Nigerian Army Partners Russia On Acquisition Of Military Equipment

The Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Alexey Shebarshin visited the Army Headquarters, Abuja on Friday.

 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, says the Nigerian Army (NA) will further explore the cordial bilateral relations between the NA and Russian government for the acquisition of military equipment to enhance its operations across the country.

According to a statement on Thursday, the COAS disclosed this when the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Alexey Shebarshin paid him a courtesy call at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

Reminiscing the long existing relationship between the Nigerian Army and Russia, the COAS expressed the need to rekindle the relationship for their mutual benefit.

The army chief also solicited the support of the Russian government in the provision of sophisticated equipment to shore up NA’s combat efficiency in the fight against terrorism, insurgency and other sundry crimes orchestrating insecurity in some parts of the country.

He assured the Ambassador of NA’s determination in sustaining the cooperation.

The Russian Ambassador to Nigeria lauded the contributions of the Nigerian Army in the stability of the continent and described Nigeria as critical on the African continent in terms of military capability, trade and investment.

He indicated interest in supporting the Nigerian Army through the provision of equipment and technical assistance.

Ambassador Alexey also affirmed the significance of the NA Aviation Unit in the enhancement of its operations in the fight against terrorism, insurgency, banditry and other crimes.

Cartridge Casing From #EndSARS Protest ‘Of The Same Calibre’ As Nigerian Army’s Live Ammunition, Says Forensic Expert

Members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution. (File Photo)

 

A forensics company, Sentinel Forensic Limited, has testified before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up to unravel details of the shooting that took place at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, during the #EndSARS protest.

Addressing the panel, the company’s representative, Joseph Kayode Funsho, said the Cartridge Casing obtained from the Lekki Toll Gate are of the same calibre as the Nigerian Army’s Live Ammunition.

“The live ammunition presented by the Nigerian Army is of the same calibre as the cartridge casing submitted by the judicial panel,” Funsho said.

He, however, said the blanks submitted by the panel, didn’t match the records from the Nigerian Army’s inventory.

“While the blank ammunition submitted by the Nigerian Army is not of the same calibre as the cartridge casings submitted by the Judicial Panel.

“The blank ammunition submitted by the Nigerian Army is not designed to be fired by rifles chambered to 7.62 x 39mm.”

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The case was, thereafter, adjourned to Saturday, September 11, for further hearing.

In November 2020, Commander of the 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo, who appeared before the Judicial Panel insisted that only blank bullets containing gunpowder were fired at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20.

He also insisted that the military only fired into the air and not directly at the #EndSARS protesters.

While explaining that the blank bullets used, cannot cause any damage to the flesh, Brigadier Taiwo said if real bullets were indeed fired, one bullet had the potency to kill three persons at one shot.

The army had initially described reports of its involvement in the shooting as fake news before admitting to being present at the scene.

Viral reports online had insinuated that not only were they present, but they shot at, and killed several persons and allegedly hid the bodies.

But both the army and the state government have faulted the reports, insisting that only two persons had been confirmed dead from the incident.

“Two dead bodies. That is what we have seen from all the morgues, that is what we have going to hospitals, that is what we have seen as records,” governor Sanwo-Olu had said in an interview.

Counter-Terrorism: Nigeria, Turkey To Strengthen Ties

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya and Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hidaye Bayraktar in Abuja on Monday, August 31, 2021.

 

The Nigerian Army and its Turkish counterpart have pledged to strengthen military bilateral relations to tackle terrorism.

This was disclosed on Monday when the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hidaye Bayraktar visited the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.

Ambassador Bayraktar explained that like Nigeria, Turkey is confronted with challenges of insecurity, pointing out that a collaboration of both countries will curtail the activities of terrorists in both countries.

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He added that Turkey was prepared to further assist Nigeria to fight insurgency using experiences from similar challenges

The Chief of Army Staff in response said the visit would further enhance the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Turkey.

General Yahaya further stated that the relationship between the two countries will bolster the capabilities of the armies of both countries through sharing of intelligence and operational experience.

We Do Not Enlist Former Terrorists, Says Nigerian Army

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The Army says former terrorists won’t be recruited into the organization.

 

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it does not enlist former terrorists as speculated in some quarters. 

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

The Army spokesman noted that the statement is a reaction to a video making the rounds on the internet which attempted to “draw a conclusion from the collapse of the Afghan military and tried very hard to relate it to the ongoing surrender by the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists in Nigeria”.

But the Army said that although the situation in Afghanistan calls for concerns, the security agency is not desperate and won’t recruit former terrorists. 

“There are teeming able-bodied Nigerians that are willing to join the NA and genuinely help in the fight against terrorism and other violent crimes,” the Army added. 

“The NA, therefore, is not desperate for prospective recruits to stoop so low and engage the services of former terrorists. As a general rule, it is not even recommended to absorb former fighters into the services of a regular military.”

“Surrendered terrorists will be received, processed, and passed to the appropriate government agencies saddled with the responsibility of handling them,” it further said. 

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While urging Nigerians to leave security matters for experts, the Army asked them to focus on contributing towards nation-building instead of engaging in a campaign of falsehood.

“The NA wishes to state that the campaign of falsehood embarked upon by some individuals who do not wish the nation well cannot distract its personnel from their resolve to bring an end to the violent crimes in the country,” General Nwachukwu’s communique stated.

Army To Take Battle To Bandits’ Enclaves – COAS

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The Nigerian Army has assured citizens of its total commitment to tackling banditry, saying its operations in the country have been reinvigorated and strengthened.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, who is on a two-day operational tour of all military formations and units under the eighth division of the Nigerian Army, said this on Friday at the 171 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Daura, Katsina.

He said the tour is expected to ensure that the troops take the battle to the enclaves of the bandits with a view to destroying them.

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Lieutenant General Yahaya explained that the essence of the tour is also to access the readiness and operations of the troops on ground and appreciate their conduct and challenges to encourage them to do more.

According to him, the military has so far started gaining ground with the synergy and support of other security agencies.

[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.