Chief Of Army Staff Conference Holds In Kaduna


The annual Chief of Army Staff Conference on Tuesday held in Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria.

The event had in attendance President Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd); Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashil.

Others are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, and the Senate Committee Chairman on Army, Senator Mohammed Ndume, among other dignitaries.

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COAS, IGP, Absent As Service Chiefs Finally Appear Before Reps 

Service Chiefs have finally appeared before the House of Representatives to discuss the national security issues. 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and the Inspector General Police (IGP) Adamu Muhammed, are however absent at the meeting which is currently holding behind closed doors in one of the meeting rooms of the National Assembly.

Both Buratai and Muhammed sent representatives.

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Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the meeting is aimed at finding out why there are still growing concerns of insecurity in the country despite the claims of success made by the military.

More photos from the meeting.


At the meeting, he asked why there is an uptick in insecurity. He also offered the collaboration of the house to ensure the lingering security challenges are curtailed.

Chief of Defense Staff who led the Service Chiefs at the meeting apologised for their absence at the previous meeting called by the House of Representatives.

He explained that their absence was not out of disrespect to the House but due to another meeting which was held by the Service Chiefs of the same day.

The service chiefs had earlier on Friday shunned the invitation by the House of Representatives, a situation which the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila described as an insult to the Parliament.

He then promised to report the matter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

PHOTOS: Army Launches Four Mine Resistant Vehicles


Nigerian Army has unveiled four Mine Resistant Anti Ambush Protected Vehicles designed and manufactured in Nigeria in collaboration with Proforce Limited today 1 August 2019.

The vehicles are to enhance its capacity in the fight against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin commissioned the vehicles at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre Asokoro Abuja.

According to a statement by the army, “the MRAP vehicles are a result of collaboration between the Nigerian Army and Proforce Limited and is in line with the Local Content Policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the desire and commitment of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai for the Army to be self reliant and the need to develop indigenous production of Defence hardwares.

Speaking at the ceremony, General Olonisakin commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for pressing on in the fight against insurgency and other forms of insecurity across the nation.

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Gen Olonisakin assured Nigerians that the armed forces must continue to develop capacity to confront the security situations in the country.

Under the leadership of Lt Gen TY Buratai, Nigerian Army has successfully established the first ever Army vehicle Manufacturing company in Nigeria and indeed in Africa and it has already commenced the manufacture/production of various types of Armored Personnel Carriers, MRAP, Mine Clearance System, ballistic vests, military boots combat, bullets proof vehicles, ballistic helmets, protective jackets among other military hardwares.

The army says the MRAP vehicles will be inducted into the Frontline in the Northeast to fight terrorism and insurgency in the country.

More of these vehicles and other combat capabilities or enablers are also expected soon.

Below are more photos from the launch ceremony.

Politicians Planning To Bomb And Disrupt Governorship Elections – Buratai


Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai says the army has uncovered plots by some politicians seeking to disrupt the forthcoming elections with violence, including bombing some areas. 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) made the revelation on Wednesday, during a meeting with Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), General Officers Commanding (GOC), Operational Commanders and Directors of the military at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

He said, “Recent security threat assessment and analysis of the coming elections showed that politicians have made plans to use all means available to truncate the peaceful conduct of the elections.

“There are indications of their intent to take advantage of and to use the farmers/herders crisis, armed political thugs and ethnic militias to perpetrate acts of violence including bombings.

“Some of them also intend to infiltrate domestic staff of political opponents, employ mercenaries to carry out acts of assassinations, use the social media for smear campaigns, hate speeches and spread fake news in a bid to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the elections.

General Buratai, however, noted that the army is well prepared and has set operations in place to ensure that the plans of the deviant politicians will not come to fruition.

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Below is the Chief Of Army Staff’s full statement.


Once again let me welcome you all to another expanded weekly meeting as done 2 weeks ago. I want to use this opportunity to congratulate you all for the professional manner in which you executed my directives for Operation SAFE CONDUCT. The proactive intervention of NA in the recently concluded Presidential and National Assembly Elections contributed greatly to its successful conduct and credibility. I am glad to note that both international and local observers and indeed the Nigeria print and electronic media applauded the professional role played by the Nigerian Army in ensuring that a secure and conducive environment was created for eligible voters to exercise their civic rights. Unfortunately, some level of violence was still recorded leading to disruption of polls, burning of ballot boxes in some areas as well as loss of lives, including the death of an officer and 3 soldiers. The Nigerian Army to a larger extent ensured that the large scale electoral malpractices and acts of thuggery aimed at disenfranchising voters as witnessed in previous elections were curbed despite the campaign of calumny orchestrated by some politicians against us.

Overall, I am delighted to note that the first phase of Operation SAFE CONDUCT was a huge success. Despite the bomb explosion in some parts of Maiduguri and attack in Geidam, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE were able to decisively defeat the attacks and secured the area for a successful conduct of elections. We must therefore consolidate on this success and prepare adequately for the second phase of the election by reviewing our plans with a view to correcting observed lapses a peaceful poll that will reflect the wishes of Nigerians that have the right to determine those that govern them.

Recent security threat assessment and analysis of the coming elections showed that politicians have made plans to use all means available to truncate the peaceful conduct of the elections. There are indications of their intent to take advantage of and to use the farmers/herders crisis, armed political thugs and ethnic militias to perpetrate acts of violence including bombings. Some of them also intend to infiltrate domestic staff of political opponents, employ mercenaries to carry out acts of assassinations, use the social media for smear campaigns, hate speeches and spread fake news in a bid to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the elections. We must not allow them succeed.

Let me reiterate that the NA will enforce all guidelines in support of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure the peaceful conduct of the elections in line with its constitutional roles. I therefore want to remind us all not to rest on our oars. We shall not allow those who are determined to undermine our electoral process to succeed. These forthcoming gubernatorial and state assembly elections are very crucial. This is an election that touches on the interest of the people at the grassroots and could likely be volatile in nature. It is important to reiterate that politicians will employ and deploy all means to outwit each other to gain control of power at this level. We may recall that in the recently concluded polls, some politicians in their quest for power, armed thugs and miscreants with automatic weapons; induced and coerced youth corpers and INEC ad-hoc staff to perpetrate acts of electoral malpractices. We must therefore continue to support the NPF and other security agencies to prevent these malpractices from occurring again. I therefore urge all commanders to work assiduously and closely with the civil authorities and all law abiding individuals as well as groups to ensure the success of the forthcoming elections.

During the course of the recently concluded elections, troops of the Nigerian Army were able to make arrests of persons who perpetrated acts of electoral offences. These suspects are to be immediately handover to the police for prosecution. I want to state and categorically warn that the Nigerian Army will not tolerate any acts that will undermine national security. This time around we shall be tough on those who plan to rig or disrupt the electoral process. I therefore want to appeal to Nigerian youths to shun any attempt by any politician to use them to perpetrate any form of violence. As we mourn the death of the young officer and soldiers killed on the course of their lawful duty during the recently held election, I want to assure their families that their death will not be in vain. In line with the tradition of the Nigerian Army they will be given heroic burial as they are indeed the heroes of our democracy. I have directed that their full entitlements be paid. Let no one be in doubt that those desperate politicians and criminals that attacked our troops in the course of carrying out their legitimate duties will be tracked down and brought to justice.

We have all seen the advantages of the NA Situation Room for Elections Security Monitoring. This laudable innovation to security monitoring has received accolades from different quarters and already promoting inter-agency cooperation. There is no doubt it assisted us in timely decision making and more timely response to situations. I want to urge all commanders to further key into the platform. As we take decisions and respond, we must have at the back of our mind that the army must remain professional and apolitical all through the electoral process.

There have been reports of alleged compromises by some personnel during the elections. We have received complaints from some stakeholders, major political parties, Governors of Bayelsa, Oyo and Ogun States of allegation of misconduct as well as unprofessional conduct by some of our personnel. Unfortunately some other states have gone to the press with unsubstantiated allegation without resort to the NA leadership. Nonetheless, all these complaints are noted and will be addressed appropriately. A high powered committee had been convened and instituted to investigate all cases of alleged misconduct by troops arising from the 2019 General Elections. This is aimed at ensuring that all cases are thoroughly looked into for the purpose of dispensation of justice and to uphold Nigerian Army’s credibility, professionalism, and apolitical stand.

Once again let me reiterate my charge to you concerning this election:

Commanders must be vigilant to ensure that cases of infiltrations to scare off voters are not allowed.

Hobnobbing and fraternization with politicians during this election period is totally prohibited.

Commanders must ensure robust and extensive patrols are carried out to cover all flash points; enforce the no movement restrictions and carry out thorough searches of vehicles and persons.

Commanders must deal decisively with any electoral crime or action such as electoral thuggery, snatching of ballot boxes, illegal possession of electoral materials and firearms as well as other crimes that would mar the smooth conduct of the election.

There must be no military escort for any politician or retired military personnel until after the elections.

Commanders must ensure that no retired military officer is allowed to use Service weapons hitherto authorised for their personal safety during the period of the election.

Commanders must ensure that troops remain on the ground to counter and deal ruthlessly with any post-election violence.

Commanders must work in conjunction with the police and other security agencies to dominate the environment to forestall any form of violence.

Commanders must maintain force protect and respond decisively to prevent any surprise attack on troops of Operation SAFE CONDUCT and eligible voters by armed militia groups or political thugs.

Commanders must act according to the Rules of Engagement and within the code of conduct as well as have respect for fundamental human rights in the performance of their assigned roles.

Commanders must not take any unlawful orders from any politician no matter how highly placed that will jeopardize the apolitical stand of the Nigerian Army.

Commanders must ensure troops under their command remain apolitical, neutral and should deal ruthlessly with electoral lawbreakers as well as avoid compromise with any politician and political party.

Finally, I want to seize this opportunity to thank all well-meaning Nigerians for their support to the Nigerian Army. Our Situation Room and hotline contact numbers are open for timely passage of information. We urge them to take advantage of the facilities. I want to assure Nigerians that we are more than committed to ensuring the successful conduct of the election. In the words of Sun Tzu I quote “The general is the safeguard of the state. If the safeguard is flawed, the State is surely weak”. The Nigerian Army must, therefore, work to keep the promise to our nation and make it strong by ensuring that the election is free of all forms of violence. We must, therefore, strive to make a difference. On this note, I want to also most sincerely thank His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, for giving the Nigerian Army the opportunity to exercise its constitutional role without any bias or interference. We must, therefore, remain totally committed to the defence of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I wish you all a successful conduct of Operation SAFE CONDUCT and a violence-free election.

Thank you all and God bless.”

‘How We Spent Funds For Military Operations’, Buratai Replies SERAP, EiE, BudgIT


Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has responded to the joint Freedom of Information request by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Enough is Enough (EiE), and BudgIT requesting him to use his “good offices and leadership position to provide information on spending on military operations across the country, particularly in the Northeast.”

This development was disclosed today in a statement on behalf of the civil society groups by SERAP senior legal adviser Bamisope Adeyanju.

According to her, “the bulky photographic and textual documentation with a cover letter dated 24 December 2018 was delivered to SERAP’s office last Friday by a military officer at around 11:40am.”

The letter with reference number AHQDCMA/G4/100/4 and signed on Mr Buratai’s behalf by Brigadier-General S.B. Kumapayi read in part: “The Nigerian Army (NA) has in recent time come under unrelenting public scrutiny by both private individuals and Non-governmental organizations over issues of appropriation of funds. The most recent being a call from your organization for the Nigerian Army to explain how funds appropriated for the NA under the administration of the Chief of Army Staff were utilized.”

“In view of the above, I am directed to forward the above-mentioned document to your office for your perusal and retention. Please accept the esteemed regards and assurance of the Chief of Army Staff.”

Bamisope Adeyanju, on behalf of the civil society groups, said: “This is a joint FOI request involving EiE and BudgIT and not just SERAP. Therefore, our groups will carefully study the letter and documentation by Mr Buratai to see if details of the information provided meet the requirements of our request and then promptly respond to him, as appropriate.”

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“While we ascertain the level of compliance of the information provided, we welcome Mr Buratai’s demonstrated commitment to the Freedom of Information Act by responding to our request, especially at a time when high-ranking government officials including the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Audu Ogbeh and Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola continue to exhibit blatant disregard for FOI requests by refusing to even acknowledge several of such requests.”

“The National Assembly, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), ministries, agencies and departments should also learn from the good example shown by Mr Buratai by at least honouring and responding to FOI requests from Nigerians, NGOs and others if they are ever to contribute to the efforts to achieve greater level of transparency and accountability in Nigeria.”

According to SERAP, “a quick look at the documentation shows a list of several projects reportedly implemented by the Nigerian Army. Among those listed and displayed, which appeared to show certain projects the Nigerian Army said it carried out with budgeted funds, include: places where operations were carried out; renovation of barracks and military hospitals, spending to honour late soldiers; trainings and workshops; repairs of some old military equipment; and completion of offices and housing projects. Others are feeding of soldiers; building of new barracks and schools; acquisition of arms and ammunition and vehicles for military operations; as well as provision of welfare for soldiers.”

It would be recalled that SERAP, EiE and BudgIT had in a joint FOI request asked Mr Buratai to use his good offices and leadership position to “urgently provide information on the 2015, 2016 and 2017 budget implementation reports of the Nigerian Army, including the amounts released (financial implications) and expended in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the various operations the Army carried out.”

The groups also urged Mr Buratai to furnish them with “the amounts released (financial implications) and expended in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 for: Operation Lafiya Dole, Operation Safe Haven, Operation Python Dance, Operation Ruwan Wuta, Operation Delta Safe, Operation Mesa, Operation Harbin Kunama, Operation Awatse, Operation Tsera Teku and Operation Crocodile Smile.”

The FOI request sent December 2018 and signed by Bamisope Adeyanju of SERAP, Seun Akinyemi of EiE and Atiku Samuel of BudgIT, read in part: “Transparency of the budget process and its implementation is an essential condition to achieve good governance. The reports, if provided and published, will shed light on military spending and put to rest once and for all the perceived lack of transparency and accountability in the spending of military budgets, which has been a subject of intense public debate and concern.”

“If the requested information is not provided within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, our organizations shall take all appropriate legal action under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you to comply with our request.”

“Several billions of naira allocated to the military to defend the country and protect its people have neither contributed to improving the ability of Nigerian soldiers to fight Boko Haram and other armed groups nor provided the much-needed security especially for Nigerians in the North-east of the country.”

“The information being requested does not come within the purview of the types of information exempted from disclosure by the provisions of the FOI Act. The information requested for, apart from not being exempted from disclosure under the FOI Act, would serve the national interest, public welfare, public interest and peace, human rights, good governance, transparency and accountability.”

“By virtue of Section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, we are entitled as of right to request for or gain access to information, including information on 2015, 2016 and 2017 budget implementation reports of the Nigerian Army, and the amounts released (financial implications) and expended in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the various operations listed, which have yielded no tangible result.”

“Also, by virtue of Section 4(a) of the FOI Act, when a person makes a request for information from a public official, institution or agency, the public official, institution or agency to whom the application is directed is under a binding legal obligation to provide the applicant with the information requested for, except as otherwise provided by the Act, within 7 days after the application is received.”

Yuletide: Buratai Advises Troops To Maintain Good Fighting Spirit


The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, have advised troops fighting the insurgency in the North East to be more professional and maintain a good fighting spirit.

Major General Olufemi Akinjobi, the Commander Sector 3 of the Operation Lafiya Dole gave the advice on Tuesday when he visited troops locations within Sector 3 Area of Responsibility to deliver the goodwill message of the Chief of Army Staff.

Akinjobi urged the troops to bring to bear their basic tactics training in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.

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He expressed satisfaction with the conduct of troops and urged them to be alert at all times. He added that the Chief of Army Staff utmost priority is the welfare of troops and that of their families.

Some of the locations visited by Akinjobi to deliver the goodwill message include Kinnasara cantonment perimeter defence, Forward Operation Base Kekeno and Cross Kauwa.

Earlier in the day, the Commander, Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport Major General Victor Offiong visited Kinnasara Cantonment Monguno to celebrate Christmas with troops of the Sector.

General Offiong commended the efforts and sacrifices of the gallant troops and encouraged them to keep up the good work.

It will be recalled that the Nigerian Army on Tuesday said Boko Haram terrorists have killed at least 10 soldiers and one police officer in an ambush in Borno State.

Deputy Director of Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Tuesday, said the security operatives attached to 1 Division were on escort duty along Damaturu – Maiduguri Road when the incident occurred.

Buhari Attends COAS Conference, Visits Wounded Soldiers In Borno

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday attended the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) conference, in Maiduguri, Borno State Capital.

The President during his visit declared opened the COAS conference and promised that the Federal Government is committed to improving the military operations in the north-east.

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He also visited wounded soldiers who are currently receiving treatment at the hospital. He met with troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole at the theatre command fighting insurgency in the north-east region to boost their morale.

Buhari while in Borno the palace of the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Amin El-Kanemi.

Buhari’s visit to Borno comes few weeks after the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram splinter group attacked a military base and killed dozens of soldiers in Metele, Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.

See photos of the visit below…

We Are Collaborating With Cameroon Security To Maintain Presence In Sambisa – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday said the Nigerian Army is currently collaborating with the military in neighbouring countries, especially Cameroon in improving insurgency fight and maintaining the security presence in Sambisa forest.

Buratai said this during the opening of the Chief of Army Staff 2018 annual conference in Maiduguri, Borno State.

“The fight against Boko Haram terrorist in the North East under the operation Lafiya Dole has continued unabatedly and the Nigerian Army in conjunction with other services and security agencies has dominated the area and has continued to carry out a sustained operation against the Boko Haram terrorists.

“The Nigerian Army is currently conducting combined operations alongside the Cameroon Defence forces codenamed Operation Deep Point 2 in order to maintain a permanent presence in the Sambisa forest and adjoining areas along the common borders with Cameroon,” he said.

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He added that security relations with neighbouring countries including Benin Republic, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad have remained mutual except for proliferation of small arms and ammunition from these countries.

Buratai, however, appreciated the state governor Shettima and Borno people for hosting Chief of Army Staff 2018 annual conference despite the short notice.

He said it was important to hold the conference in Borno due to ‘recent happenings.’

“Borno State became the obvious choice of this annual conference because of the recent happening and the desire of the Commander in Chief to personally identify with the truth and reassure them that their challenges are a thing of concern to him and the government,” he said.

Buratai also promised that the Nigerian Army will among various activities at the conference also consider how it can better automise his operations in support of democratic consolidation.

Buratai Inaugurates Nigerian Army Operating Base In Epe

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (second left); Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (second right); General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Enobong Okoh Udoh (right) and Alara of Epe, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun (left) during the commissioning of Forward Operating Base of the Nigerian Army, Epe, on Monday, May 28, 2018.


The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has inaugurated the Nigerian Army Forward Operating Base located in Epe, Lagos State.

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was also presented a plaque by the COAS at the event which was held on Monday, May 28.

The new base is aimed at spreading military presence and effectively tackle security threats. It is created, following a request made by the state governor to effectively tackle security challenges that has prevailed in the area.

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Traditional ruler of Epe, Alara of Epe, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun was also at the event.

See photos below…

Combating Boko Haram Requires Collaborative Efforts – Buratai


The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai on Monday said it will require collaborative efforts to combat Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

Buratai said this while addressing top military chiefs during the African Land Forces Summit in Abuja. The conference is co-hosted by the United States and Nigeria and aimed at boosting cooperation between countries fighting extremist groups.

The COAS said although Nigerian Army has recorded significant success in taming the terrorists, it still require collaborative efforts to ensure safety and stability in Africa and in the world.


“Nigeria has recorded significant progress in taming the excesses of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

“It is my view that combating the menace of Boko Haram and other extremist organisations will require collaborative efforts, therefore, I want to emphasise that our collective action and inaction will have an impact on our efforts to ensure safety and stability to our individual countries, Africa and the world in general,” he said.

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Buratai said the African continent is faced with terrorism, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, piracy and human trafficking. These security challenges, he said, exists in the African continent with rippling effects, across the globe.

The Nigerian Army, according to him, is, however ready to take the lead role in combating these challenges and ensuring peace in Africa.

“Let me at this point reaffirm the Nigerian’s Army unflinching to take lead roles in Africa and towards ensuring peace, security and sustainable development.

“On this note, I want to convey our desire to continue to partner with our allies and inform you that Nigerian Army training institutions are open to all countries who desire to train their personnel in Nigeria.”

He appreciated the government of the United States and the United States Army Africa for giving Nigeria and the Nigerian Army the right to co-host the summit and for initiating and sponsoring the summit and explained the purpose and expected the effect of the summit on the African continent.

“The African Land Summit is the Single largest gathering of the African Senior Military leaders and other Senior Army Chiefs from across the globe, especially within the African continent.

“The Forum affords the African countries the avenue to share experiences on global terrorism and to forge a common approach to combating transnational threats and crimes such as violent extremism, organized terrorism, armed proliferation, among others.

“The Summit also affords military leaders the opportunity to interact with the aim of strengthening existing relationships and developing new ones,” he explained.

The Army Chief said he has no doubt that the summit will present ideas and ways to tackle numerous challenges bothering on security and military professionalism.

Military top officials from across Africa on Monday kicked off the African Land Forces summit which is co-hosted by the United States and aimed at boosting cooperation between countries fighting extremist groups.

Military leaders from almost every country on the continent including Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya and Rwanda are in Abuja for the summit.

Military Sets Up Committee To Investigate T.Y. Danjuma’s Claim

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has set up a committee to investigate claims of the Army’s complicity in the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Taraba State.

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma (retd) last month accused the Nigerian Armed Forces of complicity in the killings in Taraba, Benue and other “riverine states” in the country. Speaking during Taraba State University convocation, he alleged that the military was not neutral and was covering those behind the attacks.

General Buratai while setting up the committee on Monday said it was necessary to clear the reputation of the Nigerian Army, adding that such allegation cannot be ignored.

“Statements of this nature could damage the reputation of the armed forces of Nigeria and thus cannot be ignored if the Nigerians Army will continue to earn the trust of the Nigerian populace.

“Thus, it became imperative for the Nigerian Army to set up this panel to confirm the veracity or otherwise of these allegations, the need for the Nigerian army to get it very clear and to get its name out of these unnecessary allegations,” he said.

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General Buratai added that the military is ready to take responsibility or blame if they were really found to collude as alleged.

Danjuma is an indigene of Taraba State which has is composed of various ethnic groups that have previously lived together peacefully until the recent attacks which had led to the death of many.

Areas including Bassa Local Government, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area,  among others have been plagued with the attacks.

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.

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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.