You Have What It Takes To Flush Out Remnants Of Terrorists, Buratai Tells Troops

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General T.Y. Buratai, says troops of the Nigerian Army deployed in the northeast have what it takes to flush out the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they are hibernating.

He added that the troops were deployed in the North East to fill in observed gaps and make a difference in the fight against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria.

According to a statement signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Kukasheka Usman, Buratai said this on Saturday while addressing Armed Forces Special Forces Battalion at their base in Borno State.

READ ALSO: Cross-Border Crimes: Interior Minister Asks NIS To Improve Service Delivery

Buratai also urged the troops to work together as a team, adding that the Nigerian Armed Forces have done a great job in the North East in terms of degrading the Boko Haram terrorists.

“The attained success must be consolidated as they are adequately equipped, trained and with superior tactics than the terrorists.

“Dominate everywhere in the theatre and deny the terrorists freedom of action and movement,” he said.

The Chief of Army Staff also paid a visit to Army Headquarters Strike Group.

Buratai’s visit to the troops is coming at the end of the Chief of Army Staff’s annual conference 2018 which was between 28-30th November 2018 in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

Buratai’s Vehicle Involved In Accident

COAS’ official staff car which was involved in the accident

 

The official staff vehicle of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, was on Sunday involved in an accident at Jere town en route to Kaduna.

The staff car was in a convoy along with other vehicles when a lone civilian vehicle veered off its lane and rammed into the staff car.

Although the Army boss was not in the car, his ADC sustained minor injuries and has been evacuated to a nearby hospital for medical attention.

The driver of the civilian car that rammed into the convoy of the COAS is presently receiving medical attention at a Medical facility.

The case has been reported to Police and Investigation has commenced.

The Initial findings showed the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

See photos below:

 

Buratai, Others Attend Burial Of Murdered General Alkali

Remains of General Idris Alkali

 

The Chief of Army Staff, LT Gen Tukur Buratai has led Senior Officers and other dignitaries to the burial of the murdered General, Idris Alkali.

The Army held the Jana-Iza prayers for the late General at the National Mosque in Abuja.

The body of the General was found on October 31, 2018, after he was declared missing since September 3, 2018, on his way from Abuja to Bauchi en route Jos.

Following his reported disappearance, the Plateau State Police Command on October 25, declared the District Head of Dura Du Village in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State and seven others wanted.

See Photos Below:

Birnin Gwari Attacks: Military Vows To Track Down Perpetrators

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai addresses State House Correspondents on Thursday after briefing President Buhari on the nation’s security situation at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

 

The Nigerian Army has vowed to track down the perpetrators of Birnin Gwari attacks that left at least seven dead and five others injured.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai said the army would collaborate with other security agencies in dislodging miscreant believed to be hiding.

Buratai stated this in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Thursday after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on the state of security in the country.

“We will continue to operate with other security agencies that have been charged with the responsibility of securing our country,” he said.

The COAS further expressed the optimism of the gradual return of the Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) to their respective communities.

He added, “And the deployment of the unit there is quite strategic. It is in line with the Nigerian Army Order of Battle that was approved in 2016 and we are going to implement all of them to achieve the strategic objectives of the government.

“That is essentially why we have to put the battalion there and they will work along with other security agencies and be rest assured that Operation Last Hold will further consolidate on the achievements so far in the North East.”

Buratai’s comments come less than 24 hours after reported attacks on the affected community in Kaduna State by armed bandits.

The attacks follow the COAS inauguration of a two Battalion Forward Operation Base (FOB) in the state to complement the efforts of the police.

The spokesman for the State Police Command, Muktar Aliyu, had told Channels Television on Wednesday that the armed bandits invaded Mashigi, Dakwaro, Sabon Gida villages and started shooting sporadically, burning down houses and farmlands in an operation which the residents said lasted for over three hours.

Hundreds of people including security operatives have been killed and several others abducted in Birnin-Gwari in the past one year in series of attacks by armed bandits.

These repeated attacks which seem unabated is now giving the residents of the area sleepless nights as they are worried about their safety.

Senate Summons Buratai, IGP Over Dapchi Schoolgirls’ Abduction

The Senate has summoned the Chief of Army Staff, LT General Tukur Buratai and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the abduction of 101 secondary schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state.

They are both expected to appear before the Joint Committee on Security and Intelligence as well as Police Affairs to brief lawmakers on the actual situation of the kidnap, and their strategies to rescue the girls.

The secondary school girls were abducted on February 19, 2018, from the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, in Yobe State.

However, there has been several calls by the President Muhammadu Buhari, the United Nations and other arms of government for the unconditional release of the girls.

To this effort, the  Federal Government on Friday said it has extended the search for the girls.

Top military and security officials on traveled to the North-east to add more urgency to the search, which has now been extended beyond the North-east region.

READ ALSO: FG Extends Search For Dapchi Schoolgirls To Neighbouring Countries

This was revealed in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, Segun Adeyemi.

The statement listed the officials to include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant – General Tukur Buratai and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Alhaji Lawal Daura.

“They joined the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who had earlier relocated to the North-east, as well as the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, who has also visited the theatre,” Mohamed said in the statement.

Also, in order to supervise and coordinate the search for the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has relocated to Yobe State.

This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

READ ALSO: Dapchi Attack: Chief of Air Staff Has Relocated To Yobe – Lai Mohammed

He said Abubakar has relocated to the troubled community to “personally superintend the search for the girls.”

Mohammed in the statement said further that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) had earlier deployed more platforms to the North east for the search, as the security agencies increase efforts to locate and rescue the girls.

However, the summon of the both men by the Senate followed a motion by Senator Biodun Olujimi in commemoration of 2018 International Women’s Day.

Buratai At Launch Of Operation Cat Race

Operation Cat Race, the military exercise aimed at curbing conflicts and other criminal activities in the north central is set to take off today in Benue state.

Ahead of the formal inauguration of the operation, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has visited Governor Samuel Ortom at the Government House in Makurdi the state capital.

 

Buratai Orders Troops To Stop Armed Herdsmen

Military Officers Enjoined To Exhibit Absolute Loyalty

 

The Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Burutai, has directed troops deployed for exercise Cat Race in Benue state, to engage any group of armed herdsmen terrorising local communities or face a military court-martial.

General Burutai gave this directive shortly after flagging off the exercise code-named, Ayem Akpatuma in Guma local government, following complaints by displaced persons that, the army would rather watch armed herdsmen moved freely instead of engaging them.

He also met with IDPs at the Gmajimba camp, where he assures them of a timely return to their ancestral homes with the official Flag off exercise which cut across Benue, Taraba, Narasawa, Kogi and Adamawa states.

The governor of the state, Samuel Ortom in his remarks expressed confidence in the ability of the exercise.

At the Gnajimba IDP camp, community leaders while receiving the General Burutai, pleaded for an unbiased exercise to help restore peace to their troubled villages.

Military Starts ‘Operation Cat Race’ Exercise In Benue

Operation Cat Race, the military exercise aimed at curbing conflicts and other criminal activities in the north central is set to take off today in Benue state.

Ahead of the formal inauguration of the operation, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has visited Governor Samuel Ortom at the Government House in Makurdi the state capital.

According to General Buratai, the exercise is aimed to familiarise the Army with the terrain and the peculiar security challenges of the area.

It is expected that this would bring under control, to a large extent, the issues of farmers and herdsmen crisis and other ancillary security challenges in that zone.

The Army had on Wednesday last week announced that the operation would run from February 15 to March 31 in Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states.

Giving a brief on the Security Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, Adesina issued a statement about the farmers-herdsmen crisis in different parts of the country.

READ ALSO: ‘Operation Cat Race’ Will Tackle Herdsmen-Farmers Crisis ‘To A Large Extent’ – Adesina

The President’s spokesman noted that the recent efforts by his principal have shown that he was not enjoying himself in his air-conditioned home and doing nothing about the killings as reported in the country.

He, however, maintained that President Buhari is up and doing in addressing the security challenges which he said were giving him a lot of concern.

Mr Adesina further assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is working hard to reduce the crisis to the barest minimum, if not completely controlled totally.

However, the scene of the launch, which is Gbajimba in Guma Local Government Area, has witnessed a spate of attacks by suspected herdsmen operating along the Benue-Nasarawa border.

 

President Buhari Condoles With Buratai Over Father’s Death

President Buhari Condoles With Buratai Over Father's Death
File photo: Tukur Buratai

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Buratai family over the death of Mr Yusuf Buratai, father of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement signed by him on Friday in Abuja.

READ ALSO: Chief Of Army Staff Loses Father

The statement comes hours after the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, announced that Mr Yusuf died on February 9 in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The deceased was an ex-serviceman and a veteran of World War II, having joined the West African Army in 1942.

In a condolence message to his family, President Buhari described the late ex-serviceman as one whose service to Nigeria would always be appreciated and remembered.

He added that late Yusuf’s years of service to the nation epitomised by courage, skill, determination and devotion has been rightly bequeathed to his son, who is diligently serving the country.

The President prayed that the Almighty Allah comforts all who mourn the late patriot and grant his soul eternal rest.

North East: Army To Reorganise Deployment Of Troop, Says Buratai

Military Officers Enjoined To Exhibit Absolute Loyalty

 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), the Lieutenant -General Tukur Buratai, has revealed plans by the Nigerian army to reorganise the deployment of troops to the troubled north-east.

Buratai made this disclosure on Tuesday while receiving the House of Representative Committee on Army at the Army Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to him, the move is necessary to ensure that the troops have reasonable comfort in the course of their operation. The reorganisation will also include the reduction in the number of trenches built.

Although the COAS did not explain the import of the move on the war on terror in the affected region, he said the restructuring would commence as soon as the 2018 budget is passed.

Ahead of the planned reorganisation of the deployment of troops, Lt-General Buratai appealed for more funds for the military.

On his part, the Chairman of the House Committee on Nigerian Army, Rimamande Kwewum, said the National Assembly is aware of the funding challenges the security agencies face and that it would do its best to find ways, as stipulated in the Constitution, to get more funding for the Army.

Buratai Orders Probe Into Alleged Soldiers’ Extortion On Motorists

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, has ordered an immediate investigation into allegations of soldiers on truck drivers.

A statement from the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Usman on Sunday said the COAS gave this directive in order to keep up with the professionalism the Nigerian Army is known for.

According to Usman, a concerned Nigeria took to his twitter handle to accuse the military officers of extorting money from trucks along the Maiduguri-Gamboru Ngala road, Borno State, North-East Nigeria.

The twitter user further alleged that each truck owner paid N300,000 for escorting trucks, thereby leading to the complacency of the troops.

“The Nigerian Army has noted with great concern about an allegation of complacency and extortion against soldiers by someone with twitter handle called “Danborno” on Social Media.

“He alleged long queues of trucks along Maiduguri-Gamboru Ngala road, Borno State He also alleged that each truck owner pays the sum of N300,000.00k to soldiers for escorting them.

“Consequent upon this, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai has ordered for immediate investigation over these allegations,” Usman said.

While frowning against acts of indiscipline on any soldier, the army spokesman said the military leadership would not tolerate any act of misdemeanour by any of its personnel.

He also called on members of the public, especially residents of the state to further avail the military of useful information that will aid its operation.

To this end, any aggrieved member of the public could lodge a complained through a toll-free line on 193 to report any observed lapses or allegation against any officer or soldier.

Buratai Commends Troops For Sacrifices In Christmas Message

Buratai Commends Troops' Sacrifices In Christmas Message
File photo

 

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has commended the sacrifices and efforts of troops in upholding Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

In a statement personally signed by him on Monday in Abuja, General Buratai thanked the Nigerian Army personnel for their commitment to the war against the Boko Haram insurgency and keeping the peace in other parts of the country.

“I wish to convey my warmest greetings to officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army and their families on the occasion of this year’s Christmas and New Year 2018 celebrations,” he said.

“I commend the hard work and sacrifices of our gallant officers and soldiers currently engaged in Operation Lafiya Dole and other operations across the country; Christmas is an occasion for merriment, relaxation, and reflections.

“We must, therefore, continue to appreciate our collective responsibility towards the maintenance of the security conditions that allow for the proper celebrations of Christmas in every part of our country,” he added.

According to the Army chief, the Christmas celebration across the country has proven the firm resolve of the troops to keeping the country and its people safe.

He asked the troops to sustain the tempo and prayed to the Almighty God for the repose of the souls of fallen heroes.

“This celebration is a testimony to our successes and also a celebration of your gallantry, tenacity, and loyalty in the maintenance of peace and security in Nigeria.

“I urge you all to maintain the momentum as we continue to professionally discharge our constitutional roles.  I assure you of my commitment to your welfare and that of your families,” Buratai said.

“We must all remain loyal and grateful to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians for their unflinching commitment to bringing peace to every nook and cranny of our nation and for supporting the Nigerian Army as required,” he added.