persons comprising of mostly women and children held hostage by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The feat was achieved during a decisive clearance operation into the remnants of the terrorists’ strategic hub town of Chukungudu on the southern fringes of the Lake Chad region.

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Troops of 7 Division Nigerian Army, led by the General Officer Commanding of the division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, wiped out the terrorists’ camps in the northern parts of Borno State between Friday and Saturday.

The manoeuvring brigade, led by 3 Battalion of 22 Brigade, successfully cleared Geram, Bulankassa and Chukungudu believed to be the Boko Haram terrorists’ strongholds in the area in northeast Nigeria.

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Some of the rescued captives

A statement by Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, however, said they lost a soldier during the encounter.

“The troops neutralised five Boko Haram terrorist fighters in a fierce encounter that made several of the terrorists running into the Lake Chad waters.

“The troops recovered four rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, one double barrel gun, 349 packets containing various rounds of ammunition, three magazines, a link belt of machine gun ammunition and one AK-47 rifle magazine.

“During the clearance operations, the troops made spectacular discovery of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory at Geram.

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“In the factory, they found several already primed suicide bombers’ vests (while) they also discovered a well-equipped motor vehicles and motorcycles’ workshop (as well as) spare parts warehouse at Chukungudu village,” Colonel Usman said.

The Army spokesman added that they recovered three vehicles and several newly acquired motorcycles.

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Colonel Usman said that the IED factory, vehicles and motorcycles were destroyed in line with the Rules of Engagement.

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Seven Dead In Suicide Bomb Attack On IDPs Camp In Bama

Suicide bomberSeven persons have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Banki Town in Bama Local Government Area, Borno State.

Two female suicide bombers reportedly detonated their strapped explosives at about 7:00am local time on Wednesday, Channels Televisions correspondent in Borno State, Blessing Tunoh said.

She stated that an unidentified number of persons were also injured.

The attack came after the General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, spent Tuesday night with troops during an operational visit.

His convoy was ambushed on Tuesday on its way to Bama.

One soldier was killed while two other sustained injuries in the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility  for the attack, but the Boko Haram is largely suspected.

The terrorist group has carried out such  attacks in the region in the past.

Nigerian Army Commander Ambushed By Boko Haram

Nigerian ArmyThe leading elements of the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu’s convoy was about 8.30am on Tuesday morning ambushed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on his way to visit troops in Bama.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, revealed this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to him, one soldier lost his life and two others were injured, but the soldiers were able to clear the ambush, killing some of the terrorists and recovered vehicle and weapons from them.

The recovered items include a Toyota Hilux vehicle, two AK-47 rifles and several ammunition.

Meanwhile, the Acting GOC has continued his operational visit to Bama, while the body of the late soldier and the wounded have been evacuated to Maiduguri.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has also spoken with the GOC.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate its unalloyed commitment and determination to continue to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding,” Colonel Usman said.