Adesina Calls For Accurate Disemination Of Information

Femi_AdesinaThe Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has stressed the need for stakeholders in information management to ensure that accurate information is disseminated to the general public at all times.

Speaking at a meeting with members of the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA) and the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC), Wednesday in Abuja, Mr. Adesina said that it was only with accurate information that the public could have a better understanding of the actions and policies of government.

Welcoming the FOSSRA and CCC team, Mr. Adesina said that their establishment was timely as they will help in building and fostering the much needed synergy among critical stakeholders in security and crisis management.

He gave an assurance that the present administration will collaborate with the Centre in ensuring that activities of government, especially in the area of ameliorating the pains of victims of terrorism and insurgency are well disseminated.

The Chairman of FOSSRA, who is also the Defence spokesperson, Major-General Chris Olukolade, congratulated Mr. Adesina and the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Mallam Garba Shehu, on their appointment.

Major-General Olukolade also briefed the Presidential spokespersons on the activities of the Centre for Crisis Communication and FOSSRA.

Government Bans Paramilitary Agencies From Use Of Camouflage Uniforms

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Major-General Chris Olukolade

The Nigerian Government has banned the use of camouflage uniforms by various security agencies other than the Armed Forces namely; Army, Navy and the Air Force.

The Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, made this known in a statement on Friday.

The Nigerian Police will, however, use the uniform when in Joint Operation with the military or on special operation such as specific anti-riot missions.

This followed the directive of the National Security Council, as it approved the recommendations of a committee on measures to streamline the use of camouflage uniforms, in view of the security implications and concerns raised on the clamour, duplicity and proliferation of camouflage uniforms in the country.

The use of camouflage/fatigue is therefore restricted to the military and for occasional use by the police henceforth.

The directive also stipulates that the military is to adopt only two types of camouflage for the three arms of the Armed Forces.

All para-military agencies using various camouflage/fatigues uniforms have up to January 2016 to withdraw such materials currently in their inventory.

With this development, the Ministry of Justice along with law enforcement agencies have been tasked to ensure that extant laws guiding the use of uniforms in Nigeria are strictly enforced.

In the same vein, the Office of the National Security Adviser has been vested with the authority to vet and clear any production and supply of camouflage uniforms in Nigeria.

The proliferation and imitation by criminals and impostors using uniforms especially the camouflage have been generating some concern in national security circles.

The development has been communicated to all the agencies by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Twin Explosion Kills 7, Injures Dozens In Borno

bomb-explosionA twin explosion has killed seven people and left dozens injured on Friday morning, at Tashan Alade in Hawul Local Government of Borno State, North-east Nigeria.

According to report, the incident occurred at about six in the morning during a wedding ceremony.

Tashan Alade has come under severe attack from insurgents in recent time.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, had said in a statement on Thursday, that  a cordon and search operations conducted by troops in Gombe State, also in the North-east, yielded the arrest of 3 bomb making experts.

He said that the cordon and search is continuing in certain localities and would be intensified along with mopping up operations in locations where offensive operations are being conducted.

A youth vigilante in Tashan Alade, Ibrahim Saleh, said a suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Nigerian Troops Nab Three Bomb Makers In Gombe

TroopsThe Nigerian troops have arrested three suspected bomb producers in Gombe State, North-eastern part of the country.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said in a statement on Thursday, that “A cordon and search operations conducted by troops in Gombe yielded the arrest of 3 bomb making experts”.

He explained further that “the arrested persons are suspected to be members of the terrorist group in search of soft targets for attack after being dislodged from the stronghold in Sambisa forest and other enclaves”.

On items recovered from the suspects, the military Spokesman revealed that “Items recovered from the apprehended include a tricycle and materials for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation”.

Reassuring Nigerians of safety, Olukolade stressed that “Cordon and search is continuing in certain localities and will be intensified along with mopping up operations in locations where offensive operations are being conducted. The essence is to apprehend the terrorists who have been dislodged from their sanctuaries and in search of escape routes or resorting to attacking soft targets.

“In line with this development, the public is enjoined to be extra vigilant and to report suspicious movements or activities within their environs, as the military is poised to ensuring that the ongoing operations are duly aligned with security arrangement nationwide.”

Military Wipes Out Boko Haram From Sambisa Forest

Military fighting terrorists in Sambisa ForestThe Nigerian troops fighting terrorists in the north-east have inflicted another crushing defeat on Boko Haram militants at the Sambisa Forest, in a major offensive against insurgency.

Military authorities said ground troops and fighter pilots on Sunday, killed a large number of the terrorists in an operation described as ‘merciless’.

Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced by the militant group in the last six years, which at its height, saw the terrorists control some towns in Nigeria’s North-east region.

Meanwhile, the troops overran 10 camps used by the Islamist terrorists in the Sambisa Forest on Saturday, prior to the Sunday offensive.

Speaking in an interview with media in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, revealed that four of the camps were located at Izad, within the Sambisa Forest, while three others were being established by the terrorists, before the military assault began.

“The Nigerian Air force is maintaining an active air surveillance to track the movement of terrorists for appropriate action as the operation continues,” the army spokesman said in a statement.

A soldier was said to have died in the encounter, while two others sustained serious injuries.

However, the military’s renewed offensive in the area is in line with the government’s promise of cleaning up the Sambisa Forest before the handover date of May 29.

Army Foils Terrorist Plot To Cause Havoc In Maiduguri

Boko haram counter-terrorism forcesThe Defence Headquarters on Thursday said that a plot by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, to use two female suicide bombers to cause havoc in Maiduguri was foiled by troops, who successfully dislodged the terrorists.

Security sources revealed that two female suicide bombers detonated bombs, ahead of their attack on Ladi Kayamla near Maiduguri the Borno State capital, on Wednesday, with a plan to follow up with an attack but were swiftly routed by the Nigerian Army in the area.

The military added that the attack, which was apparently diversionary with the intention of slowing down the ongoing assault on Sambisa forest, was believed to have been carried out by terrorists escaping from their destroyed camp.

However, the Director, Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, who confirmed the incident reassured that normalcy had been restored, adding that the army have conducted mop up operation of the area.

Members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, had launched an attack on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri, Blessing Tunor, confirmed that there were heavy gunshots, adding that residents in the state scampered to their homes when they got wind of the attack, while those living close to Giwa Barracks ran in different directions to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

The Boko haram militants have suffered losses in recent times, following a fresh onslaught by the Nigerian military, leading to the recapture of territories formerly controlled by the insurgents and the rescue of over a thousand people held in captivity in various locations in the northeast, many of them women and children.

Only recently, the military announced that it had raided Sambisa Forest, believed to be the last stronghold of the terrorists, and rescued numerous women and children as well.

Nigerian Troops Recover Video Recordings From Terrorists

Video RecordingsNigerian troops have recovered video recordings, ICT gadgets and other sensitive materials including arms and ammunition left behind by terrorists following relentless pursuit by the troops.

Some of the videos included recording of scenes of trials, beheading, executions, stoning, floggings and those taken during preparations for suicide attacks.

Many of the video materials recovered by the troops are currently being analysed by military experts.

A military source informed Journalists that recovering such recordings was another major feat in the battle against insurgency.

The source added that “Some of the videos were meant for release through their normal channels to the public before they were dislodged from their camps. They also show the barbaric life in their so-called caliphate.”

When contacted on the discovery of video recordings, the Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade said, “A number of vital materials, apart from arms and ammunition, have been recovered which are being subjected to intelligent analyses. We don’t want to say much about that now.”

Since they invaded Sambisa Forest a few weeks ago, Nigerian troops have liberated about 1,000 women and children from the various terrorists camps already dismantled.

There have been tales of woes and great distress from many of those rescued from the terrorists about their reign of terror and lately of despondency within the ranks of the insurgents.

Top Boko Haram Commander Killed In Encounter With Troops

Boko HaramA notorious top terrorist commander, Abu Mojahid was among the terrorists that died in an encounter with troops in the outskirts of Alagarno, Tuesday morning.

This is according to the Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, who said that the terrorists had staged a daring attack on troops who were on patrol of the area.

“A number of the terrorists died as the troops repelled the attack.

“Some Rocket Propelled Grenades as well as vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft guns were either captured or destroyed in the encounter,” Olukolade said.

He also stated that the military operations are continuing in the form of offensive action on identified terrorists in some forest locations.

“Aggressive patrols, mopping up as well as cordon and search are also continuing in the other locations in search for weapons and terrorists.

“Improvised explosive devices planted by the terrorists to deter the comprehensive offensive by the advancing troops are also being carefully cleared as troops continue to pursue fleeing ones.

“The operations especially in forest locations are progressing in defiance of obstacles and land mines placed by the terrorists.”

In another development, Nigerian troops backed by warplanes have invaded Boko Haram’s last known stronghold, the Sambisa forest in an effort to finally rout the insurgents.

An official in the Chadian Army said that the Chadian and Cameroonian troops were ready to attack Sambisa forest, which lies near the Cameroon border, from the other side and would move in soon.

A Cameroonian Army official also said Chadian troops are assembling in Mora, northern Cameroon, ahead of the joint operation.

The Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, said the Boko Haram terrorists had run out of arms and ammunition.

Nigerian Troops Invade Sambisa Forest

Nigerian Army-Boko HaramNigerian troops backed by warplanes have invaded Boko Haram’s last known stronghold, the Sambisa forest in an effort to finally rout the insurgents.

An official in the Chadian Army said the Chadian and Cameroonian troops were ready to attack Sambisa forest, which lies near the Cameroon border, from the other side and would move in soon.

A Cameroonian Army official also said Chadian troops are assembling in Mora, northern Cameroon, ahead of the joint operation.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said the Boko Haram terrorists had run out of arms and ammunition.

The military spokesman noted that the Boko Haram terrorists have only bows and arrows, machetes, daggers and other local weapons.

He added that the terrorists were roaming about in the bushes of the villages along the fringes of Sambisa forest.

Nigerian, Cameroon, Chadian and Nigerien armies have in the past two months launched combined operations to crush the Boko Haram insurgents, who have killed thousands and kidnapped hundreds in the past few years in their course to establish an Islamic state.

The Sambisa forest is a vast former colonial game reserve in the north eastern region of Nigeria, which is about 100 km (60 miles) from the Chibok village where the terrorists group kidnapped more than 200 secondary school girls on April 14th, 2014.

Military Set To Wipe Out Boko Haram – Olukolade

Vehicle recovered from Boko HaramThe military in Nigeria says it is on the verge of totally wiping out the Boko Haram terrorist group from the nation’s north-east.

A spokesman for the Defence Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade, gave the assurance on Thursday after touring more of the recovered territories, including Gwoza, said to be the last bastion of the Boko Haram to be recaptured.

Major General Olukolade, said that troops are currently making sure that the recovered territories were stabilised and life in those areas returns to normal.

“The area left to be captured are very minimal and what is important now is the stabilisation of the territories taken back and the mopping up operations,” Major General Olukolade said.

He explained that the media tour was organised to make public the level of atrocities committed by the terrorists before they vacated those places.

The defence spokesman also allayed fears of the possibility of the terrorists regrouping, saying that “the presence of the Multi-National Joint Task Force would prevent that”.

Counter-terrorism operations against the Boko Haram had heightened after the Nigerian government took delivery of some military equipment from South Africa and Russia.

After Nigeria’s election was postponed by six weeks on February 7, the military cleared terrorists from Adamawa and Yobe States.

The military is pushing to clear Borno State of terrorists in the next few weeks, according to the military spokesman.

Nigerian Troops Clear Terrorist Camps In Alagarno

Nigerian troops raids Boko Haram terrorists in AlagarnoNigerian troops fighting terrorists in the north-east region of the nation have successfully cleared all terrorists’ camps in Alagarno, Borno State.

The raid of the Boko Haram terrorists’ camps was completed on Tuesday morning, the military spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Counter-terrorism efforts were re-enforced after the Nigerian government secured arms from South Africa and Russia weeks before the nation’s election was postponed by six weeks.

A Multi-National Joint Task Force has been set up, comprising Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon to boost the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group, which has been trying, for over five years, to set up an Islamic State in the region.

Last month, Adamawa and Yobe States were cleared of terrorists, after the electoral commission postponed the elections by six weeks, citing military advice.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, told reporters on February 7 that the postponement was in line with the advice by the military, which he said requested for more time to clear the Boko Haram terrorists from communities they were occupying in the north-east region to enable residents of the area participate in the elections.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections were held on March 28 while the governorship and House of Assembly elections will hold on April 11.

 

Yobe, Adamawa Free From Boko Haram – Nigerian Military

YobeIn the words of the Nigerian military, the Boko Haram sect has been cleared from Yobe State, Nigeria’s north east region, after the military troops reclaimed the town of Goniri.

Speaking on his twitter handle, the Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, said that Goniri was the last stronghold of terrorists in Yobe State.

Olukolade wrote in a tweet, “Adamawa is free, Yobe is free, Borno is soon to be freed by our able military.”

The military added that with the apparent liberation of Yobe State, only a handful of towns and villages in Borno State were still under the control of Boko Haram.

This development is coming on the same day that troops of the Nigerian military recaptured Bama, the commercial centre of Borno State.