Army Emerges Overall Winner As Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Ends

The Nigerian Army (NA) has been declared overall winner of the just concluded 2022 Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Competition (AFISSC), which ended at the Defence Headquarters Sports Complex, Mogadishu Military Cantonment, Abuja on Thursday, 22 September 2022.

To emerged overall champion, the NA clinched first positions in cross country, taekwondo and volleyball in both male and female categories, while its male athletes came second in basket ball and football. The NA became champion with a haul of seven gold and two silver medals.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) were runners-up in the competition by securing first positions in football and basket ball as well as third positions in cross country, taekwondo and volleyball all in the male categories, while in the female categories, the NAF came second in cross country and basket ball as well as third position in taekwondo.

On the whole, the NAF pulled off two gold, three silver and four bronze medals in the competition.

The Nigerian Navy (NN) emerged third in the competition with a total of four silver and five bronze medals as the Service came second in the male categories of cross country, taekwondo and volleyball as well as third positions in basketball and football. The NN female athletes came second in taekwondo and third positions in cross country, basketball and volleyball.

Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) CFR, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the closing ceremony, commended the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) for the successfully hosting of the championship.

The Minister, who was represented by the Director of Army Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Mr Sunday Attah affirmed that, “the objective of the competition, which is to reinforce the existing cordial working relationship between members of the Armed Forces, has been achieved.”

He lauded the initiative of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen LEO Irabor NAM, for creating the platform and enabling environment for hosting the sporting fiesta.

Maj Gen Magashi reiterated the commitment of the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, in ensuring the welfare and provision of all necessary enablement for the AFN to function effectively and professionally.

The Defence Minister urged the military not to rest on its oars, but to remaining steadfast, professional and committed to its constitutional responsibilities.

The CDS, Gen Lucky Irabor, who was represented by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, commended the athletes that won laurels while displaying camaraderie and team spirit throughout the competition.

According to Gen Irabor, “the level of sportsmanship exhibited during the competition further gives credence to the premium placed by the AFN on activities geared towards enhancing the combat readiness of its personnel”.

The Defence Chief maintained that, the AFN has continued to evolve in the area of joint training with emphasis on physical fitness training and sports. He stressed that, personnel who are ‘fit-to-fight’, couple with the massive reequipping of the AFN, have been crucial in dealing with the contemporary security challenges bedeviling the nation.

Gen Irabor however, urged the athletes to sustain and strengthen their winning skills in order to be victorious in subsequent competitions, especially the forthcoming World Military Sports Championship in Beja, Portugal in October 2022.

Gen Irabor expressed appreciation of members of the AFN for what he described as, “the tremendous support by the Federal Government to the operational and welfare needs of the AFN.”

Troops Kill 36 Terrorists, Arrest 2 Collaborators, Rescue 130 Persons In Borno

 

The Nigerian military has said that troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralized at least 36 Boko Haram Terrorists and rescued about 130 persons within the last two weeks. 

According to the military, the troops also within the period under review, arrested two persons who are suspected to be major collaborators with the terrorists.

The Director of Defence media operations, Major General Musa Danmadami disclosed this on Thursday, during the biweekly media briefing at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.


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General Danmadami said the troops of  have arrested the collaborators while they were attempting to withdraw the sum of 14 million naira deposited by a terrorist financier who goes by the name Alhaji Abubakar.

The military spokesman further disclosed that the two suspects who are in their twenties were arrested following days of investigation by a joint military taskforce.

He, however, stressed that the details of the financier are still sketchy.

According to him, a total of 368 terrorists including their families have surrendered to the troops within the same period.

Two key Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa province commanders identified as Abu Asiya and Abu Ubaida were killed at Parisu and Sheruri general area within the Sambisa forest.

General Danmadami added that 36 other suspected Boko Haram Terrorists were arrested while 12 of the insurgent’s logistic suppliers were also apprehend and are all being interrogated in custody.

17 Boko Haram Terrorists And Their Family Members Surrender To Troops

 

Following renewed military onslaughts by gallant troops of Operation Hadin Kai, 17 Boko Haram terrorists including their family members on Tuesday surrendered their weapons to troops of 151 Task Force Battalion deployed at Banki-Junction in Bama LGA of Borno State.

Authorities of the Force say profiling of the surrendered terrorists is ongoing, after which the individuals will be handed over to the appropriate agencies for further handling.


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Meanwhile, the Theatre Commander Joint Task Force (JTF) North East (NE) Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), Major General CG Musa has Charged troops of OPHK to stand up to their responsibility as defenders of the Nigeria’s Territorial Integrity by neutralising every terrorist in the NE without mercy.

Maj Gen Musa gave this charge on Monday, 19 September 2022 during the graduation ceremony of participants of In-Theatre Train the Trainers’ Course Batch 4 of 2022 where a total number of 5 Officers and 77 Soldiers graduated after a 2 weeks intensive course.

While addressing the Graduands, the Theatre Commander emphasized the need for continuous training as it enhances troops professionalism thereby making them better soldiers. He further enjoined them to put all knowledge gained into practice as well as transfering same to others in their various units and formations.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Theatre Training Officer (TTO), Brigadier General SJA Ilorin stated that the 2 weeks rigorous training was designed to enhance participants knowledge on International Humanitarian Law, Civilian Harm Mitigation, use of Offline Map, Ambush and Anti Ambush Drill, Radio Communication, Night Navigation and other Military tactics, techniques and procedures in combat.

The high point of the event was the presentation of certificates, lesson learnt and course critic sessions, recognition and reward to participants who distinguished themselves during the training and the group photograph.

 

Major General Ibrahim Ali Inaugurates Crisis Intervention Committee In Southern Kaduna

The Commander Special Task Force Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division Nigerian Army (NA) Major General Ibrahim Ali on Saturday 10 September 2022 Inaugurated a 20 man crisis intervention committee to assist the troops in tackling communal crisis and criminalities in Sanga Local Government area of Kaduna State.

Delivering his remarks, the Commander noted the constitutional responsibility of the security agencies to protecting lives and properties of the citizens which he said is achievable through support and cooperation of the people. He said security is everybody’s business that requires collective efforts of everyone for meaningful development to strive.


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General Ali further revealed that the inauguration of the committee is one amongst many none kinetic measures employed by OPSH to deliver on its mandate of peaceful coexistence and security of communities in its area of operation. He charged the committee members to be just, fair and neutral in discharging their responsibilities.

Addressing the troops, the Commander warned that any personnel found performing illegal duties will face the full wrath of the law. He charged them to always discharge their duties professionally.

Speaking during a visit to the District Head of Sanga, the Etum Gwantu, His Royal Highness, Reverend Joel Galadima reaffirmed the commitment of community leaders towards supporting security agencies.

He said communities in Sanga have recently witnessed tremendous peace as a result of the increased activities of OPSH in the area.

Troops Kill Several Bandits Involved In Attack On NDA Kaduna

A front view of the NDA Headquarters in Kaduna State.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed several bandits during a clearance operation in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

During the operation, a notorious bandit, Boderi Isiya, narrowly escaped being neutralized, while his deadly second in command, Musti, and several other fighters were gunned down by the troops.

A statement by the Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said Musti and Boderi were responsible for the security breach at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, kidnapping of students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, and the Emir of Bungudu and several other citizens last year.

He explained that a painstaking check with credible human intelligence sources further confirmed that Boderi and his terror group had a bad day in the hands of the combat-ready troops.

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According to the report, the troops engaged the bandits around the Tollgate General Area of Chikun local government, and while the bandits scrambled in retreat, they ran into another ambush laid by the troops in Sabon Gida General Area.

Aruwan said that corpses and weapons were recovered at the scene, while some of the terrorists eventually died from bullet wounds.

The Commissioner further disclosed that Boderi’s deadly second in command, one Musti, was among those identified to have been eliminated, alongside one Yellow Mai-Madrid and one Dan-Katsinawa, with others yet to be identified. While some of the terrorists are battling life-threatening wounds.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has praised the troops for the commendable feat under the leadership of the General Officer Commanding, One Division, Major General T.A. Lagbaja, being the latest notable breakthroughs recorded since he took command.

Sanwo-Olu Urges Army To Sustain Efficient Training To Enhance Fight Against Security Challenges

 

Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu has urged the Nigerian Army to continue to efficiently train her personnel in order to sustain its combat readiness posture as it fights current security challenges in the country.

The Governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde, gave the words of encouragement during his keynote address at the 23rd Combat Service Support (CSSC) Training Week, held today 23 August 2022 at NEBO Hall, Headquarters Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, Abati Barracks, Lagos.

The training week, with the theme, “Building the capacity of Nigerian Army Combat Service Support Corps (CSSC) in combating contemporary security challenges in joint environment”, is aimed at sharpening the logistics management expertise of Army logisticians.

Speaking further, the Governor stated, that as one conversant with the importance of efficient logistics in organizational operations, he was delighted with the capacity-development efforts of the NA, stressing that it is in consonance with global best practices.

He added, that it is plausible for forces to train regularly in order to maintain combat readiness and efficiency.

Governor Makinde expressed optimism that the NA Combat Support Services Training Week would evolve more efficient logistical support strategies to enhance NA’s ongoing operational engagements.

In his opening remarks at the event, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya , emphasized, that the role of CSSC of the NA is germane to the execution of NA’s constitutional roles and the attainment of his vision “to have a professional Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a joint environment in defence of Nigeria”.

Gen Yahaya added, that the training week underscores the critical roles of CSSC in prosecuting ongoing operations against insurgency and banditry.

He affirmed that he would continue to ensure that the logistics corps benefit from various interventions in terms of capacity development and service delivery, to provide effective and timely support to all NA operations.

The COAS further revealed that in an effort to sustain and improve ongoing operations, the NA has procured requisite combat service support logistics to seamlessly enhance ongoing operations.

The COAS later commissioned several projects including, officers’ transit accommodation at Headquarters Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, ultra modern Radio Diagnostic Centre at 68 Reference Hospital, Yaba, Regimental Sergeant Majors’ Houses at Headquarters 9 Brigade and Headquarters Nigerian Army Medical Corps, as well as 70 Command Nigerian Army Supply and Transport Safety and Fire Fighting platoon’s accommodation.

The event also witnessed exhibition of inventions and innovations by various Combat Service Support Corps and a medical outreach to bring succour to the less privileged.

Governor Finitiri Extols Nigerian Army Capacity To Maintain Peace

 

The Executive Governor of Adamawa state, His Excellency, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has commended the Nigerian Army for its efforts in maintaining peace and security in the state.

Fintiri gave the commendation on 14 August 2022, when the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division and Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH), Major General Ibrahim Ali paid him a courtesy visit at Government House Yola, the state capital.

The governor who disclosed his passion for continious peace and development of the state described the military as a noble profession that requires accolade from the citizens. He said, personnel of the military has made a lot of sacrifice for the people to enjoy peace.


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Governor Fintiri further revealed that security challenges formally faced by the state are gradually dying down. He maintained that the military are up and doing and needed sincere support of the citizens to consolidate on the achievement.

Earlier in his remarks, the GOC and Commander OPSH, Major General Ibrahim Ali, commended the people of the state for taking active part in supporting the troops through information sharing.

He said Adamawa state is recently witnessing tremendous development and progress. Such development he said can only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace.

The GOC further intimated the Governor about the Army Headquarters Veterans Affairs Third Quarter Seminar and Workshop to be hosted in the state.

Shakeup In The Army: Many Generals Redeployed

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya.

 

The Nigerian Army has redeployed senior officers in a major reshuffle that affects some principal staff officers of the Army Headquarters, General Officers Commanding (GOCs), corps commanders, commandants of training institutions, brigade commanders, and commanding officers, among others.

This comes amid the renewed attacks by terrorists and other armed non-state actors, as well as a day after the military authorities said they have adopted a new strategy to tackle the threats in the country.

Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, who is the Director of Army Public Relations, announced the redeployment of the officers in a statement on Friday.

He said the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, has approved the posting of some senior officers of the Nigerian Army to command, instructional, and staff appointments across the service’s formations and units.

“The Chief of Army Staff has directed all the newly appointed senior officers to redouble their effort and commitment to duty in tackling the security challenges bedevilling the nation, as they assume their new appointments,” said Nwachukwu.

Some of the senior officers appointed as General Officers Commanding (GOCs) are Major General UT Musa from Headquarters 81 Division to Headquarters 82 Division and appointed GOC, Major General TA Lagbaja from Headquarters 82 Division to Headquarters 1 Division and appointed GOC, Major General OC Ajunwa from Nigeria Defence Section Brasilia to HQ 81 Division and appointed GOC, and Major General AS Chinade from Depot Nigerian Army to Headquarters 2 Division and appointed GOC.

The newly appointed Army Headquarters principal staff officers include Major General OW Ali from Headquarters Command Army Records to Army Headquarters Department of Army Administration and appointed Chief of Administration (Army), Major General S Muhammed from Defence Headquarters to Department of Army Standards and Evaluation and appointed Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation (Army), Major General JA Ataguba from Army Headquarters Department of Army Standards and Evaluation to Defence Headquarters and appointed as Director Peace Keeping Operations, Major General AA  Adesope from Headquarters Nigerian Army Finance Corps to Defence Headquarters and appointed Chief of Defence Accounts and Budget, Major General US Mohammed from Army Headquarters Department of Administration to Nigerian Army Resource Centre and appointment Senior Research Fellow.

Other senior officers affected in the redeployment are Major General PB Fakrogha from Defence Headquarters Garrison to Defence Space Agency and appointed Director of Policy Plans and Research, Major General MO Enendu from Nigerian Army College of Logistics to Defence Headquarters and appointed Director of Psychological Warfare, Major General AE Attu from Defence Headquarters Department of Defence Training and Operations to Defence Headquarters Garrison and appointed Commander, Major General BE Onyeuko from Defence Headquarters Directorate of Defence Media Operations to Defence Headquarters Department of Logistics and appointed Director of Procurement.

The newly appointed corps commanders are Major General AM Alabi from Nigerian Army Ordnance School to Headquarters Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps and appointed Corps Commander Ordnance, Major General A Mohammed from Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Limited and to Headquarters Nigerian Army Electrical Mechanical Engineers and appointed Corps Commander Electrical Mechanical Engineers, Major General E Akerejola from Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport to Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Transport and appointed Commander Corps of Supply and Transport, Major General AA Fayemiwo from Nigerian Army Welfare Holdings Limited by Guarantee to Headquarters Finance Corps and appointed Chief of Accounts and Budget (Army).

Senior officers newly appointed as commandants of the army training institutions are Major General PI Eze from Defence Headquarters Department of Procurement to Nigerian Army Ordinance School and appointed Commandant, Major General AA Adeyinka from Army Headquarters Department of Army Logistics to Nigerian Army College of Logistics and appointed Commandant, Major General PP Malla from Army Headquarters Department of Army Administration to Depot Nigerian Army and appointed Commandant, as well as Brigadier General UT Otaru from Defence Headquarters to Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport and appointed acting Commandant.

The newly appointed Brigade Commanders are Brigadier General DH Ndahi from Nigerian Army Resource Centre to Headquarters 4 Brigade and appointed Commander, Brigadier General FS Etim from Amphibious Training School to Headquarters 6 Brigade and appointed Commander, Brigadier General EA Orakwe from Headquarters 6 Division to Headquarters 19 Brigade and appointed Commander, Brigadier General JO Are from Army Headquarters Department of Army Standards and Evaluation to Headquarters 3 Brigade and appointed Commander, among others.

Insurgency: Troops Rescue Two Chibok Girls Abducted Over Eight Years Ago

 

The Nigerian Army has said it found and rescued two women who were part of the female students abducted by Boko Haram terrorists from Government Girls Secondary School in Chibiok, Borno State, more than eight years ago.

In a statement on Wednesday, the army disclosed that troops of 202 battalion during clearance operations on 25 July 2022 intercepted four abducted women including two girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from GGSS Chibok on 14 April 2014.

According to the brief statement, the military said the intercepted Chibok girls and their children are currently in a military medical facility.

On the night of the attack in April 2014, 276 female students mostly Christians aged from 16 to 18 were kidnapped by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram from the Government Girls Secondary School at the town of Chibok in Borno State.


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About 57 of the schoolgirls escaped immediately following the incident by jumping from the trucks on which they were being transported, while some others have been rescued by the Nigerian Armed Forces on various occasions.

The outrageous event has stirred global outcry with hopes being raised that the over 200 remaining girls might be released, however there are fears that some girls might have already died while in captivity.

The Chibok Girls abduction is one of several such tragedies that the nation has witnessed in the course of the Boko Haram insurgency.

An investigation by the human rights group, Amnesty International, suggests that since the abduction of the schoolgirls, over 1,500 school children have been kidnapped by armed groups in Nigeria.

“Nigerian is failing to protect vulnerable children. By refusing to respond to alerts of impending attacks on schools across the north of the country, the Nigerian authorities have failed to prevent mass abductions of thousands of school children,” Amnesty International’s Nigeria Director, Osai Ojigho adduced.

According to Amnesty International, the Nigerian government failed to learn from the Chibok incident as to how further crimes of this nature could be curbed.

All hope is not yet lost, at least not in the Chibok community where parents and relatives of the kidnapped girls continue to call for an end to the attacks within the area, as well as a return of the schoolgirls believed to still be in Boko Haram captivity.

In its last press conference in Abuja, the Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), an association of people from Chibok, lamented that since the outbreak of the insurgency well-over a decade now, the area has been attacked more than 72 times, with over 407 persons killed.

Spokesman for Kada, Dauda Iliya, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the Chibok community from total annihilation by the Boko Haram terrorists.

Iliya advised the Federal Government to seek support and effectively synergise with the Armed Forces in tackling insecurity within the region.

Troops Neutralise Two Terrorists, Three Bandits In Katsina, Benue

General Onyeuko during the briefing. Credit: Facebook/Defence Headquarters.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army (NA) have neutralised two terrorists in Katsina State.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko confirmed this in a statement issued on Monday.

Giving details of the operations, Major Onyeuko said the troops of operation Hadarin Daji on Sunday conducted an operation at Palale-Jaja village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State and engaged terrorists.

According to the military spokesman, it was during this encounter that two terrorists were neutralised.

Onyeuko said items recovered from the terrorists are 2 ak-47 rifles, 2 magazines, 16 rounds of 7.62 mm special, 6 motorcycles, 2 phones, one clipper, some packets of tramadol drug among others.


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Also, the troops of operation Whirl Wind neutralized three bandits in Benue State during a raid on the 15th of July, 2022.

The encounter took place at Chito general area, Sankera Council Ward in Ukum Local Government Area.

According to the defence spokesman, on sighting the advancing troops, the bandits fired at their direction, but the troops responded with superior fire power and neutralised three of them while others escaped.

During a search on the hideout of the bandits, Major Onyeuko said eighteen (18) motorcycles were recovered.

In another development, security operatives at a military camp in Sarkin Pawa, the headquarters of Munya Local Government Area of Niger State, repealed an onslaught by terrorists suspected to be affiliated with the Boko Haram/ISWAP group.

The gunmen who sought to take the soldiers by surprise came in the wee hours of Monday, however, the security operatives were on alert and put up a formidable resistance.

Confirming the attack today, spokesperson for the Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA), Salis Sabo, stated that the terrorists came in hundreds trying to dislodge the military base.

He further disclosed that the military officers engaged them in a gun duel which lasted for about 2 hours until reinforcement came, leading to a successful counter-offensive that saw several gunmen killed.

Giving more details, Mr Sabo said it took the military backup less than 30 minutes to arrive at Sarkin Pawa from Minna in response to the distress call made by their comrades.

According to the COSA spokesman, the passion with which the security operatives fought off their assailants was unprecedented, he added that this vigour has restored hope in the minds of many.

Sabo said the report at the association’s disposal, shows that there were no casualties recorded on the side of the military but there were strong indications that some terrorists were gunned down, although the number is yet to be ascertained.

PHOTOS: Operation Hadin Kai: Service Chiefs Celebrate Eid-El-Kabir With Frontline Troops

 

As part of the steps taken to share, unwind and appreciate troops efforts in the ongoing Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Operations in the North East, the Theatre Commander Joint Task Force (JTF) North East (NE) Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), Major General Christopher Musa on Saturday feted Service Chiefs and troops of OPHK to a joint Sallah Luncheon to commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.

The Luncheon took place at Theatre Command Officers’ Mess, Maimalari Military Cantonment, Maiduguri.

In his remarks, the Special Guest of Honour and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans (Army), Maj Gen AB Omozoje urged troops to continue to maintain a high level of professionalism, patriotism and remain spiritually upright in all undertakings.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, ably represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans (NAF), Air Vice Marshal Charles Owho lauded troops commitment and dedication which has yielded great result and huge successes in various military Operations in the NE.

He also acknowledged and expressed delight in the existing synergy between the military and other security agencies in the Theater, urging that such synergy should never wade off.

The Service Chiefs also expressed gratitude to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for his immense support in providing requisite platforms, equipments and logistics that have contributed immensely to the successes recorded so far in various Theatres of Operation.

They also appreciated the families of personnel for providing the needed support to remain well motivated at the Frontline.

Earlier in his welcome address, The Theater Commander thanked the Service Chiefs for their concern to the welfare of troops deployed for OPHK, stressing that it has spurred troops of the Theatre to strive for more successes.

While delivering the vote of thanks, the General Officer Commanding 7 Division NA/Commander Sector 1 OPHK, Maj Gen Waidi Shaibu thanked the Services Chief, Shehu of Borno, Heads of security agencies and the entire audience for making out time to felicitate with troops of OPHK on this special and memorable occasion.

The Luncheon which featured a regaling session of comic entertainment, cultural dance by Borno State Art and Culture and other side attractions was attended by Service Chiefs, Principal Staff Officers from Service headquarters, Representative of the Shehu of Borno, Heads of security agencies in Borno, Heads of Civil Society Organizations, Heads of INGOs and NGOs, Officers and men of OPHK, families and friends of personnel, and members of the press.

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COAS Urges Troops To Compliment Kinetic Efforts With Spiritual Intervention

 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has charged troops to compliment Nigerian Army’s kinetic engagements with spiritual efforts, such as counseling, guidance and divine supplications in ongoing military operations across the nation.

He gave the charge during an Interdenominational church service to commemorate Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2022, held at Saint Mark Military Church (Protestant), 34 Brigade Obinze Barracks, Owerri, Imo State.

The COAS, who was represented by Maj Gen Victor Ezugwu, noted that the theme of the Interdenominational service: “Promoting National Unity through Religious Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence” was apt, while urging Christian faithful across the nation to continually promote peace and unity in complimenting the efforts of the NA to surmount contemporary security challenges bedeviling the nation.


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The COAS urged all to desist from the use of misinformation, deceit and issues capable of disintegrating the nation, adding that there is unity in our unique diversity. The Interdenominational service was held in all formations and units of the NA across the nation.

The church service had in attendance, representative of the President, Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), principal staff officers from Defence and Army Headquarters, Corps Commanders, General Officers Commanding, Commandants of Nigerian Army training institutions, soldiers and their families.

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