Zamfara Governor Cannot Instruct CP To Issue Gun Licences – General Irabor

 

The Chief of Defence Staff,  General Lucky Irabor, has stated that the Zamfara  governor, Bello Matawalle, lacks the powers to instruct the Commissioner of Police of the state to issue gun licences to the public

This comes off a directive contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Ibrahim Dosara, on Saturday, mandating individuals to prepare and obtain guns to defend themselves against bandits.

But speaking in an interview at the Joint Exercise for the National Defence College and War Colleges of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, code-named “Exercise Grand Nationale,” in Abuja on Monday, General Irabor expressed his disapproval at the measures taken by Governor Matawalle to secure his state against insurgency.

“I do not think that is the right way to go,” he said firmly. “The basis for asking citizens to bear arms; I am yet to know I believe that the Attorney General of the Federation will look at the constitution, what the laws say and what the powers of the Executive governor are to be able to do with this.”

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The 56-year-old also faulted the directive asserting that the first citizen of Zanfara state failed to use the available resources at his disposal to mitigate the insecurity issues within his domain.

“If what I read is true, I do not think that the governor has the power to instruct the Commissioner of Police to issue licenses because the commissioner of police does not have the right to issue licenses,” Irabor said.

“There are other legal issues other issues of governance that the governor could have addressed using the instrumentalities of the law available to bring greater peace and security.”

Irabor also clarified the position of the Armed Forces in the current administration, adding that it was not subject to directives from the state governments.

“The armed forces are only an instrument of policy implementation,” the CDC added. “We do not take instructions from State Government, we have a Commander-In-Chief, and the constitution gives the right and the powers to the commander-in-chief.”

“So, we are there because we are there to give support to the civil authority, in this case, the police.

“We do not need to restate what the issues are that have led to the deployment of the military across the country but then like I said, we are doing the very best to ensure that peace returns to every part of the country,” he said.

2023: Nigeria Must Be Peaceful, Chief of Defence Staff Warns Politicians

 

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, has advised persons vying for political offices to abide by the rules of the game and maintain decorum in the forthcoming elections. 

Addressing journalists in Abuja at the bi-weekly media briefing of the Defence Media Operations, General Irabor warned that any attempt to circumvent the process would be dealt with according to the nation’s laws.

“They must allow peace reign in the country by navigating away from actions and comments that can undermine national security as they engage in political campaigns,” the CDS maintained.


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General Irabor while reading out the riot act noted that “Nigeria belongs to us, now we are going into a season and everyone of us is desiring that we have a peaceful election and electioneering campaigns”.

He further stated that the peace desired within the electioneering period is not solely the responsibility of government.

The army chief urged Nigerians to join hands with the authorities to see that the forthcoming elections are civil and conflict-free.

General Irabor’s comments come a few days after the Chief of Defence Staff said citizens must trust the military and other security agencies for the war on insecurity to be more effective.

“It is for us to have an understanding that we can’t withhold information and expect miracles to happen,” he said.

“I’m a victim as well as any Nigerian that is on the street. We are all victims together. There’s no one who is on the other side. We are in it together. We are on the frontlines. Trust is not something we need to beg for.

“I will seek and crave the indulgence of all Nigerians to say that there has to be trust. Trust must exist and trust must be given in all respect, so that together we will achieve the state of peace that we so desire.”

The General noted that “a lot of improvements” have been recorded in securing the country in the past one year.

However, he admitted that the desired state of security is yet to be achieved, even as parts of the country continue to be subjected to repeated acts of violent crimes, including kidnapping and massacres.

Nigerians Must Trust The Military For Insecurity To End – CDS Irabor

General Lucky Irabor appeared on a Channels Television program on June 12, 2022.
General Lucky Irabor appeared on a Channels Television program on June 12, 2022.

 

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, on Sunday said citizens must trust the military and other security agencies for the war on insecurity to be more effective.

He made the comment while speaking on a Channels Television special program for Democracy Day.

“It is for us to have an understanding that we can’t withhold information and expect miracles to happen,” he said. “Certainly it’s not going to happen.

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“I’m a victim as well as any Nigerian that is on the street. We are all victims together. There’s no one who is on the other side. We are in it together. We are on the frontlines. Trust is not something we need to beg for.

“I will seek and crave the indulgence of all Nigerians to say that there has to be trust. Trust must exist and trust must be given in all respect, so that together we will achieve the state of peace that we so desire.”

The General noted that “a lot of improvement” has been recorded in securing the country in the past one year.

However, he admitted that the desired state of security is yet to be achieved.

Parts of the country continue to be subjected to repeated acts of violent crimes, including kidnapping and gunmen massacres.

On June 5, gunmen attacked St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, killing more than 30 people.

The CDS regretted the violent incidents but argued that security agencies have averted several others.

He said in the same week of the Owo attack, security agencies had halted what could have been a major attack in Kano and Abuja.

“We recovered a large quantum of arms and ammunition and other materials which, of course, the criminals were intending to use in various parts of the country, including Abuja,” he said.

“That the Owo incident happened does not imply that improvements have not happened.”

“Peace is a process,” he said. “It is not an end-state. We are working to get to a stage where we get to zero-incidents.”

#EndSARS Report: CDS Irabor Faults Procedure Of Release, Insists Armed Forces Are Professional

 

The Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has faulted the procedure adopted in the release of a document said to be the report of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry on police brutality.

The leaked report had indicted officers of the Nigerian Army for killing “unarmed helpless and defenseless protesters, without provocation or justification, while they were waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the National Anthem” at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.

The CDS however explained that he could not, at the moment, comment on the content of the document because he has not seen the official report.

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General Irabor, who spoke after a courtesy visit to the Edo State Governor in Benin-City, maintained that the Nigerian armed forces are committed to their constitutional mandate and do not engage in ignoble acts.

“I am sure those of you in the media must have seen a report that was released through, in my view, a wrong channel, that is making the rounds in the social media,” the CDS said.

“Whether it is a true report, I can’t tell. But I’d like to indicate that the normal procedure is to have such a report submitted to the convening authority. And then there will be a white paper that will be presented, based on which one can make informed comments.

“But whatever it is currently, I’d like to indicate that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is a professional armed force. We are peopled by Nigerians and we remain committed to the constitutional mandate. So we will not at this point think that Nigerians should make disparaging remarks regarding the Armed Forces of Nigeria, in the sense that we are a professional armed forces. If there are issues, of course, we address them within the ambit of the provisions.

“It would not be right to disparage men and women who have worked so hard to ensure that the territorial integrity of this nation is kept intact. So in the meantime, until I see the full extent of the report.

“I can assure that the Armed Forces of Nigeria are well-disciplined and we do not engage in any ignoble acts. If Nigerians do not trust us, then we won’t be doing what we are doing, and in any case, it is the Armed Forces of Nigeria; we are not talking of the police. So when the Armed Forces are called out, it is because there is a need; there is no one who doesn’t desire to live in peace.

“We need to understand that the Armed Forces are there to keep the peace, to provide the ambiance that will enable each Nigerian to live his or her desires in peace and harmony. So let us not make inciting comments that will put the entire space on fire. That’s not right.”

CDS Calls For Increased Collaboration In The Armed Forces

 

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, says there is a greater need for stronger collaboration in the armed forces, in order to effectively deal with contemporary security challenges in the country.

The defence chief made the remarks at the ongoing joint military operations planning exercise in Abuja, a week-long event that aims to prepare the Nigerian military on quick and effective response to contemporary and potential security threats in the country.

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According to him, several ongoing military operations across the country, require collaboration between the army, navy, air force and the police to succeed.

There are several ongoing military operations across the country. These operations are are either targeted at combating security threats posed by proscribed groups, or other organized criminal groups who kidnap, kill or attack public infrastructure across the country.

Insecurity: Institutionalising Synergy, A Vital Tool In Tackling Multifarious Threats – General Irabor

 

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor has called on the Army, Navy and Air Force War Colleges to institutionalise synergy in order to promote and sustain the ideals of joint operation exercises.

The CDS gave the charge today, Monday 1 November 2021 while declaring open the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) maiden Joint Operations Planning Exercise (JOPEX) codenamed Exercise Sky Lock 2021 for participants drawn from the 3 War Colleges holding at Army War College, Abuja.

Gen Irabor said, Exercise Sky Lock 2021 marks the beginning of an enduring tradition in the Services War Colleges that would entrench the culture of joint planning in military operational leadership level, which is a vital tool in tackling the multifarious contemporary security challenges and future military operations.

The CDS enjoined the war colleges to sustain the ideals of joint operations planning exercises, by institutionalising synergy, as evident in joint planning, training and collective effort in security operations.

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He described the war colleges as laboratories and incubation centres for the production of military operational level plans, measurement of performance and effectiveness towards subsisting and reviewing of plans for enhanced effectiveness.

The Defence Chief maintained that the participants will gain requisite knowledge, skills and capacity, particularly in areas of operational art to enhance their professional judgment in a joint operations environment.

The Commandant, Army War College Nigeria (AWCN), Major General Solomon Udounwa, in his welcome address, expressed gratitude to the CDS and Service Chiefs for their commitment in actualisation of the exercise, after several previous attempts in the past 4 years.

Maj Gen Udounwa said, “realisation of the Joint Operations Planning Exercise 2021 underscores the CDS efforts to promote jointness in the Armed Forces and other security agencies.”

The Comdt further disclosed that the primary mandate of the Services War Colleges is to build as well as develop capacity and basic skills of military operational leaders in management of war and employment of military power across different domains and operational environments.

According to him, nearly five years since inception, the colleges’ alumni are contributing significantly to the ongoing military efforts in addressing insecurity in the nation.

He added that the Colleges could benefit more through deliberate efforts to promote joint academic activities. He posited that the conduct of JOPEX would foster further understanding and collaboration among the colleges while enhancing cooperation and camaraderie in the Armed Forces.

Prominent among the series of activities lined-up for Exercise Sky Lock 2021 would include planning and execution phases.

The week-long exercise is expected to bring out significant takeaways, including need for continuous situation awareness by operational Commanders, proactiveness and reactiveness to incidences and synchronisation of response and efforts of all stakeholders.

Others are; the need for critical thinking geared towards effective planning and preparation, joint and inter-agencies cooperation with other security agencies as well as the importance of detailed, effective and realistic logistic planning.

Buhari Decorates New Service Chiefs

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated the new Service Chiefs at an event held in the Council Chamber at the State House.

The new Service Chiefs decorated are, Major General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff, who is decorated as full General; Major General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Army Staff decorated with the rank of Lieutenant-General.

Also, the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo is decorated as Vice Admiral; and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amao is decorated with the rank of Air Marshal.

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President Buhari during the ceremony told the new service chiefs that they only a few weeks to secure the country.

The new service chiefs were accompanied to the State House by their wives and other senior officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

He said he expects that before the rainy season, they would have secured the country to the level that farmers who had fled their farms in different parts of Nigeria would have developed enough confidence to return to their farms.

Speaking to Correspondents after the ceremony, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor told State House correspondents that Nigerians cannot continue to live in fear. He gave the assurance that the era of Nigerians living in fear will now be a thing of the past.

The decoration of the new service chiefs comes after the National Assembly confirmed their appointment.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan during the confirmation advised the new service chiefs to take the insurgency war to the terrorists and bandits and dislodge them from their enclaves.

He reminded them to be conscious of the fact that Nigerians expect a lot from them to address the security problems confronting the country.

Also, the House of Representatives confirmed the Service Chiefs in February after they were called upon to share their portfolios as well as their visions.

 

See below more photos from the decoration ceremony…