Yahaya Replaces Adeniyi As Operation Lafiya Dole Commander

A file photo of soldiers travelling in a truck.



The Nigerian Army has announced the redeployment and appointments of some of its senior officers.

Among those affected in the massive shake-up was the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi.

Adeniyi was replaced by Major General Faruk Yahaya who would serve as the eighth Theatre Commander of the operation.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

He explained that the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai approved the postings as a routine exercise intended to strengthen the system for greater professional effectiveness and efficiency.

Over 20 other generals and a colonel were also affected in the exercise.

The redeployment comes amid the outrage triggered by a viral video in which Adeniyi decried an attack that inflicted heavy casualty on the troops and left some of their vehicles in a state of disrepair.

The former theatre commander explained the difficult situation under which troops were operating while pledging loyalty to the Nigerian Armed Forces.

It is, however, unclear if his redeployment has anything to do with the attack and the said video.

Army Offers 500,000 Naira For Information On Suicide Bombers

Nigeria, Army, Suicide BombersThe Nigerian Army has promised to reward anyone with useful information on suicide bombers, particularly in northeast Nigeria.

The Army says that the offer is to further encourage law abiding citizens to actively join the war against terrorist.

A statement by the force’s spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, noted that the spate of suicide bombings in the northeast, particularly in Maiduguri and Madagali metropolis were assuming disturbing proportion.

To this end, the Army said it would offer 500,000 Naira for any information that leads to the arrest of a suicide bomber, the guide to the suicide bomber, or discovery of the transit house or factory of the suicide bombers.

Be More Vigilant

“We would like to reassure that all information received would be treated with utmost confidentiality and acted upon with despatch.

“While we appreciate the cooperation of the members of the general public so far, there is the need to be more vigilant and security conscious to save lives and apprehend Boko Haram terrorists and their sponsors.

Villagers "Catch" Suicide Bomber Near UNIMAID
The military has continued operations to push terrorists out of the region, but the dissidents have resorted to suicide bombing, with focus on soft targets

“Once again we call on all law abiding citizens to provide useful information to security agencies towards a quicker apprehension of remnants of terrorists still bent on unleashing mayhem on Nigerians,” the statement read.

According to the Army, “The following numbers are available for immediate response:

1. Theatre Commander, Operations LAFIYA DOLE, Maiduguri- 09064823221.

2. General Officer Commanding 7 Division Maiduguri- 09078599985.

3. Commander, 7 Division Garrison Maiduguri- 08022375305.

4. Commander, 28 Brigade, Mubi- 08065504576.

5. Commander, 26 Brigade, Gwoza- +234 809 721 1700 (WhatsApp)

6. Director, Army Public Relations, Abuja- 07080217992.

7. Commander, 7 Division Military Intelligence Brigade Maiduguri-09021668444.”

Lafiya Dole Troops Celebrate Armed Forces Remembrance Day

Lafiya Dole Troops Celebrate Armed Forces Remembrance DayTroops fighting the counter insurgency war code-named Operation Lafiya Dole have celebrated the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration with a thanksgiving to God.

Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor and the acting General Officer Commanding the 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu led the soldiers in thanksgiving for the many successes recorded in the out-gone year.

The thanksgiving took place in Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Church in Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri as part of activities to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration.

During the homily the Chaplain of the parish, Reverend Father Otu, admonished worshippers to continue to reflect on “the reality of the country and uphold human dignity.”

“If you want to fight and protect the common man you must come with clean hands so that God will be pleased with you.” Otu stated.

He also pointed out the need to develop a national consciousness devoid of religious sentiments, sectionalism and other divisive vices adding that the armed forces is the last hope of the country.

National consciousness, according to the preacher, “will help us to have common good and when we try to work for common good there’s going to be peace and unity in our diversity”.

“We must re-evaluate and re-dedicate ourselves to God and to our country and remain focused even if we are not appreciated; the good lord who has called us to service will bless you; after all even Jesus Christ was not appreciated by all,” Reverend father Otu stated.

Army Flags Off ‘Operation Rescue Finale’ In Sambisa Forest

Army Flags Off ‘Operation Rescue Finale’ In Sambisa Forest, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau,The Nigerian Army has flagged off another clearance operation in the Sambisa forest tagged “Operation Rescue Finale”.

The Theatre Commander of the counter insurgency war tagged Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, disclosed this to journalists in a news conference in Maiduguri.

Irabor said the focus of the latest operation on Sambisa is to rescue Chibok girls and other hostages and also rid the forest of remnants of insurgents inhabiting there.

The Theatre Commander said that operations were temporarily suspended in the Sambisa forest due to terrain issues occasioned by the rains.

According to him, the troops have been empowered and have the operational capacity to carry out the task ahead.

“The focus of the operation is to rescue the Chibok girls and every other hostage that is in Sambisa and ensure that every other element of the Boko Haram has been displaced. We’ll take them out completely.

“Primarily, commitment of targets by artillery and the air component is already in progress; the subsidiary operations which are ally to the operation is ongoing,” he noted.

Irabor has also cautioned against rushing to the social or mainstream media with information acquired about soldiers killed in battle, suing for patriotism and empathy.

He believes the impact of recent suicide bombings in the capital city of Borno state is due to alertness of troops cooperating with other agencies which has led to the arrest of a female suicide bomber by the Police.

The arrested girl, according to the Theatre Commander has been giving the Army useful information.

As part of the success story of ongoing operations, the Theatre Commander added that between the months of October and November, a total of 5,235 hostages have been rescued consisting of 2,054 children and 1560 women.

The Army for the umpteenth time also warned insurgents to take advantage of the “Operation Safe Corridor” and surrender or face execution.

Reps, Army Disagree Over Closed Roads In Nigeria’s Northeast

House of Representatives, Army, roads, northeast, NigeriaThe House of Representatives and the Nigerian Army have disagreed over the continued closure of roads in some liberated towns in the nation’s northeast.

The contention between the Theatre Commander of the counter-insurgency war tagged “Operation Lafiya Dole”, Major General Lucky Irabor and the House Defence Committee was voiced on Monday during a visit to the theatre command in Maiduguri, Borno State’s capital.

The seven-man committee led by Honourable Aliyu Isa said that their visit was part of a resolution of the House to investigate repeated complaints and petitions by members of the public in the region.

Mr Isa told General Irabor that while the National Assembly was in support of the military, there were concerns about operational modules and the failure to reopen closed roads, especially the Gwoza-Madagali road linking Borno and Adamawa states.

“We are here to investigate the continued closure of Madagali-Gwoza road, unlike other roads that the military has reopened.

“This is one of the major roads. The northeast has been closed down and a lot of people have been sending complains to the House, appealing to us to request the military to help reopen the roads for users,” Isa stated.

Critical, Realistic And Factual Motions

However, the Theatre Commander cautioned the lawmakers against making resolutions based on mere complaints and petitions.

He requested that they should visit the areas in question and obtain firsthand information, before championing the cause.NigerianArmy10

“Your investigation wouldn’t be complete without seeing the facts for yourselves. We have opened that road unofficially and life is already returning to Gwoza.

“And it’s not because people are complaining. We are not moved by complaints but rather the situation we find ourselves in,” Irabor stated.

The Army officer added that: “If there was a motion that was raised on the floor of the House, as lawmakers, one is at liberty to move such motions but I think what’s more critical is that motions should be moved from informed positions (and) not from perception or long distance assumptions.

“It must be critical, realistic and factual giving accurate positions as they are”.

General Irabor explained that the level of efforts that had gone into creating a secured environment for people to return to their homes at that part of the counter-terrorism operation informed partial opening of the road for humanitarian activities and returning displaced persons.

Some parts of Gwoza are reportedly home to the outlawed Boko Haram group and over the weekend, mourners were targeted for an attack in nearby Madagali Local Council of Adamawa State.

34 Women, 28 Children Rescued From Boko Haram

Boko HaramThirty four women and girls with 28 children have been rescued by Nigerian troops and are currently being interrogated and profiled at the 7 Division headquarters Maiduguri.

Federal troops on a long range rescue mission in the theatre of operation rescued the women and young girls including children held hostage by the outlawed Boko Haram in a village called Walasa.

Two among those rescued, are Cameroonians while the other women were snatched from different villages around Borno and forcefully married off to their captors.

Some of thechildren rescued along with the women were sired by their Boko Haram husbands.

Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, who presented the abducted women to journalists with their identities concealed said that the plan is to reunite them with their families.

The Army has already set up a post-trauma and psycho-social centre for the traumatised women in addition to general medical check-up.

One of the rescued women, Aisha Walasa, recounted how she was abducted from her hometown and married off to one of her abductors.

“They took us from home and married us off forcefully. Today I am very happy the soldiers have rescued us,” she said.

Hundreds of women and girls, including the Chibok school girls are still in Boko Haram captivity.

Interactions with some of those rescued have shown that abductees might have been brainwashed and indoctrinated, hence stalling rescue efforts.

According to Commander Irabor, since the commencement of the ‘Operation Crack Down’, all formations and units in ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ have been making efforts to degrade the combat capability of Boko Haram within the Sambisa Forest and other enclaves in the North East.

Operation Lafiya Dole Gets New Commander

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Outgoing Commander of Lafiya Dole, Major General Hassan Umar

Major General Leo Irabor has taken over as the Theatre Commander of the anti-terrorism war code name “Operation Lafiya Dole.”

Irabor replaces Major General Hassan Umaru who has been in command of the theatre of operations since January 2016.

General Irabor was the second in command, when the outgoing commander Major General Hassan Umar served in the command.

The new commander lauded the support of soldiers fighting on the frontline, pointing out that without their commitment the war against terrorism would not be won.

Umaru is assuming the role of Head of Training at the Army Headquarters, a position previously occupied by pioneer Theatre commander Yusha’u until his death last week.

The outgoing commander said that the new role still offered him the opportunity to participate in the counter-terrorism war in the northeast on a different platform.

He presented awards of appreciation to the Military operatives from Niger Republic and Britain and other partners for their contributions.

Army Frees 275 Suspected Terrorists

armyThe Nigerian Army has released 275 persons detained following suspicion of being involved in terrorist activities.

Forty-nine out of the detainees are women while 22 are minors. Two Nigeriens and two Cameroonians are also among those released.

Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Hassan Umaru, handed over the detainees not found culpable to the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, in a ceremony at the 7th Division Headquarters Maimalari Barracks.

“In line with the principles of equity, justice and fairness, we deem it fit to release them to their families.

“Their stay in detention has not been palatable due to restrictions imposed and loss of freedom. We see it as their contribution and sacrifice to the return of peace to our country,” he said

Governor Kashim Shettima noted that vindicating the detainees is a testimony to the professionalism of the Nigerian Army.

He urged the freed suspects to be worthy ambassadors of the fight against terrorism and insurgency.

The suspects were picked from various spots within and outside Maiduguri in different raids six months ago.

The former Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, had in July 2015 released 182 suspects. 128 others were released in September 2015.

A total of 582 persons have so far been released from military detention facilities under the operation.

We Have Conducted 286 Airstrikes On Terrorists In One Month – Air Force

Air ForceThe air component of the Operation Lafiya Dole says it has conducted 286 air strikes on Boko Haram hideouts in the last one month.

This is according to the Deputy Theatre Commander, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao.

Amao told journalists in Maiduguri that the air component has intensified airstrikes against Boko Haram terrorists with focus on degrading their operational capability and logistics support base.

According to the Air Force officer, the air component is conducting interdiction missions in parts of the notorious Sambisa forest and other identified hideouts.

The air component has also been supporting the land component in their advance to dislodge terrorists from their enclaves.

Boko Haram Deadline: Army Chiefs Hold Critical Meeting

Boko Haram-armyNigerian Army Chiefs have met in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to strategise in a desperate attempt to meet up with the December 31 deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari to stamp out Boko Haram in the northern part of Nigeria.

The meeting took place at the Military Command and Control Centre in Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonishakin; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai, and the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Abubakar Yusha’u, were also present at the meeting.

The CDS expressed regret over the loss of lives recently recorded in the front lines. He described it as a setback to the operations, but expressed optimism owing to the successes so far recorded in the operations.

President Buhari had expressed confidence that Boko Haram’s ability to attack, seize, ravage and hold any Nigerian territory would be completely wiped out by the end of December 2015.

He said that the Nigerian Armed Forces are well positioned to meet the December deadline which they have been given to end the insurgency.