CDS Lauds FG’s Enthusiasm In Tackling Maritime Insecurity

CDS Lauds FG’s Enthusiasm In Tackling Maritime InsecurityThe Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, has commended the Federal Government for its determination towards curbing maritime insecurity with an additional provision of 30 inshore patrol boats for the Nigerian Navy.

The Defence Chief stated this at the flag-off of the 2015 Chief of Naval Staff Sea Exercise at the Federal Ocean Terminal in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The annual exercise is ‎designed to work up the ships and personnel in line with the Nigerian Navy doctrine of operations.

According to the CDS, “with the new acquisition of the gun boats, Nigerian Navy is combat-ready to tackle crude oil theft, piracy and pipeline vandalism effectively in the creeks along the nation’s maritime domain”.

On his part, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Ibok -Ete Ibas, assured government of policing the nation’s commonwealth along the maritime domain.

He noted that 139 illegal oil refineries have been destroyed since July 2015 till date.

The Navy Chief expressed confidence that with the new acquisition of the boats and more expected before the first quarter of 2016, the Nigerian Navy would dominate the country’s brown waters to create a secured area for legitimate economic activities.

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.

Sri-Lankan Military Offers Nigerian Counterparts Counter Terrorism Support

Sri-Lankan ArmyA high powered military delegation from Sri-Lanka on Tuesday held an exclusive brainstorming session on counter terrorism campaign with the military high command at the Defence Headquarters.

Led by the Sri-Lanka’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Jagath Jayasuriya, the delegation also had the country’s Chief of Army, Chief of Naval Staff as well as Chief of National Intelligence and other high ranking officers, all of whom made presentations relating their country’s experience in handling terrorists’ insurgency in the Asian country.

Opening the session of presentations that featured in the visit, the Sri-Lankan CDS said that the delegation considered it a good opportunity to share their experience, noting that the situation in the country shared a lot of similarity with what obtained in Sri-Lanka when it faced the problem of terrorism.

Extensive security briefs were then delivered by the Sri Lankan Chief of Defence Staff and other Service Chiefs from the Sri-Lankan Military to explain the concepts and strategies adopted by their military in the fight against terrorism.

The Sri-Lankan officers gave the details on how their country practiced what they referred to as “total security”, which involved the translation of all the nation’s assets into military power to counter the scourge of terrorism.  They suggested that the military needed to enjoy the support of the entire country in its efforts to counter terrorism.  The series of presentation was followed by an extensive interactive session between officers of both countries.

In his closing remarks at the session, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, commended the visiting CDS and his delegation for identifying with the Nigerian Armed Forces in its efforts at ending insecurity in the country.

He assured the delegation that the Nigerian Military was seriously considering the counter insurgency experience of the Sri-Lankan Military with a view to identifying those areas that could be operationally beneficial to Nigeria in its battle to defeat terrorism.

Air Chief Marshal Badeh also reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian military to protecting the territorial integrity of the nation.

Sri-Lanka is acclaimed as having achieved the reputation of effectively defeating terrorism in its territory.

Military Retirees Offer To Support CDS In Fighting Terrorism

Alex Badeh CDSRetired military officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces have offered to lend their support to the fight against terrorism and other similar threats to national security.

This was conveyed by a delegation of retired senior military officers led by Air Commodore Michael Ekwere (Rtd) during a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh in his office.

The retired officers used the opportunity to congratulate the CDS on his appointment and subsequent elevation to the rank of a 4 Star General in the Nigerian Armed Forces and also gave a pat on the back to the security forces for the successes recorded in the fight against terror.

Briefing the CDS on the objectives of the group, Commodore Ekwere said that they came together for the purpose of giving back to the system that has invested so much in them while in active service. He said that they came together to provide support in the on-going efforts to rationalize and transform the Armed Forces.  He noted that assistance programmes would allow the Force to concentrate on their core functions.

Speaking further, the retired officer said that the concept of national power demands that countries harness resources to confront threats to national cohesion. According to him, the group was offering to act as a force multiplier for the Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency in the country.

Air Commodore Ekwere emphasised that Nigeria had a rich repository of human resources waiting to be tapped.  He likened his group to PAE America, a private outfit of mostly retired military personnel who are appointed to head logistics and administration departments while the military was allowed to concentrate on its core functions of fire and manoeuvre.

In his response, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, thanked the organization for the visit, promising to look into the issues raised, especially on their readiness to join actively in the fight against insecurity in the country.

The CDS applauded the initiatives of the group, stating that he was particular about the prospects that these initiatives portend for engaging retirees and making post-service life a little more rewarding. He assured the group of the support of the DHQ and the services to help the group realise its objectives.

In a related development, the management of Elizade (Toyota) Nigeria Limited, led by the Executive Director, Kunle Ade-Ojo and also the CEO of NICON Insurance Company, Emmanuel Jegede, visited the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

Their visits were to felicitate with the CDS on his recent promotion and appointment as Chief of Defence Staff and to strengthen the existing partnership between them and also identify with the success story in the fight against terrorism in the North East.


Counter Terrorism: Nigeria To Work With Cameroun, Chad and Niger

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim has announced that Nigeria is relating with neighbouring countries like Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic with a view to fighting terrorism in the northern part of the country.

Admiral Ibrahim urged security forces in the north eastern part of the country to be alert and abide by the rules of engagement.

He made the call during a visit to the headquarters of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state. Admiral Ibrahim had earlier visited the JTF headquarters in Borno state.

The Chief of Defence Staff, on arrival in Damaturu, was received by senior military officers.

Accompanied by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, Admiral Ibrahim charged officers of the JTF to be law abiding in the discharge of their duties.

The CDS who was visiting the volatile north east part of the country to assess military formations as well as evaluate the security situation in the region, is optimistic that the Federal Government will win the war against terrorism.

The visit of the defence chief to the states is to boost the morale of the officers and men of the Joint Task Force that has been deployed to the north-east geo-political zones of the country.

While congratulating JTF over its gallantry, he thanked them for the selfless service to their fatherland and urged them to sustain the tempo.

Addressing the JTF officers in Damaturu and Maiduguri, the CDS noted that the military has made sacrifices to ensure the incessant cases of terrorists’ attacks within the affected areas are resolved, pointing out that all efforts will be done to ensure success.

He said with the support of the two state governors and those of the residents, the case of the insurgents will soon be a thing of the past as he urged residents of the states to recognise the good works the officers are doing towards the restoration of peace in the area.

Speaking to journalists after the address the CDS said the war against the insurgents has already been won and with the efforts the JTF is making, all these challenges will soon be over.