[PHOTOS] Major General Hussein Ahmed Laid To Rest

The remains of General Hussein Ahmed have been laid to rest on Friday at the Guards Brigade Cemetery, Abuja on Friday, July 16, 2021. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun. Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

The remains of the former Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army, late Major General Huseini Ahmed have been laid to rest at Guards Brigade Cemetery Abuja.

Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday evening.

The Late Major General was killed on Thursday by unknown gunmen while travelling along the Lokaja-Abuja road.

In his remarks during the funeral rites on Friday, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, described the late senior officer as an articulate, dedicated, loyal and highly professional officer in the discharge of his duties.

 

He eulougised the senior officer for his sterling qualities and immeasurable contributions to the Nigerian Army while he was alive.

Major General Ahmed was born on February 16, 1968 in Maiduguri.

He hails from Maiduguri Local Government Area of Borno State, attended Yelwa Comprehensive Secondary School Makurdi, where he obtained his Senior Secondary School Certificate of Education and later gained admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in 1988.

 

General Hussein Ahmed’s wife is handed a Nigerian Flag. Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

He was granted Regular Combatant Commission on 25 September 1993 as a member of 40 Regular Course in the rank of Second Lieutenant. From the Military Police Corps, he rose to the rank of Major General before his unfortunate demise.

Late Major General Ahmed held a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Defence Studies, as well as a Master Degree in Strategic Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy. He was one time the Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army and until his death he was the Director Veteran Affairs at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

 

 

The late senior officer attended several courses including Young Officers’ Course Infantry, both Junior and Senior Staff Courses at the prestigious Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji and National Defence College among others.

In recognition of his meritorious services to the nation, late Major General Huseini Ahmed was honoured with several awards and medals including the Forces Service Star, Meritorious Service Star, Distinguished Service Star, Field Command Medal and Fellow Defence College among others.

 

 

The burial ceremony had in attendance, the Chief of Defence Staff, General LEO Irabor, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, representatives of other Service Chiefs, representatives of the Inspector General of Police, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Heads of Security Agencies, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and Services Headquarters, Field Commanders, Senior Officers both serving and retired, members of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association, the deceased senior officers immediate family members, friends and sympathisers among others.

 

Gunmen Kill Nigerian Army General

The late Major General Ahmed. Photo: HQ Nigerian Army.

 

Gunmen have killed a former Provost Marshall of the Nigerian Army, Major Gen Hassan Ahmed. 

Major Gen Hassan was killed on Thursday night along the Lokoja – Abuja when his vehicle was attacked by the assailants.

“With a heavy heart, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army regret to announce the passing on of Maj Gen Hassan Ahmed, a former Provost Marshall of the Nigerian Army,” the Nigerian Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, said in a statement issued on Friday morning.

“The sad incident occurred when the senior officer’s vehicle was attacked by gunmen while transiting along Lokoja-Abuja road yesterday 15 July 2021.”

The late officer will be buried on Friday at the Lungi Barracks Cemetery.

“A delegation from the Army Headquarters led by the Chief of Policy and Plans (Army) Maj Gen Anthony Omozoje has visited the widow and other members of the bereaved family,” Onyeama added.

“Members of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) led by the Deputy National President, Mrs Stella Omozoje have also visited the family to condole with them.”

Until his death, he served as a director at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.

The incident comes a few days after gunmen killed the acting Commanding Officer of 196 Battalion, Major MS Samaila.

He was shot dead in Dundubus, Jigawa while on his way to Kano from Maiduguri. Major Samaila was with his orderly, Alisu Aliyu.

“The officer was shot dead, and his orderly sustained gunshot wound. The officer’s body has been deposited at Shekoni Dutse. The soldier is receiving medical attention accordingly,” the army said.

Insecurity has taken a frightening dimension in the country in recent months with mass kidnapping and banditry on the rise.

Despite reassurances from the government and security agencies, critics believe authorities are only paying lip services to secure the country.

 

Army Begins Investigation Into Alleged Killing Of Final Year Student In Calabar

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The Nigerian Army says its attention has been drawn to a viral video alleging the killing of a final year student of the University of Calabar, Mr. Gray Agbesu, on Friday 9 July 2021 by a serving soldier deployed on duty at the Calabar Correctional Service facility.

According to a communique by Army Spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, on receiving the information, the soldier was apprehended by troops stationed in Calabar, while he was trying to flee out of the town to evade arrest.

General Nwachukwu said the soldier is currently in military custody, adding that an investigation has commenced to ascertain the circumstances that led to the killing of the student.

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“The Commander 13 Brigade has visited the scene of the incident and addressed the youths. He assured them of the commitment of Nigerian Army authorities towards ensuring that justice prevails in the unfortunate incident.

“The Brigade Commander has also paid a visit to the family of the deceased, where he reiterated the Army’s resolve to ensure that the family gets justice over the killing of their son. The Commander has equally visited the Cross River State General Hospital, where the remains of the deceased was deposited.

“The Nigerian Army remains a disciplined and professional organization and will not condone such unprofessional conduct by any of its personnel. The Nigerian Army will continue to operate within the ambit of the law, hence, would not tolerate any act of infringement on the fundamental human rights of citizens by its personnel,” the General’s communique partly reads.

It further noted that the army assures the family and the community, that the soldier will be duly investigated and made to face judicial processes as deemed appropriate by the law.

Troops Trail Terrorists, Kill Several Insurgents And Recover Arms

 

Troops of the 82 Division Task Force Battalion on patrol along Ngoshe – Ashigashiya on Sunday made contact with elements of Boko Haram Terrorists at Daushe, killing several of the insurgents.

This is according to a communique by Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations.

General Nwachukwu said the troops, who fiercely engaged and sustained heavy gunfire on the terrorists during the encounter killed five terrorists, compelling fighters of the terrorist group to retreat in disarray into the Mandara Mountains with several gunshot wounds.

The army spokesman further noted that on further exploitation after the gun battle, the troops recovered one AK 47 Rifle, one Magazine containing 13 rounds of fabricated 7.62mm (Special), a bandolier of 44 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO), and a bag containing 52 rounds of 7.62mm (Special).

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In a similar operation, troops of 212 Battalion on 1 July 2021 carried out clearance operations on marauding Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) along Gadayi – Kareto – Gubio axis, Magumeri, Tungushe villages, and the general area of Kerenoa. During the offensive, troops recovered one AK 47 Rifle and one Baufeng communication Radio set abandoned by the fleeing BHTs.

In a separate operation on 2 July, members of BHTs/ISWAP were intercepted, while crossing through an identified supply route along Auno – Jakana axis with trucks laden with Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricant (POL) into the forest. Vigilant troops deployed at Garin Kuturu checkpoint swiftly engaged the terrorists in a fierce battle forcing them to flee abandoning the truck and the products.

Following the attack on the terrorists, reinforcement by troops of Sectora 1 and 2, gave the fleeing terrorists a hot pursuit with close air support from the Nigerian Air Force Component of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK).

During the encounter, six terrorists were neutralised, three AK 47 rifles and one rocket-propelled grenade were captured, while one Gun truck was destroyed. Two other gun trucks abandoned by the terrorists were also recovered.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Faruk Yahaya commended the tremendous effort made by the Land troops and the Air component of OPHK. He charged them to deny the terrorists freedom of action by conducting regular patrols and projecting aggressive offensives to completely flush out the terrorists from their hideouts.

He further called on members of the general public to collaborate with the military and other security agencies in the fight against the enemies of the nation.

Nigerian Army Appoints Principal Staff Officers, Field Commanders, Others

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Faruk Yahaya has approved the appointment of Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), Field Commanders and other key staff that will provide the much-needed vigour in his command of the Nigerian Army (NA).

This was disclosed through the NA Posting released by the Department of Military Secretary on Friday 2 July 2021.

The COAS approved the appointment of the Commandant Nigerian Army Armoured School, Maj Gen BO Sawyer as the new Director Defence Information while the Chief of Operations Army, Maj Gen IM Yusuf becomes the Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy. Maj Gen TA Gagariga will move from Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans to Nigerian Army Artillery Corps as Corps Commander Artillery and Maj Gen VO Ezugwu of Training and Doctrine Command becomes the Commander Infantry Corps. Maj Gen MA Yekini is the new Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Maj Gen MS Yusuf will take over as Chief of Defence Standard and Evaluation, while the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj Gen AB Omozoje will take over as the Chief of Policy and Plans at the Army Headquarters.

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Equally, Maj Gen SO Olabanji becomes the Commander Training and Doctrine Command, Maj Gen OA Akintade is the new Chief of Army Logistics, Maj Gen OT Akinjobi takes over as Chief of Operations (Army), Maj Gen JA Ataguba becomes the Chief of Army Standard and Evaluation while Maj Gens KI Mukhtar and C Ofoche are the new Chief of Administration and Chief of Transformation and Innovation respectively. Maj Gen AB Ibrahim is appointed as Chief of Training (Army).

Among the new field commanders are Maj Gen AK Ibrahim who takes over as the Force Commander Multi-National Joint Task Force, N’Djamena and Maj Gen IS Ali who becomes the General Officer Commanding 3 Division will double as the Commander Special Task Force Operation Safe Haven.

The COAS equally approved the appointment of Commanders, Commandants of NA Institutions, Directors and other key appointments at both Defence and Army levels. The appointments he said were aimed to rejig for efficiency in command and administration within the NA. These appointments take effect immediately.

Nigerian Army Observes 40th Day Prayer In Honour Of Late Lt-Gen Attahiru, 10 Others

 

The Nigerian Army today 30 June 2021, observed the 40th-day prayers for the repose of the souls of the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), late Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other personnel, who died in the unfortunate air mishap of 21 May 2021 at the Kaduna International Airport.

The COAS, Major General Faruk Yahaya expressed his condolence to the widows, children and relations of the deceased. He urged them not to despair and assured them of the continuous support of the Nigerian Army.

Conducting the prayers at Niger Barracks, Abuja, the Director of Islamic Affairs, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Shehu Mustapha prayed to Almighty Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest in Al-Janah Fir-daus.

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He prayed to God to grant the families and relations of the departed souls, the Nigerian Armed Forces and friends, the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

He further stated that the demise of Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others is a great loss to the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the nation at large. He reminded all of the need to be mindful of their deeds here on earth in preparation for life’s final journey.

Dignitaries that graced the occasion include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Auwal Gambo, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and the Services Headquarters, members of Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA), Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), Naval Officers’ Wives Association (NOWA), Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA) and Nigerian Army Soldiers’ Wives Association (NASWA). Also present was the wife of the late COAS, Mrs Fati Attahiru, families and friends of the deceased amongst several other dignitaries.

Highlights of the event were the recitation of the Holy Quran, prayers for the nation, as well as condolence messages to the families of the deceased.

Reps To Investigate Army Over Non-Payment Of ₦663bn Allowances

 

The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Army to investigate the activities of the Nigerian Army over its alleged non-payment of ₦663 billion non-regular allowances to its personnel over the past two years.

The order given on Wednesday followed a motion sponsored by Representative Abubakar Nalaraba, drawing the attention of the House to an alleged underutilization of the resources despite increment in budgetary provision for these allowances in 2020 and 2021.

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The lawmakers also raised concerns that despite the increment in budgetary provision for non-regular allowances from ₦283 billion in 2020 to about ₦380 billion in 2021, the welfare of army personnel has not felt the corresponding effect, and also personnel of the Nigerian Army involved in internal security operations, training and performance of other military duties are still being owed various types of non-regular allowances.

Troops Arrest Suspected Bandit In Possession Of Military Kits

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Troops of the Nigerian Army, operating along Mokwa-Jebba road, arrested a fleeing bandit during a stop and search operation along the road on Sunday.

The arrest was effected at about 9:00pm, when the troops intercepted a car traveling from Zuru to Ibadan. The vigilant troops spotted an occupant of the vehicle, who claimed to be Sgt. Aminu Sule.

Upon a body search, the occupant was found to be in possession of a pair of camouflage uniforms, military boots, a knife, and substance suspected to be some charms.

On further interrogation, the suspect confessed to be traveling to Ogbomosho in Oyo state. He further claimed that the uniform and boots belonged to his brother who is a soldier.

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However, on closely scrutinizing the suspect, he was discovered to be fleeing from the ongoing operations in Niger state to a safe haven. The suspect was immediately apprehended and handed over to the police at Mokwa for further investigation.

Authorities of the army say the heat on bandits and other criminal elements in Niger State has caused them to start fleeing to supposed safe heavens.

The Force enjoined members of the public, particularly around Niger and contiguous states are therefore enjoined to be vigilant and report any suspected movement of fleeing bandits to security agencies.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya in a communique by army spokesman Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, assured law-abiding citizens of Niger State and indeed Nigeria of the safety of their lives and property.

He further enjoined citizens to be wary of such sinister movements by fleeing bandits and continue to support the security agencies with useful information to enable them to maintain peace and security of the country.

Kebbi School Abduction: Troops Rescue Another Teacher, Three Students

A screengrab showing a part of the school in Kebbi State where an unconfirmed number of students and staff were abducted on Thursday.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army operating under the auspices of Operation Hadarin Daji supported by the Nigerian Air Force component have rescued more abductees of the Federal Government College Birnin Yawuri in Kebbi State.

A statement signed on Sunday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed that one teacher and three students were rescued on Saturday at Makuku in the ongoing search and rescue operations.

According to the statement, the troops also killed one bandit, recovered nine motorcycles and four phones from the fleeing bandits.

Nwachukwu also noted that additional troops have now been deployed to dominate the forest.

Two teachers and five students had been rescued on Friday by the gallant troops in a coordinated firefight with the kidnappers.

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The incident is the latest in a series of increasing school abductions across the country.

Bandits had attacked the school in the early hours of Thursday, whisking away a yet to be confirmed number of students and teachers.

The Deputy Force Commander of the Joint Taskforce in the Northwest zone, Air Commodore Abubakar Abdulkadir, in a communique on Friday said the troops came in contact with the bandits in the early hours of the day and engaged them in a gun duel which forced them to abandon five students, and a teacher.

One of the abducted students of the college, unfortunately, died.

“In the early hours of this morning, we have come across the kidnappers. They came to our blocking point, and we engaged them,” Abdulkadir said.

He added, “At that point, they abandoned five of the students and one of the teachers. Unfortunately, I think we have lost one of the students.”

Air Commodore Abdulkadir also disclosed that 11 trucks of rustled cows were also intercepted in Zamfara State.

He said troops got credible intelligence about the rustled animals and were instructed to lay an ambush which led to the recovery of the cattle.

Student Killed As Troops Trail Kidnappers, Rescue Teachers And Students

A screengrab showing a part of the school in Kebbi State.

 

One of the Abducted students of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State has died. However, five others have been rescued by the joint taskforce component of the operation Hadari Daji.

The deputy force commander of the joint taskforce in the Northwest zone, Air Commodore Abubakar Abdulkadir in a communique on Friday said the troops came in contact with the bandits in the early hours of the day and engaged them in a gun duel which forced them to abandon five students, and a teacher.

“In the early hours of this morning, we have come across the kidnappers. They came to our blocking point, and we engaged them,” Abdulkadir said.

He added, “At that point, they abandoned five of the students and one of the teachers. Unfortunately, I think we have lost one of the students.”

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Yet to be confirmed number of students and some teachers were abducted by the bandits who raided the college in their numbers in the early hours of Thursday.

Speaking further on the operation, Air Commodore Abdulkadir disclosed that the 11 trucks of rustled cows were also intercepted in Zamfara State.

He said troops got credible intelligence about the rustled animals were instructed to lay an ambush which led to the recovery of the cattle.

Abdulkadir said the animals were sold to some persons at Yartasha Market in Magami District while the troops have been trailing the rustled animals for about five days before they were recovered on Thursday night.

According to him, investigations are ongoing to apprehend other buyers and sellers of the rustled animals.

No Soldier Was Killed In Ohafia, Says Nigerian Army

 

The Nigerian Army (NA) has denied claims suggesting that six soldiers were killed following operations of troops in Abia State.

In a statement on Monday, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, also faulted an allegation that troops are on a vengeance mission in some communities in Abia State.

The military spokesman noted that the army was aware of a report trending on social media that the soldiers were killed in a clash with members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN)/ Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

According to him, the reports alleged that as a result, residents of Elu, Amangwu, and Amaekpu in Ohafia Local Government Area of the state embarked on a mass exodus out of fear.

“The NA wishes to debunk the allegation as a baseless fabrication aimed at not only tarnishing the good image of the NA but to create distrust between the public and security agents in the state,” he said.

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Recounting what happened, the army spokesman narrated, “The true position is that troops carried out routine clearance operations in line with the rules of engagement and respect for fundamental human rights of the citizens aimed at restoring socio-economic activities, which were hitherto disrupted by criminal activities of IPOB/ESN elements who attack security agents and government infrastructures.

“Troops of the Nigerian Army, working in conjunction with personnel of Nigeria Police and other security agencies, leveraging on timely and accurate intelligence provided by patriotic citizens, are working tirelessly to restore normalcy to troubled areas and to rid the state of criminal elements.”

Yerima assured the people of Abia of the safety of their lives and property and urged them to continue to report suspicious movements and activities of strange individuals or groups in their vicinity to the nearest security agency for prompt action.

Security Operatives Foil Fresh Kidnap Attempt On Another Kaduna School

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

Troops of the Nigerian Army on Friday foiled a planned abduction on Prelude Comprehensive College, Kujama area of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The bandit attack was foiled following receipt of credible intelligence by the troops and Police operatives who mobilized to the targeted school.

Confirming the incident, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said in a statement that the bandits were alerted of the presence of security operatives, and abandoned their plans to attack the school.

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The bandits were reported to have changed their plans at the last minute and left through Kaduna-Kachia Road between Kafari and Tashan Ice.

He explained that the bandits barricaded the road and abducted two persons, who were later rescued after troops and police heard gunshots and gave the bandits a hot chase.

Sadly, three travelers were shot and injured by the bandits during the operation.

In another development, troops foiled an attack along the Zaria-Kano road in Makarfi Local Government Area of the state.

One of the bandits, dressed in military camouflage was neutralized, while one pump action gun was recovered from him.

These attacks come barely 24 hours after eight students and two lecturers were kidnapped after gunmen invaded Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic in the Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The bandits attacked the school located along the Kaduna- Zaria road last night, shooting at students and leaving several others injured on Friday.