Nigerian Army Observes 40th Day Prayer In Honour Of Late Lt-Gen Attahiru, 10 Others

 

The Nigerian Army today 30 June 2021, observed the 40th-day prayers for the repose of the souls of the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), late Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other personnel, who died in the unfortunate air mishap of 21 May 2021 at the Kaduna International Airport.

The COAS, Major General Faruk Yahaya expressed his condolence to the widows, children and relations of the deceased. He urged them not to despair and assured them of the continuous support of the Nigerian Army.

Conducting the prayers at Niger Barracks, Abuja, the Director of Islamic Affairs, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Shehu Mustapha prayed to Almighty Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest in Al-Janah Fir-daus.

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He prayed to God to grant the families and relations of the departed souls, the Nigerian Armed Forces and friends, the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

He further stated that the demise of Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others is a great loss to the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the nation at large. He reminded all of the need to be mindful of their deeds here on earth in preparation for life’s final journey.

Dignitaries that graced the occasion include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Auwal Gambo, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and the Services Headquarters, members of Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA), Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), Naval Officers’ Wives Association (NOWA), Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA) and Nigerian Army Soldiers’ Wives Association (NASWA). Also present was the wife of the late COAS, Mrs Fati Attahiru, families and friends of the deceased amongst several other dignitaries.

Highlights of the event were the recitation of the Holy Quran, prayers for the nation, as well as condolence messages to the families of the deceased.

Be Decisive And Alert In Countering Insurgency, COAS Tells Troops

 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Nigerian Army, Major General Faruk Yahaya has charged troops in the Theatre of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) to be decisive and alert in the fight against ISWAP and Boko Haram Terrorists in North-Eastern Nigeria.

According to a communique by army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the COAS gave the charge while addressing troops of Sector 3 Operation HADIN KAI/Multinational Joint Task Force, Monguno, during his maiden operational tour of the Sector on Saturday, 26 June 2021.

General Faruk Yahaya, who lauded the level of discipline and commitment to duty exhibited by troops of the Sector, however, admonished them to be apolitical, decisive, and circumspect in all their operational engagements.

General Yahaya tasked both officers and soldiers of the Sector to conduct decisive offensive operations against the terrorist groups marauding in the theatre of operation.

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He charged them to sustain the aggressive tempo of the operations and keep the flag flying, in order to bring the insurgency to an end in the northeast.

The COAS was accompanied during the tour by the Chief of Operations (Army) Major General Ibrahim Yusuf, Theatre Commander Operation HADIN KAI, Major General Christopher Musa, the Provost Marshal (Army) Major General Robert Aiyenigba, Chief of Military Intelligence (Army) Brigadier General Danladi Salihu, Maritime Component Commander OPHK Commodore Richard Shammah, among other principal staff officers.

 

PHOTOS: COAS Visits Imo, Lauds Troops’ Resilience In Restoring Security

 

The Chief of Army Staff ( COAS) Maj Gen Faruk Yahaya has lauded the resilience and doggedness of troops of 34 Brigade and operatives of other security agencies in turning the tide of the recent spate of insecurity that resulted from the criminal activities of the proscribed group, IPOB, in Imo State.

Gen Yahaya made the commendation today at Obinze Barracks, Owerri Imo State while addressing the troops during his maiden operational visit to Headquarters 34 Brigade.

He told the troops that his visit was informed by the need to have an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation in the state. The COAS expressed delight in the successes so far recorded by the troops and urged them to redouble their effort in order to consolidate their successes.

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Gen Yahaya further charged them to be loyal and exhibit a high sense of duty at all times. He pointed out, that more successes would be recorded through compliance to instructions and loyalty to a superior authority.

The COAS also called on the officers to always lead by example and ensure that troops are adequately briefed and kept abreast of the mission at hand.

In a show of synergy, the COAS also paid a visit to troops of 211 Response Group, Nigerian Air Force, Owerri, where he implored the troops to be professional and alert at all times. He expressed appreciation for their spirit of jointness and synergy towards tackling insecurity in the state.

The highlight of the working tour was COAS’ visit to the proposed Military Hospital Owerri and a tour of Obinze Barracks.

 

Troops Arrest Suspected Bandit In Possession Of Military Kits

File Photo of the Nigerian Army logo.

 

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army, operating along Mokwa-Jebba road, arrested a fleeing bandit during a stop and search operation along the road on Sunday.

The arrest was effected at about 9:00pm, when the troops intercepted a car traveling from Zuru to Ibadan. The vigilant troops spotted an occupant of the vehicle, who claimed to be Sgt. Aminu Sule.

Upon a body search, the occupant was found to be in possession of a pair of camouflage uniforms, military boots, a knife, and substance suspected to be some charms.

On further interrogation, the suspect confessed to be traveling to Ogbomosho in Oyo state. He further claimed that the uniform and boots belonged to his brother who is a soldier.

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However, on closely scrutinizing the suspect, he was discovered to be fleeing from the ongoing operations in Niger state to a safe haven. The suspect was immediately apprehended and handed over to the police at Mokwa for further investigation.

Authorities of the army say the heat on bandits and other criminal elements in Niger State has caused them to start fleeing to supposed safe heavens.

The Force enjoined members of the public, particularly around Niger and contiguous states are therefore enjoined to be vigilant and report any suspected movement of fleeing bandits to security agencies.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya in a communique by army spokesman Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, assured law-abiding citizens of Niger State and indeed Nigeria of the safety of their lives and property.

He further enjoined citizens to be wary of such sinister movements by fleeing bandits and continue to support the security agencies with useful information to enable them to maintain peace and security of the country.

Your Medicare Is Of Utmost Importance To Me, COAS Assures Wounded Soldiers

 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Faruk Yahaya was at the Theatre Headquarters Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) on his maiden operational visit to the Theatre from 16-19 June to assess the operational and welfare state of the troops.

During his visit to the hospitals, he assured troops of adequate medicare and support in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations.

The COAS gave the assurances on Friday, 18 June 2021 when he visited the 7 Division Hospital and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) to commiserate with the sick and wounded in action troops recuperating at the medical facilities.

The COAS also prayed for their speedy recovery.

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While at the hospital, the COAS took time to interact with the soldiers and assured them of proper medical care and welfare, adding that their medical care is of utmost importance to him.

He averred that the nation is indeed proud of the soldiers’ selfless service and sacrifices towards restoring peace to the North East region.

 

Similarly, the COAS visited the Mechanical Repair Group to inspect the ongoing repairs and refurbishment of vehicles at the workshop through the use of local resources. He commended the resilience and ingenuity of the engineers and technicians in fixing most of the vehicles that were hitherto classified as ‘beyond local repairs’.

Earlier, the new Theatre Commander OPHK, Major General Christopher Musa briefed the COAS on the operational situation in the Theatre. He assured the COAS that all efforts will be geared towards bringing the war against terrorism to a decisive end.

The COAS appreciated the commitment and selflessness of the troops in the Theatre and implored them to exhibit a high level of professionalism and ensure that all remnants of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists are neutralised.

New COAS Maj. Gen Yahaya Assumes Office

Farouk Yahaya, a major general, replaces Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a military plane crash on May 21.

 

 

The newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff Major General Farouk Yahaya has officially resumed duties.

He began his resumption by inspecting the Quarter Guard.

The new COAS succeeds Lieutenant Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a plane crash exactly one week ago in Kaduna state alongside other military officers.

Channels Television’s Sodiq Adelakun captured the event:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Of Army Staff Attahiru, 10 Others Buried In Abuja

 

The remains of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other officers who died in a plane crash were laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja on Saturday.

The crash occurred on Friday in Kaduna.

The names of the other officers include Brigadier-General MI Abdulkadir, Brigadier-General Olayinka, Brigadier-General Kuliya, Major LA Hayat, Major Hamza and Sergeant Umar.

Others are Flight-Lieutenant TO Asaniyi, Flight-Lieutenant AA Olufade, Sergeant Adesina and ACM Oyedepo.

Their remains were moved from the 44 Nigerian Army Referral Hospital, Kaduna to the National Mosque and the Nigerian Air Force Protestant Church in Abuja for prayers.

 

The remains were later moved to the National Military Cemetary for the interment ceremony.

The burial ceremony started around 2.50 pm with a profile of the late COAS read.

A moment of silence was observed after which the fallen officers were honoured with a 21-gun salute.

The Guards of Honour performed the 21-gun salute for Late Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja on May 22, 2021. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
The Guards of Honour performed the 21-gun salute for Late Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja on May 22, 2021. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

Dignitaries at the event include Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao; Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, among others.

‘Inclement Weather’

Friday’s air crash was the third military air disaster this year.

An Air Force jet supporting ground troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists went missing in north-east Borno in March.

In February, seven officials died after a military plane crashed in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Attahiru was only appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari last January in a shakeup of the senior command to better fight surging violence and a more than decade-long jihadist insurgency.

But the president, who offered his condolences just hours after the crash in the northern state of Kaduna, did not attend the funeral, an absence widely criticised on social media.

Attahiru died as news emerged that Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist leader Abubakar Shekau had himself been seriously wounded or possibly killed after clashes with a rival Islamic State-allied faction.

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

The aircraft went down trying to land at the Kaduna International Airport “due to inclement weather”, the armed forces said.

Nigeria’s military has been battling an Islamist insurgency in the northeast since 2009, a conflict that has killed more than 40,000 and displaced around two million more.

Attahiru had once been in charge of leading the frontline offensive against Boko Haram’s commander Shekau in the northeast in 2017.

Local intelligence sources said Shekau had been seriously wounded Wednesday when rival jihadists attacked his stronghold in the northeastern state of Borno.

Sources said Shekau was wounded when he shot himself to try to evade capture by militants from the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

One intelligence source said Shekau had already died from his wounds in Nainawa village on Thursday, though that was not confirmed by authorities.

Neither ISWAP nor Boko Haram have reported Shekau dead, but analysts said his loss would be a huge blow to his faction and potentially allow ISWAP to consolidate territorial control in Nigeria’s northeast.

 

Below are more photos from the burial ceremony.

 

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

All photographs credited to Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Facilitate Return Of Internally Displaced Persons To Their Ancestral Homes, Zulum Urges COAS

 

Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has asked the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru to facilitate the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Zulum made this plea during his first courtesy call on the COAS at the Army Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to him, the IDPs need to return to their ancestral homes to enable them have access to their various means of livelihood instead of depending on aids from donor agencies.

The governor who congratulated the COAS on his ‘well-deserved’ appointment, commended the Nigerian Army (NA) for the zeal and commitment towards ending terrorism in the North East and other contemporary security challenges in the country.

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While expressing his strong support for the NA, Zulum noted that there was an increase of 25% access to farmlands in the last farming season and requested sustained efforts in order to have an astronomical increase for the coming season.

This he added would help consolidate the peace already achieved and address the root causes of the problem.

Responding, the COAS Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru thanked the Governor for his support to the NA especially in the area of logistics which he said has enhanced NA’s operations in Operation Lafiya Dole as well as the benevolence extended by the Governor to the families of fallen troops.

He assured the Governor of the NA’s determination under his leadership to defeat all adversaries and restore peace in the country.

The COAS further stated that a team comprising principal staff officers at Army Headquarters and Corps Commanders were presently in Maiduguri to assess the needs of the troops with a view to addressing them.

He appealed to the Governor to effect repairs on roads that linked major Local Government Areas in the State to enable troops to carry out their operations with minimum hitches.

The Governor was accompanied on the visit by the immediate past Governor of Borno State and serving Senator, Kashim Shettima, Chairman Senate Committee on Army Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, and Senator Abubakar Kyari among others.

A highlight of the event was the presentation of a plaque to His Excellency Prof Babagana Umara Zulum by the COAS.

My Vision Will Rebuild Nigerian Army To A Formidable Force – COAS

 

The Chief of Army Staff( COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, said his vision will rebuild the Nigerian Army into a formidable force that will defeat all adversaries.

He made this pronouncement during the opening ceremony of the combined COAS First Quarter Conference and Nigerian Army Operations Retreat 2021 held at Army Headquarters Command Officers Mess 1, Abuja.

The COAS said the event which is his maiden conference since his appointment as COAS will offer ample opportunity for participants to brainstorm and interact on the state of affairs of the Nigerian Army with a view to reviewing NA activities for the first quarter and planning for operational commitment in the second quarter of the year.

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The COAS added that he took over the mantle of leadership of the NA at a very critical period when the nation is facing daunting security challenges but assured Nigerians that the Nigerian Army under his leadership will continue to decisively deal with all security challenges currently confronting the nation.

“I and my colleagues took over command of our respective services at a very critical period due to daunting security challenges. In line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives and my intent to rebuild the Nigerian Army into a formidable force, I conceived the vision of having “A Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a Joint Environment.

“To breathe life into this vision, I released my Command Philosophy which has Readiness, Capacity, Continuous Leadership Development and duty to control as cardinal pillars”.

He promised to build on the dependability of the Nigerian Army to accomplish any mission tasked in line with norms enshrined in our values and ethics.

The COAS lauded the initiative of the first-ever Nigerian Army Operations Retreat as part of activities for the First Quarter Conference 2021 which according to him will provide a platform to reassess the threat environment and review ongoing operations of the NA with a view to identifying gaps that could be addressed in the planning and conduct of future operations.

Lieutenant General Attahiru further stated that the Nigerian Army under his watch will remain resolute in decisively dealing with threats against the Nigerian state. He then charged commanders to key into his command philosophy in order to ensure operational and administrative deficiencies become a thing of the past in all formations and units of the NA.

He revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari will provide combat enablers to the NA that would enhance and boost operations.

”As I speak, we will soon be receiving combat enablers that would enhance and boast our operations. A concerted effort is also being made to eliminate the threat of improvised explosives devices which has been a major impediment to troops and operations in Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

“I have approved the purchase of spare parts and directed all damaged and serviceable equipment in the theatre to be back-loaded for immediate repairs. I want to assure you that I am determined to rebuild the fighting skills, capacity, confidence, and morale of the troops”, he said.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his unrelenting support to the Nigerian Army and pledged unalloyed loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to the President, Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Present at the event are the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and Army Headquarters, Corps Commanders, General Officers Commanding, very senior officers both serving and retired among others.

Army Lays To Rest Remains Of Officer, Two Soldiers Killed On Duty

 

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday laid to rest the remains of an officer and two soldiers who were killed while on clearance operations along Mauli-Borgozo axis on Monday, May 13. 

Prominent among those who were laid to rest was Lieutenant Colonel Yusuf Ibrahim Aminu who was the Commanding Officer (CO), of 154 Task Force Battalion Borgozo.

According to a statement by army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, the officer was on a clearance operation along Mauli- Borgozo when his vehicle climbed on a buried Improvised Explosive Device which detonated resulting in losing his life and that of two other soldiers while others were wounded in action.

At the Maimalari Military Cantonment Cemetery in Maiduguri Borno State, where the funeral ceremony held, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commiserated with the family of the deceased.

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General Buratai used the opportunity to also commend the efforts of the entire troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the war on terror and charged them to remain steadfast, more committed and professional for the sake of Nigeria.

The COAS emphatically stated that Nigerian Army personnel, under his leadership, despite occasional hitches, – will never be deterred in the ongoing just war against terrorism in Nigeria.

While laying to rest the remains of the patriotic soldiers, Buratai said the sacrifices of all the deceased officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army is no doubt painful to all, but that will further ginger the serving gallant troops to do more to ensure that the nation remains secure and peaceful.

Present at the solemn occasion were the Chief of Training and Operations ‘Army’, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, Theatre Commander OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, Corp Commander Engineers, Major General John Malu, Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brig Gen Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, Corps Commander Supply and Transport, Major General Victor Offiong, Principal Staff Officers from Army Headquarters, Theatre Command and HQ 7 Division amongst others.

Nigerian Army Clears Air On Whereabouts Of Zakzaky, Wife

Army_SpokesmanThe Nigerian Army on Wednesday said the the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife are not dead but in protective custody.

“I want you to understand that the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and his wife, Contrary to rumours going on is alive”, the Army Spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, said on Sunrise daily.

The Army Spokesman, however, noted that there “was no procession” by the Islamic group on Saturday and maintained that “around 2:30PM along Sokoto Road, just shortly by the railway clinic, a group of youths started springing up all over the place, coming from the PZ end and the Hussainiyya Bakiya, which is the spiritual headquarters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and started encircling the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

“We came down and pleaded with them and made them to see reason”, alleging that youths refused to pay heed to them and they started pelting stones (on the convoy of the COAS) and there were loud bangs here and there, so the people responsible for the safety and security of the Chief of Army Staff had to clear the way.

“They were burning tires, pelting stones and no amount of that could get them to do otherwise and insisted that they have done it to several other people and the Chief of Army Staff is not an exception”, he said.

He accused the Islamic movement of planning the attack, quoting the leader from an interview he granted the Hausa service of the BBC, Col. Usman said “he said they were hoisting a flag” adding that “this is the Federal Republic of Nigeria and there is no other flag that is sacred than the national flag.

“All these things were premeditated, they were planned. The reception party that went to SYS Dogarawa from Depot Nigerian Army passed the same place barely 20 minutes and there wasn’t anything.

“The arrival of the Chief of Army Staff was widely publicised and it was his they decided to ambush, for reasons known to them. So for anybody to think or say otherwise, it begs for more questions on that side”, he said.

He also mentioned instances in the past where the movement have acted in ways that have put residents of Zaria City and motorists that ply the Zaria-Kaduna and Zaria-Kano routes in discomfort and warned “anyone who is not ready to operate within the ambit of the Nigerian law” to be ready to face the consequences of his/her action.

Boko Haram Deadline: Army Chiefs Hold Critical Meeting

Boko Haram-armyNigerian Army Chiefs have met in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to strategise in a desperate attempt to meet up with the December 31 deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari to stamp out Boko Haram in the northern part of Nigeria.

The meeting took place at the Military Command and Control Centre in Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonishakin; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai, and the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Abubakar Yusha’u, were also present at the meeting.

The CDS expressed regret over the loss of lives recently recorded in the front lines. He described it as a setback to the operations, but expressed optimism owing to the successes so far recorded in the operations.

President Buhari had expressed confidence that Boko Haram’s ability to attack, seize, ravage and hold any Nigerian territory would be completely wiped out by the end of December 2015.

He said that the Nigerian Armed Forces are well positioned to meet the December deadline which they have been given to end the insurgency.