Army Spokesman, Sani Usman, Retires From Service

 

Brigadier General Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, has announced his voluntary retirement from the Nigerian Army.

The Army spokesman made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday, February 7.

“I am leaving highly fulfilled after contributing my best to national development, the Nigerian Army, gaining great wealth of knowledge, experience, inestimable network of friends which I will treasure forever” the outgoing DAPR said.

Usman noted that while an official replacement has not been made by the Force, he will be handing over his role as army spokesman to Colonel A.A Yusuf, the Chief of Staff, Directorate of Army Public Relations.

The Army confirmed the development some posts via its official social media pages where Brig Gen Usman’s full statement was published.

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His statement reads:

FAREWELL MESSAGE TO OFFICERS SOLDIERS AND CIVILIAN STAFF OF THE DIRECTORATE OF ARMY PUBLIC RELATIONS ON MY VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT FROM THE NIGERIAN ARMY

With utmost gratitude to God, I wish to inform you, the wonderful Officers, Soldiers and Civilian Staff of the Directorate of Army Public Relations, that with effect from Friday 8 February 2019, I will be proceeding on Terminal Leave, thus marking the end of my exciting and fulfilling career in the Nigerian Army. I am therefore bidding you all goodbye in my capacity as Director, Army Public Relations.

I would like seize this opportunity to thank you all for your friendship, love, support, loyalty and encouragement over the years that tremendously assisted me personally and re-positioning the Directorate to the enviable height attained, thus far. I also wish to thank the Nigerian nation and the Nigerian Army for the wonderful opportunity to serve the country and humanity in various capacities for over three decades.

I am leaving highly fulfilled after contributing my best to national development, the Nigerian Army, gaining great wealth of knowledge, experience, inestimable network of friends which I will treasure forever. I am thankful to the Nigerian Army for giving me wonderful opportunities and work exposure to practice Public Relations to the point of being a Fellow of the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR), Member of the National Institute (mni), among other honours, awards and qualifications, as well as attaining the highest level of command of the Directorate of Army Public Relations twice.

Although a new Director has not been appointed yet, I am handing over to Colonel AA Yusuf, the Chief of Staff, Directorate of Army Public Relations. As I exit this noble profession voluntarily, I wish you all continued fruitful years of service and God’s blessings, guidance and protection, amen. I will certainly miss you all and will continue to cherish the friendship and bond among us.

I enjoin you to continue to keep the flag flying and endeavour to contribute your best to further take the Directorate of Army Public Relations to greater heights.

Thank you and God bless you all.

SANI KUKASHEKA USMAN mni FNIPR
Brigadier General
Outgoing Director Army Public Relations
7 February 2019

Chibok Girls: US, UK Still Supporting But Not At The Forefront Of Search

Chibok girls videoWhile the search continues for the missing girls, international experts are yet to come forth with any findings on their efforts at helping the Nigerian military.

The U.S and U.K Government representatives in the country insist they are very much in the mix of efforts at finding the girls but explain that they are not at the forefront of the campaign.

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, said “our troop is here to support the Nigerian Government in the Nigerian Government’s efforts to get these girls back.

“We are supporting your Government; we are not here to do this for you; that’s the definition of partnership. We’re here to help you do something that’s difficult and help you as best we can but we are not in the lead on this.

British Deputy High Commissioner, Peter Carter, said, “Clearly it’s a matter of great concern that none of the girls have been found but we are working very closely with the Nigerian authorities and with our American partners to provide assistance and support to the Nigerian authorities in their efforts to bring the girls home as quickly as possible.

“We fully support all the efforts that the Nigerian authorities are making, we want to see those efforts redoubled, we need to see them reinforced and we are here to help and provide support.”

Army Kills Boko Haram Kingpin, Brother In Kaduna

Troops interrogating some arrested terroristsA combined team of security operatives, in the early hours of Sunday, have killed a suspected Boko Haram kingpin and his brother in Kinkinau area of Kaduna South Local Government of Kaduna State.

Reports say soldiers traced the house of the suspect in Kinkinua GRA, Imgwan Mu’azu, and shot the man whose name was given as Usman.

Eyewitness account said that the soldiers broke through the wall to gain access into the house, got his family out, and engaged him in a gun battle for about three hours before overwhelming him and his brother.

The district head of Ungwan Muazu and Cikasauron Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Idris, after visiting the scene, blamed landlords who let out their houses without confirming the character of their tenants for being responsible for the high rate of insurgency in the North.

He asked landlords and residents to be security-conscious and ascertain the identities of tenants in their houses.

It was also gathered that the agent who gave out the house to the suspect and the landlord of the house have been taken away by the security operatives.

A security source who would not want his name mentioned revealed that the suspected Boko Haram member fled from Maiduguri to settle in Kaduna, adding that the team of security operatives that stormed the area had been on the trail of the suspect and were provided with support by troops on ground.