No Part Of Nigeria Will Be Occupied By Criminal Elements, Buratai Vows

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Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has vowed not to allow criminal elements occupy any part of Nigeria.

Buratai, who was speaking at the 61st passing out parade of the Nigerian Military School, Zaria in Kaduna State, reiterated his commitment to combat all security challenges confronting the nation.

Represented by the Chief of Policy and Planning, Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun, Buratai said that the army in collaboration with other security agencies, is doing everything possible to tame the resurgence of the Boko Haram, kidnapping, Armed banditry and other related crimes across the country.

“I will like to reassure you all that the Nigerian army is committed to the unity and security of this country and will do everything humanly possible to ensure that no part of this country is occupied by criminal elements.

“We will continue to support the civil authorities by ensuring that our country men and women are safe and protected in the course of their legitimate activities,” he stated.

According to the Army chief, the Federal Government is concerned with the security challenges in parts of the country.

He however noted that the military is winning the war against terrorism by stabilising the north-eastern region.

One of the achievements recorded in the military operations in the northeast, he stated, is the improvement of economic activities in the affected area.

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“The Nigerian Army in collaboration with other sister services and security agencies has been able to stabilise the situation, especially in the north-eastern part of Nigeria.

“Consequently, economic activities of the affected areas are gradually improving as the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are voluntarily returning to their ancestral homes with farmers going back to their farmlands,” he stated.

While appreciating the efforts of soldiers in the ongoing military operations in the fight against terrorism, the COAS admonished the new grandaunds to be loyal to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Nigerian Army Seeks 1bn Naira For Local Manufacturing Of Fighting Vehicles

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has revealed that the Nigerian Army is sourcing for N1 billion to support indigenous production of equipment and armoured fighting vehicles in the country.

He stated that the monies which will be sourced internally and externally will support the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC) to meet up with the four months target of producing brand new vehicles which will benefit the Army and the general public.

The Army boss explained during the Chief of Army Staff First Quarter Conference and CAT Week 2019, in Camp Kabala Range Jaji Kaduna State, that such achievement will transform the Nigerian automotive industry when the Army begins mass production.

“As you have been promised by the Group Managing Director of NAVMC, that in the next three to four months, we should have brand new vehicles originally produced by the Nigerian Army for use in the Army and the general public that may find it useful; especially the paramilitary organisations.

“This, we believe, will transform the Nigerian Army and Nigerian industrial companies when we start mass production.

“We are already sourcing the sum of N1 billion to support the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company,” he revealed.

Buratai also explained that “We a have a number of investments in the Army that have been generating huge amounts of money and we will take a loan from there to support Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company to realize our dream of producing indigenous armoured fighting vehicles and to continue to maintain our existing equipment.”

He urged personnel to adopt the maintenance culture displayed by global military bodies, who still boast of functional equipment used during World War II.

“Military equipment is never obsolete, with the maintenance culture of the military globally, vehicles and equipment of the Second World War are still serviceable in other parts of the world. If we adopt the same maintenance culture, we will be able to conserve scarce foreign exchange for our country.”

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Meanwhile, Special Guest of Honour, Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Barnabas Bala Bantes expressed optimism that the efforts by the Army for self-sufficiency will help end the importation of military hardware used in the country.

“I am impressed at the prototypes displayed by the NAVMC which shows that the Nigerian Army has really come of age.

“With a sustained commitment in these efforts by the Chief of Army Staff, we can look forward to self-sufficiency in meeting with our needs as against depending entirely from the importation of this military hardware which will ordinarily cost the country many times more when the company fully takes off.”

He commended the Army and other security agencies for keeping Kaduna state safe and secure.

“The rise in security challenges across the country has made it imperative for the Nigerian Army to come to the aid of civil authorities. The Nigerian Army and indeed other security agencies have made tremendous efforts in keeping Kaduna state safe and secure.

“The Nigerian Army is in the forefront in combatting terrorism, kidnapping, economic sabotage and other civil disturbances in different parts of the country.”

Our Commitment To Peace, Security Is Total – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai after a meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed the commitment of his administration to establishing peace and security in Nigeria.

The President said this after he received a briefing from the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai on the security of the nation.

Buhari took to his official Twitter handle, @Mbuhari, to disclose this after a closed-door meeting with the COAS at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, on Thursday.

“I received a briefing from the Chief of Army Staff this afternoon. The Army recently established a new battalion in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna State, in addition to other deployments in troubled parts of the country. Our commitment to the peace and security of Nigeria is total,” President Buhari’s tweet read.

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai during his meeting with President Buhari vowed to track down the perpetrators of Birnin Gwari attacks that left at least seven dead and five others injured.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai during a meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

 

He said the army would collaborate with other security agencies in dislodging miscreant believed to be hiding.

“We will continue to operate with other security agencies that have been charged with the responsibility of securing our country,” he said.

The COAS further expressed the optimism of the gradual return of the Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) to their respective communities.

Military Sets Up Committee To Investigate T.Y. Danjuma’s Claim

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has set up a committee to investigate claims of the Army’s complicity in the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Taraba State.

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma (retd) last month accused the Nigerian Armed Forces of complicity in the killings in Taraba, Benue and other “riverine states” in the country. Speaking during Taraba State University convocation, he alleged that the military was not neutral and was covering those behind the attacks.

General Buratai while setting up the committee on Monday said it was necessary to clear the reputation of the Nigerian Army, adding that such allegation cannot be ignored.

“Statements of this nature could damage the reputation of the armed forces of Nigeria and thus cannot be ignored if the Nigerians Army will continue to earn the trust of the Nigerian populace.

“Thus, it became imperative for the Nigerian Army to set up this panel to confirm the veracity or otherwise of these allegations, the need for the Nigerian army to get it very clear and to get its name out of these unnecessary allegations,” he said.

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General Buratai added that the military is ready to take responsibility or blame if they were really found to collude as alleged.

Danjuma is an indigene of Taraba State which has is composed of various ethnic groups that have previously lived together peacefully until the recent attacks which had led to the death of many.

Areas including Bassa Local Government, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area,  among others have been plagued with the attacks.

Army Will Never Do Anything To Harm Nigerians – Buratai

The Chief of Army staff of Nigeria, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has said the Nigerian Army is people oriented and will never do anything to harm Nigerians.

Buratai said this at the closing ceremony of Exercise Crocodile Smile II in 6 Division after the community responsibility activities of the Division in Igwurruta, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday.

He said the medical outreach currently going on in some regions is not aimed at hurting anyone and that the Nigerian army belongs to the Nigerian army.

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“The Nigerian Army is the only truly Army that belongs to the Nigerian people and it will never do anything to harm the Nigerian people,” he said.

He also attended the medical outreach by 6 Division Nigerian Army as part of the activities marking the end of the operation Crocodile Smile II at the Palace of the traditional ruler of Nye-Nwe Ali Elele Alimi in Kelga, Rivers State, Eze Jonathan O.G. Amadi.

It will be recalled that the Operation 6 Division of the Nigerian Army early in October 2017 began Operation Crocodile Smile II in Niger Delta, holding multi-agency with the aim of combating the menace of kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminalities in the region.

Army Launches Operation Against Bandits In Kaduna

Army Launches Operation Against Bandits In KadunaThe Nigerian Army has launched a special military operation code named, Operation Harbin Kunama, aimed at flushing out armed bandits in the southern part of Kaduna State.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, launched the operation at an event attended by the State Governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai.

General Buratai said the operation, which lasts for one month, is being carried out in six states in Nigeria’s north-west and north-central regions.

He said the operation was part of the internal security responsibility of the military, bestowed on it by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to the Army chief, the operation will enable the troops to comb the nooks and crannies of Southern Kaduna, and flush out all the criminals from their hideouts.

He said that it would also help to restore peace and security to the area and other neighboring states where armed bandits have been carrying out series of attacks.

Commending the Army for the intervention, Governor El-Rufai expressed hope that the operation would restore confidence and enable the people to go about their normal businesses.

He, however, stressed the need for people of the area to tolerate each other, irrespective of their ethno-religious differences.

Army Acquires 500 Hectares Of Land For University In Borno

Army Acquires 500 Hectares Of Land For University In BornoThe Nigerian Army has been allocated 500 hectares of land by the Borno State Government, for the establishment of a military university.

The university would be an upgraded version of the Army’s already existing Institute of Technology and Environmental study in Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said this at the opening ceremony of the Quarterly Chief of Army Staff Workshop in Maiduguri, the state’s capital.

General Buratai noted that year 2017 in perspective, is lined up with activities tailored towards capacity building of personnel and implementation of the Nigerian Army’s reviewed Order of Battle 2016.

He added that the Army intends to invest in research and development, in order to encourage personnel to come up with indigenous ideas and innovations.

“The NA Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies is being upgraded to NA University. The university is being conceived as a unique university that would be different from other conventional universities in Nigeria.

“The concept is to make it a solution provider and a centre of excellence for a variety of technical related ventures, such as power generation and armament production.

“Pursuant to this, the Borno State Government has approved 500 hectares of land located at Biu for this,” the Army Chief said.

The workshop centres on the activities carried out in the first quarter, and further briefing for the second quarter in the Nigerian Army forecast for the year 2017.

The event, which took place at the newly constructed Command Guest House along Baga road in Maiduguri, had in attendance Brigade Commanders and General Officers Commanding.

Boko Haram Will No Longer Occupy Any Part Of Nigeria – Buhari

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The President said this at the 2017 Small Arms Championship which held at the Sambisa forest, the former stronghold of the Boko Haram militants in northern Borno state.

The President who was represented at the event by the Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan-Ali, said that training in Sambisa forest, otherwise known as Camp Zero, was a showcase of the defeat and degradation of the insurgent group.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, noted that the friendly contest was last conducted seven years ago.

According to him, organising the exercise after the long break was part of efforts to restore professionalism and competency in the Nigerian Army.

Meanwhile, the government has also admitted that the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, is not dead but alive and hiding somewhere in the Sambisa forest.

Mr Dan-Ali, however said the military has taken over the forest and will soon capture the leader of the sect.

Amnesty International Lauds Army’s Resolve To Probe Rights Violations

Amnesty International Lauds Army's Resolve To Probe Rights ViolationsAmnesty International has commended the Nigerian Army for its determination to investigate the alleged abuse of rights of citizens by troops on operations.

The commendation follows the setting up of a Special Board of Inquiry by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

General Buratai stressed the need to thoroughly investigate the accusations, in order to establish the truth and take appropriate actions.

Following the announcement, Nigeria’s Interim Director of Amnesty International, Makmid Kamara, said the step taken by the Army showed its willingness to bring erring personnel to justice.

“This commitment from the Nigerian Army to investigate human rights violations carried out by military personnel is encouraging.

“With our research showing that members of the Nigerian Security Forces continue to commit serious violations including extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, torture and other ill-treatment, such an investigation is sorely needed.

“The military’s announcement indicates its willingness to bring those responsible for such violations to account, and deliver justice for the many victims.

“While this is clearly a positive step, Amnesty International repeats its long-standing recommendation that any inquiry into human rights violations by the Nigerian Army should be independent of the military, impartial and thorough, and its findings made public.

“All members of the military suspected of criminal responsibility, including for crimes under international law, should be brought to justice in fair trials before civilian courts without recourse to the death penalty”, Mr Kamara state.

Army Constitutes Committee To Probe Human Rights Abuse

Tukur Buratai Constitutes Committee To Probe Human Rights Abuse by ArmyThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has set up a Special Board of Inquiry to investigate the allegations of human rights violation and abuse by troops on operations.

This follows the increasing report of alleged violation of the rights of citizens by the Nigerian Army, especially from global rights organisation, Amnesty International.

The global rights watch had on March 2 released its 2016 report which was not different from its previous reports.

The organisation accused the Nigerian Army and other security agencies of violation and abuse of rights in the course of their operations, an allegation the Army described as a lie.

Several other Nigerians have also accused the Army of rights abuse, with the most recent being that of a crippled man who was manhandled by soldiers in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Prompted by these, Army authorities decided to set up a panel to address the issues.

General Buratai stressed the need to thoroughly investigate the allegations in order to establish the truth and take appropriate actions.

President of the Board, Major General Abubakar Jubrin, assured the Army Chief that the committee would do a good job in unravelling the truth.

The committee has been charged to concentrate on allegations that have not been addressed by any government agency.

Army Chief Commissions 16 Brigade Facility In Bayelsa

Tukur Buratai Commissions 16 Brigade Facility In BayelsaIn a bid to stem the tide of crime and criminality in the Niger Delta region, the Nigerian Army says it is planting more military brigades across the country.

Speaking during the commissioning of a temporary accommodation for the newly created 16 Brigade in Yenagoa, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said the army is poised to tackle insecurity within the Niger Delta region.

General Buratai highlighted the reasons behind the setting up of the new brigade while appreciating Governor Seriake Dickson for support given to the Army in Bayelsa State.

In his response, Governor Dickson lauded the temporary office of the 16 Brigade and described it as the best in the federation.

He, however, appealed for more support from the Army authorities to the newly established brigade.

In his address, the Commander of the Brigade, Brigadier General Kelvin Aligbe, outlined the achievements they have made in the absence of a temporary site.

Pleased by the accolades received, the commander and officers of the 16 Brigade stated their commitment to protecting the citizens, waterways and national assets in Bayelsa State.

Rann Misfire: Air Force Panel Dialogues With Traumatised Survivors

Rann Misfire: Air Force Panel Dialogues With Traumatised SurvivorsThe Nigerian Air Force investigative panel set up to over the misfiring incident by one of its jets has been having series of discussions with survivors of the incident.

This is because the affected population in Rann community, of Kalabalge Local Government in Borno state have been thrown into trauma, following the incident which left over 200 people dead.

While some of those affected by the misfire have been whisked away to Maiduguri, others with minor injuries are stabilizing back home.

But anytime an Air Force jet flies over the Rann airspace, there is panic and fear of the unknown, according to officials of the 3 Battalion operating in the area.

Civilian authorities, the Nigerian Army and the Air Force have been talking to them for confidence building.

The Commanding Officer of 3 Battalion, Colonel Patrick Omoke said: “There’s been some form of panic within the community.

“Even when we send for aggressor to come and check what’s happening around us, the moment it’s airborne everybody starts dispersing maybe as a result of shock from the event of January 17th.

“But we have been doing a lot of talking to them through the community leaders, explaining to them that it was an accident and we are the ones sending for them now to come and survey and make sure that we are safe.”

Some of the locals confirmed the words of the Commanding Officer, confessing their feeling of insecurity and fear of the unknown anytime an aircraft flies over the community.

One of the survivors, Bulama Malawa, told Channels TV: “I lost my wife and daughter to the bomb from the airplane and people were in pieces that day.

“Today when we see them coming, everyone looks for where to hide especially the children. We are lucky to be alive from the last time but so no one is taking chances.”

The AVM Bala-Ribah-led board has assured the villagers of the good intentions of the Nigerian Air Force and a thorough investigation.

Part of the terms of reference of the board is to investigate circumstances surrounding the operational error that killed over 200 civilians and two soldiers.

“In the Nigerian Air Force, be it accidents, incidents or whatever, we go very thorough in our investigations; reason being that the operations will be continuous and if there was a mistake whether systemic, whether it was from the machine or from the human being; we need to find out exactly what the problem was so that we can incorporate that in our local procedure or in the rules of engagement to forestall future occurrence,” he said.

The board also visited the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, commending the Army for the show of solidarity when the error occurred.

General Irabor has also asked the Air Force Investigative Board to concentrate on detecting what went wrong and make recommendations on how future occurrences can be forestalled.

He said that the theatre command is also conducting independent investigation for record purposes.

There are about 23,000 men, women and children living in Rann, the headquarters of Kalabalge Local Government Area.

While the Doctors Without Borders (MSF), put the death toll at 90, the locals put the figure at over 200.

The Nigerian Airforce had admitted that the bombing was a mistake and apologised.