Nigerian Army Promises To Investigate, Sanction Erring Officers After Borno Governor’s Outburst

A screenshot from the video of Governor Zulum confronting the soldiers.


The Nigerian Army says the accusation of extortion by Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, against soldiers, will not be taken lightly.

Governor Zulum had earlier in a video confronted soldiers manning Maiduguri-Damaturu expressway accusing them of extorting travellers.

In reaction to this, Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Aminu Iliyasu in a statement on Monday said as a professional and disciplined institution, it will not take such allegations lightly, particularly coming from a state executive.

They assured that the allegation will be duly investigated and culprits will be dealt with accordingly.

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“The Nigerian Army as a professional and disciplined institution views such allegations seriously, particularly coming from a State Executive.

“It is on record that, whenever such allegations of troops’ misconduct were made in the past, the Nigerian Army never reneged in conducting thorough investigations to establish them and where any infractions were established against any personnel, appropriate sanctions were applied in line with extant rules and regulations as provided for in the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

“Thus, the Nigerian Army wishes to assure the good people of Borno State and indeed the nation at large that any allegations of misconduct by Nigerian Army troops will be duly investigated and culprits will be dealt with accordingly,” the statement read in part.

The Nigerian Army, however, pointed out that the outburst of the governor could be counterproductive in its fight against insurgency.

“However, it is important to unequivocally observe that public outburst, particularly by eminent personalities such as a State Executive, could be counterproductive and indeed capable of reversing the gains recorded so far in the ongoing fight against insurgents and other criminal elements across the nation,” the statement read further.

The Nigerian Army, therefore, assured citizens that it remains committed to the protection of lives, properties of all law-abiding citizens as it is committed to wiping out insurgency in the North East and other forms of criminality across the country.

Army Troops Rescue 461 Boko Haram Captives, Kill Insurgents In Borno


Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 461 Boko Haram captives and killed some insurgents during a raid and search operation between Jakana and mainok area of Maiduguri-Damaturu Road in Borno state.

The operation which was carried out by combined troops of 5 and 29 Battalion in conjunction with the Chief of Army Staff intervention Battalion 2, combed Boko Haram hideouts and killed some insurgents.

According to Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator in a statement on Sunday, those rescued comprise of “100 adult males, 154 adult females and 207 children during raid/cordon and search operations on 4 January 2020.”

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Colonel Iliyasu also released pictures which according to him are bodies of killed Boko Haram criminals and a cache of arms and ammunition captured by troops of 29 Task Force Brigade after an encounter at Jakana on a separate but continuing encounter on Saturday, January 4.

The Media Coordinator said the operations which lasted between 2nd to 4th January 2020 was about “Traction of Boko Haram hideouts between Jakana and Mainok by combined troops of 5 and 29 Brigades in conjunction with the Chief of Army Staff Intervention Battalion 2.”

Another group of four minors according to the statement were also rescued by troops of the 159 Task Force Battalion deployed at a checkpoint along Damasak-Kareto road in Mobbar Local government of Borno State.

Army Resolves Land Dispute In Taraba

Army Appoints New Operational Commanders For Operation Lafiya Dole
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, speaks to reporters in Abuja (file)


The Nigerian Army says it has resolved its age-long land dispute with residents of Serti in Gashaka local government area of Taraba State.

Speaking during the West African Social Activities Day on Friday in Taraba, Commanding Officer, 20 Model Battalion Serti, Sani Adamu, said the resolution was handled by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

At the same event, the traditional ruler of Gashaka Kingdom, Zubairu Hamman-Gabdo thanked Buratai “for his magnanimity” in resolving the dispute. 

“I want to use this medium to inform the people of Gashaka that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai holds this community in high esteem,” Adamu said in his speech.

“And as such, the lingering problem that has been on for many years in this unit that was yet to be solved has just recently been solved with the permission granted by the Chief of Army Staff to let go of the encroached barrack land and for us to take possession of the compensated land that was given by the Gashaka Local Government Council in collaboration with the Gashaka Emirate Council. 

“This information was sought just three days ago when I was with the Chief of Army Staff in Yola. And I find it necessary to put it on record on a day like this that we have both our royal fathers and also our mother in our presence. So to you people of Gashaka, I want to say a very big congratulations; and we thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Nigerian Army Approves Postings, Appointments Of Over 20 Top Generals


The Nigerian Army has approved new postings and appointments of some of its senior officers.

Approved by the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai, the Force says the posting is a routine exercise carried out to reinvigorate the system for greater professional effectiveness/efficiency.

“Due to the recent promotion of some senior officers, it became imperative to deploy them to appropriate appointments to the new ranks.

“Consequently, the Nigerian Army has just released the postings and appointments of the affected officers” a statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, said.

They are expected to take effect immediately.

According to the statement, the highlight of the posting included the appointment of Maj Gen EO Ogunkale from Command Army Record Lokoja to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Defence Standards and Evaluation.

Others were the appointment of Maj Gen AO Uthman from Nigerian Army School of Signals, Apapa, Lagos to Defence Headquarters as Director Defence Communications, Maj Gen OO Soleye from Defence Headquarters to Headquarters Command Army Record Lokoja as Commander, Maj Gen YI Shalangwa the erstwhile Director Legal Services ‘Army’ now redeployed to Defence Headquarters as Director Legal Services, Maj Gen DC Onyemulu from Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, Lagos becomes Director Armed Forces Simulation Centre, while Maj Gen HI Bature is redeployed from Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command, Minna to Defence Headquarters and appointed Director Liaison.

Others include; Maj Gen IM Obot to remain at Nigerian Army Resource Centre as Participant Senior Executive Management and Policy Course, Maj Gen BO Sawyer to remain in Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans as Director Plans.

Also Maj Gen LA Adegboye the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division is to remain as GOC 82 Division, Maj Gen MA Masanawa from Army Central Ammunition Depot to Defence Headquarters and appointed Director Innovation and Combat Development.

Similarly, Maj Gen G Oyefesobi from Defence Intelligence Agency to Headquarters of the recently created Nigerian Army Special Forces Corps as Commander, Maj Gen MM Bunza the erstwhile Commandant Nigerian Military School Zaria, is redeployed to Nigerian Army Education Corps as Corps Commander Education, Maj Gen DH Ali-Keffi from Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji to Defence Intelligence Agency and appointed Director of Administration, Maj Gen GO Adesina from Army Headquarters Department of Army Policy and Plans to Nigerian Army Signals School Apapa, Lagos as Commandant while Maj Gen PE Eromosele from National Defence College Abuja to Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering Makurdi as Commandant.

Others are – Maj Gen KO Aligbe from Defence Headquarters Abuja to Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji and appointed Commandant, Maj Gen AB Ibrahim to remain in Army Headquarters and appointed Director Training, Maj Gen GK Nwosu to remain in Nigerian Army Special Forces School Buniyadi as Commandant, Maj Gen FB Fakrogha to remain in Nigerian Army Women Corps as Commander Women Corps, Maj Gen S Idris from Defence Headquarters to Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership Peace Keeping Centre and appointed Commandant.

Similarly, Brig Gen JC Ogbonna from Headquarters 81 Division to Headquarters 82 Division appointed Division’s Training Officer, Brig Gen BH Mohammed from Headquarters Nigerian Army Education Corps to Nigerian Military School Zaria as Commandant, Brig Gen GO Omorogbe from Headquarters 4 Brigade Benin to Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre Jaji as Chief of Staff, Brig Gen AJ Fagge from Defence Space Agency to Ministry of Defence and appointed Principal General Staff Officer to Honourable Minister of Defence, Brig Gen NI Najaja from 6 Military Intelligence Brigade Portharcourt to Open Source Intelligence Command as Commander and Brig Gen AO Quadri from Headquarters 81 Division Lagos to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command Minna as Director Training.

Also, Brig Gen FG Dimlong from 105 Division’s Equipment Support (DES) to 101 DES and appointed Commander, Brig Gen M Danmadami from Headquarters 3 Division Jos to Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Ag Director Procurement, Brig Gen OJ Akpor from 1 Division Garrison Kaduna to Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna appointed Director Military Training, Brig Gen BU Yahaiya from Ministry of Defence to Nigerian Army Resource Centre Abuja and appointed Subject Expert South East Asia, Brig Gen IM Jallo from Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna to 4 Brigade Benin as Commander, Brig Gen HE Akpan from Army War College to Directorate of Army Recruitment, Resettlement and Reserve and appointed Commander, Brig Gen O Nwachukwu to remain in Defence Headquarters as Ag Director Defence Information, Brig Gen MK Gara from Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations to 8 Division Garrison as Commander and Brig Gen MU Wambai from SI List (SEC 41) to Headquarters Directorate of Legal Services as Acting Director Legal Services among others.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai while wishing all the officers well in their respective appointments charged them to take their new responsibilities seriously and discharge all duties professionally with utmost loyalty to the Service and the Nation.

‘Military Is Recruiting Young Nigerians To Innovate’

Major-General Ezugwu was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.


The Nigerian military is heavily investing in young Nigerians to build innovative solutions to the country’s national security challenges, the Director-General of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), Major-General Victor Ezugwu, said on Monday.

Major-General Ezugwu was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He said the investment was initiated by President Muhammdu Buhari’s decision to upscale the military’s ability to build its own technology. 

“The President ordered us to look into local content for developing strategies and equipment for military solutions to our national security challenges,” he said. “And DICOM is the hub of that solution to our national defence equipment production.”

On December 3, President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled Made-in-Nigeria Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles and Major-General Ezugwu noted that the production of the vehicles was mostly done by Nigerians.

“We are using local content up to 70 percent in the production of the armoured fighting vehicles that was recently commissioned by the President.

“And we have gathered some Nigerians who I know are blessed with a lot of human resources. We have gathered engineers. All of them are Nigerians, no foreign advisers or consultant that produced the Ezegwu MRAPs that Mr President has commissioned. The oldest among them is 31 years old.”

DICON has produced ten MRAP units for the army and have signed a contract to produce another 28 units. 

“We still need a kind of production line that will enable us to increase the number we can churn out within a given amount of time. The Minister of Defence is helping us with that.”

According to the Major-General, the ten MRAPs were produced within a period of seven months. “We outsourced some parts to our collaborators,” he said. “The Chief of Army Staff has said his joy will be when we reduce foreign content to 10 percent. 

Major-General Ezugwu added that DICON was also looking to solve other technical challenges for the military.

“Apart from the MRAP, we have looked into the problems in the north-east and we have begun to address the issues. We have developed a mines-sweeper and mines-roller that is going to address the issues of landmines. We are producing ballistics and helmet for the military and other equipment, all locally.”


Saving Foreign Exchange

Major-General Ezugwu said the focus on local innovation is already saving the country some foreign exchange.

“We are saving a lot of money that would have been used by contractors to import these things abroad,” he said.

“The MRAP we produce here locally is about a unit cost of N70m; those we import from abroad cost us in the neighborhood of between $500,000 to $1,000,000. So we are trying to reduce capital flight in Nigeria. 

“We need homegrown solutions for our problems. Let us, DICON and Command Engineering Depot in Kaduna, which is a Nigerian army establishment, to go into production of these MRAPs. We looked at all other MRAPs that other countries in Europe have produced, so we now designed one that can address the terrain in the north-east. Because when you get a MRAP from abroad, the issue of our weather and environment may not be so much captured in production.”


A Starting Point

The Major-General went on to stress that the MRAP production was a starting point.

“In the next five years, if this feat is sustained, I can assure you that we might not have any need to import any vehicle into this country for military purposes.”

Although DICON has been in existence since the 1960s, the Major-General noted that its operation is being ramped up by the current administration. 

“This is the time that we have a strategic leader who thinks ahead, who is desirous to ensure that Nigeria’s defence capacities are enhanced. Also, I must thank the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, for having the courage to assist the DICON and Command Engineering Depot to achieve this project.

“The funding of the (MRAP) project, which is valued at well over a billion naira was drawn from the support of the army’s headquarters. 

“The fact that we have not made an inroad into defence production in the past is because the environment, the strategic guidance, was not actually there. But now we have leaders both at the military and political levels that support defence industry production. And that is why things are going the way they are going.”

Continue To Respect Human Rights, Buhari Tells Soldiers

President Buhari giving the opening speech at the annual Chief of Army Staff Conference in Kaduna on December 3, 2019


President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday advised Nigerian soldiers to keep to the rules of engagement and international code of conduct while carrying out their constitutional duties.

The President was speaking at the annual Chief of Army Staff Conference in Kaduna on Tuesday.

The Nigerian army has been serially accused, by rights groups, of flouting human rights during its operations.

However, on Tuesday, President Buhari commended the army for its work in keeping the country safe from terrorists. 

“I urge our soldiers to continue to abide by their ethics and ethos and keep to the rules of engagement and code of conduct while ensuring that human rights and international humanitarian laws are promoted and respected in the conduct of military operations,” the President said.

He then saluted the “army’s courage and gallantry” while noting that its achievements have come with associated costs.

“Many personnel have lost their lives, some have sustained injuries and a significant number have been away from their families for a long time,” he said.

“I, once again, send my condolences to the families of those who have paid the supreme sacrifice in an effort to safeguard the sovereignty of our great nation. May their souls rest in perfect peace.”

Army Releases 983 Suspects Cleared Of Alleged Links With Boko Haram

A photo combination of repentant Boko Haram suspects and logo of the Nigerian Army.


The Nigerian Army has released 983 suspects cleared of alleged links with Boko Haram terrorists.

The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniy, handed over the detainees to the Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara-Zulum in a ceremony in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

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Adeniyi said the release is sequel to months of investigation in which the over  900 out of those detained at the military detention centre were found to be innocent.

Governor Zulum in response applauded the military for the release and assured that all is set to receive rehabilitation of the former detainees before reuniting them with their families.

The The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently published that 22,000 persons have disappeared since 2009 with their whereabouts unaccounted for in crisis ravaged north east Nigeria.

According to ICRC the figure of the missing persons is the highest number of missing persons registered with the organisation in any country.

The Red Cross said that some families were often separated while fleeing attacks, while others have had loved ones abducted or detained and do not know their whereabouts.

Some of the missing persons are believed to be in the custody of the Nigeria Army, following raids over suspicion of allegiance to Boko Haram.

Army Subdues Boko Haram Fighters, Rescues Eight In Borno


Following a reinvigorated drive to end the insurgency in Nigeria, the Army has continued to sustain the tempo of the ongoing Counter-Terrorism operations in the North East with a view to decimating and destroying the remnant Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) criminals across the Operation LAFIYA DOLE Theatre.

In one of its numerous operations conducted across the Theatre on the 16th of November 2019, troops of 26 Task Force Brigade embarked on a clearance patrol to Dalu Village within the Mandara Mountains in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.

According to an army communique, the operation follows some credible intelligence reports on the presence of criminal insurgents within that area.

On confirming the reports, troops soon established contact with the marauding terrorists and effectively subdued them with their superior firepower during the ensuing firefight.

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Subsequently, the troops proceeded to thoroughly clear the Village of the presence of the criminal insurgents.

The army notes that the clearance operation yielded good dividends as the troops found and rescued an octogenarian, 3 women and 4 children hitherto held captives by the criminal insurgents.

The rescued victims were promptly evacuated and children among them were equally administered with Polio Vaccination by a Nigerian Army medical team.

Army Spokesman, Aminu Iliyasu stated that no causality was recorded by own troops during the commando operations.

He, however, adds that many of the Boko Haram criminal elements were observed to have fled in disarray towards the summit of the Mandara Mountains with gunshot wounds.

“The troops’ resilience and doggedness are unwavering as further exploitation to complete the annihilation of the insurgents are being sustained in the mountainous environment,” Colonel Iliyasu said.

He further stated that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai wishes to reassure the general public of the resolve of the Nigerian Army to continue to execute its constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a better secured Nigeria.

Colonel Iliyasu also said that the COAS thanks all well-meaning Nigerians for their continued support, goodwill and understanding towards officers and men of the Nigerian Army as they sustain the conduct of various operations and routine exercises nationwide.

Nigerian Army Promotes 34 Brigadier Generals, 48 Colonels (Full List)


A total of 82 senior officers have been promoted by the Nigerian Army Council to the ranks of Major General and Brigadier General respectively.

A statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa said 34 Brigadier Generals were promoted to the rank of a Major General, while 47 Colonels moved up to Brigadier Generals.

The announcement was highlighted with the posthumous promotion of Brigadier General OO Olatunde of the Headquarters 35 Brigade.

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See the full list below:

Major General

  1. Brigadier General S Idris – Defence Headquarters Abuja.
  2. Brigadier General DC Onyemulu – Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre Oshodi Lagos.
  3. Brigadier General BO Sawyer – Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans.
  4. Brigadier General GS Abdullahi – Defence Headquarters Abuja.
  5. Brigadier General IM Obot – Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja.
  6. Brigadier General AL Lawal – Nigerian High Commission, Cairo Egypt.
  7. Brigadier General LA Adegboye – Headquarters 82 Division Enugu.
  8. Brigadier General AB Ibrahim – Army Headquarters Training and Operations.
  9. Brigadier General PB Fakroga – Headquarters Nigerian Army Women Corps.
  10. Brigadier General CK Nwosu – Nigerian Army Special Forces School, Buni Yadi.
  11. Brigadier General HI Bature – Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command, Minna.
  12. Brigadier General AL Dusu – Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
  13. MA Masanawa – Ammunition Central Depot Agunu, Kachia.
  14. JA Ataguba – Land Forces Simulation Centre, Abuja.
  15. AE Attu – National Defence College, Abuja.
  16. BA Isandu – Nigerian Army Intelligence School, Lagos.
  17. SS Araoye – Command Engineering Depot Kaduna.
  18. MS Ahmed – SI List Nigerian Embassy Riyad.
  19. GAT Ochigbano – Army Headquarters Department of Military Secretary.
  20. TA Lagbaja – Headquarters 2 Brigade Abak Uyo.
  21. LA Fejokwu – Army Headquarters Department of Administration ‘Army’.
  22. PE Eromosele – National Defence College, Abuja.
  23. AM Alabi – Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE Maiduguri.
  24. GO Adesina – Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans.
  25. MM Bunza – Nigerian Military School Zaria.
  26. AA Adesope – Directorate of Audit and Financial Management Office of the Chief of Army Staff.
  27. KI Muktar – Army Headquarters Department of Administration ‘Army’.
  28. OO Olatunde – Headquarters 35 Brigade, – (posthumously promoted).
  29. EA Ndagi – Office of the National Security Adviser.
  30. KO Aligbe – Defence Headquarters.
  31. UA Yusuf – African Standby Force ECOWAS Headquarters, Abuja.
  32. OC Ajunwa – Nigerian Embassy Brasilia.
  33. FO Omoigui – Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations.
  34. OA Akinyemi – Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Badagry, Lagos.

Brigadier General

  1. BYD Sakaba – Defence Headquarters Abuja.
  2. AY Bwala – 302 Artillery Regiment Onitsha.
  3. AA Adekoya – Defence Intelligence Agency.
  4. NJ Edet – Headquarters 81 Division, Lagos.
  5. EC Obi-Osang – Headquarters Nigerian Army Special Forces Command, Buni Yadi.
  6. AO Arogbofa – Headquarters 102 Division Equipment Support.
  7. S Nicodemus – Headquarters 6 Division Portharcourt.
  8. WB Idris – 17 Brigade, Katsina.
  9. IO Olatunji – Headquarters 8 Division, Sokoto.
  10. ST Audu – Headquarters 21 Brigade, Yola.
  11. UT Opuene – Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre, Jaji.
  12. MD Abumawashi – Headquarters Op LAFIA DOLE, Maiduguri.
  13. LG Lepdung – Headquarters Infantry Corps, Jaji, Kaduna.
  14. AOD Okoro – Department Administration ‘Army’.
  15. ASM Wase – Department of Training and Operations ‘Army’.
  16. AL Okpodu – Nigerian Army Aviation.
  17. S Nuhu – Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations.
  18. EO OJO – Special Task Force, Operation SAFE HAVEN.
  19. JR Lar – 31 Artillery Brigade Garrison, Minna.
  20. SJA Ilori – Department of Army Transformation and Innovation.
  21. NB Ebulue – Defence Intelligence Agency.
  22. KO Ukandu – Army Headquarters Department of Administration.
  23. AG Laka – Army War College, Abuja.
  24. EI Etuk – Multinational Joint Task Force N’Djamena.
  25. ME Onoja – 1 Military Intelligence Brigade, Kaduna.
  26. EI Okoro – Nigerian Army War College.
  27. MB Wabili – Nigerian Army Super Camp Benisheik.
  28. KE Chigbu – Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations.
  29. SO Nwafor – 303 Artillery Regiment General Support.
  30. I Otu – Headquarters 7 Division Maiduguri.
  31. SO Adejimi –  Headquarters 6 Division Supply and Transport.
  32. SD Makolo – Headquarters Department of Transformation and Innovation.
  33. VD Beryo – Headquarters Ordnance Corps.
  34. MO Erebulu – 2 Provost Group, Ibadan.
  35. A Idris – Directorate of Army Reserve Recruitment and Resettlement Rear.
  36. CA Ataki – Department of Policy and Plans ‘Army’.
  37. FO Omata – Special Task Force Operation SAFE HAVEN.
  38. CC Ogbu – Institute of Army Education.
  39. AE Owiriwa – 82 Division Ordnance Services.
  40. ROO Cole – Nigerian Army Ordnance Tailoring Factory Yaba, Lagos.
  41. TI Gusau – Nigerian Army Resource Centre Abuja.
  42. GC Nkenke – 8 Division Supply and Transport.
  43. M Galadima – Headquarters Nigerian Army Finance Corps Apapa, Lagos.
  44. M Auta – Nigerian Army University Biu.
  45. O Nwachukwu – Defence Headquarters Defence Information.
  46. I Ahmed – Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna.
  47. S Nuhu – Army Headquarters Department of Administration.
  48. AAW Hassan – Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

Operation Positive Identification Is Intelligence-Driven, Says GOC 81 Division


The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Olubunmi Irefin, has defended the proposed Nationwide ‘Operation Positive Identification’ exercise, saying that it is solely driven by intelligence.

The GOC who delivered a lecture on ‘Contemporary security issues in the country’, at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies  Afe Babalola University in Ado Ekiti, said that the operation is not meant to scare the public, but the insurgency war demands that they Army pre-empts the activities of the insurgents.

He revealed that over 20 suspected Boko Haram members were arrested recently in Lagos in their sleeper cell through the operation.

“It is an intelligence-driven operation; we actually know the kind of people we are looking for because we get information.

“It’s not that we are stopping everybody; we are helping you all live in peace. The insurgents just need one percent to rubbish our 99% success; so we try to pre-empt them, in the process, one or two individuals might just be bumped down and that is what Nigerians will escalate.

“If we paraded the over 20 persons we have arrested in Lagos through Operation Positive Identification, the whole Lagos will be in panic mood, all of them confessed to be members of Boko haram and they are quietly in their sleeper cell, so we should not go there to identify who they are, make an effort to pick them? So when they strike, the first person they will ask is the GOC, what are you doing to allow one Boko Haram? And it will make a mockery of my 99% success.”

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General Irefin who also spoke about the sums requested by the Army on military hardware in the fight against terrorism, asked critics to seek more enlightenment on what it takes to protect a nation against aggression and terrorism.

“A lot of people in this country don’t even know that the country is at war; it’s the military and Boko Haram. And so when they say give $1bn to the military, one “security expert” will say ‘change it to Naira’, you’re talking about N360bn as if we are going to buy bread and bean cake (Akara).

“We are talking about $1bn to buy equipment that can be knocked out at battle. What can $1bn buy; we are talking of tanks T92-2000, google it and see the price and now look at how many of such we need; don’t let us even go into aircraft and ships,” he said.

Court Orders Army To Suspend Operation Positive Identification

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Nigerian Army and its Chief of Army Staff (COAS) to suspend the ongoing Operation Positive Identification by the army.

Justice Rilwanu Aikawa ordered both parties to maintain status quo ante pending the determination of a suit filed by Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Mr. Femi Falana.

Mr. Falana, a rights activist, filed the suit marked on October 25, seeking, among others, an order stopping the operation.

The COAS, the Army and the Attorney-General of the Federation are first to third respondents in the suit.

When the matter came up on Tuesday, none of the respondents were in court.

Falana informed the judge that the respondents had been served the processes and the proof of service was in the court’s file which was confirmed by the court.

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But a Principal legal Officer from the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Adebayo Mokuolu, asked the judge to grant an adjournment to enable the Solicitor-General, Mr. Dayo Apata, handle the matter personally and also give the respondents time to harmonise their positions, a request Mr. Falana did not oppose.

Justice Aikawa, however, granted his application and adjourned further proceedings till November 18.

“In view of the agreement between counsels, I hereby order the first and second defendants to maintain the status quo, pending the determination of the case,” the judge added.

In the suit, Falana argued that the planned nationwide operation which will run from November 1 to December 23, 2019, by which Nigerian citizens would be required to move about with means of identification, is unconstitutional, illegal, and null and void.

He argued that the operation violates his right and that of other Nigerian citizens to liberty, “as encapsulated in Section 35 respectively of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as Amended and Article 6 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, (Cap A10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”

He filed along with the suit an order seeking an interim injunction restraining the three respondents from going on with the plan pending the hearing of the substantive suit.

In a supporting affidavit sworn to by a lawyer in his team, Mr. Taiwo Olawanle, the plaintiff recalled that on October 8, 2019, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai disclosed that Operation Positive Identification, said to be ongoing in the North East theatre of Boko Haram insurgency would be extended to cover the entire nation.

He said the operation required Nigerian citizens to move about with legitimate means of identification such as the National Identification Card, Voters Registration Card, Drivers’ Licence and passports or other valid official identification.

He noted that the increase in deployment of security forces nationwide would be with a potential of movement disruption, and the army had thus advised Nigerians to ensure that they always carry valid means of identification.

Falana argued that by virtue of Section 215 (3) of the Constitution, the Nigerian Police “has the exclusive power to maintain law and order and secure public safety and public order in the country” and not the army.

He contended that going by section 217(1) of the Constitution, the Nigerian President could only deploy the armed forces for the suppression of insurrection and acting in aid of civil authorities to restore law and order.

But he said, “There is no insurrection in every part of the country which the Nigeria police cannot contain to warrant the deployment of armed troops all over the country from November 1, 2019, to December 23, 2019.

“Neither the Constitution nor the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 LFN, 2004 has empowered the Nigeria Army to arrest any citizen who is not subject to service law.

“The 1st respondent (the Nigerian Army) under the leadership of the 2nd respondent is not empowered to take over police duties and the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces lacks the power to deploy members of the armed forces in the maintenance of internal security in any part of the country by virtue of Section 217 (a) (b) and (c) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.”

Boko Haram: Soldiers Behind Torture Video Will Be Apprehended, Says Army

Army Speaks About Recent Attacks On Military Bases In North East
A file photo of troops. Source: [email protected]


The Nigerian Army has promised to investigate a torture video showing the extrajudicial killing of a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, which has gone viral on the social media and punish the personnel behind it.

A statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, condemned the act strongly by some soldiers yet to be identified.

“The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to a video reportedly showing some NA personnel engaged in unprofessional torture and above all extrajudicial killing of a suspected Boko Haram terrorist likely in the North East Theatre of Operation.

“The NA wishes to clearly and strongly condemn the action of those involved (whoever they may be) in the misconduct, and that the dastardly act is completely unacceptable, unethical and is against the cherished core values of the NA especially that of respect for others and their fundamental rights.”

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It added that troops in various theatre commands have been warned consistently to desist from rights infractions of any form, including extrajudicial killings and if such are found, investigated and confirmed, the erring personnel will be punished.

“NA training, Rules of Engagement and Standing Operating Procedures guiding the conduct of all her operations are unambiguous about human rights abuses and extra-judicial actions including the rights of the arrested/captured terrorists/combatants.

“Troops in the various theaters of operations in Nigeria, have been consistently warned to desist from rights infractions of any form no matter the amount of desperation, anger or provocation.

“NA does not license, encourage or condone indiscipline, unprofessional conduct especially extrajudicial execution of suspects or combatants. Where ever, such is noticed or reported, once it is confirmed, appropriate decisive sanction or punishment is usually immediately meted out to the perpetrators and this case would never be an exception.”

It stated that the gory video has prompted a thorough investigation in a bid to apprehend the culprits with the aim to deal with them in accordance with the extant military justice system.