New Military Command Will Be Operational In 21 Days – Nigerian Army

MaiduguriThe Nigerian military on Wednesday said the Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) in Maiduguri and Yola will be operational within 21 days.

This was contained in a statement by Col. Sani Usman, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations in Abuja, who noted that the military had commenced the installation of hi-tech equipment and infrastructure development of the MCCC in Maiduguri and Yola.

The statement said that the posting of additional operations staff had also commenced.

Usman said the installations of the equipment and the posting of the additional staff were to be completed within 21 days when the centre would be fully operational.

He said that with the establishment of the centre, all strategic and operational decisions on the fight against terrorism and insurgency would emanate from the MCCC. “This will ensure faster response time; improve situational awareness and better coordination of all stakeholders.

“The centre will also give the needed impetus that would ensure prosecution and successful conclusion of the war against terrorism. “It will also provide the required interface between the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the Multi-National Joint Task Force to be deployed at the Lake Chad Basin area at the end of July 2015.

“You will recall that a reconnaissance and an advance team for the establishment of Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) were in Maiduguri and Yola last week,” Usman said.

He further noted that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Kenneth Minimah, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, were at the MCCC to commence operations on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

600 Nigerian Army Officers Receive Specialist Courses Training Abroad

Nigeria_Army The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Kenneth Minimah, on Tuesday said over 600 army officers have so far been trained from a range of specialist courses at different military institutions abroad, while new military equipment have been acquired to boost the fighting capacity of security forces in line with current trend.

He also assured Nigerians that the military will soon recapture all territories in the north east which were under the control of the Boko Haram sect.

He gave the assurance during a training seminar for army officers held at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State.

The training in collaboration with the British Military Advisory and Training Team is part of the ongoing war against the Boko Haram terrorists in the north east.

Addressing the officers at the event, Lt. Gen. Minimah, stressed the need for continuous training and re-training of army personnel for them to be able to tackle the current security challenges facing the nation.

He disclosed that the Nigerian Army had in the last one year embarked on intensive individual and group training of personnel within and outside the country, adding that such initiative is already yielding positive result with the recent onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgents in the north east.

Over 100 officers, including Commanding and Brigade Officers, were drawn from the various army divisions and units to attend the seminar, which will last for five days.

The training will focus on capacity building development in three areas; intelligence and analysis, operational capacity building and force sustainment. These areas, according to the organizers of the seminar, are critical in the effort by the Nigerian Army to defeat the current security challenges.

The Army chief who noted that the British Military Advisory and Training Team have been assisting Nigeria in the capacity building of its military forces in the areas of tactics for over thirty five years, maintained that this particular seminar will focus on operation development of the officers aim at making the Nigerian Army a professional force, adding that such collaboration is already yielding good result.

Head of the British Military Advisory Council, Brig. Gen. Jonny Bourne, gave an sight of the contributions of his country in capacity building of Nigerian military personnel.

He also expressed confidence that such training and collaboration in some key areas will assist Nigeria to overcome the current security challenges.

Channels Television’s correspondent in the north-wetern state, Chmezie Onyeocha, reports that trainings such as this will go a long way in strengthening the capacity of military officers and also develop their mental and physical well being.

Military Denies Mass Burial For Nigerian Soldiers

MutinyThe Nigerian military has denied claims that officers who died in the course of the fight against insurgency have been discreetly buried in mass graves.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Kenneth Minimah, denied the claim while fielding questions from journalists at a press briefing organised by the Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen Aliyu Gusau, on the 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Abuja on Tuesday.

He also explained that the dead soldiers are given full military burial rites with their next of kin in attendance.

However, the Minister of Defence, refused to comment on the state of the counter terrorism operations as well as the controversial seizure of cash from Nigerians in South Africa.

Lt. Gen. Gusau (rtd) said the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is an opportunity to appreciate the efforts of the Nigerian soldiers, who have paid the ultimate price for the nation.

The military hierarchy also promised to address the non-payment of pension arrears of retired military officers, who recently staged a protest in the nation’s capital over the non-payment of their outstanding pension.

Minimah Denies Recruitment Of Ex-militants To Fight Boko Haram

Kenneth MinimahThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah on Friday denied the purported plan to enlist 10,000 ex- Niger Delta militants in Nigeria’s south-south and ex-service men to boost the fight against insurgents in the north-east.

The pan-northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum had on Thursday warned the authority of the Nigerian Army against using ex-militants, who had benefitted from the late President Umaru Yar’Adua amnesty programme, under any guise to fight the Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of the north.

However, General Minimah at the commissioning of the Radio Diagnosis Centre of the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna on Friday, asked Nigerians to discard the rumour, noting that the Nigerian military has the full capacity to rout out the terrorists.

He explained that the commissioning of the ultra-modern Radio Diagnosis Centre was part of the efforts by the Army authorities to boost the health and welfare of military personnel.

He also said the authorities of the Nigerian Army upgraded the hospital to a level four international standard given the nation’s contributions to peacekeeping across the world.

Earlier in his address, the Corps Commander Medicals of the Nigerian Army, Major General Obashina Ogunbiyi said the hospital remained the foremost tertiary and referral centre in the state which cater for both the army and civilian populace.

With the commissioning of the diagnostic centre, it is expected that the health needs of Kaduna residents and environs would be met and also reduce the high rate of medical tourism abroad due to poor health facilities in Nigeria.

Insurgency: Army Commences Massive Re-training Of Officers, Soldiers Nationwide

Army Training closeupThe Nigerian Army on Friday said that it had commenced massive training for its soldiers and officers nationwide to bring an end to the insurgency and other security challenges bedevilling the nation.

The Commandant, Infantry Corps, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Major-General Mohammed Abubakar, disclosed this during the commissioning of 1 Division Nigerian Army Headquarters Training School in Kaduna.

According to him, the training schools, which had been in existence since the 1970s had been reopened to enable the Army train the multitude of soldiers it has, since the existing schools could not cope with the increasing number of soldiers being recruited on yearly basis.

He said that the training would improve the basic knowledge and skills of the soldiers and officers to enable them effectively curb the insurgency and other security challenges that have faced the nation.

The Army authorities also noted that establishing schools at each division level would help to give basic trainings to soldiers, rather than making them wait until they get to the training schools in Jaji, Bauchi, Kachia and the rest.

On his part, the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division Headquarters of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Kenneth Osuji, said that the establishment of the schools would provide avenue for immediate training of soldiers and officers under every division.

Osuji added that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, had also directed all the six divisions in the Nigerian Army to establish basic training schools for its officer and soldiers to aid in curbing security challenges.

Apart from academic exercise, the soldiers and officers, during their trainings, would equally undergo special physical training in line with the contemporary challenges.

Prayers were also offered for God’s protection of those in the battle field.


Army Seeks More Funding To Fight Boko Haram

Nigerian-ArmyCiting inadequate finance, authorities at the Nigerian Army Headquarters have explained that soldiers could not tackle the current Boko Haram insurgency in the North East and other security challenges facing the country.

The Chief of Accounts and Budget, Nigerian Army Headquarters, Major-General Abdullahi Muraina, made this remark at the opening ceremony of a training programme for the  Nigerian Army Finance Corps, Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, at Jaji, Kaduna.

According to him, apart from limitations of the envelope system, the Nigerian Army is also enmeshed in the bureaucratic bottlenecks for funding approvals for military operations, and appealed that Government should evolve other means of funding and supporting military operations, other than the normal budgetary allocations.

The increasing dynamic environment, coupled with continued technological development in the country and her immediate neighbours spurred the Army to place high premium on efficiency, proficiency and professionalism of officers and soldiers.

It is against the background that the authorities are agitating for improved funding to enable the military effectively confront the present security challenges.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minimah, believes that the current security challenges have left serious demands on the Nigerian Army’s resources.

“We know that funding is fundamental to contending with the security challenges. Success in this pursuit therefore calls for prudent and efficient management and application of available funds”, he said.

Although the Defence Ministry has always received the highest allocation in the past budgets, the Nigerian Army authorities are insisting that such allocations are still a far cry to meet up with its constitutional obligations of securing the nation’s territory.