Four Soldiers Who Tortured Civilian To Death Bag Jail Terms

The four soldiers and the another said to have killed a 12-year-old boy appear before the 7 Division General Court Marshal in Borno State on January 12, 2021.

 

Four soldiers have been sentenced to jail terms ranging from one to four years for torturing a civilian to death.

The erring soldiers are Sani Ishaya, Bidemi Fabiyi, Abdulrasheed Adamu, and Bala Musa.

They were sentenced on Tuesday following their arraignment for manslaughter by the Nigerian Army before the 7 Division General Court Marshal, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Ishaya, who was arraigned along with the others for torturing Peter Apogu to death over suspected theft, was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

His accomplice Fabiyi was slammed with two years imprisonment while Adamu and Musa got one year each for their involvement in the crime.

This photo taken on January 12, 2021, shows a banner with an inscription of the 7 Division General Court Marshal in Borno State.

 

Similarly, another soldier was sentenced to three years imprisonment for unprofessional conduct and use of a firearm for unauthorised public display at a wedding, leading to the death of a 12-year-old boy.

In his reaction, the father of the minor thanked the military authorities for dispensing justice, three years after the crime was committed.

Counsel to the defendants, Adetutu Oriyomi, thanked the court for a fair judgement and blame the soldiers’ conducts on ignorance.

On the other hand, Aja Emmanuel, a lance corporal, was deranked for assaulting a civilian suspected of theft in his Area of Responsibility.

In this photo taken on January 12, 2021, a signpost is seen at the 7 Division General Court Marshal in Borno State.

 

The highpoint of the court martial’s proceedings was the sentencing of a soldier arraigned for murder to death by hanging.

The court tried the erring soldier, Trooper Azunna Maduabuchi, and established that he opened fire at close range, emptying nine rounds of his magazine at the adjutant of his unit, Lieutenant Babakaka Ngorgi, killing him instantly.

Maduabuchi was serving at the 212 Battalion Bama when he committed the offence in July 2020.

He was angry that his application for travel leave to enable him to rectify some problems with his bank was turned down by the ill-fated adjutant.

President of the 7 Division General Court Marshal, Brigadier General Arikpo Ekubi, reads a ruling in Borno State on January 12, 2021.

 

In his ruling, the President of the Court Martial, Brigadier General Arikpo Ekubi, said the trooper betrayed the trust bestowed on him by the Nigerian Army.

According to Ekubi, the offence has a mandatory sentence for the murderer who is to suffer death by firing squad in accordance with Section 106 of the Armed Forces Act.

Seven soldiers were sentenced on Tuesday by the court.

Troops Rescue Three Abducted Victims, Kill Bandit, Several Insurgents

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ
A file photo of soldiers.

 

Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have rescued three persons kidnapped by bandits in Nasarawa State.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, John Enenche Major General, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the rescue operation was conducted on Thursday at Mararaba Udege general area in Nasarawa Local Government Area.

Enenche noted that the soldiers killed one bandit in the ensuing firefight while the kidnapped victims were subsequently reunited with their respective families.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria will not relent until all enemies of the country are neutralised and normalcy is restored to all troubled zones,” he said.

 

Several Terrorists Killed

Elsewhere, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram terrorists in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State.

The military spokesman noted that the troops took out the terrorists’ hideouts in Alagarno, including a compound housing some high-value Boko Haram leaders.

“The compound, concealed under thick vegetation and located 2.3Km North East of KAFA, was being used by the terrorists to coordinate their nefarious activities.

“The destruction of the locations was achieved through multiple air strikes executed on 6 January 2021 as the ATF dispatched appropriate force packages of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and attack helicopters to engage the target areas in day and night raids,” he stated.

Enenche noted that the insurgents were spotted under the dense vegetation of the locations and the NAF attack aircraft took turns to engage the targets, killing several of them in the process.

Army Redeploys 55 Soldiers From Battlefield After Five Years

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Troops of the 192 Battalion of the Nigerian Army have been relieved from the battlefield after serving in the Operation Lafiya Dole for several years.

Some of the combatants who heaved a sigh of relief on Monday following their redeployment from the battlefield had fought the counter-insurgency war in the North East for at least five years.

A mini de-induction ceremony was held in their honour at the Headquarters of the 7 Division in Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

In his remarks, the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Abdul-Khalifa Ibrahim, commended the soldiers for their outstanding performance.

He urged them to remain disciplined as they leave the war zone to reunite with their respective families and other members of the public.

According to Brigadier General Ibrahim, the battalion will be de-inducted further at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji, Kaduna State.

He, therefore, encouraged them to go on courses to improve their professionalism and chances of promotion in the service.

“When you go back, the way you will interact with the civil populace is different from what you have been doing fighting Boko Haram,” the GOC told the soldiers.

He added, “You must take into consideration attributes that we expect a soldier to have – discipline, integrity, respect for others, courage, and the rest.

“We don’t want you to go and start fighting people and say you have come from the North East.”

One of the major achievements recorded by troops of the 192 Battalion was their participation in the liberation of Gwoza, a town in southern Borno, five years ago.

Although it is not clear how many of them were originally posted to the North East, a total of 55 soldiers were debriefed.

Deploying Soldiers Not The Answer, Buhari Should Address Nigerians – Afe Babalola

How Military Rule Affected Judiciary In Nigeria – Afe Babalola
A file photo of legal icon, Afe Babalola.

 

Legal icon and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Afe Babalola, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians.

He made the call on Wednesday in reaction to the recent happenings across the country following the recent #EndSARS protests.

“Protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, otherwise known as SARS or FSARS, have spread to all parts of Nigeria and beyond.

“The deployment of soldiers to the streets is not the answer. The imposition of curfews is certainly not the answer,” Babalola said in a statement.

He added, “I remember that as soon as the protests began, I had issued a press release in a similar vein on the issue appealing to the President to please address the issue at that time.

“I now again plead with him to address the root causes of the pain which the youths are complaining about.”

Youths in various parts of the country have embarked on peaceful protests in the last two weeks to demand an end to police brutality.

While the demonstrations have enjoyed the support of many political, traditional, and religious leaders, some of the protests were hijacked by thugs.

However, it was a black Tuesday on October 20, 2020, when soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters in the Lekki toll gate axis of Lagos State.

This led to the death of some protesters while at least 28 others were injured, triggering condemnation from well-meaning Nigerians and members of the international community.

“The use of live bullets and other lethal weapons against protesting youths is not the answer. The killing of protesting youths is also not the answer.

“A protest both in fact and in law is analogous to a message which an injured toe sends to the brain complaining about unbearable pain,” said Babalola in his reaction to the shooting of the protesters.

He added, “The response by the brain and the head is normally to take steps to treat the pain to the toe.

“Any injured person who refuses to take steps to treat pains to any part of the body does so at his own peril.”

The legal icon described the President as the head of the nation, stressing that the youths were parts of the body – the nation.

He, therefore, urged President Buhari as the head to address the youths and offer remedial steps to be taken to alleviate their pains.

Reveal Soldiers Who Shot At Lekki #EndSARS Protesters, NBA Tells Military

A combination of photos from the scene of the Lekki #EndSARS protest on October 20, 2020.

 

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has condemned the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

NBA President, Olumide Akpata, faulted the incident in a statement personally signed by him on Tuesday hours after the incident.

A team of armed security personnel had stormed the Lekki toll gate – where a series of protests had held peacefully – and fired live bullets at a crowd of youths there.

“The Military High command is hereby requested to immediately identify and name the officers involved in this gross professional misconduct for immediate prosecution and dismissal in line with extant laws,” Akpata said.

He added, “The NBA shall immediately commence legal proceedings at all relevant fora – both locally and internationally – against the Nigerian Military and other relevant authorities, on behalf of the families of the victims, for abuse of power, disregard of rules of engagement and the infringement of the fundamental rights (including the right to life) of the affected citizens.”

Akpata explained that given the degenerating nature of the crisis, an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the NBA would be convened within the next 48 hours.

According to him, the meeting is to review the state of the nation and take other appropriate steps to decisively deal with the situation and prevent Nigeria from further going adrift.

The NBA president described the shooting as an act of recklessness and lawlessness by the security apparatus of the government.

He stressed that based on reports available to the lawyers, it appeared to have been a carefully calculated and premeditated attack.

Akpata argued that even if the Lekki #EndSARS protesters were in breach of the curfew imposed by the Lagos State government, such a misdemeanour did not warrant the use of live ammunition by the military to confront peaceful, unarmed and defenceless protesters.

He stated that Tuesday’s events should never be seen or considered as normal in any democracy in any country.

“The NBA believes that the current situation in the country calls for dynamic leadership and, as critical stakeholders in the Nigerian project, invites the President of Nigeria and others in authority to show uncommon leadership in saving the situation, instead of deploying troops against defenceless citizens whom they swore an oath to protect,” the NBA president said.

#EndSARS Protesters Defy Security Operatives, Continue Demonstrations In Abuja

#EndSARS protesters continue with their demonstrations despite the presence of soldiers in Abuja on October 19, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

#EndSARS protesters on Monday defied the presence of security operatives in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The demonstrators carrying the national flag converged on the Aya roundabout in continuation of the protests that have entered its 12th day.

See photos of scenes of planned Abuja #EndSARS protest blocked by security agents…

 

 

Three Soldiers Killed In Shootout With Bandits

A file photo of some ammunition recovered from suspects on July 29, 2020.

 

Three soldiers have paid the supreme price when a team of security operatives engaged armed bandits in Niger State.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, confirmed this a state statement on Monday.

He explained that the incident occurred as troops of Operation Whirl Punch continued the aggressive clearance operation to rid criminal elements out of the north-central region of the country.

Enenche insisted that the soldiers have recorded tremendous success against armed bandits in the region.

He stated that following credible intelligence on the activities of bandits at Tashan Kare in Niger, troops swiftly mobilised to the scene and made contact with the criminals.

According to him, the armed bandits were engaged with superior firepower by troops, leading to the death of an unspecified number of bandits while others fled in disarray into the bushes.

Apart from the three soldiers who were killed during the gunfight, two others were wounded in action.

“Exploitation is ongoing. The Military High Command congratulates the gallant troops for their professionalism and encourages them to intensify the onslaught against the enemies of our country,” the statement said.

Troops Kill 20 Insurgents In Borno

A file photo of soldiers on a military truck.

 

 

Troops of 130 Battalion have killed at least 20 members of the Boko Haram sect and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) in a fierce encounter at the north-western part of Baga town in Borno State.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, confirmed the number of terrorists killed in a statement on Sunday.

He noted the troops conducted the decisive intercept offensive operation with the support of the Nigerian Army Super Camp in Baga.

Enenche explained that the insurgents who were armed with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, and small weapons were on their way to attack villages surrounding Baga before the gunfight took place.

“The troops attacked their convoy with overwhelming firepower, killing 20 BHT/ISWAP criminals, captured six AK 47 rifles, 520 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and five 36 hand grenades.

“However, nine of our gallant soldiers were wounded in action with no loss of life. They were evacuated to Sector 3 hospital for treatment,” he stated.

According to the military spokesman, the Chief of Army Staff commends the soldiers for their professionalism and directs them to remain resolute towards eradicating the criminals from the North East.

Boko Haram Kills 47 Soldiers In Borno – Military

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has confirmed the killing of at least 47 soldiers by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Borno State.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, disclosed this during a session with reporters on Tuesday in Abuja.

Giving an update on the military operations across the country, he noted that Nigeria was in a fluid conflict situation while the troops were at the frontlines.

Enenche explained that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole were on clearance and fighting patrol operation to Gorgi in Borno between March 21 and 23.

“During consolidation, they (the troops) were ambushed by elements of Boko Haram terrorists. Sadly, we suffered some casualties in the unfortunate attack,” he said.

The DHQ spokesman, however, revealed that the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole scrambled immediately to the scene and provided close air support to the ground troops.

He added that the Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, as well as the fighter jets engaged the insurgents, killing some of the terrorists and immobilising a gun truck belonging to them.

“Some others (terrorists) who attempted to withdraw were also mopped up by the jets in follow-on attacks.

“The Defence Headquarters commiserate with the families of our fallen gallant heroes who paid the supreme price in the course of defending our fatherland,” Enenche said.

He assured Nigerians that the military and other security agencies would continue to sustain the offensive against the enemies of the nation.

The military spokesman added that this would be done in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in the North East and other parts of the country.

Contrary to the figures stated by the DHQ, reports say at least 70 soldiers were killed in the ambush on the security operatives’ convoy.

The insurgents reportedly fired rocket-propelled grenades at a lorry conveying the troops as it travelled near Gorgi village on Monday.

Rep Members Demand Redeployment Of Soldiers In North-East

A file photo of lawmakers during plenary at the House of Representatives chamber in Abuja.

 

 

Some members of the House of Representatives have demanded the resignation of the service chiefs.

This followed a debate on the nation’s security during Wednesday’s plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Assessing their performances, the lawmakers called for the resignation of the service chiefs since President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to sack them.

In his remarks, one of the lawmakers, Abubakar Fulata, sought the redeployment of soldiers serving in the North-East.

He noted that the military personnel have stayed too long at the war front and were exhausted, stressing that they should be replaced to improve the onslaught against insurgents in the region.

Thereafter, Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, put the question, as moved by Fulata, to the lawmakers whether the service chiefs should resign and leave their offices.

Although there was a divide among the members in their response, a majority of the lawmakers answered in the affirmative and the resolution was passed.

VIDEO: Angry Borno Governor Slams Soldiers, Policemen For ‘Extorting’ Travellers

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, speaks during a visit to the Maiduguri-Damaturu Expressway on January 6, 2020.

 

 

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has accused personnel of the military and the police of extorting travellers on the Maiduguri-Damaturu Expressway.

Governor Zulum made the allegation on Monday during a visit to the highway in the north-eastern region of the country.

He made the visit amid reports that security officials manning the highway locked it down, leaving travellers on the road stranded.

The security operatives were said to be collecting bribes of N1000 from travellers who do not have national identity cards.

In his reaction, Governor Zulum who was visibly angry faulted the action of the soldiers and policemen.

He also threatened to report the security operatives, stressing that the alleged extortion of innocent civilians was unacceptable.

“I am reporting everybody on this road. You people are collecting N1,000; no human being can accept this,” the governor said.

He wondered how the security personnel could do such a thing at a time and a region where the security of lives and properties should be a priority.

Governor Zulum said, “Boko Haram (terrorists) are attacking people and again, Nigerian military and soldiers and the police are receiving N1,000 fine to frustrate people. Nobody can accept this one.”

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14 Soldiers Killed In Ambush In Western Niger

A soldier stands guard at sunset as France’s President and Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou (unseen) take part in a military ceremony at the Martyr Quarter on December 22, 2019, in Niamey, to pay homage to 71 Nigerien soldiers massacred in an attack on December 10 at the Inates military camp in the Sahel country’s western Tillaberi region. Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP

 

Fourteen soldiers have been killed after “heavily-armed terrorists” ambushed a convoy in the western Niger region of Tillaberi.

“After a fierce battle… seven police and seven national guards were killed” Wednesday, the interior ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

“A guard has been listed as missing,” the ministry said, adding, “the enemy suffered many losses.” It did not give details.

The security forces had been escorting a team to carry out voter registration in the district of Sanam ahead of presidential and legislative elections due in late 2020, it added.

The team was “secured and returned to Sanam safe and sound,” the statement said.

Niger, a poor, landlocked country in the heart of the Sahel, is on the front line of a jihadist insurgency.

Its troops are fighting Boko Haram militants on the southeast border with Nigeria and jihadists allied with the Islamic State group in the west near Mali.

On December 10, 71 soldiers were killed in Tillaberi when hundreds of jihadists attacked a military camp with shelling and mortars.

It was the worst single toll since jihadist violence spread from Mali in 2015.

Niger is part of a five-nation anti-jihadist task force known as the G5, set up in 2014 with Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Chad.

Burkina Faso on Thursday was observing its second day of mourning after a wave of jihadist attacks in the north of the country left 42 dead, also its worst one-day casualties since 2015.