Southern Kaduna Crisis: Troops Nab Two Persons With Ammunition

Southern Kaduna Crisis: Troops Nab Two Persons With AmmunitionTroops deployed to southern Kaduna have arrested two persons in possession of ‎live ammunition in Kagoma area of the state.

The General Officer Commanding One Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, disclosed the arrest to reporters in the state in northwest Nigeria.

General Oyebade has also ordered the immediate deployment of troops to Ninte, a community that has been ravaged with renewed attacks in Jema’a Local Government Area.

The ammunition was discovered when two middle-aged men, who were driving a maroon coloured Volkswagen vehicle through a road in the front of the Chief of Kagoma’s Palace were flagged down but declined. This led to their suspicion and interrogations by soldiers on watch.

Luck, however, ran out on them, as the GOC and the troops were coming out of the palace after peace talks with the elders to address the killings.

The suspects were apprehended and whisked away to the military camp in Kafanchan for further questioning.

While assuring residents of the area that troops were on ground to restore peace to without taking side, General Oyebade appealed to both the Fulani communities and locals not to cause a religious crisis.

He particularly warned the youths not to allow anyone, especially politicians use them to achieve their agenda by causing crisis at the detriment of their future.

Earlier, the traditional ruler of Kagoma Chiefdom, Paul Zakka Gyon, had said “the recent attacks have connection to the inability of the natives displaced from Ninte to return home.

“(They are) requesting that troops be deployed to restore confidence of the displaced natives to return home and stabilise the community before security agents are withdrawn”.

Meanwhile, normalcy has returned to Kafanchan and Goska, the villages that lost at least 10 lives after the bloody coordinated attacks on December 24 and 25.

Niger Government To Assist Families Of 11 Slain Soldiers

Niger State, Abubakar Bello, Beji ElectrificationThe Niger State government has promised to assist the families of 11 soldiers ambushed and killed by gun runners and armed bandits in the line of duty. 

They were on military operation in Bosso Local Government Area, of the state on August 7 when they were killed.

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, pledged that his administration would support the Nigerian Army in its effort to combat insurgency and other related crimes in the state.

He made the pledge when he visited the General Officer Commanding One Division of the Nigerian Army, to commiserate with him over the death of the eleven Soldiers.

He also announced that state government will take the responsibility of renovating the dilapidated structures at the Nigerian Army 31 Artillery Brigade barracks in Niger state, in other to make it more comfortable for the officers and men.

The GOC One Division, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, reiterated his readiness of military officials of the division to always discharge their constitutional duties without fear or intimidation.

The Nigerian military has recorded fatalities in its bid to flush out gun runners and armed bandits and Major General Oyebade has said that in spite of losing his men to the bandits, the ongoing war to rid Nigeria of insurgents, would not be compromised.

Alleged Extra-Judicial Killings: Army Won’t Succumb To Blackmail, GOC Warns

Boko Haram, Nigerian Army, Coup PlanThe General Officer Commanding, One Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, says no amount of blackmail or attack against his officers by criminals will stop the army from discharging its constitutional role of maintaining the unity and security of the nation.

The warning is coming on the heels of accusations by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) that the army committed extra-judicial killings against their members in Zaria in 2015.

General Oyebade, who emphasized that despite loosing 12 soldiers during a military operation in Niger State recently, maintained that the Nigerian Army will never compromise its mandate or allow any unlawful group to threaten the nation’s territorial integrity.

While assuring that the Nigerian Army will always discharge its duties in line with the rule of engagement, General Oyebade cautioned such groups from misleading the public with unsubstantiated allegations.

Kaduna Attacks: Army Vows To Fish Out Culprits

Army, KadunaThe Nigerian Army has vowed to fish out those behind the attacks on three villages in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The General Officer Commanding, One Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, stated this on Friday during his visit to the villages, attacked by gunmen state in northwest Nigeria.

He assured the residents of their safety, stressing that the Army personnel would be stationed in the area for some time until normalcy returns.

Eleven persons were killed and several others sustained injuries in a coordinated attack that lasted several hours in Gada Biyu, Akwa’a and Angwan Anjoo villages in Godogodo town.

Lasting Solutions

Residents of the villages have fled their homes for fear of fresh attacks they claimed were being carried out by some Fulani herdsmen.

One of the villagers, Monday Adamu, told Channels Television that the continual and systematic killing of Southern Kaduna people through attacks without government intervention is condemnable and unacceptable.

The attacks follow a series of attacks since 2011 on villages in the southern part of Kaduna State that have claimed many lives and destroyed properties worth millions of Naira.

Since the latest incident occurred, the displaced villagers have been taking refuge in neighbouring communities.

Beyond the presence of military and Police officials, the natives urged the government to find lasting solutions to the lingering crisis between the locals and Fulani herdsmen.

Army Donates Borehole To Kaduna Community

Nigerian military, AmnestyThe One Division of the Nigerian Army has donated a hand pump borehole to Unguwar Kanti Village, in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Speaking when he handed over the borehole to the community, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, said the gesture is part of the focus of the present administration in building a cordial military- civil relationship.

The GOC explains that he was touched by reports about the lack of potable water and other basic amenities in the community.

Gen. Oyebade, who addressed the Gbagyi dominated community with the help of an interpreter, assured them that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and the respective state governments were working tirelessly to ensure welfare of all Nigerians.

Responding on behalf of the community, Secretary of Rigasa Youth Development, Ibrahim Umar, expressed appreciation to the GOC for giving the community life.

He also used the platform to call on government to come to their aid by providing them with a primary healthcare centre, standard primary school and good road.

The donation of the Borehole is one of the many challenges that this community has been confronted with over the years and they are appealing to the state government to provide them with other basic amenities that will make life for them.

Army Accuses Shiites Of Violence During Clash

Army-ShiitesThe Nigerian Army has accused members of the Shiites Islamic sect of attacking soldiers with dangerous weapons during the bloody clash between the Army and the Shiites in Zaria.

The Army stated this on Monday at the ongoing investigation into the clash by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State government.

During his submission before the commission, the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, alleged that the Shiites attacked soldiers with dangerous weapons on that fateful day.

He added that the situation prompted his men to apply relative force in order to restore law and order in Zaria.

The GOC also explained why the Army did not notify the Police during the incident on December 12, 2015, before its arrest of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El Zakaky, since the matter is a civil one.

The Director General of Kaduna State Inter-Faith Agency, Namadi Musa, had told the commission that he received a total of 347 dead bodies for burial at Mando area in the outskirt of the state capital.

Conflicting Death Figures

Meanwhile at the ongoing investigation, differing figures of those allegedly killed in the incident are being presented, as the Nigerian Army could not give an actual figure.

A medical officer from the Nigerian Army Depot Medical Unit, who also played a major role in the burial of the deceased, Major Uche Agulanna, told the commission that contrary to the government’s disclosure that 347 corpses were buried in mass grave, he handed over few corpses to the representative of the state government.

When cross-examined by counsel to the commission to give the actual figure of the dead, Major Agulana said that he did not keep the record of the deaths as he was busy trying to save lives that were brought into the hospital.

 

Amnesty International had also alleged that the Army killed hundreds of men, women and children from a minority Shiite Muslim sect in December 2015.

The group claimed that more than 350 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria were believed to have been unlawfully killed by the military between December 12 and 14.

Ethno-Religious Crisis: Army Tasks Leaders On Unity Among Subjects

Army ethno-religious crisisReligious and traditional rulers have been advised to instill the spirit of unity and togetherness among their followers and subjects.

The General Officer Commanding One Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, gave the advice while speaking at a conference organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Kaduna State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

According to Major General Oyebade, such promotion of unity would stop the continuous ethno-religious conflicts that have ravaged many parts of Nigeria.

Describing the sectarian crises that have rocked Kaduna State recently as the cause of the slow pace of development in the state, he stressed the need for people to see religion and tribe as instruments of unity and peaceful co-existence, rather than being sources of discord and conflict.

The Army officer called on Nigerians irrespective of religious differences to move the country forward in terms of infrastructural development and cordial relationship, as being practiced in other parts of the world.

He also appealed to media practitioners to sensitise the public on religious and ethnic matters in order to achieve a sustainable ethno-religious harmony in Nigeria.

On his part, Mr Chris Umar, a representative of Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said that his administration was committed to promoting peace and security in Kaduna State.

The guest speakers at the event, the Secretary General of Jamaátu Nasril Islam (JNI), Dr. Khalid Abubakar and a former General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State, Reverend Joseph Hayab, identified insincerity on the part of religious leaders as a contributory factor to ethno-religious crisis in Nigeria.

According to the clerics, there cannot be economic prosperity and development in Nigeria in an atmosphere of widespread violence and breakdown of law and order.

They also tasked religious leaders on the importance of telling their followers the truth whenever they go wrong.

In his speech, a former spokesman to former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Maiyaki, tasked journalists to use their profession to promote peace and unity and focus on issues that could enhance peace and development.

Troops kill 35 Insurgents, Arrest 39 Armed Bandits

troopsTroops from the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army have killed 35 insurgents and arrested 38 armed bandits during series of operations carried out in states within the north-west zone of Nigeria.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the division, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, on Saturday, made the development known while briefing reporters on their activities within the past two months.

General Oyebade said that the criminals were killed by troops of the Operation Sharan Daji, while the 38 others that were arrested had been handed over to the Police in the various states of their arrest.

He said that 6,009 animals were recovered within the zone as well as several AK-47 rifles, Dane guns and a variety of weapons and ammunition.

General Oyebade also disclosed that during the course of the various operations, a Sergeant was killed by the armed bandits while three soldiers sustained injuries.

He noted that fleeing terrorists from the north-east to north-west were being tracked and many of them arrested.

Troops Kill Armed Bandits, Cattle Rustlers In North West

Cattle RustlersTroops of One Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army have killed suspected armed bandits and cattle rustlers during an operation in some states across the North West zone.

This was disclosed by the General Officer Commanding, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, during an assessment tour of areas of operations under his command.

He said that soldiers also killed two suspected armed robbers and recovered some weapons and a stolen vehicle at Panbegwa village in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Major General Adeniyi announced that the division, in an effort to flush out criminals especially armed bandits and cattle rustlers that have been terrorizing rural communities in the two north west and some parts of the north central, has intensified operations in states within the two zones.

The new onslaught, code-named ‘Operation Sharan Daji’, according to the GOC, has started yielding positive result as hundreds of stolen cattle have been recovered from the criminals while several of their camps have been destroyed.

Addressing the troops during the assessment tour, Major General Adeniyi commended their effort so far in ensuring that the criminals are completely flushed out.

He cautioned them to carry out their operations in accordance with the military rules of engagement and to also protect the rights of the civilians in the areas.

He assured the troops that their welfare would be adequately addressed, stating that the accommodation challenge being faced by some of them has been addressed by the Chief of Army Staff, LT General Tukur Buratai.

100 Soldiers Protest Unlawful Dismissal From Army

armyAbout 100 soldiers who were allegedly dismissed by the Nigerian Army last year for losing their weapons and operational base to Boko Haram insurgents in the North East on Wednesday protested their dismissal from the army.

The soldiers are demanding that the Nigerian Army obey the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari for their reinstatement since August 2015.

They also complained of not receiving their salaries since July last year, a situation they say has brought untold hardship to them and their families.

Some of them told journalists that their travails started after they were thoroughly scrutinized in September 2015 by an army investigative board led by the General Officer Commanding One Division, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, and thereafter transferred to the Nigerian Army Training Centre (NATRAC) in Kontagora, Niger state for a pre-reposting training.

After the training, the soldiers said their names were omitted in the list of the over 3,000 that were re-instated, adding that nobody has been able to explain to them the reason for the omission.

Presently, they alleged that their families as well as personal property have been thrown out of the barrack following their dismissal.

The aggrieved soldiers, who said they were unjustly dismissed without any known offence and without the benefit of fair hearing are appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukut Buratai, to intervene in the matter with a view to reinstating them.

The soldiers say they are willing and ready to serve the Nigerian Army and the country again if they are re-instated.

Shiite Members Shun Judicial Commission Of Inquiry’s Sitting

kaduna-ShiiteMembers of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria on Monday shunned the inaugural sitting of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the December 12, 2015, violent clash between the group and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.

At the commencement of the public sitting at the General Hassan Usman Katsina House in the State capital, venue of the public hearing, as early as 9 O’clock in the morning and waited for about an hour without seeing members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. They did not send any representative or apology.

Members of the commission arrived at the General Hassan Usman Katsina House, venue of the public hearing as early as 9 O’clock in the morning and waited for about an hour without seeing members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria or their lawyers.

Their absence may be unconnected with their demand for the release of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and over 700 of their members, who were taken into custody by security operatives days after the incident.

But the Nigerian Army was represented at the sitting by the General Officer Commanding One division, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade.

The absence of the Shiite members compelled the commission to adjourn till Wednesday, February 4 in expectation that counsel to the commission, Yusuf Ali, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, would ascertain the whereabouts of Sheik El-Zakzaky and report back to the commission by the next sitting.

Some lawyers representing various interests at the panel asked the commission to ensure that all parties involved in the matter were adequately represented in order to give each of them a fair hearing, but the commission’s chairman, Justice Mohammed Garba, insisted that they had notified all parties involved about the sitting and therefore, does not have the powers to give an open invitation to any individual or group.

The commission’s chairman also announced that a total of 105 memoranda had been received from members of the public.

He reassured the sitting that the commission would conduct an unbiased investigation and recommend necessary action that would be fair to all parties involved.

Mr Garba also asked the Nigerian Army to ensure it was represented during all the sittings of the commission.

The commission, which has 13 terms of reference, will inquire into the immediate and remote causes of the clashes, and thereafter make recommendations to the state government.

Election Conduct Probe: Army Panel Recommends Sanctions For Officials

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur BurataiA board of inquiry set up by the Nigerian Army to review allegations of unprofessional conducts by some officers and soldiers during the 2015 elections has recommended some sanctions for erring officials in its report submitted on Monday.

The Board set up by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, after a thorough job submitted its report, which also looked at the army’s involvement in Ekiti and Osun States Gubernatorial elections last year, to the Chief of Army Staff at the Army Headquarters in Abuja, the oil-rich nation’s capital.

Far Reaching Recommendations

In its report, the board recommended the compulsory retirement of two officers from the Nigerian Army, while three other officers were recommended to lose their command and one was recommended for prosecution for collecting financial gratification.

Other recommendations include placing 15 officers on watch list while nine officers were to be further investigated by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission over allegations levelled against them.

The Board also recommended that six officers should face an audit committee and 62 officers, (mostly of the rank of Majors-below), are to be given letters of displeasure and to appear before their respective general officers commanding for counselling.

Submitting the report, the chairman of the board, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, stated that the board, which placed advertorials requesting for memoranda from the public before they commenced sitting, had 23 officers and over 100 soldiers appeared before it as well as 62 civilians.

According to him, the Board had made far reaching recommendations that would assist the Nigerian Army and the nation in the future.

He thanked the Nigerian Army for the opportunity to serve and reiterated the Board’s members’ willingness to serve when called upon for any other such assignment. He also acknowledged the support and cooperation they received from the Nigerian Police and other security agencies, as well as the general public.

While receiving the report, Lieutenant General Buratai thanked the Board for a thorough and dispassionate job devoid of influence from any quarters.

He expressed delight that the Board, knowing the gravity and implication of their report on the careers of officers and impact on the Nigerian Army, discharged their assignment diligently and professionally.

He assured them that the report would be reviewed accordingly, in line with Nigerian Army’s legal and administrative procedures.

A statement by a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the Chief of Army Staff also enjoined members of the Board to share knowledge acquired in the course of their assignment with their colleagues for the benefit of the Nigerian Army and the nation.

Lieutenant General Buratai further reassured Nigerians that the Army would continue to remain professional and apolitical in the discharge of its responsibilities.