Army-Shiites Clash: Northern Governor Summon Emergency Meeting In Kaduna

shiite-ArmyGovernors of the 19 northern states have summoned an emergency meeting following the recent fracas between the Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Zaria, Kaduna State.

A statement issued by Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, said that the decision to summon the emergency meeting followed consultations between the governors over recent happenings.

He said the northern governors were worried by the situation and hence their resolve to wade into the matter with a view to frontally address the problem.

The Governors called on citizens and warring parties involved in the incident to remain calm and exercise restraint, assuring that far reaching steps would be taken to guarantee restoration of normalcy in a sustained manner.

They called on citizens to go about their activities peacefully and in obedience to lawful provisions.

The Forum reaffirmed that governments across the 19 states would at all times take measures that will promote peace and public safety, as well as justice and fairness to all citizens, in line with constitutional provisions.

The Nigerian Army had earlier claimed that the Shiite sect’s attack on the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, led to the clash between soldiers and members of the group.

However, the Acting Spokesman of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, while speaking to Channels Television, claimed that the Nigerian Army is to blame for the crisis.

He explained that trouble started when the sect members felt uncomfortable with the presence of soldiers on a day they were having their procession, recalling that soldiers had opened fire on them in a similar situation in 2014.

“Last year the soldiers opened fire on the Muslim brothers while they were doing a Quds Day rally. So with this in mind the brothers told them that it is not proper for them to be stationed just opposite the Hosenia and they asked them to move back,” he said.

“When the soldiers who were many in number, decided to move back, then the brothers started thinking that they had gone to bring more reinforcement; that was when the crisis started, Musa added.

Army Chief Celebrates Sallah With Wounded Soldiers

army chief on sallah celebrationThe Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai, has marked the Eid-el Kabir celebration by giving food to wounded soldiers in Yola, Adamawa State.

The soldiers were wounded in their battle against insurgents in the Sambisa forest and Gwoza.

The Brigade Commander, 23 Brigade, Colonel Aba Popoola, represented the Chief of Staff at the Army Medical Center where the wounded soldiers are receiving treatment.

Colonel Popoola said that the visit was in the spirit of the season.

Service Chiefs Visit Borno To Assess Military Operations

service chiefs Nigeria’s service chiefs appear to be taking the President’s matching orders to defeat Boko Haram within three months, with all the seriousness it requires.

To this end, the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar have arrived in Maiduguri for an assessment of the military operations against the insurgents.

The Inspector-General of Police and the National Security Adviser were also part of the visit.

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, said that their mission in Borno State was to reassess operational situations and hit the ground running.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, who had a closed door session with the security delegation, also expressed optimism about the new drive towards the counter insurgency campaign.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, after decorating the officers whose appointments were announced two months ago, lamented the upsurge in the wave of the terror attacks in the north east, challenging the service chiefs not to fail Nigerians.

He charged them to be accountable for all men and equipment under their command, with the welfare of the troops uppermost in their minds.

The President also pledged to give them the needed support, while charging them to protect innocent civilians as well as respect the rights of combatants to earn the support of Nigerians and the international community.

On assumption of office on May 29, the President had ordered that the military’s command centre be moved to the troubled north east to ensure more effective prosecution of the anti-terrorism campaign.

In the mean time, the Nigerian Air Force has moved more of its platforms to the northeast to boost the military operations there.

Senate Confirms Newly Appointed Service Chiefs

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L-R: The CDS, Maj Gen AG Olonisakin, COAS, Maj Gen Gen TY Buratai, CNS, R Adm IE Ibas and CAS, AVM SB Abubakar

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari, clearing the coast for them to fully take charge of their various duties as the Senate has confirmed their appointment.

They are the Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Abayomi Olonishakin, Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai, Chief Of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas and Chief Of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

The confirmation came after a rigorous screening which lasted for nearly four hours behind closed doors.

After the exercise, the Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki said the appointment of the security chiefs is based on merit and they are expected to provide a new direction for the armed forces.

He urged them to work hard to root out the corruption in the procurement of arms and ammunition for the armed forces, while promising that the senate will give them all necessary assistance to enable them succeed.

The House of Representatives too are also holding a separate screening exercise for the service chiefs.

President Muhammadu Buhari had through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, announced the sack of the Heads of Army, Navy and Air Force as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA) on July 13.

UN Pledges Support For Nigeria Against Insurgency

UNThe United Nations (UN) has pledged to work more closely with Nigeria in tackling its increasing humanitarian challenges and to support the Nigerian Army’s reviewed counter-insurgency operation in the north-east.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to West Africa, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, gave this assurance during a visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, in Abuja.
Dr Chambas said that the UN would fully cooperate with the Nigerian authorities and its armed forces to stem the tide of terrorism within its territory.
However, he appealed to the Nigerian armed forces to give attention to the growing humanitarian crisis occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said that addressing the humanitarian aspect of the problem would go a long way in winning the confidence of the civil populace.
In response, Major-General Buratai reaffirmed the new focus of the military operation in the north-east, identifying humanitarian assistance and protection of human rights as priority areas.

Earlier, Dr Chambas had visited President Buhari on Friday to discuss issues of insecurity and terrorism.

Senate To Screen Service Chiefs On July 30

Nigerian-Senate-Members-in-the-8th-AssemblyThe Nigerian Senate will on Thursday, July 30, screen the Service Chiefs appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

With the leadership crisis at the Upper Chamber finally resolved, with the selection of principal officers on Tuesday, the lawmakers are now set to begin their duties under a peaceful atmosphere, as they take up the screening exercise as their first task.

The date for the screening was announced by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, during Wednesday’s legislative proceedings at the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

President Buhari had written to the Senate on Tuesday, requesting the legislators to screen and confirm the Service Chiefs.

The Service Chiefs are the Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Abayomi Olonishakin; Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Also at the plenary, the Senate constituted three special committees and one Ad-hoc Committee.

The Senate President announced that Senator Babajide Omoworare would chair the Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Samuel Anyawu for Ethics and Privileges Committee and Senator Abdullahi Gobri for Senate Services Committee.

The Senate Ad-hoc Committee on publicity would also be chaired by Senator Dino Melaye.

Nigerian Army Repels Boko Haram In Buratai, Borno

BurataiThe Nigerian Army says it has foiled two attempts by suspected Boko Haram insurgents to attack Buratai, a Borno town.

According to a statement from the Acting Director of the Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the terrorists made a futile attempt to attack Buratai and the military camp located in the area at about 9:30pm on Monday night.

The statement said “They, however, made a concerted effort at about 3.00am this morning which was equally repelled by the gallant soldiers.”

Buratai of Biu local council in Borno State is home town of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

Only last week insurgents had stormed the village setting houses ablaze and killing one person.

Recruitment Scam: Army Parades Suspected Cyber Fraudster

ArmyThe Nigerian Army has advised unsuspecting members of the public to be wary of persons soliciting for funds in order to enlist them into the Army, Nigeria Customs Service or any of the nation’s security agencies.

Speaking in Abuja while parading a suspected cyber fraudster who established two websites on behalf of the Army and the Customs, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies do not ask for money from prospective applicants to facilitate their enlistment into any of the services.

He added that the suspect, Samuel Omoh Eromosele, who also bears the name, Balogun Precious Ehi, opened multiple accounts with two banks with which he defrauded some applicants.

Boko Haram Kills Two In Buratai, Borno state

Boko HaramAt least two people have been killed in a renewed attack on the home town of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai, by the dreaded Boko Haram militants.

Buratai is an agrarian settlement in Biu Local Government Area of troubled Borno State, in the north-east region.

The town is situated alone along Damaturu- Biu road about 45 kilometre to Biu town.

Witnesses said the militants have been in the town since Sunday night, attacking residents randomly.

“The militants have come to our town again attacking us late in the night as we ran into bushes for safety.

“I can confirm to you that many people were killed but at the moment I can only be categorical on the killing of an aged man and a mechanic based in the town,” a resident said.

He also said that at the moment, the whole residents have run out of the town for safety.

The attack is coming a day after the Chief of Army Staff visited the 156 KM Damatuiru- Biu road where he said the road had been cleared of landmines with the assurance that security forces would commence routine patrol along the road, urging residents to return to their various towns where they earn their living.

According to reports, the militants have also attacked Buratai town on several occasions, burning residential homes and farm of the Army chief.

Residents also said that the latest attack could be an attempt to undermine the efforts of the Chief of Army Staff to restore peace in the troubled northeastern Nigeria.

Yobe Residents Commend Army Chief’s Visit

Yobe Residents Commend Army Chief's VisitResidents of Yobe State, north-east Nigeria, have praised the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai, for his three-day working visit to the state.

They pointed out the civil-military relationship being strengthened to enhance partnership against terrorism, as one of the reasons for their gratitude.

Besides improving civil-military relationship, they stressed that the Army Chief’s visit had further boosted their confidence that security forces are determine to subdue the terrorists.

Some of the residents in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, also said Buratai’s presence with the troops on ground was enough morale boosters to the troops in restoring peace in the troubled region.

They expressed hope that the visit would enhance the deployment of more troops and military hardware to the troubled area to fight the terrorist.

They also praised the Army Chief’s decision to clear the Damaturu-Biu road of any further attack by the insurgents.

A member representing Yobe State in the House of Representatives, Honourable Bukar Goni, affirmed his confidence in the Army Chief and urged other well-meaning people of the state to accord security operatives the desired support.

The Army Chief had visited the troubled state to celebrate Sallah with troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in the region.

He said his presence would stimulate military-civil relationship, adding that his new position would afford him the opportunity to assess the equipment on ground and to evaluate the level of the threat posed by the Islamist militants.

Nigeria Army Offers Free Medical Services To Damaturu Residents

ArmyThe Nigeria Army has flagged off a free medical service to Damaturu residents in the troubled Yobe State, North-east Nigeria.

Flagging off the free medical service, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, said that with the support of the Federal Government, the programme would be sustained to enhance the health status of the inhabitants.

The aim of the programme, according to him, is to enhance civil-military relationship. He commended the cooperation being accorded security personnel by the people of Yobe and urged the inhabitants to sustain the tempo.

Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai said that the Damaturu-Biu road that was taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents has been cleared of any danger by security forces.

The Army Chief, while expressing sadness that the people of the area, who have been law abiding and contributing to the socio-economic development of the country, were dislodged from their homes by the terrorists, stressed that apart from the road being safe, the two towns were also safe.

He said that security forces would continue to patrol of the Damaturu-Biu road so that commuters and inhabitants can live a normal life and be free from any molestation in the hands of the hoodlums.

The free medical service saw the residents benefiting from general medical consultation, screening for blood pressure, viral diseases, hepatitis and diabetes among others.

The residents were also offered free HIV test and consultations as well as general health education.

Army Chief Celebrates Sallah With Troops In Yobe

Tukur-Buratai-Army-ChiefThe Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai, has visited the troubled Yobe State in north-east Nigeria, to celebrate Sallah with troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in the region. 

The Army Chief’s visit was part of strategies to boost the morale of the armed forces fighting terrorists in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and few other northern States.

In an interview on Saturday in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, Buratai said his presence would stimulate military-civil relationship.

He also noted that his new position would afford him the opportunity to assess the equipment on ground and to evaluate the level of the threat posed by the Islamist militants.

The Army Chief, who had dinner with the troops tasked them to be professional and committed to the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.

The Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, was also at the celebration ground and he commended the Army Chief for the visit, expressing hopes that it would inspire the troops at the battle field.

The Governor also vowed that the Yobe State government would continue to support security forces towards regaining peace in the state.

He further praised the gallantry of the troops who are working diligently towards safeguarding the lives and property of the people.

Military troops have been deployed to the nation’s north-east in an attempt to contain the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group that had carried out series of attacks on communities, places of worship and other public places. For more than five years, terror attacks have been sustained in the region.

Recently, the terrorist group has engaged more in suicide bombing, a development that security consultants said was a sign that they had been decimated by increased counter-terrorism operation witnessed before Nigeria’s general election of March and April.