Air Force Establishes Cancer Center In Maiduguri

Air Force Establishes Cancer Center In MaiduguriThe Nigerian Air Force has established a cancer screening center at the 105 Composite Group in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The centre which is the first of its kind in the state was commissioned by the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), who urged residents to take advantage of the centre through regular visits for early diagnosis.

“Cancer is one of the greatest risks in today’s context, and the sooner people are able to detect this disease which can be tackled in the early stages of diagnosis, I think the better it’ll be for everybody.

“What we need to do now is to begin to make the entire people of Borno State and beyond understand the need for them to come and screen themselves,” he said.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, explained that the establishment of the centre was borne out of the desire to alleviate the health challenges of personnel and their families, as well as members of the host community.

“Cancer is responsible for every one in six deaths and also the second leading cause of deaths globally, killing 8.8 million people every year while another 14 million people come down with the disease every year,” he lamented.

The screening center has been stocked with hi-tech equipment for immediate commencement of operations, as the Air Force currently runs two full-fledged emergency hospitals at the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in Bama and Dalori.

The commissioning of the screening centre was also witnessed by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, and other top government officials.

UN Security Council Meets With Osinbajo

UN Security Council Meets With OsinbajoNigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has assured the visiting United Nations Security Council mission that steps are being taken to ensure that human rights culture is institutionalised in the Nigerian Military to avoid negative reports of human rights abuse.

Professor Osinbajo said this during a closed door meeting with the UN delegation at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He, however, noted that it was time for the international community to take another look at the international legal instruments and conventions that govern warfare and conflicts in the light of the unconventional and brutal operations of terrorists and insurgents around the world.

“We must, on a global scale look again at how to deal with these new challenges.

“We need to look at the governing conventions, as well as what type of legal categories and recognition of law we should give them.

“We need to re-examine how to deal with these individuals according to law,” the Acting President said in a statement issued on Monday by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.

He also assured the UN team that the Federal Government would progressively review the Rules of Engagement by the military and across the nation’s security system while taking human rights issues into consideration.

Professor Osinbajo added that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Social Investment Programmes which include the Conditional Cash Transfer, the GEEP Micro Credit scheme and the N-Power job programme would cater to the developmental needs of the northeast.

He said “we are already disbursing the cash transfers in some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and host communities,” adding that the present administration was implementing a micro-credit scheme while using the Social Investment Programmes to resuscitate the local economies, including through the Anchor Borrowers’ plan for farmers.

The Acting President further urged the international community to support the Federal Government in the area of humanitarian response, describing the challenge as “massive”.

He hinted that the government was also in the process of passing a Northeast Development Commission bill that would deal with some of the long term developmental issues.

The Security Council members were led to the Presidential Villa by the UK Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Mathew Rycroft.

The team comprises of all the five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members of the Security Council.

Speaking earlier at the meeting, Ambassador Rycroft praised the Nigerian Government for its handling of the humanitarian challenge in the Northeast.

He called for a long term developmental outlook in the region to address the issues of good governance, human rights, women’s participation, economic revival, education and jobs.

The delegation is leaving Nigeria with a pledge that the United Nations Security Council would play its role well in assisting the Nigerian Government to tackle the challenges in the conflict zones.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geofrey Onyeama, said the Federal Government is pleased with the tour of the northeast by the Council.

He assured the team that Nigeria would leverage on it to access all the funds needed for the rehabilitation of the IDPs in region.

The meeting was attended by some members of the Federal Executive Council and top government officials including the Minister of Defence, Major General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama.

Others are the Minster of Budget and Planning, Udo Udoma; Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jubrin; the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin.

FG Releases Two Presidential Aircraft To Nigerian Air Force

Babagana-MungunuThe Federal Government has fulfilled its promise of reducing the number of aircraft in the presidential fleet as officials released two Agusta Westland helicopters to the Nigerian Air Force.

At the handing over ceremony, the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), reaffirmed the government’s commitment to enhancing the capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

He advised the Air Force to make judicious use of the helicopters in the overall interest of Nigeria’s national security.

Speaking at the event on Monday in Abuja, the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), applauded the gesture of the Federal Government to support the Nigerian Air Force with the two aircraft.

He expressed optimism that the helicopters would aid the air power of the force to respond to national security threats.Presidential-jet-helicopters-Air-Force

In his remarks, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, pledged the commitment of the force to double its effort in the fight against terror.

He pointed out that the Agusta Westland 101 and 102 helicopters are rugged helicopters used in civil and military ‎applications.

The Air Chief added that aircraft have ballistic defence capabilities and are equipped with defensive aid against some forms of missile attacks.

NSA Seeks Inter-agency Synergy For Effective Counter-Terrorism

NSA On Counter-Terrorism
Navy Commodore Yaminu Musa (rtd)

The Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has appealed to agencies involved in the counter-terrorism efforts of the Federal Government to stop all inter-agency rivalry.

The NSA said the competition limits the successes of government’s efforts to stamp out terrorism.

The NSA, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), who was represented by Navy Commodore Yaminu Musa (rtd), made the appeal in Abuja at a meeting with Directors and Heads of parastatals involved in the counter terrorism crusade.

Mr Musa, who is the Coordinator, National Counter-Terrorism Strategy, noted that government agencies driving the anti-terror crusade must be proactive and united against the terrorists.

The Federal Government had launched a counter terrorism strategy in 2014, with much emphasis on the use of force.

Two years after, the strategy was reviewed to accommodate responses to humanitarian needs of liberated areas in Nigeria’s Northeast.

Buhari To Attend Chadian President’s Inauguration

Muhammadu-Buhari to attend Idriss Deby Itno inaugurationPresident Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday, August 8, join other Heads of State and Government for the inauguration ceremony of President Idriss Deby of Chad.

President Deby was elected president in the April presidential election.

The ceremony will hold in in N’Djamena.

A statement by a spokesman for President Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, said that the Nigerian President would be accompanied on the one-day trip by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State.

The President’s delegation will also include Senator Baba Kaka Garba, Honourable Mohammed TahirMonguno, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd).

The President will return to Abuja after the inauguration.

Buhari To Hold Talks With Hollande And Key French Ministers

Buahri_officePresident Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, for Paris on September 14 to begin a three-day official visit to France at the invitation of President Francois Hollande.

According to a statement from the Nigerian President’s office, President Buhari will be accompanied on the visit by the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.), the Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Ministries of Defence, Finance, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment as well as the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council.

As the composition of his entourage indicates, President Buhari’s talks in Paris with President Hollande and other senior French Government officials will focus on the further strengthening and consolidation of ongoing bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and France in the areas of defence, security, trade and investments.

Apart from his scheduled meeting with President Hollande at the Elysee Palace on Monday evening, the President and his team will also confer with the French Minister of Defence, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Minister of Finance and Public Accounts, Mr Michel Sapin, the French Minister of Economy and Industry, Mr Emmanuel Macron and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr Laurent Fabius.

President Buhari will visit the Headquarters of MEDEF, France’s largest federation of investors and employers, where he would participate in a France/Nigeria Investment Forum with leading Nigerian and French entrepreneurs.

The President will also confer with the Chief Executive Officers of leading French multinational companies such as Total and Lafarge on their current and future investments in Nigeria.

His other scheduled engagements in Paris include a meeting with African Ambassadors to France and an interactive session with members of the Nigerian community.

The President will conclude his visit to France on Wednesday, September 16 and return to Abuja the same day.

DSS Explains Siege On Dasuki’s House

DSSThe Department of State Security, the DSS has been explaining their actions regarding the several hours of siege laid in the home of the former National Security Adviser, Retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

The DSS, in a statement says the operation of the day which warranted the agency to embark on the search on his properties was based on a credible intelligence linking Colonel Dasuki with an alleged plan to commit treasonable felony against the Nigerian State.

Colonel Dasuki was said to have resisted the operations by the use of the military operatives guarding his home, even after the presentation of a duly signed search warrant.

The DSS explained that the delay in getting into the former NSA’s home stretched the operations from what should have taken just about two hours to over ten hours.

After the search operations, the DSS said that it found seven high caliber rifles, several magazines and military related gears.

Also the DSS team said that it also recovered twelve new vehicles, out of which five were bullet proof.

The vehicles, according to the DSS, are all exotic and the former NSA failed to produce evidence of ownership.

The DSS stated further, “The service would want to state categorically that this search operation is not a witch hunt. The service decided to move at this time in line with current management resolve to be proactive and pre-empt individuals with penchant for impunity and lawlessness from putting back the nation to the dark days.

“The service is also aware that the lethal arms and the vehicles recovered were not reflected in Sambo’s handover notes or what could a former NSA be doing with destructive weapons and bullet proof cars which, put together, could disrupt the peace of any city in Nigeria for a while?”

The DSS, however, assured members of the public that it would not trample on the freedom of individuals or groups as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution, and promised to uphold the current administration’s position on transparency, and probity underlined by justice and equity for all Nigerians.

The full text of the statement by the DSS is published on Channels Television website.

Full Text: DSS Statement On Former NSA Sambo Dasuki

PREVENTING ATTEMPTS TO COMMIT TREASONABLE FELONY: THE SEARCH ON THE RESIDENCE(S) OF MOHAMMED SAMBO DASUKI (COL RTD), IMMEDIATE PAST NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER (NSA)

Gentlemen of the Press, good evening.

2. On 16th July, 2015, about 1650 hours, based on credible intelligence linking the immediate past NSA, Mohammed Sambo DASUKI (Col Rtd) with alleged plans to commit treasonable felony against the Nigerian State, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) conducted a search on the properties belonging to the former NSA, Mohammed Sambo DASUKI (Col Rtd). The properties are on Nos. 13, John Khadya Street, Nos. 46, Nelson Mandela Street, both at Asokoro, Abuja, and Nos. 3 Sabon Birni Road, Gwiwa Area, Sokoto, Sokoto State.

3. The search operations was planned to be simultaneously conducted, but DASUKI, refused the operatives entry into his main residence located at No. 13 John Khadya Street, Asokoro, despite being presented with a genuine and duly signed search warrant. Consequently, what was to last not more than two (2) hours, lasted more than ten (10) hours, up till the early hours of 17th July, 2015. Indeed if not for the sense of maturity and professionalism of the officers and men assigned this task and the very good understanding and timely intervention of the new Chief of Army Staff, Tsukur Y. BURATAI (Maj Gen), there would have been a clash between the Army operatives guarding the house and Service operatives, as SAMBO directed the soldiers on duty not to allow any movement into his house, despite the subsisting court order. SAMBO thereafter raised a false alarm to the military authorities to come to his aid as he failed to correctly tell the military that his property was about to be legitimately searched.

4. Gentlemen, please recall that SAMBO retired from the Army as a Colonel, and therefore not entitled to have military guards, if not for the fact he was NSA. Even as NSA, such guards should have been withdrawn after his removal as NSA since he would not have been entitled.

5. The search was thoroughly conducted, and several items recovered, among which were some incriminating items. These include seven (7) high caliber rifles, (high assault weapons), several magazines and military related gears.

6. The team also recovered twelve (12) new vehicles, out of which five (5) were bullet proofs. These vehicles which are all exotic vehicles were retrieved from SAMBO’s residence having failed to produce evidence of ownership. For instance, what could he be doing with five (5) bullet proof cars as a retired NSA?. These cars which from all available evidence were purchased with tax payers money, were being kept for possible sinister enterprise.

7. The Service would want to state categorically that this search operation is not a witch hunt. The Service decided to move at this time in line with current Management resolve to be proactive and pre-empt individuals with penchant for impunity and lawlessness from putting back the nation to the dark days. The Service is also aware that the lethal arms and the vehicles recovered were not reflected in SAMBO’s handover notes or what could a former NSA be doing with destructive weapons and bullet proof cars which put together could disrupt the peace of any city in Nigeria for a while.

8. On the search of his three (3) properties, including the Sokoto residence, the Service is aware that in his capacity and given his antecedents, he might decide to use any of his residences for such diabolical plans, rather than his main residence.

9. Gentlemen of the press, the Service Management would want to assure members of the public that it would not trample on the freedom of individuals or groups as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution and emphasized by the current administration’s position on transparency, and probity underlined by justice and equity for all Nigerians. This is the driving force for all DSS operations. However, the Service would not hesitate to go after any person or group of persons, no matter how highly placed once such individual (s) breach or attempt to breach the laws of the Federation. The days for impunity and indecisiveness in the face of unpatriotic acts by individuals operating against the State are over. The Service hereby appeal to all Nigerians to be law abiding and partner with it in ensuring a peaceful and secured nation. In the same vein, those that are bent on breaking the rules governing our peaceful co-existence due to either the huge ill gotten wealth they have acquired or imaginary hold they think they have on our nation’s survival, are being warned to rethink. The DSS will use all constitutional means as defined by its mandate to deal decisively with such unpatriotic individuals.

10. The Management want to seize this opportunity to appreciate Nigerians for the tremendous acts of goodwill that is being extended to the new dispensation. The Management also wish to assure Nigerians that the gesture and confidence being expressed will be reciprocated with more dedication and service to our dear country Nigeria.

11. Happy Eid-el-Fitri to you and indeed, all Nigerians.

12. Thank you.

sgd

Tony OPUIYO

DSS Withdraws From Former NSA Dasuki’s House

DasukiAfter more than 24 hours of siege, the Federal Government has ordered the withdrawal of operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) from the Abuja home of the immediate past National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

Channels Television gathered that this was, however, effected after they had seized his International Passports and other vital documents.

Although there is no more restriction of his movement, Colonel Dasuki (Rtd) still feels aggrieved that he was deprived of the opportunity to perform his religious obligation of attending the Eid Prayers, marking the end of Ramadan Fasting.

Retired Colonel Dasuki has vowed to challenge the action by seeking legal redress in order to enforce his fundamental human rights.

Meanwhile, it has been gathered that legal and diplomatic processes initiated by the former National Security Adviser have ensured that cash seized by the South African government during the cash for arms saga in 2014 have been fully recovered by Nigeria.

It would be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was forced to resort to the alternative market to obtain arms when western powers blocked every access to the formal arms market but the cash were seized both at the airport and in the bank.

The PDP, through its National Publicity Secretary, Olisah Metuh, had earlier on Friday condemned the siege on the former NSA’s residence. Mr Metuh said that it was undemocratic and unconstitutional.

Alleged House Arrest: PDP Says Siege On Dasuki’s House Unlawful

DasukiThe PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisah Metuh, says the siege on former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki’s residence is undemocratic and unconstitutional.

Reports emerged that the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) had stormed the house on Thursday evening and they had on Friday maintained a siege on the Abuja residence of the immediate past National Security Adviser.

As at Friday afternoon, visitors were not allowed into the premises as cars that attempted to gain entrance were turned back.

One of such visitors was the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh.

He said that the operatives told him the place was under security watch.

He described the siege as unconstitutional and urged the relevant authorities to respect the rule of law and democratic principles.

Later on the same day, after more than 24 hours of siege, the Federal Government ordered the withdrawal of operatives of the Department of State Services from the Abuja home of Colonel Dasuki.

The withdrawal was effected only after they seized his International Passports and other vital documents.

On Monday, July 13, President Muhammadu Buhari sacked retired Colonel Dasuki as his National Security Adviser.

He was replaced by retired Major General Babagana Monguno.

Buhari Meets With New Service Chiefs

service chiefsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has met with the newly appointed service chiefs and the National Security Adviser.

This is following the sacking of the former military heads on Monday.

The President had earlier in the day announced that the former service chiefs had been relieved of their duties and quickly approved the appointments of new Service Chiefs and also a new National Security Adviser.

The Chief of Defence Staff is Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin, while Major-General T.Y. Buratai became the Chief of Army Staff.

Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas is the Chief of Naval Staff while Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar is the Chief of Air Staff

Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan becomes the new Chief of Defence Intelligence as Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.) takes over the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

According to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the new Service Chiefs will hold their appointments in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate.

President Buhari Appoints New Service Chiefs And NSA

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of new Service Chiefs and also a new National Security Adviser.

This is following the sacking of the former Service Chiefs on Monday, July 13, 2015.

The new appointments are as follows:

1. Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin – Chief of Defence Staff;

2. Major-General T.Y. Buratai – Chief of Army Staff

3. Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas – Chief of Naval Staff

4. Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar – Chief of Air Staff

5. Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan – Chief of Defence Intelligence

6. Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) – National Security Adviser

The new Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Olonishakin (N/6901) hails from Ekiti State.

Until his appointment as Chief of Defence Staff, he was the Head of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command in Minna, Niger State.

The new Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Buratai hails from Borno State.

Until his new appointment, he was the Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force which has its headquarters in Ndjamena.

Maj-Gen. Buratai has previously served as Commander of the Nigerian Army’s 2nd Brigade in Port Harcourt and Commander of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State.

The new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibas (NN/0746) hails from Cross River State.

He enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 26th Regular Course in 1979 and was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1983.

His previous appointments include: Naval Provost Marshal, Chief Staff Officer, Naval Training Command, Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command and Chief of Logistics, Naval Headquarters.

Until his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Navy Holdings Limited.

The new Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar (NAF/1433) hails from Bauchi State.

His previous appointments include: Chief of Standards and Evaluation, NAF Headquarters; Chief of Defence Communications and Air Officer Commanding, NAF Training Command.

Until his new appointment as Chief of Air Staff, he was the Chief of Administration, NAF Headquarters.

The new Service Chiefs will hold their appointments in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate.

President Buhari has thanked the outgoing Service Chiefs and National Security Adviser for their services to the nation and wished them well in their future endeavours.