Arms For Volunteers: Irabor Not Sure Army Arms CJTF

Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force, Major-General Lucky Irabor

 

The Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force, Major-General Lucky Irabor on Monday expressed uncertainty whether or not the military arms the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

Irabor on Channels Television Breakfast Show, Sunrise Daily said he is only aware that the CJTF carry arms like vigilantes and local hunters.

“I am not sure if the Nigerian military is part of those arming the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF). I am aware that they (CJTF) carry arms just like the vigilantes and the hunters carry arms,” he said.

He added that the CJTF plays a crucial role in assisting the military win the war against terrorism in the troubled north-east.

“In fact, the Civilian Joint Task Force as far as I know have been served in the Lafiya Dole for a very long time, many of them also hunters.

“For the national forces, Operation Lafiya Dole has a lot of support with the CJTF. We the Multinational Joint Task Force do not deal with the CJTF.”

While acknowledging the support received from the Borno State Government to the military, the Commander also praised the efforts of the CJTF in extending information.

Upon assuming office last year November, the Commander restated his commitment in consolidating on the fight against the insurgency.

In doing that, he calls for a collaboration with troops from Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Benin Republic respectively.

Irabor also explained that the newly introduced military offensive, Operation Ami Faka would last for 90 days. The exercise comprises soldiers from neighbouring countries.

With its base in Chad, Nigeria plays a leading role in the terrorism war having felt the series of attacks by the outlawed terrorist network.

The military has repeatedly assured Nigerians that Boko Haram would be defeated.

Buratai Tasks Officers To Be Professional And Result Oriented

Tukur Buratai Constitutes Committee To Probe Human Rights Abuse by ArmyThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has urged participants at the First Commanding Officers Workshop holding in Maiduguri, to be professionally responsive and result oriented, while addressing the current security challenges facing the country.

The five-day workshop convened by the 2 Division Ibadan for Commanding Officers to interface and brainstorm on topical issues of security concern, confronting the nation under the theme “Empowering Unit Commanders to be professionally responsive.”

Buratai spoke through a representative, the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor.

He reminded participants of the five-day workshop at the Maimalari cantonment Maiduguri, that the country is currently facing security challenges ranging from Boko Haram, kidnapping, communal clashes, cattle rustling and pipeline vandalism.

He noted there is a need for the military to reposition itself in order to face the challenges squarely.

“I expect that the first commanding officers workshop will provide a veritable avenue for unit commanders in the affected divisions, to contribute meaningful and workable inputs towards my desire to reposition the Nigerian Army to be professionally responsive in the discharge of its constitutional roles.” Buratai stated.

He advised that emphasis be placed on mission accomplishment in the outlined critical scenarios to equip unit commanders with a vast knowledge in confidence building, that would create a positive climate to foster trust and mutual understanding in arriving at solutions.
The General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Major General Chukwunedum Abraham said the commanding officers must wake up to their responsibilities, as  there is no bad soldier but bad officer.

General Abraham said: “The choice of the Northeast for the workshop is deliberate and timely, because of the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the region, we must continue to strive for excellence, so as to improve our operational effectiveness and productivity, which will invariably stimulate citizen’s support and appreciation”.

The GOC urged the participants to put into use the knowledge acquired during the workshop, as they are expected to acquire enough knowledge to tackle the numerous security challenges facing the country.

Military Commits To Ridding Northeast Of Insurgents

Military Commits To Ridding Northeast Of InsurgentsAlthough relative peace may have returned to Nigeria’s northeast, troops fighting the insurgents in the area say they are not resting on their oars in their bid to clear the region of terrorists.

This was confirmed by the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, at the weekly briefing of Army operations in the northeast.

Giving details of their operations so far, Mr Irabor said: “On the 1st of February 2017 at about 09:50 am, home troops cleared Boko Haram Camp at Dusala where six Boko Haram Terrorists were killed.

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Some recovered items (arms) on display

Some items were also recovered such as one light machine gun, two RPG tubes, as well as one anti-aircraft gun.

“Thereafter, our troops came in contact with the Boko Haram Terrorists at bulk where a fire-fight ensued and sadly in that firefight we lost three soldiers and five others were wounded.

“Furthermore, nine AK 47 rifles, two RPG bombs, one mortal tube, an anti-aircraft gun and two Hilux vehicles among others were recovered from the terrorists,” he added.

Repentant Boko Haram Terrorist Narrates How Colleagues Cut Off His Limbs

Repentant Boko Haram Terrorist Narrates How Colleagues Cut His LimbsA 31-year-old repentant Boko Haram fighter claims he was amputated by his colleagues to whom he revealed his intention to surrender to federal troops.

The man who simply identified himself as Mohammed Abubakar told journalists in Maiduguri that he joined the militant group late 2014.

The man also claimed that he was a member of the ISIS recognized Mamman Nur faction of the Boko Haram until his surrender.

He was brought before journalists for questioning during a live press conference convened by the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor.

Abubakar claimed that he was forcefully recruited alongside his childhood friend at the Gamboru Ngala axis of Borno state in the wake of insurgency operations in that area.

After realising the futility of the militancy, Abubakar claimed he confided in his childhood friend and persuaded him to join him in planning an escape to surrender.

According to him, “I was betrayed by my supposed friend who leaked my plans to other fighters and on the day we planned to take off together, they found us and amputed my right hand and left leg as punishment, and left me to die.”

He survived the brutality and continued with his mission until soldiers found him and turned him over to the “Safe Corridor” officials.

While advising others to take advantage of the initiative and surrender, he confessed that many of the fighters were misled into becoming militants and also described the hardship they were going through in the trenches.

During the conference, General Irabor also revealed that a total of 3,332 civilians were arrested as BHT suspects while five BHT members surrendered to troops during operations conducted between January 11 and February 1, 2017.

Also, a total of 26 foreigners were arrested comprising 17 Chadians and nine Nigeriens.

Army Says Mop-Up Operations Are Yielding Positive Results

Army Says Mop-Up Operations Are Yielding Positive Results The Nigerian Army under the Operation Lafiya Dole, has said that the cleaning up of remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists in the northeast, has continued to yield positive results.

Theatre Commander of the Operation, Major General Lucky Irabor, stated this at the Army’s weekly briefing which took place on Thursday in Maiduguri.

He said, the Army has intercepted a letter written by the terrorist group seeking support in arms and ammunition.

Recalling an unfortunate incident that recently occurred, Irabor said: “Inspite of the regrettable occurrence of 7th January 2017 at Rann, our gallant troops have continued to gain traction by recording success in our operational engagements.”

With respect to the Rann incident, Irabor further stated that an emergency response team was established afterwards.

“A well co-ordinated response, involving the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, United Nations Office Of the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the ICRC, MSF and Borno state government was initiated.

“A surgical centre was established in Rann to help stabilise the wounded before being evacuated to Maiduguri.”

Also according to him, “On the 19th of January, a Federal Government delegation, led by the Chief Of Staff to the President, which also included the Ministers of Defence and Information, the Chief of Defence staff, and the service chiefs, paid condolence visits to the Governor of Borno state, and Humanitarian agencies at the UN OCHA office in Maiduguri, where on behalf of Mr President, the message of condolences were delivered.

He then used the opportunity to appreciate the government as well as people of Borno state for their understanding over the mistaken air strike that led to the death of about 112 persons as stated by him.

Stating some of their achievements, the Army boss said: “On the 14th of January, troops recovered several items such as a General Purpose Machine gun, AK 47 rifles, 2,269 rounds of 7.62 meter ammunition, RPG bombs, among other equipment.

Five Boko Haram members were killed including two who were suicide bombers.

Also on January 23, troops were said to have attacked Borko Haram terrorists and nine of them were eventually killed.

Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Convoy In Maiduguri

Boko Haram, Terrorists, MaiduguriReports say gunmen believed to be Boko Haram extremists on Saturday attacked a convoy of motorists along the Maiduguri-Biu highway which was recently secured by the military.

Unconfirmed reports said seven people were killed in the attack.

However, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, told Channels Television on Sunday that only one person was killed in the attack while others were injured.

General Irabor stated that the military did not suffer any casualty in the attack.

The Maiduguri-Biu highway has been one of the most dangerous routes in Northeast Nigeria in the last three years due to Boko Haram attacks.

The incident came three days after Boko Haram gunmen suffered a heavy loss of their members, after a foiled attempt to attack a military base in Borno State.

In that incident, a large number of the insurgents stormed a military base in Kamaya, but failed to dislodge the soldiers.

Nigerian Army Release 257 Cleared Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

Nigerian Army Release 257 Cleared Boko Haram Terrorists In BornoTheatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, has released 257 screened and cleared suspected Boko Haram terrorists to the Borno state government.

The handing over exercise, took place during the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at the Ramat square Maiduguri, Borno State.

This was revealed in a statement signed by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations (7 Division), Colonel Mustapha Anka, the force.

Meanwhile, the State Governor, Alhaji Shettima Kashim, in his remarks, called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of tolerance and understanding while pursuing their daily endeavors.

According to him, this would help in averting misunderstandings, which he said could accumulate to full blown war and destruction of lives and properties.

Shettima, who was represented by the Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Usman Durkwa, said the Federal Government is mindful of dangers associated with military service; especially in the case of those who had to pay the supreme prize or suffer permanent disabilities in the course of defending the sovereignty of the nation.

“We as government are mindful of your sacrifices to the nation and we will continue to assist the Legion in any way we can.”

He also used the occasion to commend the effort of security agencies in the current security challenges facing the northeast region of the country, while assuring them of the government’s support.

Furthermore, he urged Nigerians to always support the veterans, departed heroes as well as their families.

President Muhammadu Buhari, also commended troops serving within Nigeria and across Africa, for their sacrifice for the country and the continent.

The highlight of the event was the laying of wreath in commemoration of the fallen heroes by Mr Durkwa, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, the Shehu of Borno, military and para-military commanders, as well as the Chairman Nigerian Legion, Borno state chapter.

The guests also visited the Military Cemetery at Maimalari Cantonment, where prayer, was offered for the repose of the fallen Heroes.

They then proceeded to the 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital for a sympathy visit to wounded soldiers.

The ceremony, is the first since the emergence of insurgency in the State.

Lafiya Dole Troops Celebrate Armed Forces Remembrance Day

Lafiya Dole Troops Celebrate Armed Forces Remembrance DayTroops fighting the counter insurgency war code-named Operation Lafiya Dole have celebrated the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration with a thanksgiving to God.

Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor and the acting General Officer Commanding the 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu led the soldiers in thanksgiving for the many successes recorded in the out-gone year.

The thanksgiving took place in Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Church in Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri as part of activities to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration.

During the homily the Chaplain of the parish, Reverend Father Otu, admonished worshippers to continue to reflect on “the reality of the country and uphold human dignity.”

“If you want to fight and protect the common man you must come with clean hands so that God will be pleased with you.” Otu stated.

He also pointed out the need to develop a national consciousness devoid of religious sentiments, sectionalism and other divisive vices adding that the armed forces is the last hope of the country.

National consciousness, according to the preacher, “will help us to have common good and when we try to work for common good there’s going to be peace and unity in our diversity”.

“We must re-evaluate and re-dedicate ourselves to God and to our country and remain focused even if we are not appreciated; the good lord who has called us to service will bless you; after all even Jesus Christ was not appreciated by all,” Reverend father Otu stated.

Troops Rescue 801 Persons In Heightened Sambisa Forest Operations

Troops rescue children women in Sambisa forestTroops of the “Operation Rescue Finale” have rescued 801 persons in renewed operation to rescue remaining hostages and clear terrorists from the Sambisa Forest stronghold. 

The theatre commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, said since “Operation Rescue Finale” began on November 2, troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have continued to make progress into the heart of the forest.

Irabor made the statement on Wednesday in a live press conference in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

He said: “On 30th November 2016 the troops cleared Goneri before harbouring at Goni Kurmi. While at harbour at Goni Kurmi the troops were attacked by the Boko Haram terrorists with the hope of slowing down their push.

“The attack was successfully repelled with the Boko Haram terrorists suffering casualties. The troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, different calibres of ammunitions and magazines”.

According to him, the troops advanced and cleared all Boko Haram terrorists camps on their axis in the forest seen as their safe haven before harbouring at Amdaga on the first day.

He further explained that “at Amdaga the Boko Haram terrorists carried out a probing attack on the troops which was swiftly dealt with before the Boko Haram terrorists retreated.

“The following day, troops cleared and occupied Dure and have been operating in the general area to intercept fleeing Boko Haram terrorists”.

According to him, in all the operations between November 23 to December 5, a total of 801 persons were rescued from the Boko Haram terrorists.

Irabor warned the Boko Haram elements to give up their ignoble adventure, advising them to surrender to the military or other security agencies without further delay.

He said further cautioned that failure to surrender would be unpalatable for them.

Army Flags Off ‘Operation Rescue Finale’ In Sambisa Forest

Army Flags Off ‘Operation Rescue Finale’ In Sambisa Forest, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau,The Nigerian Army has flagged off another clearance operation in the Sambisa forest tagged “Operation Rescue Finale”.

The Theatre Commander of the counter insurgency war tagged Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, disclosed this to journalists in a news conference in Maiduguri.

Irabor said the focus of the latest operation on Sambisa is to rescue Chibok girls and other hostages and also rid the forest of remnants of insurgents inhabiting there.

The Theatre Commander said that operations were temporarily suspended in the Sambisa forest due to terrain issues occasioned by the rains.

According to him, the troops have been empowered and have the operational capacity to carry out the task ahead.

“The focus of the operation is to rescue the Chibok girls and every other hostage that is in Sambisa and ensure that every other element of the Boko Haram has been displaced. We’ll take them out completely.

“Primarily, commitment of targets by artillery and the air component is already in progress; the subsidiary operations which are ally to the operation is ongoing,” he noted.

Irabor has also cautioned against rushing to the social or mainstream media with information acquired about soldiers killed in battle, suing for patriotism and empathy.

He believes the impact of recent suicide bombings in the capital city of Borno state is due to alertness of troops cooperating with other agencies which has led to the arrest of a female suicide bomber by the Police.

The arrested girl, according to the Theatre Commander has been giving the Army useful information.

As part of the success story of ongoing operations, the Theatre Commander added that between the months of October and November, a total of 5,235 hostages have been rescued consisting of 2,054 children and 1560 women.

The Army for the umpteenth time also warned insurgents to take advantage of the “Operation Safe Corridor” and surrender or face execution.

Military Sets Up New Operational Base In Borno To Support War On Terror

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Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai,

The Nigerian Army has commissioned a new operational base in Buratai village in Borno State to provide support and sustain military operations against insurgents in the volatile northeast.

At the commissioning of the operational base located along Damaturu-Biu Road, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said that the base would also ensure safety at the eastern part of Gombe and north western part of Adamawa State.

Forward Operation Base

The commissioning ceremony of the base named; ‘Forward Operation Base’ had in attendance the Deputy Governors of Yobe and Borno States as well as dignitaries from the two states.

“More Forward Operation Base across the country will be established to support military operations in other parts of the country,” the Army Chief said, pointing out that provision for such were reflected in the 2017 budget.

The Chief of Army Staff was accompanied by some highest military personalities were first received at the cutter guard of the base that will cover southern part of Yobe State as well as the western part of Borno state.

It has provision for accommodation and other facilities.

According to the Chief of Army Staff, the operational base would support military operations in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists group, as Buratai village links Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe states.

He says the army will work assiduously towards strengthening the synergy between the military and host communities and solicited for more cooperation in the fight against the insurgency.
The Commander of Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, on his part said the aim of siting the operational base in Buratai village was to check the movement of terrorists and transportation of food, and weapons to the insurgents.

The Deputy Governors of Yobe State, Abubakar Aliyu, and his Borno State counterpart praised the military for the foresight, saying it will check the activities of the insurgents along the route.

Apart from checking the movement of arms and foodstuffs to the insurgents along the route, the operational base will also provide security for communities living along the road as well as provide military surveillance to the people navigating along the Damaturu-Biu road.

Military Describes Shekau’s Claims As Mere Propaganda

Army, Nigeria, Boko HaramThe Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman says the latest video by terror group Boko Haram has confirmed its earlier suspicion that the purported factional sect leader of the group is mentally ill and unstable.

This is following the release of a video purportedly by by the factional leader of insurgent group, Boko Haram, debunking earlier claims by the military that Shekau was killed or badly wounded in an air strike in September.

“In it, the purported leader of the group in his usual insane manner made all sorts of assertions to the point of threatening various towns, groups and individuals.

“He also tried albeit failingly to deny the air raid by the Nigerian Air Force in which he was wounded.

“The video has shown beyond all reasonable doubt the earlier suspicion that the purported factional terrorists group leader is mentally sick and unstable.

“The ranting is also another sign that the end is near for him, which is part of the signs of all wicked people,” Colonel Usman said in a statement on Sunday.

Chibok Girls

The Army also urged the public that they should not be bothered by the content of the video clip as the military remained determined to clear out the remnants of the terrorists and rescue all persons held hostage especially the abducted Chibok school girls.

He said, “The facts on the ground speak for themselves. It is public knowledge that the military has been making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists and rescue all persons held hostage by them especially the abducted Chibok Secondary School girls.

“This is a task that will be accomplished, no matter how long it takes. We are determined in this regards. Already thousands of persons have been rescued by troops from the terrorists.

“The video has further shown that he has derailed and no longer believes and practices the Islam he professes to follow; as he was absent at the last Eid prayers video. It is equally reported that he could not even lead prayers.

“The public should not be fooled by this individual.

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President Muhammadu Buhari had told the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York that Nigeria would welcome intermediaries from the United Nations as a show of commitment, to swapping the abducted Chibok girls with Boko Haram fighters in custody.

But Colonel Usman said: “No nation or society would believe him or any Boko Haram terrorist based on antecedent and as he has shown over times to be irrational and therefore unreliable especially when it comes to negotiations on the release of the abducted girls. Therefore he must release them unconditionally.”

“Gone For Good”

He therefore called on the residents of Maiduguri, Kano, Kaduna and Zaria not to panic as the military has “more than what it takes” to defend them and deal decisively with the remnants of the terrorists group.

He added that “Boko Haram terrorism as it was known, is gone for good”.

“We are just counting down to the day when all the few remnants will be totally wiped out or brought to justice.”

Colonel Usman, however, notes that a window still exists for the repentant militants who are willing to lay down their arms and adhere to the rule of law.