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.

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“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

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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).

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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

Military Officers Enjoined To Exhibit Absolute Loyalty

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.

Boko Haram Will Remain Technically Defeated – Buratai

Military Officers Enjoined To Exhibit Absolute LoyaltyThe Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has said that the Boko Haram terrorists will forever remain technically defeated.

He made this known while speaking in Damaturu the Yobe state capital shortly after a closed door meeting with the state governor Ibrahim Gaidam.

In a brief chat with journalists after the meeting, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai said because of the sustained onslaughts on the terrorists, “they will continue to remain technically defeated and they will never be as strong as they were previously”.

The Army Chief had before the closed door meeting visited the 159 battalions in Geidam located north of Damaturu the Yobe state capital and later the military base located in Kanamma the Nigeria/Niger border.

He asked the soldiers at the theatre of war to work towards ending the fight by clearing the remnant of the Boko Haram terrorists.

He charged them to be law abiding and respect rules of engagement as the military hierarchy will not take their welfare issues lightly.

The Army Chief assured them that the military under his leadership will continue to rotate the soldiers in the theatre of operation instead of allowing others to over stay in the war front.

The COAS had a week ago directed the theater commander to work towards delivering the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau within forty days an ultimatum the military hierarchy said is still enforce.

The highest military hierarchy had since then returned to the theatre of war in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states to ensure that the renew terrorist attack on solve targets are eradicated completely.

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo had earlier challenged the Nigerian Armed Forces to be at the cutting-edge of technological warfare.

READ ALSO: Terrorism Fight: Osinbajo Challenges Military To Change Tactics

According to Prof. Osinbajo, militants, terrorists, hackers and economic saboteurs are re-inventing themselves with technology, thereby changing the very nature of warfare in the 21st century.

He warned the military to be mindful of the fact that the nature of warfare waged  by these groups challenges conventional military strategies, and therefore must be innovative in how they confront current security challenges.

He further added that it is only by preparing and adapting to the changing nature of the security landscape that countries can win the war against terrorism, economic sabotage, and cyber crimes.

Nigeria Army Promotes 6,199 Soldiers Fighting In North East

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Soldiers fighting Boko Haram in the North East received good news on Tuesday from the military authorities.

In recognition of their service to the nation, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, approved the special promotion of 6,199 of them.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman.

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The soldiers serving in Operation LAFIYA Dole were promoted to various ranks between Lance Corporal to Warrant Officers.

According to the statement, 329 Staff Sergeants were promoted to Warrant Officers, 371 Sergeants were promoted to Staff Sergeants and 707 Corporals were promoted to Sergeants.

Also, 1,290 Lance Corporals were promoted to Corporals, while 3,502 Privates were promoted to Lance Corporals.

The Chief of Army Staff, who congratulated the soldiers for their promotion, called on them to intensify their efforts in clearing the remaining Boko Haram terrorists from the North East.

We Have Flushed Criminals Out Of Falgore Forest, Says Buratai

Tukur-Buratai-Boko Haram, Chibok girlsThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, says the Nigerian Army has flushed out criminals from Falgore Forest and nearby communities in Kano State.

Buratai said this during a visit to the forest with Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to inspect the outcome of the army’s operation in the forest, which was tagged Operation Harbin Kunama.

He said, “Your excellency, we are leaving Falgore Forest gladdened by what has been accomplished so far, our troops attached to Operation Harbin Kunama have done a critical but professional exercises here and its includes, arrests of many cattle rustlers, recovery of cattle and other domestic animals as well as arrest of Fulani Herdsmen who were hitherto creating disturbances around the area.”

The Nigerian Army had commenced the operation and set up the camp in the forest following the request the governor made to the Presidency, asking it to help in combating the problem of insecurity in and around the forest.

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Governor Ganduje specifically wanted the Presidency to help tackle cattle rustling, clashes between herdsmen and farmers, armed robbery, kidnapping and other related crimes around the Falgore Forest axis.

In addition to eradicating these crimes, the chief of army staff informed the governor that the troops had also conducted various humanitarian exercises such as medical outreach, settlement of disputes over the ownership of farms.

After travelling deep into the forest, along with other senior army officers and top security and government officials, the governor said he was convinced that the Falgore Forest axis and nearby communities are now safe due to the operation.

He said, “Having seen the impact of the ground operation of the Nigerian Army here and having heard the report of the successes recorded from various intelligence sources, I am convinced that the issue of cattle rustling, herdsmen disturbances, armed robbery and kidnapping are now things of the past in this part of Kano State and do hereby officially declare operation Harbin Kunama a success and that the military camp be closed.”

Stop Allocating Soldiers To Politicians, Wike Replies Buratai

Rivers Govt. To Begin Streamlining Of State RevenuesRivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has asked the Army High Command to stop posting soldiers to politicians, saying it is counter-productive and a threat to national security.

Wike said this in response to the Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Turkur Buratai’s directive that soldiers should stay away from politicians.

READ ALSO: Buratai Warns Soldiers To Avoid Politicians

The governor called on the Army Chief to go beyond complaining that politicians are hobnobbing with soldiers and take action to check the disturbing trend.

Speaking during the flag off of the construction of the Old Aba Road by Mbano junction in Oyigbo Local Government Area on Wednesday, Governor Wike said all over the world, only the Commander-in-Chief has soldiers guarding him.

He regretted that in Nigeria, the authorities have made it a practice to allocate soldiers to politicians, who are in the good books of the Federal Government, with such soldiers used for undemocratic actions against the people.

He said, “Who are those approving battalions of soldiers to politicians? If they don’t want soldiers to follow politicians, they should stop giving soldiers to politicians.

“It is only in Nigeria that soldiers follow politicians. They should stop soldiers from being security details to politicians. Somebody comes home and they will give him battalions of soldiers and they say soldiers should not hobnob with politicians.

“All over the world, it is only the commander-in-chief that is allowed to use soldiers. But here, you see soldiers following politicians everywhere.”

On the construction of Old Aba Road by Mbano Junction in Oyigbo Local Government Area, the governor assured the people of the area that the road would be completed on schedule.

The governor said that since the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government had refused to complete the East-West Road, his administration would continue to develop alternative routes to lubricate the Rivers economy.

Stressing that his performance has silenced the APC, the governor urged the people of the state to turn out en masse for the voter registration, so that they can vote out failed politicians.

Buratai Warns Soldiers To Avoid Politicians

Army Acquires 500 Hectares Of Land For University In BornoThe Chief of Army Staff, LT Gen. Tukur Buratai has asked soldiers and officers who may be interested in joining politics, to apply for voluntary discharge and leave the Army.

The warning, according to him, is coming against the backdrop of reports of officers and soldiers who are being approached by some individuals for what he describes as “undisclosed political reasons.”

In a statement by the Army spokesperson, Brigadier General, Sani Usman, the Army Chief warned officers and soldiers against involvement in politics or any activities that could constitute a breach of the constitution.

“Any officer or soldier of the Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaged in unprofessional conducts such as politicking would have himself or herself to blame.”

He says the Nigerian Army remains committed to upholding the nation’s constitution and therefore asked officers and soldiers to stay out of politics.

COAS Celebrates Christmas With Troops At The War Theater

COAS Celebrates Christmas With Troops At The War TheaterThe Chief of Army Staff has celebrated Christmas with officers and men of the Nigeria Army prosecuting the war in the security threatened northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

In Yobe state, the Military Head of Logistics, Major General Pat Akim, represented the Chief of Army Staff to military locations in Goneri and Buniyadi which are currently prosecuting the war in the state.

He reaffirmed to the troops that the highest military hierarchy and Nigerians appreciate their efforts at the war front and tasked them never to relent as the war would soon be won.

Major General Pat Akim, while at the two battalions was received at the quarter guards by officers and men of the battalions in line with military traditions.

He informed the troops that the war on terror would soon be over courtesy of their resilience, while he praised them for their doggedness in the fight, saying reports from Sambisa forest indicates that the final stronghold of the insurgents have fallen.

“We have just been informed that the strongest place the insurgents are currently claiming ownership (the Sambisa forest) has been captured.

“With this development, the insurgents cannot lay claim to any territory as we speak and all these are courtesy of your dogged efforts which we cannot compromise any longer.

“We are really happy and proud of your achievements and we will do everything possible to make your stay here in rounding off the war a huge success” he said.

Nigeria Army, he said is at the verge of winning the war and there would be no retreat no surrender in the battle until it is won. He then charged them never to take chances.

The Army general took time off to inspect equipment and facilities at the various battalions and praised their sacrifice and commitment to their fatherland.

He noted that the top officers’ decision to celebrate Christmas with them was to give them a sense of belonging and mark of appreciation for their patriotism.

The Commandant of the 27th Taskforce Brigade headquarters in Buniyadi, Brigadier General Emmanuel Ekwesi, thanked the military hierarchy for the initiative saying it would go a long way in boosting the morale of the troops who he said are focused on seeing that the insurgents are woefully defeated.

“This visit will in no small measure boost the morale of the troops who are in the theater of the war and let me at this point thank the COAS for the initiative which has given us a sense of belonging.

“Let me on behalf of the troops assure that we will not relent in anyway in prosecuting the war to its logical conclusion,” Brigadier Ekwesi said.

The troops held a camp fire night and other outdoor activities in observance of the Christmas celebration while troops of the Yobe State Council for Arts and Culture were on hand to add colour to the occasion.