Defence Headquarters plans relocation to permanent site – COAS

Chief of Army Staff, Lt- General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has disclosed that the present location of the defence headquarters in the Gariki area of the Federal Capital territory (FCT) Abuja will soon be moved to its permanent site.

Describing the present location of the defence headquarters, which comprises the army, navy and air force as mere temporary site, Buratai said the military is already making plans to relocate the service to its permanent site very soon when it has annexed all the lands belonging to the three services.

The Army chief made this disclosure yesterday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on the FCT in company of leadership of the army authorities to explain the alleged army’s forceful takeover of 238 hectares of land in Maitama Extension.

This is as the Minister of the FCT, Mohammed Bello, has blamed a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT, Abuja), Senator Adamu Aliero for the current face-off between the Nigerian Army and civilians over ownership of the 238 hectares of land.

Bello made this allegation while explaining to the senators, the current efforts being made by FCT and the Army to resolve the problem amicably.

The minister said, the 238 hectares of land was originally allocated to the Nigerian Army in 1996, but some time in 2009, when Senator Adamu Aliero was the FCT Minister, about 600 plots were re-allocated to some privileged civilians and retired military officers without any legal revocation of allocation made in 1996 when retired Lt –General Jeremiah Useni, was the minister.

He said: “I want to just mention that the area in contention was actually area earmarked for the Nigerian Army under the Guards Brigade way back in 1996. But sometime in 2009 a portion and the entire area in contention is about 246 hectares or thereabout.

“Sometime in 2009, plot allocations were made there and commitments were undertaken by the FCTA in terms of infrastructure. Allocated plots in that area from our records numbered about 600 plots out of which Certificate of Occupancy (C-of- O) have been issued to about 200 with payments of about N5.6 billion received aside commitment of about N9 billion already made in respect of providing infrastructure in the area out of estimated N23billion”.

He appealed to the committee to give the FCT authority and the Army more time to resolve the problem, saying “at the end of the day, we would be able to reach a solution to meet the needs of the military and of course, ensure also those that were allocated plots in that area in terms of financial commitments, do not lose their commitments”.

He added that as a result of the problem, the FCT administration was already identifying all available military lands within the territory towards avoiding similar encroachment aided from within.

COAS Orders Investigation Of Woman Murdered 6 Months Ago

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has ordered an investigation, commencing monday into the alleged murder of Mrs. Alice Akparobi, and the shooting of one Shedrack Saduwa in the stomach at Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State six months ago.

The army boss gave the directive in response to the May 16, 2016 petition by lawyer and rights activist, Oghenejabor Ikimi to the Nigerian Army through the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) demanding that the matter be investigated to let justice prevail.

It was learnt that the COAS order for inquiry was directed to the Army Special Investigation Bureau and communicated in an October 7 letter through the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police to Ikimi on behalf of Isaac Akparobi, relative to late Mrs. Akparobi and seriously injured Saduwa.

The military police’s letter to Ikimi, signed by Col. K C Okoro, Commander of the Special Investigation Bureau, requested the lawyer to avail his clients, Isaac and Saduwa to the bureau for interview.

“The interview is necessary to have further insight into your petition. Your client are also requested to come with all relevant, and where necessary, duly certified documents in support of the petition,” the letter further stated.

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Video: Nigerian Army Officers Begging Shiite Members Who Barricaded The Road In Zaria

This video shows Senior Army officers appealing to Shiite members who barricaded a road in Zaria, Kaduna state, an incident that led to the clash between the Army and Shiite members that resulted in the death of over 60 Shiite members and the attack on the Muslim group leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Army Petitions NHRC Over Alleged Assassination Attempt On COAS

The Nigerian Army has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over the alleged assassination attempt on the life of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai along Sokoto road in Zaria, Kaduna State on Saturday, December 12, 2015 by members of the Shiite sect.

Presenting a two-page petition to the NHRC, the Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adamu Abubakar, said that personnel on the entourage of the Chief of Army Staff responded to gunshots fired at their convoy by members of the sect in order to provide a safe corridor for the Army Chief and his convoy.

“The Chief of Army Staff wishes to reiterate and assure the Shiites nationwide that the Nigerian Army is not in any way against them but was forced to respond to the brutal attack by some misguided elements within them,” he said.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Bem Angwe, who received the petition on behalf of the commission promised to investigate the alleged attack in order to prevent a recurrence.

He acknowledged that the formal complaint by the Army was an indication that it recognises “the fact that Nigeria is in a democracy and that issues such as this must be handled under the rule of law”.

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Boko Haram Fails In Another Attempt To Capture Home Town Of COAS

Boko Haram terrorists have failed in their latest attempt to capture Buratai, Borno State, the home town of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj-Gen. Tukur Buratai and also the location of a military camp.

The Director Army Public Relations (DAPR) Col. Sani Usman, who confirmed this in a short message Tuesday noted that this is about the fourth time since February 2014 the dreaded group has attacked Buratai.

Usman said that the terrorist invaders had in their desperate attempt to capture the town, struck at about 9.30pm Monday night but were repelled by Nigerian soldiers, returned again at about 3.00am yesterday and were equally pushed back.

He said: “Suspected terrorists made a futile attempt to attack Buratai town in Borno State and military camp located in the area. I am glad to inform you that the gallant soldiers rose to the occasion and dealt.

“They however made concerted effort at about 3.00am this morning which was equally repelled by the gallant soldiers. The situation and town is cool and calm.”

He recalled that the time Boko Haram struck first was in February last year when Gen Buratai was serving as commander of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta code-named Operation Puloshield.

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