Army Says Boko Haram Suffered High Casualty In Failed Attempt To Take Dikwa

 

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole currently carrying out Operation Tura Takaibango stationed at Dikwa and Gulumba Gana supported by the Air Component inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram Terrorists who attempted to take control of the strategic town of Dikwa, the headquarters of Dikwa LGA of Borno State.

This is according to a statement by Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, Director Army Public Relations.

General Yerima stated that the terrorists in their numbers mounted on 12 gun trucks attacked the town on the eve of Sunday 18 April 2021, just as the locals prepare to break their Ramadan fast for the day.

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“The troops having contained the initial wave of the attack had to occupy their alternative Headquarters at Gulumba Gana to enable the Air Component engage any gun trucks and other technicals in the vicinity of the attack to prevent fratricide. The troops launched a counter attack in the early hours of Monday 19 April 2021 and successfully reoccupied their main headquarters in Dikwa.

“The retreating terrorists suffered heavy losses in both equipment and personnel including some of their key leaders from the superior firepower of own troops both from the air and ground forces. The troops are currently patrolling Dikwa town and environs to assess the level of damage inflicted on the terrorists,” the army’s communique partly read.

It further noted that the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has commended the troops for their doggedness and directed them to restrategise in order to prevent any further attacks in the area, adding that the Nigerian Army remains committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment through out the North East theatre.

 

Nigerian Army Buries Captain, 11 Soldiers Killed By Bandits In Benue

 

The Nigerian Army on Monday laid to rest, the remains of Captain Adeolu Adedayo and eleven other soldiers killed by bandits in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State.

Bereaved family members, colleagues, and senior officers of the 72 battalion Makurdi led by the Commander, 4 Special Forces Doma, Brigadier General L.G Lepbung and the Commander Operation Whirl Stroke, Major General Adeyemi Yekini attended the burial ceremony at the military cemetery in Wurukum, Makurdi to bid farewell to the fallen heroes.

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The burial ceremony was held at the military cemetery in Wurukum, Makurdi the state capital.

 

At the different funeral service offered by the Chaplain of Protestant 401 Special Forces Brigade, Major Ibrahim Mavisky, and the Imam of the same Brigade, Captain Aliyu Bashir, the fallen heroes were described as peacemakers as tributes flowed freely.

The general salute was given to the fallen heroes with 21 gunshots and the presentation of military attires and the national flag to the next of kin of the deceased soldiers and officers.

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom also led a delegation of the Benue State government to the funeral to commiserate with the families, military authority, and the Federal Government.

The burial ceremony was held at the military cemetery in Wurukum, Makurdi the state capital.
A booklet showing the names and other details of the fallen heroes

 

He condemned the brutal killing, promising to corporate with the military to ensure the arrest and prosecution of those involved in the killing. He also condemned the action of civilians taking up arms against security forces.

The soldiers were killed on April 6, 2021, by bandits while on a routine operational task to maintain peace in the troubled region of Konshisha and Oju Local Government Areas of the state.

The military had reported that its troops came under attack while on a routine operational task in the area.

One Officer, 10 Soldiers Killed By Gunmen In Benue

 

 

Gunmen killed 10 soldiers and an officer in Benue State, the Nigerian Army said on Friday.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack but Benue is part of the middle belt region, where gangs have taken up arms after years of communal clashes between herders and farmers.

“Nigerian Army troops operating in Benue State came under attack while on routine operational task,” army spokesman Mohammed Yerima said in a statement, which gave no details of the time of the incident.

General Yerima further stated that the troops comprising one officer and ten soldiers were initially declared missing which prompted the deployment of a joint search and rescue team comprising NA troops and personnel of Operation Whirl Stroke.

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The search and rescue team, unfortunately, found all the missing troops dead in Konshisha LGA of Benue State. While the bodies of the slain troops were evacuated immediately.

The army said efforts are ongoing to track down the perpetrators of the heinous crime with a view to bringing them to justice.

Last month, Benue state governor Samuel Ortom said he had escaped an attack by armed herders while travelling in a convoy.

Deadly clashes between nomadic Fulani herders and farmers over land, grazing, and water have plagued central parts of the country for years.

Nigeria’s security forces are battling on several fronts — a more than decade-long jihadist insurgency in the northeast, criminal gangs in the northwest, and a separatist militia in the southeast.

Army Recruitment: I Mentioned 50 Million Youths In Error, Says Tinubu

 

Former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that he made an error while calling for more youths to be drafted into the Nigerian Army in a bid to adequately tackle the nation’s security challenges. 

In a communique by his media aide Tunde Rahman, Tinubu stated on Tuesday that contrary to comments made at the colloquium in Kano State where his 69th birthday was celebrated, the intended recommendation was to have fifty thousand (50,000) youths recruited into various national security agencies, including the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army.

“Asiwaju seeks the expansion of security personnel by 50,000 for the armed forces, not the 50 million that was mentioned in error. It was an accidental verbal mistake of which we all commit from time to time especially when reciting a series of large numerical figures.

“He did not mean 50 million, which is almost a quarter of our total population.
The crucial matter is that Asiwaju rightly observed that such strong recruitment would serve the twin-purpose of helping to tackle unemployment while at the same time enhancing the security of every Nigerian.

“Please forgive any confusion due to this innocent error. The most vital thing is that he set forth a wise and timely approach that would help us face two of today’s stiffest challenges.

“It is in the spirit that we hope you view and assess his proposal for it seeks to provide a way for more youths to participate in building a greater, safer, and more prosperous country,” Rahman’s communique reads in part.

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had on Monday asked the Federal Government to recruit 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army in a bid to stem the tides of insurgency in the country.

Addressing guests at the 12th colloquium organised in his honour, the Asiwaju stated that the recruitment move will help restore peace within troubled regions and stop miscreants from recruiting young people to do their biddings.

However, the APC stalwart in his latest statement says the intended counsel was not to have fifty million youths recruited into the army but to have five million young people drafted into various sectors, a move that will expedite growth and progress in the nation.

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The statement on Tuesday also adds that the APC national leader believes the more job opportunities are presented to youths, the less some of them will be tempted to delve into illegal and dangerous activities.

As part of this overall approach, Tinubu believes that eligible youths should be recruited into the armed forces, police, and other security agencies to augment the functional capacity of Nigeria’s security apparatus, thus ensuring the better security and safety of the people.

The 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium marking Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s birthday was a well-attended event that focused on the important theme of national cohesion during these challenging times.

This was the first time the colloquium was held in the ancient and important city of Kano. According to the APC Chieftain, the choice of venue was most appropriate given the theme and the underlying objective of highlighting the oneness of the country and the need for unity so that Nigeria may attain its best destiny.


Below is the full statement as released by Chief Bola Tinubu’s media aide.

My Vision Will Rebuild Nigerian Army To A Formidable Force – COAS

 

The Chief of Army Staff( COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, said his vision will rebuild the Nigerian Army into a formidable force that will defeat all adversaries.

He made this pronouncement during the opening ceremony of the combined COAS First Quarter Conference and Nigerian Army Operations Retreat 2021 held at Army Headquarters Command Officers Mess 1, Abuja.

The COAS said the event which is his maiden conference since his appointment as COAS will offer ample opportunity for participants to brainstorm and interact on the state of affairs of the Nigerian Army with a view to reviewing NA activities for the first quarter and planning for operational commitment in the second quarter of the year.

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The COAS added that he took over the mantle of leadership of the NA at a very critical period when the nation is facing daunting security challenges but assured Nigerians that the Nigerian Army under his leadership will continue to decisively deal with all security challenges currently confronting the nation.

“I and my colleagues took over command of our respective services at a very critical period due to daunting security challenges. In line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives and my intent to rebuild the Nigerian Army into a formidable force, I conceived the vision of having “A Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a Joint Environment.

“To breathe life into this vision, I released my Command Philosophy which has Readiness, Capacity, Continuous Leadership Development and duty to control as cardinal pillars”.

He promised to build on the dependability of the Nigerian Army to accomplish any mission tasked in line with norms enshrined in our values and ethics.

The COAS lauded the initiative of the first-ever Nigerian Army Operations Retreat as part of activities for the First Quarter Conference 2021 which according to him will provide a platform to reassess the threat environment and review ongoing operations of the NA with a view to identifying gaps that could be addressed in the planning and conduct of future operations.

Lieutenant General Attahiru further stated that the Nigerian Army under his watch will remain resolute in decisively dealing with threats against the Nigerian state. He then charged commanders to key into his command philosophy in order to ensure operational and administrative deficiencies become a thing of the past in all formations and units of the NA.

He revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari will provide combat enablers to the NA that would enhance and boost operations.

”As I speak, we will soon be receiving combat enablers that would enhance and boast our operations. A concerted effort is also being made to eliminate the threat of improvised explosives devices which has been a major impediment to troops and operations in Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

“I have approved the purchase of spare parts and directed all damaged and serviceable equipment in the theatre to be back-loaded for immediate repairs. I want to assure you that I am determined to rebuild the fighting skills, capacity, confidence, and morale of the troops”, he said.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his unrelenting support to the Nigerian Army and pledged unalloyed loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to the President, Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Present at the event are the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and Army Headquarters, Corps Commanders, General Officers Commanding, very senior officers both serving and retired among others.

Army Releases List Of Successful Candidates For Short Service Combatant Course

File Photo of the Nigerian Army logo.

 

A list of successful candidates for the Short Service Combatant Course 47/2021 has been released by the Nigerian Army.

Those who made it through have been asked to report for officer cadet training at the old site of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, on Tuesday, 6 April, 2021.

According to Major General GAT Ochigbano, Military Secretary (Army), the candidates who fail to report by the latest 6pm on Wednesday, 7 April 2021, will forfeit their positions and be replaced by candidates on the Reserve List.

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Below is a full list of shortlisted candidates:

 

How Troops Rescued 10 Persons From Kidnappers In Kaduna – Army Spokesman

 

Troops from 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, on Wednesday 17 March 2021, successfully rescued 10 persons who were recently kidnapped from their quarters at Kaduna International Airport.

According to a communique from the Nigerian Army Spokesman, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the rescue operation was without any mishap or casualty.

The statement on Friday further revealed that the rescue operation happened when the troops who were patrolling one of the forests in Kaduna came in contact with the kidnappers and their victims.

On sighting the soldiers, the bandits opened fire, prompting the troops to decisively engage them.

With superior firepower, troops soon overwhelmed them and they were forced to abandon their victims and take to their heels.

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The victims comprising one man, three women, and six children were immediately evacuated to a military facility where they are currently undergoing medical check.

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, while visiting the rescued victims, commended the Nigerian Army for a spectacular job.

He also consoled the victims for the trauma they went through at the hands of their abductors.

 

The General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Danjuma Ali-Keffi, also commended the troops while restating the Chief of Army Staff’s warning that the days of kidnappers and bandits are over as the Nigerian Army is determined more than ever to put a final stop to their nefarious activities anywhere in the country.

It would be recalled that the victims were abducted on 6 March 2021 following an invasion of the living quarters of workers of Kaduna International Airport by kidnappers.

 

Troops Clear Local Government Areas In Borno, Kill Scores Of Terrorists

 

The combined troops of Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE and 402 Special Forces Brigade have continued to clear all villages and enclaves hitherto inhabited by the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and their Islamic State West Africa Province Counterparts (ISWAP) around Chikun Gudu, Kerenoa axis, and environs in the ongoing Phase II of Operation “TURA TAKAIBANGO”.

The clearance onslaught was based on the directives given by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru when he visited the Theatre of Operation LAFIYA DOLE. During his operational visit to DIKWA, the COAS issued directives to troops to advance and recapture Marte and thereafter project further to clear other adjoining villages which include Chikun Gudu, Kerenoa, and environs.

Following the directive, the gallant troops moved in, achieved the objective, and projected ahead. In the course of the clearance operation, troops encountered heavy fleets of the terrorists, engaged and ultimately obliterated them. In the encounter, 25 members of the terrorist group were neutralized while the following weapons were captured: 2 Browny Machine Gun, 20 AK 47 Rifles and 5 FN Rifles, 2 60mm Motar Tube, and 2 General Purpose Machine Guns.

Other weapons captured during the operation also include 3 Anti Air Craft Guns, 2 Automatic Grenade Launchers, 2 Gun trucks, and one CJTF Hilux amongst others. The troops not swayed by the success project further to ensure no elements of the terrorists were left within the area.

The COAS has already commended the gallant troops and charged them to maintain the momentum in order to ensure that the area is completely cleared and dominated. He also instructed them not to relent in their new offensive against terrorism and insurgency.

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Troops Rescue Nigerians, Foreigners Abducted Off Coast of Gabon

The army on March 6, 2021, said it rescued four Nigerians and 10 foreigners abducted off the Coast of Gabon.
The army on March 6, 2021, said it rescued four Nigerians and 10 foreigners abducted off the Coast of Gabon.

 

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said it had rescued 10 foreign workers and four Nigerians who were kidnapped off the coast of Gabon.

According to a statement signed by an army spokesman, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, the rescue operation was carried out by troops of the sixth division.

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“The rescue operation was carried out successfully and without any ugly incident or casualties,” the statement said.

“The rescued victims will be handed over to law enforcement for further profiling before they are released to their loved ones.”

Marte Attack: Nigerian Army Buries Commanding Officer, Four Others In Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army buried five officers in Maiduguri on March 6, 2021.
The Nigerian Army buried five officers in Maiduguri on March 6, 2021.

 

The Nigerian Army has buried a commanding officer and four other soldiers killed in the attack on the military base in Marte local government of Borno state.

The attack occurred on February 14 when the Commanding officer Bedan Ishaya, now late, a Major from the 22 battalion led a reinforcement to Marte to support dislodged troops.

The insurgents had hoisted their flags in Marte for at least a week before the Chief of Army Staff’s 48 hours ultimatum to troops (at the 81 DIV Task Force battalion which is also the headquarters of Super Camp 9 Dikwa) leading to Marte’s recapture.

The bodies of Major Ishaya, a sergeant, two lance corporals and a private soldier were retrieved from the battlefield; they were all laid to rest today at the Maimalari Cantonment Military Cemetary.

Commanding officer Bedan Ishaya was buried in Maiduguri on March 6, 2021.
Commanding officer Bedan Ishaya was buried in Maiduguri on March 6, 2021.

 

Deputy Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Felix Omoigui, General officer commanding 7 Division and other senior officers attended the internment of the fallen heroes.

Omoigui condoled with the families of the fallen heroes buried in a small ceremony with full military honors.

“Today is indeed a sad day for all of us, our officers and soldiers who fought gallantly before their death were exemplary; unfortunately they had to pay the supreme price,” he said.

He assured the families of the fallen heroes that the death of slain soldiers will not be in vain, maintaining that the army is committed to winning the fight against insurgency.

“We want to assure you that we will do all our best to ensure this insurgency is brought to an end soonest. We have lost a lot with their departure from us: the Nigerian nation as a whole has lost; the theatre and of course the family has lost,” the Deputy theatre commander said.

“I want to encourage you to be strong. God knows why he called them back; for those of us that are alive we will have to be strong so I enjoin us, as painful as it is, for us as a family to be strong and move on with our lives.”

He said the Nigerian Army has packages for soldiers and officers lost in battle. According to him, very soon these benefits and packages will be given to the next-of-kins.

Insurgency Will End In Shortest Possible Time – Buratai

File photo of ex-Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai.

 

Immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General T.Y Buratai, is confident that insurgency in the country will soon be a thing of the past. 

“Let me thank my governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum. He has been supportive to me and of course, the Nigerian Army especially in the fight against insurgency,” Buratai who also hails from Borno State noted during a Pulling Out Parade held in his honour at the Mogadishu Cantonment in Abuja on Friday. 

“He came with a unique leadership and I assure you, collectively, the Nigerian Army and the Borno State Government will end this insurgency within the shortest possible time.”

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General Buratai equally hailed the Nigerian Army for major victories in the fight against insurgency in the northeastern part of the country. 

“I want to urge the COAS to maintain the momentum and the pressure to rid these last vestiges of the terrorists in the north-east,” he added.

Buratai handing over as Chief of Army Staff. Photo: Nigerian Army Headquarters.

 

On Thursday, Buratai had handed over the mantle of leadership of the Nigerian Army to the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru.

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Following the development, the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Attahiru officially resumed duty.

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier this week accepted the resignation of the country’s service chiefs and appointed new ones. 

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The resignation of the former service chiefs comes on the heels of repeated calls for them to quit as the country continues to search for solutions to its security issues. 

Boko Haram No Longer Has Authority Over Any Territory – Enenche

 

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche has said that Boko Haram insurgents no longer have authority over any part of the country, especially in the northeast where the insurgents once had a stronghold.

Speaking on Channel Television’s Politics Today on Friday, Enenche explained that what the country now has are remnants and a weakened enemy (Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters).

“They are moving from bush to enclave and enclave to bush and no longer have any authority or sovereignty on any territory in the northeast and by extension, to Nigeria,” he said.

The comments come on the same day that the nation marked the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, in honour of the fallen heroes of the military.

While the nation continues to record some successes in its insurgency war, many have faulted the government’s claims of its success, even as many, including frontline officers have had to pay the supreme price.

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Still, the government has severally reiterated that the insecurity fight under the current administration has been far more progressive than in previous governments.

General Enenche also restated this position on Friday, noting that “the Armed Forces of Nigeria made a lot of progress last year in the area of packaging itself to further the defense of this country.”

“As of 2015 before this administration came on board, at least 17 and 20 local governments were strongholds of the insurgents… by 2016 the whole of the northeast was recaptured and the government took back full authority,” he said.

He also spoke about welfare packages for families of the fallen heroes.

Watch the full interview below.