Boko Haram Members, Armed Bandit Paraded In Lokoja

Boko HaramAbout 17 suspected criminals and Boko Haram terrorist who have been hibernating within Kogi State have been nabbed and paraded by the Nigerian Army in Lokoja, the state capital.

The Commandant, Chari Maigumeri Barracks in Lokoja, Brigadier General Henry Ayamasaowea while parading the suspects before the State Governor, Yahaya Bello said they were picked up following a special operation by the Nigerian Army, Navy and the DSS, who have been working around the clock in the last three weeks in the state to put an end to the kidnapping and invasion of insurgents into the state.

Meanwhile, apart from the Boko Haram members nabbed by the joint operation, those arrested and paraded also include the hoodlums that attacked a police station in Eika, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi state where two police officers were killed.

Some of the items recovered from the terrorist are several Ak 47, locally made guns, 12 masks of different size, ammunition, dagger, pump action guns, grenade and explosives devises.

The Commandant, briefed the governor on how the 17 suspects were all arrested in Okene and its environs, he said the joint operation combed the entire central senatorial district of the state and the insurgence have invaded Kogi state after the military success in Sambisa forest.

The Operation Officer Lieutenant Colonel, Tosin Ayoola also gave the governor a breakdown on what they have on ground, he identified the suspects as members of the Boko Haram and not a suspect.

However, Governor Bello said, “If the joint task-force will build on the tempo adopted in arresting this suspected terrorist, then crime will be reduced within the shortest time in Kogi state”.

Military Commences Inter-Security Training To Tackle Kidnapping, Insurgency

Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian Military has commenced  joint inter-security agencies and other security stakeholders training, to properly manage the situation of kidnapping and insurgency in the country.

This was made known by the Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Air Vice Marshal Suleiman Dambo while declaring the training tagged “Operation Haske Biyu 2016″ open.

The Commandant charged Security Agents in the country to always be conscious and observant at all times as they go about their respective duties.

‎He said the exercise has become imperative in the face of treats posed by the dynamism of the current security challenges in the country, where kidnapping and insurgency has become a threat to the country.

The Commandant urged them to ensure that their disclosure of information to outside sources, movement, association and other actions do not undermine national security.

The training was drawn from all security agencies, the media and the Civil Society Organisations.

Insurgency: Army Commences Massive Re-training Of Officers, Soldiers Nationwide

Army Training closeupThe Nigerian Army on Friday said that it had commenced massive training for its soldiers and officers nationwide to bring an end to the insurgency and other security challenges bedevilling the nation.

The Commandant, Infantry Corps, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Major-General Mohammed Abubakar, disclosed this during the commissioning of 1 Division Nigerian Army Headquarters Training School in Kaduna.

According to him, the training schools, which had been in existence since the 1970s had been reopened to enable the Army train the multitude of soldiers it has, since the existing schools could not cope with the increasing number of soldiers being recruited on yearly basis.

He said that the training would improve the basic knowledge and skills of the soldiers and officers to enable them effectively curb the insurgency and other security challenges that have faced the nation.

The Army authorities also noted that establishing schools at each division level would help to give basic trainings to soldiers, rather than making them wait until they get to the training schools in Jaji, Bauchi, Kachia and the rest.

On his part, the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division Headquarters of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Kenneth Osuji, said that the establishment of the schools would provide avenue for immediate training of soldiers and officers under every division.

Osuji added that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, had also directed all the six divisions in the Nigerian Army to establish basic training schools for its officer and soldiers to aid in curbing security challenges.

Apart from academic exercise, the soldiers and officers, during their trainings, would equally undergo special physical training in line with the contemporary challenges.

Prayers were also offered for God’s protection of those in the battle field.


Nigerian Army Graduates 51 Cadets On Counter Terrorism Operations

The Nigerian Army has trained a total number of 51 officer cadets on counter terrorism ahead of their graduation from the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, Kaduna, North West Nigeria.

This is part of efforts by the Federal Government to curb the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-Eastern part of the country.

Addressing the Army Cadets of 61 Regular Course at the end of their training from the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji on Saturday, the Commandant of the NDA and Special Guest of Honour at the occasion, Major-General Mohammed Idris, said that the present security challenges facing the country called for effective training of young officers in the art of counter terrorism. “This has prompted the Academy to expose graduating Army cadets to various aspects of counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations both within and outside the country,” General Idris said.

He added that the NDA was prepared to support the Federal Government in fighting terrorists and other subversive elements to a standstill through effective training of the cadets.

On his part, the Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Major-General Tukur Buratai, said that the cadets were subjected to rigorous physical fitness training to develop their endurance level, and also received different lectures on the mode of operation of terrorists, as well as techniques to countering terrorism.

The Nigerian Army School of Infantry has been a major facilitator and force multiplier in the fight against terrorism in the country through effective training of Army personnel, as well as personnel of sister security services and the Nigeria Police.

Some of the training packages include raid on enemy camps, escort of VIPs, search techniques at road blocks and check points, rescue missions and identification and awareness of improvised explosive devices among others.

The sole aim of these unscheduled courses, according to the Army authorities, is to equip the troops with tactics and techniques of countering terrorism that has become a threat to the nation’s security.

Cadet Officers from the Nigerian Defence Academy over the years concentrated more on academic activities, with little physical trainings, but the advent of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country, necessitated the introduction of counter terrorism and insurgency courses in the curriculum of the institution, in order to expose them to modern ways of handling the challenge.