Purported Boko Haram Video Mere Propaganda – Army

Purported Boko Haram Video Mere Propaganda – ArmyThe Nigerian Army has dismissed a video clip released by Boko Haram terrorist group from an undisclosed location on Thursday, showing its purported leader, making spurious claims.

In the video, the man usually identified as Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, reportedly claimed that reports of the group being crushed by the Nigerian Army during the capture of its Sambisa forest stronghold Camp Zero were untrue.

He also claimed that the group is safe and far away from any location where the Nigerian military can capture its members or defeat it.

“If you indeed crushed us, how can you see me like this? How many times have you killed us in your bogus death?” he asked.

The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said that effort is ongoing to subject the video for further forensic analysis to determine its authenticity.

He maintained that the Nigerian Army “has captured and occupied the last known stronghold of the terrorists group in the Sambisa forest”.

“We would like to reassure the public that this video is nothing but mere terrorists propaganda aimed at creating fear in the mind of people and to remain relevant.

“Therefore, there is no cause for alarm, more so as concerted effort in clearing the vestiges of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding is still ongoing.

“Our gallant troops deployed in various parts of the northeast have continued to intensify search for all persons associated with Boko Haram terrorist group with a view to bring them to justice.

“Consequently, the public are hereby enjoined to go about their normal lawful business, remain vigilant and security conscious.

“They should also report any suspicious person or group of persons to security agencies.”

President Buhari, had in his Christmas message to Nigerians, announced Boko Haram’s “final crushing” in Sambisa forest.

President Buhari said the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, informed him that the last camp fell at about 1:35 p.m on Friday, December 23.

Boko Haram Video Is Show of Weakness – Nigerian Military

Boko Haram Video, Nigerian Military, Boko HaramThe Nigerian military has described the recent video clip released by the Boko Haram sect as diversionary and a desperate attempt by the dying terror group to remain relevant.

In a statement on Thursday by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier-General Rabe Abubakar, the Army said that the video clip was “a complete show of weakness and sign that the end is near for the insurgents, hence it does not in any way pose a threat” to the armed forces.

The statement reads: “The military is equally not deterred by the Photoshop assemblage of worshippers at the supposed Eid-El Kabir prayer which is a replica of the video clip released by the sect in 2014.  This has cast aspersion to the credibility of the clip and therefore should be disregarded.

“The Nigerian military is highly committed to making lives unbearable to the enemies of this nation wherever they are and would do all that is required within its rules of engagement to ensure that no part of Nigerian territory is conducive and habitable for insurgents and any other criminals to stay and operate.

“The military believes so much in making statement through its action as evidenced in its past achievements rather than making noise in propaganda gimmick as exhibited by the Boko Haram elements in its recent video clip.

“Empty vessel, they say, makes most sound. All threat to leadership of our nation, military and citizens, should be discountenanced in its entirety as military is capable of further decimating the insurgents and providing security for all.”

Surrender Now

The military said that its reaction became necessary in order to douse the apprehension of the Nigerian citizens concerning the outburst in the video clip, otherwise it “would have allowed the ranting of the Boko Haram in its latest video clip to go without formal reaction”.

It then warned the terrorist group: “While our operation will continue as planned with many terrorists already surrendering and many captives rescued, we advise all the remaining surviving Boko Haram terrorists to surrender now for their own good.

“The military wishes to reiterate its commitment, determination and resilience in stamping out Boko Haram and other related criminals across the country.”

The military urged Nigerians not to bother about the antics of the degraded sect, adding that “meeting their waterloo is surely imminent”.

“With the support and prayers from the good citizens of our great country the Armed Forces make bold to say that never again would insurgence be allowed to reign supreme in our fatherland.

“We want to use this opportunity to once again remind all citizens to report any suspected person(s) or object to the nearest security agency for prompt action.”

DHQ Denies Granting Amnesty To Boko Haram Members

Rabe Abubakar
Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar.

The Defence Headquarters had denied online reports that 800 Boko Haram members have been granted amnesty.

A statement by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said “the story is false and has no iota of truth in it”, adding that the “DHQ has never mentioned Amnesty in all its statements”.

The DHQ also called on the public to disregard it, stressing that it would not condone acts of terrorism or criminality by any group.

According to the DHQ, the decision to rehabilitate repentant members of Boko Haram is based on a United Nations convention, which Nigeria is a signatory.

“The Defence Headquarters came up with an initiative Öperation Safe Corridor”, this initiative is geared towards rehabilitating and reintegrating the repentant terrorists back into normal life in the society.

“Therefore, the general public should disregard these insinuations as the initiative “Operation Safe Corridor” should not be taken as Amnesty.”

“We hereby emphasise and stand our position that no act of terrorism or criminality will be condoned in our nation by any group”, the statement said.

South Africa To Work With Nigerian Military

South AfricaThe Chief of South African National Defence Force, General Zakaria Shoke, has re-affirmed his country’s willingness to work with Nigerian Armed Forces to the benefit of the two countries.

A statement by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, says General Shoke made this known when he visited the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin in his office in Abuja.

The Chief of South African National Defence Force promised to support Nigeria in its quest to end Boko Haram in the country.

General Shoke further reaffirmed the commitment of the South African Armed Forces to the development of the Nigerian military in the area of capacity building, exchange programme and logistics support, among others.

In his response, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Olonisakin, thanked the South African Chief of National Defence Force for the visit and solicited for more cooperation in defence related matters.

This, he said would go a long way in strengthening the two countries’ bilateral cooperation.

General Olonisakin also requested for training of more Special Forces and other equipment that could be used in the operations against Boko Haram which has been substantially decimated and degraded.

He said the war against terror is closing up and would soon end.

Counterinsurgency: Nigerian Military Denies Use Of Mercenaries

Nigerian MilitaryThe Nigerian military has debunked insinuations that it has resorted to using mercenaries in the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the North East.

The Acting Director of Defence Information, Colonel Rabe Abubakar, addressed the issue in a statement on Friday.

The statement read, “The insinuation and the entire story are utterly scurrilous and a calculated attempt to smear the good image of the Nigerian military. The orchestrated campaign is aimed at rubbishing the efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies who are working hard to contain the insurgencies in the North East.

“To this end the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) wishes to state that the military has enough trained soldiers to fight the terrorists in the North East without resorting to the use of mercenaries. Also, the military has significantly up-scaled its troops and equipment deployment since the Presidential mandate and does not need mercenaries whether foreign or local to rout out and put an effective end to guerrilla movements in the North East within the allotted time.

“Since the Presidential order the military has been fighting the insurgents more and more effectively and all Nigerians, irrespective of where they live, have come to understand that we are making progress.

“The DHQ therefore wishes to state that the report is a covert campaign of blackmail by disgruntled elements in the society, designed to pit the Nigerian people against their armed forces. These blackmailers are not only unhappy because of the progress the military is making in the fight but more so because their illicit gains in the war has been effectively stopped.

“The Nigerian Armed Forces are doing all that are needed to be done to ensure that the terrorists in the North East and all forms of criminalities are brought under effective control within the shortest possible time.”

He appealed to the public to ignore the “unfounded rumours” and give the armed forces their support and encouragement in the ongoing war against terror.

Government Bans Paramilitary Agencies From Use Of Camouflage Uniforms

Major-General Chris Olukolade

The Nigerian Government has banned the use of camouflage uniforms by various security agencies other than the Armed Forces namely; Army, Navy and the Air Force.

The Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, made this known in a statement on Friday.

The Nigerian Police will, however, use the uniform when in Joint Operation with the military or on special operation such as specific anti-riot missions.

This followed the directive of the National Security Council, as it approved the recommendations of a committee on measures to streamline the use of camouflage uniforms, in view of the security implications and concerns raised on the clamour, duplicity and proliferation of camouflage uniforms in the country.

The use of camouflage/fatigue is therefore restricted to the military and for occasional use by the police henceforth.

The directive also stipulates that the military is to adopt only two types of camouflage for the three arms of the Armed Forces.

All para-military agencies using various camouflage/fatigues uniforms have up to January 2016 to withdraw such materials currently in their inventory.

With this development, the Ministry of Justice along with law enforcement agencies have been tasked to ensure that extant laws guiding the use of uniforms in Nigeria are strictly enforced.

In the same vein, the Office of the National Security Adviser has been vested with the authority to vet and clear any production and supply of camouflage uniforms in Nigeria.

The proliferation and imitation by criminals and impostors using uniforms especially the camouflage have been generating some concern in national security circles.

The development has been communicated to all the agencies by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Nigerian Troops Recover Video Recordings From Terrorists

Video RecordingsNigerian troops have recovered video recordings, ICT gadgets and other sensitive materials including arms and ammunition left behind by terrorists following relentless pursuit by the troops.

Some of the videos included recording of scenes of trials, beheading, executions, stoning, floggings and those taken during preparations for suicide attacks.

Many of the video materials recovered by the troops are currently being analysed by military experts.

A military source informed Journalists that recovering such recordings was another major feat in the battle against insurgency.

The source added that “Some of the videos were meant for release through their normal channels to the public before they were dislodged from their camps. They also show the barbaric life in their so-called caliphate.”

When contacted on the discovery of video recordings, the Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade said, “A number of vital materials, apart from arms and ammunition, have been recovered which are being subjected to intelligent analyses. We don’t want to say much about that now.”

Since they invaded Sambisa Forest a few weeks ago, Nigerian troops have liberated about 1,000 women and children from the various terrorists camps already dismantled.

There have been tales of woes and great distress from many of those rescued from the terrorists about their reign of terror and lately of despondency within the ranks of the insurgents.

Nigerian Military Says Efforts To Invade Sambisa Forest Still Ongoing

SambisaThe Nigerian Military has said that there is no truth in the reports that it has stopped efforts to invade the Sambisa forest.

Sambisa forest is believed to be the last stronghold of Boko Haram militants.

It is also believed to be the place where the missing Chibok girls might have been held hostage.

Reports have it that the military backed off owing to landmines planted by the terrorists on the roads leading to the Sambisa forest.

According to the Director, Defence Information, Major Gen. Chris Olukolade, the terrorists have run out of sophisticated arms and ammunition as they now roam around the bushes on the fringe of the forest with crude weapons.

Nigerian, Cameroon, Chadian and Nigerien armies have in the past two months launched combined operations to crush the Boko Haram insurgents, who have killed thousands and kidnapped hundreds in the past few years in their course to establish an Islamic state.

The Sambisa forest is a vast former colonial game reserve in the north eastern region of Nigeria, which is about 100 km (60 miles) from the Chibok village where the terrorists group kidnapped more than 200 secondary school girls on April 14th, 2014.

Nigerian Military Dismisses CNN Report As Blackmail

Nigerian MilitaryThe Nigerian military on Friday dismissed the Cable News Network, CNN’s report on the army as another orchestrated campaign to smear its image.

The CNN had aired footage of interviews with individuals claiming to be Nigerian soldiers who said they were being frustrated in the fight against Boko Haram.

The Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, said that the Nigerian armed forces are without doubt committed and focused on the ongoing fight against terror, calling the CNN report a blackmail.

General Olukolade said, “The CNN interview and report is an unfortunate effort to promote blackmail and smacks off an international conspiracy against Nigeria’s national security.”

The Nigerian military spokesman then gave a reassurance that Nigerian soldiers were working round to end and defeat insurgency in the north-east.

Nigerian, Cameroonian Militaries Hold Bilateral Parley On Operation Against Terror

TerrorA bilateral defence meeting between Nigeria and Cameroon is scheduled to commence on Wednesday at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.

This is in furtherance of various international contacts by Nigeria in the efforts to stamp out the scourge of terrorism in the sub-region.

According to a statement by the Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, the three-day meeting which is being hosted by Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, would have in attendance his Cameroonian counterpart and his country’s military delegation.

The forum which is a follow-up to previous international and regional meetings to foster a common ground in the fight against insurgency and terrorism is to fashion out ways of strengthening the existing working relationship and cooperation between the two Armed Forces in the war against terror in the West African sub-region.

The bilateral talk is expected to advance the collaboration to contain the activities of terrorists in the two countries through coordinated military operations along the borders.

The meeting between the two countries is coming at the heels of a similar parley of foreign ministers of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin Republic held earlier in the week on appropriate legal framework for cross border military operations against the Boko Haram terrorists in the region.

Forest Operation: Troops Unearth More Weapons From Underground Armouries

Major-General-Chris-Olukolade-The Nigerian Army says its mopping up operations in Balmo Forest is yielding more discoveries of arms stockpiled in underground cells. 

According to a statement by the Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, troops who have been excavating various sites in the forest in search of hidden weapons, have so far recovered over 10 rifles along with parts and accessories as well as more than 80 General Purpose Machine Guns, tubes of Rocket Propelled Grenades and Launchers, cables, wires and thousands of rounds of assorted ammunition.

Also recovered in the search are uniforms of security agencies including protective clothing.

Meanwhile, suspects captured in the forest have been taken into custody and had started volunteering information linking the activities in the forest with other terrorist activities in the country.

The mopping up operation continues, according to the statement.

Insurgency: Army Generals Face Questioning For Illegal Arms Deal

Army LogoNine serving Army Generals may soon be court marshalled, as it does appear that they may have been secretly supplying arms to the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

When President Goodluck Jonathan said that some enemies within the Government and the military were giving support to Boko Haram, many did not quite get it.

Now some serving Army generals are telling an investigation panel what they know about an alleged illegal arms deal going on in the military.

The unidentified generals are being questioned by the Army hierarchy for movement of weapons and Army armories from some military locations in the northern states.

When contacted, the Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade would not confirm the allegation but explained that some top military officers were being investigated for contravening military ethics, adding that they would soon be court marshalled as soon as Army Headquarters decides on the date for their trial.

He also explained that the military high command would only make the matter public after concluding its internal checks to ensure that there are no loose ends.

Few months before this, a soldier had told a foreign new agency that some top military chiefs were colluding with Boko Haram sect in their raging offensive in the North East.

In a swift reaction then, the Defence Headquarters described the allegations as grave and promised to investigate the claims.