Army Determined To Achieve All Objectives Of ‘Exercise Sahel Sanity’ – General Olonisakin

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, at a meeting with the President in Abuja on May 14, 2020.


The Defence Headquarters has assured total support to the Nigerian Army in whatever capacity required towards achieving the objectives of the ongoing ‘Exercise Sahel Sanity’.

The assurance is coming on Monday from the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin during his operational visit to witness the exercise at the newly established Army Special Super Camp iv, in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

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Launched last week by the Nigerian Army to mitigate the current spate of banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other related crimes bedevilling Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna and Niger states, the exercise is aimed at restoring peace in the affected states and is expected to metamorphose into real-time operation.

He stresses the need to continue strengthening the existing synergy with the service chiefs and other security and intelligence agencies to prevent any gap that could be exploited by criminal elements.

Military Begins Rehabilitation Of Repentant Insurgents

Military, Insurgents, Boko Haram MilitantsThe Military has begun the process of reintegrating repentant members of the Boko Haram sect into the society.

The rehabilitation is part of the ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to rebuild Nigeria’s Northeast region, following terrorists’ attacks that have caused devastating damage in the region.

The National Security Council has mandated the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, to receive the repentant terrorists with a view to rehabilitating them.

The Director of Production, Defence Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Anebi, who represented General Olonisakin, received various items for usage in the camp situated in Gombe, northeast Nigeria.

He said the programme, Operation Safe Corridor, was designed to receive surrendering Boko Haram members and take them through a process that would reintegrate them back to the society.

The Chairman of Operation Safe Corridor, Brigadier General Bamidele Shafa and the Executive Secretary of NHRC, Professor Bem Angwe, hinted that series of programmes have been earmarked for the process.

They reeled out different vocations and skill acquisition programmes to be held on camp towards reintegrating the repentant combatants into the society.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said that it has contributed its quota to the programme to make the camp conducive for the repentant militants.

Director General of NEMA, Mr Sani Sidi, disclosed that the agency has donated several items ranging from food and edibles to bedding materials as well as resource persons and camp officials required to carter for them.

The repentant terrorists now have a chance to begin normal life again, even as the military is currently conducting mop-up operations to clear the remnants of the terrorists.

Boko Haram Attacks ‘Operation Crack Down’ Troops At Izza

Boko HaramBoko Haram terrorists on Wednesday evening attacked Nigerian troops involved in the clearance and rescue operations in Sambisa forest nicknamed ‘Operation Crack Down’, while on harbour.

According to Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the terrorists came in five Toyota Hilux vehicles mounted with Anti-Aircraft guns which they fired along with 81mm mortar.

The battle ready troops rose to the occasion and repelled the attack and pursued the terrorists as they withdrew in disarray towards the river line of Izza-Mainyakare axis.

The attack lasted for about 40 minutes without any casualty on Nigerian troops while an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram terrorists were killed. The troops recovered an 81mm mortar tube from the terrorists.

The Army says its troops have maintained highest level alertness and vigilance at the harbour area and they would further exploit and continue with the clearance operation.

Military Ready To Liberate Sambisa, CDS Olonisakin Says

SambisaThe Nigerian Army is presently conducting operations in the Sambisa forest to finally clear the area of insurgents.

Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, told journalists in Maiduguri, that the major clearance operation is already five days gone with remarkable success.

Olonisakin, who is meeting with the Chief of Army Staff as well as the Chief of Air Staff in the Military Command and Control Center also said that they were appraising the level of troops’ performance in the operation with a view to re-strategise.

“That operation is actually to clear Sambisa and that’s operation “Crack Down”. That’s the operation we are engaged in right now; the operation is on course.

“It’s five days gone now and the little issues that are being encountered by the troops would be addressed so that the momentum of the operation can be sustained,” he stated.

On the Chibok school girls still in captivity and the rescue plan, the CDS said, “Fundamentally there are five little operations within that big operation. Rescue operation is also one of the operations and anyone that has been abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists would be rescued in that operation including the Chibok girls if they are there.”

He pledged the Army’s determination to wipe out insurgents from the Sambisa forest and within Nigeria’s territories.

Recently ambushed General Officer Commanding, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Major General Victor Ezugwu, is on the fore of the latest onslaught on the Sambisa forest.

Herdsmen Attacks: Olonisakin Assures Benue Residents Of Rehabilitation

Abayomi Olonisakin-Herdsmen-BenueThe Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, has assured residents of communities in Beneu State ravaged by herdsmen attacks that government will rehabilitate their homes and property.

General Olonisakin also promised the people of Agatu community and other local government areas affected by the attacks that government would rebuild destroyed public utilities in their areas.

The pledge was made by the Director of Communities, Defence Headquarters, Major General Edward Nze, who represented the Chief of Defence Staff at a fact finding visit to Agatu and other local government areas.

Speaking at Buruku and Tarka, where many lives were lost in the wake of herdsmen attacks on Benue communities, he noted that the visit was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive.

Major General Nze added that President Buhari had ordered that the perpetrators of the act must be sought out and destroyed.

In his reaction, the Benue State Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, urged the Federal Government to deal with this threat, which he described as ‘worse than the Boko Haram insurgency’.

“It is our belief that a very firm action should be taken, otherwise, we will run into a problem that is far worse than the Boko Haram.

“Therefore, the law should take its course and a very firm action should be taken to nip this in the bud,” he said.

Retired Air Force Personnel Urged To Support Terror Fight

Nigerian Air ForceRetired officers and personnel of the Nigerian Air Force have been urged to contribute immensely to the ongoing war against insurgents.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, made the appeal in a key note address while representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the Nigerian Air Force reunion held in Benue State.

General Olonisakin asked the retired military officers to join in finding solutions to Nigeria’s security challenges through their vast experience.

He reminded them of the importance to always remain in contact with their constituency and share their valuable experience to move the nation forward.

In his remarks, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, restated his commitment to re-positioning the Air Force and placing it on a glorious path.

The event tagged ‘Re-uniting for Enhanced Service Delivery and Operational Effectiveness’, featured numerous contributions in shaping the expansion and growth of the Nigerian Air Force.

The ceremony also witnessed the winging of 23 pilots into the Nigerian Air Force, as part of the leadership human capacity development through robust and result oriented training for enhanced professional performance.

Olonisakin, Ibas Commission Navy Security Boats In Rivers

Navy BoatNigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas and Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, have commissioned Navy security boats in Rivers State.

At the launching of 25 Epenal at NNS Pathfinder in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State on Wednesday, General Olonisakin said that Nigeria would continue to intensify its military operations to safe guard the country’s territorial integrity.

The Chief of Defence Staff noted that the nation is challenged by multi-faceted threats with grave manifestations, especially in the south-east and the maritime environment.

He warned that any one or group that threatens the peace of the country would have to deal with the full military might of the country.

On his part, the Chief of Naval Staff urged communities to work with the Navy to fish out those engaged in vandalising the nation’s pipeline facilities and other criminal activities.

Okowa Condemns Crude Oil Theft, Tasks Navy On Control

Okowa Condemns Maritime Security Threats, Challenges NavyDelta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has criticised the activities of persons involved in crude oil theft, illegal bunkering and pipeline vandalism in Nigeria.

Speaking at the 2015 Nigerian Navy retreat in Asaba, the Delta State’s capital, Governor Okowa said their actions indicated a grave danger for the nation’s economy.

He said the activities of crude oil thieves also posed serious threats to the ecology of the Niger-Delta region and the family economy of those who depended on fisheries for their livelihood and sustenance.

The former lawmaker decried that Delta State had continued to lose huge revenues to oil thieves and pipeline vandals with severe consequences on the depleted resources of the state.

In his speech, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, urged senior officers and ratings of the Navy to be alive to their responsibility at all times.

Although, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, admitted the challenges being faced by the Navy, he expressed optimism that his men would surmount the challenges as they arise.

The Chief of Policy and Plans of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Johnson Olutoyin, also said the two day retreat would among other areas, examine the emerging maritime security challenges and the Navy’s approach to solving them, attitudinal change and discipline of personnel as well as the inter-agency cooperation among the nation’s security forces.

Niger Republic’s Military Seeks Implementation Of MJTF Agreement

NigerThe Niger Republic Chief of Defence Staff, General Seyni Garba, has appealed to Nigeria to facilitate the implementation of security agreements on the Multinational Joint Task Force fighting Boko Haram in the northeast.

The Nigerien Defence Chief was in Abuja to discuss how some of the security agreements between Niger and Nigeria can be implemented.

Niger Republic is one of the Lake Chad Basin countries who have contributed troops to the formation of the multinational force currently battling the insurgents across the borders.

The Republic of Niger contributed over 700 troops to the multinational force.

According to General Garba, who spoke in French, there is need to strengthen the synergy and continue to stamp out terrorism from the region.

In his response, the Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, said that the visit was long overdue and hoped that the decisions reached at the end of the visit would strengthen the relationship.

Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon are among the Lake Chad Basin Commission who are expected to contribute troops to the Multinational Joint Task Force fighting to stamp out Boko Haram from the region.

Army Will Continue To Work Towards Eliminating Boko Haram – Olonishakin

service-chief-defence-staff-OlonisakinjpgThe Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, has again assured Nigerians and other residents in the country that the Nigerian Armed Forces will continue to work towards eliminating insurgents and acts of insurgency being perpetrated by members of Boko Haram.

Addressing officers of the Nigerian Navy at a one-day seminar in Abuja, General Olonisakin said an effective synergy among all security agencies will help the nation surmount the challenges of insecurity.

He advised the naval officers and other security agencies to remain resolute in the fight against insurgency.

Also speaking at the ocassion, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, who said the objective of addressing the immediate problems associated with the service’s operational and administrative matters including technology acquisition, made the seminar necessary.

He added that the nation will benefit from the attainment of a high level of self-reliance which is dependent on research and development of officers and men of security agencies.