Buratai Orders Troops To Stop Armed Herdsmen

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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
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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

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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
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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.

Buratai Calls For Regional Cooperation In Fighting Cross-Border Crimes


The Chief Of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai has called for an enhanced cooperation to effectively rout out insurgency and other crimes confronting the lake chad basin.

He stated this on Monday during the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The COAS noted that tremendous successes have been recorded in the war against terror; he, however, called for more support.

“The scourge of cross-border crimes like human and small arms trafficking, drugs peddling, smuggling, banditry, cyber threats, money laundering, espionage, terrorism and many others have created an interest for non-state actors that must be decimated by combined international efforts,” he said.

Buratai also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for partnering with the international community in confronting challenges in the country.

This, according to him is visible in the successes recorded by the Multi-National Joint Task Force in routing out crimes from the North-East region.

“The Nigerian Army leadership in concert with the grand strategic focus of Mr President has continued to devise means of engaging with other countries, especially our neighbouring countries towards tackling common traits in other to meet considerable international obligations for the overall promotion of global peace and security.”

Speaking on the theme, “Appraising Nigeria’s army operational efficiency in contending contemporary national security challenges,” Buratai reiterated the military’s firm resolve in defending the nation’s territory in line with the constitution.

Operations Rawan Kada and Deep Punch I and II, according to the military chief were launched in the first quarter of 2017.

These, he said helped the military to destroy terrorists’ strongholds and rescue abductees of the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east.

Buratai, however, listed other military exercises carried out in neighbouring communities to include: Operation Sharan Daji in the North-Central and North-Central, Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East, Operation Harbin Kunama II.

Army Will Never Do Anything To Harm Nigerians – Buratai

The Chief of Army staff of Nigeria, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has said the Nigerian Army is people oriented and will never do anything to harm Nigerians.

Buratai said this at the closing ceremony of Exercise Crocodile Smile II in 6 Division after the community responsibility activities of the Division in Igwurruta, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday.

He said the medical outreach currently going on in some regions is not aimed at hurting anyone and that the Nigerian army belongs to the Nigerian army.

READ ALSO: Crocodile Smile: Army Nabs Suspected Oil Thieves, Others

“The Nigerian Army is the only truly Army that belongs to the Nigerian people and it will never do anything to harm the Nigerian people,” he said.

He also attended the medical outreach by 6 Division Nigerian Army as part of the activities marking the end of the operation Crocodile Smile II at the Palace of the traditional ruler of Nye-Nwe Ali Elele Alimi in Kelga, Rivers State, Eze Jonathan O.G. Amadi.

It will be recalled that the Operation 6 Division of the Nigerian Army early in October 2017 began Operation Crocodile Smile II in Niger Delta, holding multi-agency with the aim of combating the menace of kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminalities in the region.

Buratai, Ortom Attend General Malu’s Burial

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The Nigerian Army led by the Chief Of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Burutai today, October 28, paid tribute to former Chief Of Army Staff, Late General Victor Malu as he is laid to rest.General Malu died at the age of 70 in the early hours of Sunday, October 8, in Cairo, Egypt where he was receiving medical attention.

He had battled diabetes and challenges of having a stroke since 2008.

The late General was giving a military burial at his family compound, in Tongov, Mbajima, Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue state.

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Lawyer Sues Buratai Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Alleged ‘Disappearance’

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Lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has sued the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, over Nnamdi Kanu’s alleged disappearance since the September 14 raid by the Army on his residence.

In an originating motion filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, Ejik prayed the court to give an order mandating General Buratai to produce Kanu in court on his next adjournment date for the criminal trial he is facing.

The motion has the IPOB leader as the only applicant and the Chief of Army Staff as the only respondent.

According to the application, the grounds for the relief include that the Kanu was, before he went missing, known to have lawfully exercised his constitutional right of freedom of association, peaceful assembly and self-determination.

The application also said Kanu was still enjoying the bail granted him by the court, when the prosecution in his trial requested the court to revoke the bail.

It also accused the Nigerian Army of acting under express command purportedly handed down by Buratai, and violently invaded the applicant’s home in Afara Ukwu Ibeku in Umuahia, the Abia State’s capital.

Only FG Can Declare Nnamdi Kanu Wanted, Says Buratai

Tukur-Buratai-Boko Haram, Chibok girls
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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, says only the Federal Government has the jurisdiction to declare the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, wanted.

Lieutenant General Buratai stated this on Monday after the opening of the Third Quarter Nigerian Army Conference in Abuja.

“The Federal Government will take the final decision on that,” he told reporters after the event where he appraised the performance of the Nigerian Army in peace operations.

“There are guidelines provided in the Anti-Terrorism Act; So, I’m sure the relevant government agencies and authorities will take steps whether to arrest or to take any other action (against Kanu).

A file photo of IPOB supporters agitating for Biafra country

Buratai, who noted that the Army was not under any form of threat to leave the South East, said: “We will receive the appropriate directive from the authorities.”

He further announced plans by the Nigerian Army to launch special exercises across the country in order to maintain peace and security.

Earlier, the Army chief addressed officers at the meeting on how well they have done in maintaining security across Nigeria, as well as new ways to tackle insecurity.

According to him, one mechanism to be deployed is closer collaboration with other security agencies through the training of 3,000 personnel from the police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

“To complement the efforts of the Nigerian Army, the Bama Initiative is being launched by the Federal Government.

“The initiative is for the Nigerian Army to train about 3,000 personnel initially of the police and Civil Defence Corps and will be deployed for the security of Bama Local Government and its environs,” Buratai said.

Military Not Under Any Pressure To Leave South East, Says Buratai

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The Chief of Army staff; Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has said that members of the military are not under any pressure to withdraw operations in the South-East region of the country.

The Army Chief said this on Monday, after the opening of the third quarter Nigerian army conference in Abuja.

The military had started a military operation code-named Operation Python Dance, in the South East with the aim of ridding the region of criminals and other activities threatening the security of the area.

This operation has been met with various criticisms with many calling for the withdrawal of the operation.

Buratai has however insisted that the operation continues and the military is not under any pressure to put an end to it. He said the military is acting with the jurisdiction of the constitution and therefore is not under any pressure.

“Nigerian Army is part of the political consideration in the democratic system. It is part of the democratic process. It is a product of the democratic governance. So, we are not under any pressure.

“We are doing what the constitution has provided. So we are not under any pressure whatsoever.”

Buratai also said, only the Federal Government has the jurisdiction to declare the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu wanted.

He also announced plans by the Nigerian army to launch special exercises across the country to further maintain peace and security.