Take Battle To Bandits’ Doorstep, Matawalle Urges Military

 

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has called on the military to persist in taking the battle to the bandits’ doorstep as a major panacea to the lingering insurgency in the state.

Governor Matawalle made the inference when he received a visiting team from the Army War College of Nigeria who were on a study visit to the Operation Hadarin Daji in the state.

Matawalle was of the opinion that if the military adopts total pro-active measures, the issue of banditry in the state will soon become a history.

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“The tactics you supposed to do as at now is not for you to be waiting for an enemy to attack, is for you to take battle to their doorstep because Army are not supposed to wait for enemy to attack them, rather they take battle to doorstep of the enemy.”

He however, acknowledged that the Military is overstretched and also in need of more modern equipment at the moment.

“We understand that the Military is overstretched due to the multiple security challenges facing the Country as a result of which all the men in the service are currently engaged,” Governor Matawalle observed.

He however, advised that retired Military officers be re-engaged into the service while the Government further pursue its laudable efforts at acquiring more modern equipment to address insecurity in the country.

The governor while further commending the efforts Of the military in the state over the years, assured members of the Army War College that he will continue to give his utmost support towards their operations until peace is restored in Zamfara State.

NPC Seeks Army’s Support To Deliver Credible Census

 

The  has sought the support of the Nigerian Army (NA)in conducting credible census in Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Commission, Honorable Nasiru Isa Kwarra made the appeal today Tuesday 24 May 2022, when he led senior staff of the Commission on a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

Stating the purpose of his visit, Honorable Kwarra said he was at the Army Headquarters as part of the Commission’s engagement of major stakeholders in the conduct of seamless census exercise and to create awareness on the forth coming National census slated for 2023.

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He noted that the Census will unearth the demographic data needed to address the security challenges bedeviling the nation. This, he said was in line with the vision of the Commission.

Honourable Kwarra stated further that the Commission aspires to meet the data needs of all end users and ensure a robust and quality population
for national transformation and global competitiveness.

He lauded troops of the NA for their effort in ongoing campaign against security challenges in the country.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya in his response, noted that adequate census data was essential for planning socio economic development of the country.

He added that the NA will not hesitate in providing security for government agencies to enable them perform their national obligations.

Present at the event were Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters and Commissioners from the National Population Commission.

PHOTOS: COAS Honours 81 Division Retired Officers

 

The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya at a Regimental Dinner Night has urged retired officers in 81 Division Nigerian Army (NA) never to rest on their oars even in retirement until the security challenge in the country is brought to an end in favour of the Armed Force and by extension the Nation.

The Army Chief who was represented by the General Officer Commanding 81 Division NA Major General Umar Thama Musa at the Regimental Dinner Night in honour of officers who retired in 81 Division noted that the Army is still open to their invaluable contributions towards attaining her constitutional mandate and would always welcome their supports. General Faruk further said they are welcome to attend functions and sessions in order to continue to extend their fellowship to the colleagues they were leaving behind in service.

According to General Yahaya, retirement is an inevitable phase in the life of every military personnel as it marks the complement of active service to the nation. He therefore commended the retired officers for the remarkable achievements they made while in active service to the Nation through the NA.

The Army Chief assured the them that the NA will remain grateful for the services they rendered in the defence of their fatherland. He said the celebration should also be taken as an avenue to thank God for the grace to render the distinguished and meritorious service to the Nation in the quest to restore peace and harmony to our beloved country.

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Earlier the President Mess Committee Brigadier General Danlami Ndahi while welcoming the Retired Officers and invite guests to 81 Division Officers’, congratulated the retired officers and their families on behalf of the entire Division on their successful and meritorious retirement from the NA. He said retirement marks the successful complement of active service to the nation.

Colonel Mustapha Anka (rtd) while delivering the vote of thanks on behalf of the retired officers said the COAS has laid a landmark which they much appreciate. He thanked the Army for given them a sense of belonging and for appreciating their sacrifices and service to the Nation through the NA.

The retired officers honoured included Colonel Moses Abolanle, Colonel Igwe Ibemere, Colonel Mustapha Abubakar Anka, Colonel Francis Ekoyo, Colonel Folarin Orolugbagbe and Lieutenant Colonel Ceril Chukwuma Okafor. Others are Lieutenant Colonel Moses Babuba, Lieutenant Colonel Abong Leku, Major Gabriel Ogwo, Major Rilwanu Ishida, Major Bisi Olajide, Major Paul Akpan and Lieutenant Emmanuel Adejoh. The highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of plagues and souvenirs to the retired officers.

Nigerian Army Deploys 173 Soldiers To Guinea Bissau On Peacekeeping Operation

Troops undergoing briefing in Kaduna before their deployment to Guinea Bissau for the ECOWAS peacekeeping mission.

 

As part of strengthening and enhancing security in the  West African sub-region,  the Nigerian Army has deployed 173 officers and soldiers to Guinea Bissau on an ECOWAS peacekeeping Operation.

The Chief of Operations, Army Headquarters, Major General Oluwafemi Akinjobi, announced this on Thursday at the graduation and pre-deployment training of the troops from the Martin Luther Agwai Peacekeeping Centre in Jaji Kaduna State.

The graduation comes ahead of their departure to Bissau, the Guinea Bissau capital as they are expected to leave Nigeria immediately after their induction.

While addressing the troops, the Chief of Operations, represented by Major General Zakari Abubakar, warned the contingent to abide by the rules of engagement, exhibit braveness as professionals, and also respect the cultural sensitivity of the people of Guinea Bissau.

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“Nigeria remains the beacon of peace and gatekeeper of the ECOWAS sub-region. Consequently, the Federal Government of Nigeria is committed to the deployment of a contingent to maintain peace in the Republic of Guinea Bissau,” he said.

“The history of peacekeeping in Africa cannot be written without the commitment and sacrifices of Nigeria. The first contingent of Nigerian peacekeepers was deployed in 1960 shortly after our independence.

“Since then, Nigeria has contributed over 100,000 peacekeepers in over 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa and across the globe. I must say with pride that our peacekeepers have had to restore peace in many conflict areas around the globe which has earned Nigeria many national and individual commendations from several nations.”

Abubakar reminded the soldiers of the United Nations’ zero tolerance for drug trafficking and human rights abuse.

He also asked them to avoid indecent characters capable of tarnishing the image of the Nigerian Army and the nation in general.

In his remarks, the Commandant of the Martin Luther Agwai Peacekeeping Centre, Major General Auwal Fagge, also highlighted the importance of the pre-deployment training.

He said the training is in line with the Nigerian Army Headquarters’ desire to ensure that troops receive the needed robust and theatre-specific pre-deployment training prior to their induction into peacekeeping missions.

Fagge expressed confidence that the high level of enthusiasm and cohesion exhibited by the soldiers and officers will reflect on their operational conduct abroad.

Army Dismisses Viral Video Of Soldier Allegedly Abandoned By Colleagues

This photo combination shows a soldier with the nametag Musa M. and the logo of the Nigerian Army.
This photo combination shows a soldier with the nametag Musa M. and the logo of the Nigerian Army.

 

The Nigerian Army on Thursday described as misleading the viral video of a soldier who claimed he had been abandoned by his colleages.

“I’ve suffered a lot,” the soldier with the nametag Musa said in the video. “I’m trying to save my life. I’m the only one in the bush. The remaining soldiers have ran and left me. God, help me. God, protect my life.”

In a statement signed by spokesperson Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, the army said the video was shot by the soldier after he absconded from his duty.

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“Contrary to the claims and impression created by the soldier in the video footage, preliminary investigations have revealed that the video footage was a deliberate attempt to shield himself from being accused of cowardice, having abandoned his colleagues during an ongoing clearance operation in Gurara, Niger State,” the statement said.

“It could be recalled that troops of the NA, recently carried out a clearance operation in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State. Disappointingly, during an encounter, the said soldier abandoned his colleagues and absconded in an outright display of cowardice and possible sabotage, which negate the precepts of the military profession.

“Sensing the gravity of his action and its consequences, the soldier surreptitiously uploaded the video online in a calculated attempt to whip-up public sentiment and cover up his act of cowardice. The soldier’s action amounts to a betrayal of the esprit de corps and comradery that are synomous with a military unit and fighting formation, particularly during operations. The soldier’s conduct is therefore an aberration and against the ethics and core values of the military profession.

“The video footage is thus, in all intent, and purpose a misrepresentation of what actually transpired between the soldier and his colleagues.
The soldier has rejoined his unit and further investigations are currently ongoing to unravel the reasons behind his unprofessional conduct.”

Kaduna Train Attack: FG To Begin Repair Works, Recruit Locals For Security

Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi visited the scene of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack on March 29, 2022.
Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi visited the scene of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack on March 29, 2022.

 

Repairs on the damaged portion of the Abuja-Kaduna rail line will commence immediately as the Federal Government is considering recruiting locals for security at blackspot areas.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this in Kaduna on Wednesday during a visit to victims of the attack on a Kaduna-bound train by gunmen.

Amaechi said following the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to fix the rail and make it usable, the ministry has set modalities in place to commence work immediately.

The minister also disclosed that the Federal Government is also working out plans to engage locals in the communities where the bandits operate along the rail.

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He said the office of the National Security Adviser will be consulted to ensure that those that will be recruited for the service are people of integrity.

The hospitals he visited include the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna where 25 victims were said to have been admitted.

According to the chief medical officer of the hospital, out of the total number admitted, only seven people were remaining at the time of the visit.

At the St. Gerrard Catholic Hospital, eleven victims were admitted, out of which ten have been discharged, and one female currently receiving treatment.

One victim was said to have been brought dead according to the hospital management.

Avoid Politicking, COAS Warns Troops Ahead Of 2023 Elections

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, addressing troops during his operational tour of two brigade Area of Responsibility in Akwa Ibom State.

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya on Tuesday warned troops of the Nigerian Army to avoid being dragged into politicking as electoral activities intensify ahead to the 2023 general elections.

He gave the charge in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital while addressing troops during his operational tour of two brigade Area of Responsibility (AOR).

A statement signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said Lieutenant General Yahaya also admonished the troops to remain focused in the conduct of ongoing internal security operations across the country.

He reiterated that the role of troops during elections, is to provide support to the Nigeria Police, which is the lead agency in the security architecture during elections.

The army chief charged the troops to remain resolute in protecting the territorial integrity of the country and the citizens.

He also urged them to remain committed to vigorously protecting national economic assets by checking the activities of criminals and economic saboteurs, who are bent on sabotaging the oil and gas sector of the nation’s economy.

The COAS assured the troops that their administrative and operational challenges will receive due and prompt attention, adding that the welfare of personnel is paramount under his leadership.

During the operational tour to Uyo, the COAS inspected the ongoing projects in the new barracks under construction at NSIT Ubium Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

He also visited 6 battalion headquarters at Ibagwa in Abak Local Government area of the state where he interacted with officers and soldiers of the battalion.

‘We’re Currently Not Recruiting’, Nigerian Army Debunks Reports

File Photo of the Nigerian Army logo.

 

The Nigerian Army says it is currently not recruiting and has warned Nigerians to beware of a fake online recruitment portal being circulated on social media.

“Following this unwholesome development, the NA wishes to clearly inform the general public that there is no ongoing recruitment, as published in the fake portal. The information is false, misleading and aimed at defrauding unsuspecting members of the public,” a statement by the Brigadier General, Onyema Nwachukwu said.

“The general public is, therefore, enjoined to be wary of fake online recruitment vendors who are desperately hunting for victims”.

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The Army warned that its recruitment opportunities will only be published in national dailies and therefore, advised members of the public to shun any other portal in its entirety.

COAS Charges Commanding Officers To Think Out Of Box In Dealing With Contemporary Challenges

 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, has charged the commanding officers of the Nigerian Army to think out of the box in coming up with well-thought-out strategies in dealing with contemporary security challenges in a joint environment across the country.

He made the charge during the opening ceremony of the first commanding officers’ workshop on Monday at Headquarters 82 Division Enugu.

The COAS, who was represented by the Corps Commander, Nigerian Army Engineers, Maj Gen Kamilu Kadiri, urged the participants to pay deep attention to the lectures and actively participate in discussions so that they would achieve a positive change of attitude to training and conduct of operations across theatres.

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Lt Gen Yahaya added that to achieve the desired end state, which is a defeat of the adversary, there is the need to enhance the capacity of officers and soldiers through continuous training. He lamented that the inadequate training of personnel in a joint environment is the major problem affecting successful military operations in the country.

The COAS pledged that the Nigerian Army would at all times remain resilient and committed to defending the integrity of Nigeria through an uncompromising training program. He commended the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, his officers, and soldiers for putting good preparations to ensure a successful workshop.

 

The 5-day workshop attracted participants from South East, South West, and South-South as well as representatives of security agencies. It is aimed at equipping the participants with the requisite command and leadership skills to function optimally. The theme of the workshop is “Enhancing the Capacity of Commanding Officers for Effective Operations in a joint Environment”.

Stray Nigeria Airstrike Kills Seven Children In Niger Republic

Niger or the Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in West Africa named after the Niger River.
Niger or the Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in West Africa named after the Niger River.

 

An airstrike by the Nigerian army targeting ‘bandits’ has left seven children dead and five others wounded “by mistake” in the Maradi region of southern Niger, a local governor told AFP on Sunday.

“There was a mistake with the Nigerian strikes on the border that resulted in victims on our territory in the village of Nachade” on Friday, said Chaibou Aboubacar, governor of the Maradi region, close to Nigeria.

“The victims are 12 children, seven of them dead and five wounded.”

Four children died instantly and three others succumbed “to their injuries while being transported to hospital”, he said.

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According to the governor, “the parents were attending a ceremony and the children were probably playing when the strikes” hit them.

He believes the planes were targeting “armed bandits” in the border areas, but “missed their target” hitting Nachade instead.

Aboubacar said he visited the children’s graves on Saturday as well as the scene of the bombardment.

Several municipalities in the Maradi region are seriously affected by the violence of heavily armed gangs from the Nigerian states of neighbouring Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara.

In 2018, Niamey reinforced military patrols along its border with Nigeria to prevent the incursions of these gangs which carry out assassinations, kidnappings for ransom, attacks on traders and raids on cattle which they then lead into Nigeria.

In April 2021, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said it feared a third jihadist centre could emerge in this region of Maradi, exploiting the actions of Nigerian gangs and conflicts between local communities.

Niger already faces two jihadist fronts. The Nigerian group Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP), its dissident branch, are operating in the south-east while groups affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda are at work in the west.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Maradi is host to 100,000 Nigerian refugees, who have fled the relentless attacks in their country.

In mid-February 2015, 36 people were killed  in a bombardment by an “unidentified” plane against a mosque in the village of Abadam in the Diffa region (southeast) where Boko Haram jihadists had just made their first attacks against Niger.

AFP

Troops Neutralise Notorious IPOB Gunman, Three Others In Anambra

Man Kills Father, Stabs Mother In Anambra

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army have neutralised four Indigenous Peoples of Biafra/ Eastern Security Network gunmen at Ihiala town in Anambra State.

The gunmen who were out enforcing the illegally imposed sit-at-home order were said to have fired sporadically in and around a filling station in Ihiala town on Wednesday.

According to a statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General, Onyema Nwachukwu, on receiving a distress call, troops of the NA launched out to the location to restore normalcy.

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Thereafter, a firefight ensued and the gallant troops neutralised their leader, Ejike and three others.

Items recovered from the gunmen during the encounter include one motorcycle, two pump action double-barrel guns, 12 live cartridges and substances suspected to be cannabis amongst others.

One combat vehicle conveying troops was, however, involved in an accident during the operation following a technical fault.

An officer and a soldier paid the supreme price in the accident, while two others sustained injuries. The injured are currently responding to treatment at a military hospital.

“While we pray for the repose of the souls of deceased personnel, the general public is enjoined to continue to support the military and other security agencies through the provision of timely and accurate information that could enhance ongoing operations and ultimately, restore peace and stability in the region,” the statement read.

Nigerian Army, NSCDC Synergize On Capacity Development

 

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has solicited collaboration with the Nigerian Army (NA) in capacity development.

The Commandant General NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi made the appeal when he led senior officers of the Corps on a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya in Abuja on Tuesday.

In his remarks, Dr Audi acknowledged the cordial relationship existing between the NA and the NSCDC, adding that this will be improved upon. He further stated that such collaboration is inevitable given the current security challenges confronting the nation.

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The Commandant General recalled that having benefitted from military training in the past, the window of training opportunity from the NA, if made available will ultimately enhance the corps’ operational capacity. He expressed his appreciation to the NA for timely assistance in the training of the female squad of the corps with special capabilities.

This, he said, has largely enhanced their capacity as they are currently deploying the acquired skills in safeguarding schools across the country.

While responding, the COAS assured that the NA will continue to build on the existing collaboration with the NSCDC and other security agencies, particularly in the aspect of training and other areas of mutual interest.

The COAS commended the NSCDC for its exemplary commitment to the security of lives and property, particularly in safeguarding critical national infrastructure. He urged them not to relent in their fight against economic saboteurs.