Army Chief Tasks Warrant Officers On Discipline, Professionalism

Yusuf-Buratai-Army-ChiefOfficers of the Nigerian Army have been reminded of the need to uphold discipline and professionalism while discharging their duties.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, gave the advise at a training seminar titled, “Building Junior Leaders For the Nigerian Army”,  organised for Warrant Officers held at the Warrant Officers Academy, Jaji Kaduna State.

The Army Chief, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding One Division, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, urged the officers to always show qualitative leadership skills to their subordinates whenever they find themselves.

The Army Chief reminded the officers that the Nigerian Army had no room for indiscipline, as they were expected to contribute to the effective administration of their units.

The purpose of the seminar was to train the warrant officers on responsive leadership and management of resources.

This is to make them meet up with the objective set up for them.

Accordingly, Lt General Buratai said that the seminar was  an avenue for the Warrant Officers to understand leadership in a new form.

Boko Haram Could Be War Criminals – UN

The United Nations Human Rights Office has warned that the Boko Haram sect could be classed as war criminals, as it condemns a bloody attack on a wedding convoy.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Cecile Pouilly, said members of Boko Haram and other groups and entities, if judged to have committed widespread or systematic attacks against a civilian population could be guilty of crimes against humanity.

Pouilly called the wedding convoy attack atrocious and condemned Boko Haram’s campaign of attacks against civilians, politicians, members of government institutions, foreigners and the security forces.

Besides condemning the sect’s bloody campaign, human rights groups have also slammed government troops for killing civilians and for other violations in the battle zone.

Pouilly added that the UN is following up closely with the Nigerian authorities’ allegations of abuses and human rights violations which may have been committed by security forces when conducting operations.

She noted that the Nigerian military is in the process of finalizing a report on people detained in connection with the insurgency, and urges the government to disclose its findings.

Boko Haram: Committee Submits Report To Jonathan

The Presidential Committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan to dialogue with the Boko Haram dreaded sect has submitted its report to the President.

The committee which had spent 7 months travelling round Northern Nigeria trying to get the leaders of the sect to stop their widely condemned act admitted that the leadership of the insurgent group refused to have any dialogue with them despite all their efforts.

Chairman of the committee, Kabiru Turaki said, “Some of our difficulties in having a productive dialogue include the refusal of their leaders to submit to dialogue. However, many of the key members of the insurgents both in detention and at large have positively responded to contacts and have accepted the dialogue option as capable of full resolution of the conflict.”

It was in this vain that the committee recommended that the President should set up an advisory committee on continuous dialogue to continue from where they stopped.

Receiving the report, President Jonathan said that Government will look into all the recommendations, promising to set up a committee to follow up on the dialogue.

The president however told them that government will rather provide assistance to the victims of the attacks rather than compensations.

Following Boko Haram attacks and the attendant insecurity in the land, Nigeria’s President had in April 2013 set up the committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in the North.

Although the committee is winding up, President Jonathan has said that the Nigerian Government remains open to dialogue.

Nigeria Deepens Fight Against Terrorism

The Nigerian Army has trained another batch of 120 officers on counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations.

Addressing reporters during their Passing Out Parade at the Nigerian Army School Of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna, the Chief Of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika assured Nigerians that the fight against terrorism, especially in the Northern part of the country would soon be over.

He added that the Nigerian military had made significant progress in the war against insurgency.

The Chief of Army Staff, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Garba Wahab, said that with the kind of skills acquired by the officers during their training, they would contribute immensely to the war against terrorism.

He also highlighted the  successes recorded against the Boko Haram terrorists  so far.

“The Nigerian Army remains battle ready against the nation’s enemies,” the Chief of Army Staff stressed.

Some of the newly commissioned officers promised to protect the country from both internal and external attacks, and assist their colleagues, who are already on the field, to tackle the security challenges headlong.

The officers who were drawn from different army formations across the country, spent 3 months at the School Of Infantry, and during the period they were exposed to trainings and lectures on counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations.

The history of Nigerian Army School of Infantry can be traced to the establishment of the Royal West African Frontier Force during the colonial administration of West Africa in the late 1950s.

Nigerian Navy Yet To Ascertain Cause Of Bayelsa Copter Crash

The Accident Investigation Board (AIB) that was constituted to ascertain the cause of the ill-fated Augusta Helicopter Crash that occurred December 15, 2012, killing six people on board including the former Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, and former National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Andrew Azazi, has submitted an interim report to the Nigerian Navy.

A statement issued by the Naval Director of Information, Commodore Kabiru Aliyu, said that the real cause of the crash could not be determined, but it might have been caused by either human error, material failure or a combination of both

Aliyu added that in order to be certain of the immediate and remote causes of the tragic air mishap, the aircraft’s engine would have to be subjected to a detailed forensic analysis.

The Naval headquarters had already mandated the manufacturers of the NN07 Agusta-Westland engine, Turbomeca, to carry out the forensic analysis phase of the investigation.

According to Aliyu “The investigation which was conducted by aviation experts in collaboration with the manufacturers of the aircraft – Agusta Westland – has stated that the cause of the crash could either be human error or material failure or a combination of both.

“However, to determine the actual cause of the crash there is the need to tear down the engine of the helicopter in order to carry out a detailed forensic analysis.

“This aspect of the investigation will be carried out by Turbomeca, the manufacturers of the engine.”
The naval spokesman debunked any perceived act of sabotage as being the cause of the crash, adding that an independent police report has ruled out the possibility.

“It is important to emphasize that an independent police report has equally ruled out sabotage as a possible cause of the crash. Further information on the investigation would be made public when available,” he said.

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Joseph Ezeoba, had set up a board of enquiry to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the crash.

Nigerian Army denies ethno-religious undertone in Jaji’s redeployment

The director of Military Intelligence, Major General Ahmed Jibrin, has explained that the redeployment of two commanders at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji Kaduna state had no undertones of any kind.

He says contrary to speculations by some groups that the redeployment had ethno-religious undertones; it was a measure to pave way for the investigation set up by the military into the bomb blasts that rocked the Saint Andrews Protestant Church at the cantonment.

The defence headquarters had ordered the re-deployment of the Commandant of the College, Air -Vice Marshall Abdullahi Kure, and the Corps Commander infantry; Major General Muhammad Isa, following the incident on November the 25th.

Meanwhile leading religious organisations in the country have also disagreed on the re-deployment.

The Jama’tu Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) differed over the removal of the army officers following the bombing of the church inside the military cantonment.

JNI’s Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Aliyu while condemning the Jaji blasts said the military authorities were in a haste to remove the two officers when the panel investigating the incident is yet to submit its report.

On his part, the chairman of the CAN, Kaduna state chapter, Reverend Samuel Kujiyat said the removal is in order considering the embarrassment the bomb attack caused the military and the country in general.

He added that no group or religion should give any ethno-religious interpretation to their removal.