Suicide bombers now disguise as nursing mothers – Defence Headquarters

The defence headquarters (DHQ) has alerted residents of the north-east that female suicide bombers now disguise as nursing mothers to avoid detection by security personnel.

Rabe Abubakar, defence spokesman, revealed this in a statement issued on Friday.

He appealed members of the public to cooperate with security agencies carrying out “thorough security search and checks”, explaining that the traffic gridlock at military check points were not meant to cause public discomfort.

“Female suicide bombers are now evading detection from security operatives by carrying babies on their back, that ordinarily passes them for innocent nursing mothers,” he said.

“The two recent suicide bomb attacks in Madagali, Adamawa state, are instructive in this regard.

“Members of the public are therefore urged to always volunteer useful information to the military and other security agencies that would assist in exposing Boko Haram and their evil machinations in our society and to make our communities safe and secure for all to live.”

Suicide bombing has been the major challenge of security forces in the region.

Boko Haram insurgents have been unable to carry out organised attacks, but the sect still targets vulnerable people.

ALERT: Boko Haram insurgents now disguise as menial workers

The defence headquarters (DHQ) says Boko Haram insurgents now disguise as menial workers to carry out attacks on communities.


Rabe Abubakar, defence spokesman, said this in a statement on Tuesday.


He cited the recent bombings in Madagali, Adamawa state, and in Maiduguri, Borno state, as results of Boko Haram’s new antic.


“The defence headquarters wishes to alert members of the public of another antic being employed by the escaping Boko Haram terrorists that were smoked out of Sambisa forest by the combined efforts of the Nigeria armed forces,” he said


“Available information indicates that some fleeing Boko Haram terrorists are now disguising as menial workers to melt into communities and towns with a view to organising terrorists attack against our innocent citizens.  The unfortunate recent incidents in Madagali and Maiduguri are instructive.


“The defence headquarters therefore advises citizens to be on the alert and be wary of these tricks of the defeated terrorists who are hell-bent on remaining relevant in spite of their lost battle.”


Abubakar added that the sensitisation became necessary “to create security awareness to citizens to be conscious of some strange faces that could take menial jobs in their communities or towns, especially now that festivities are around the corner”.

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.

Armoured Vehicles, Artillery Guns & 17 Hilux Captured from Boko Haram, Says Defence Hdqtrs

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters have said that they have contained the morning assault on Maiduguri by Boko Haram.

Defence Headquarters also provides that a mopping operation is on going, while the insurgents have been repelled. In a post, the Nigerian Military said armoured vehicles, artillery guns and 17 Hilux vehicles have been captured from the insurgents. Read post below:


Defence Hqrts Accuses Amnesty International For Misleading Allegations

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said allegations by Amnesty International that military top brass were warned of Boko Haram’s attack on Baga and Monguno but failed to take action, were misleading, unfair and distractive.

This is contained in a statement issued by Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information in Abuja on Wednesday.

Amnesty International on Wednesday claimed that Nigeria’s military top brass were warned of brutal Boko Haram attacks on the northeast towns of Baga and Monguno but failed to take action.

The statement said the conclusions by Amnesty International were misleading and could have been avoided if it had made meaningful efforts to verify the inciting allegations.

“Whatever be the intention, the allegations, at best can only constitute a distractive and misleading commentary or interpretation of the terrorists’ activities,” it said.

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Defence HQ Website Hacked- Vanguard

The Defence Headquarters website has been hacked. The site was hacked into in the early hours of Friday.

However, the Defence Headquarters’ said its information blog site has been restored. According to a statement signed by Major General Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, “The site was defaced at the front end. However, the hackers could not infiltrate the database of the site.

“Preliminary investigation shows that the attack was from the end of the site’s host. One Ima Sadiq who posed as the hacker has been knocked off and normal activities on the channel has resumed.

“Apparently, the blog site was targeted because of its role as a major channel for disseminating information on military and security activities in the nation’s counter-terrorism campaign”, he said.


Defence Hdqtrs Flaunts Spoils from Boko Haram Raid and Towns’ Recapture

Defence headquarters of the Nigerian Army claimed that they recaptured Gombi, Pelia and Hong in Adamawa State, towns that were earlier ran over by Boko Haram Insurgents.

The news was welcomed with doubts and criticisms, of which many said the Defence Headquarters was fond of lying about it operations, referring to the fake cease fire that was agreed between the Federal Government and the insurgents.

Here are photos released by the Defence Headquarters to prove their claims… Among the items seized includes a laptop with the design of ISIS flag.

Operations are ongoing within those areas as the military says it will not render mercy to any terrorist.

The operation is called ‘Operation No Mercy against Terrorists.”

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Nigerian Army Claim Control Over Captured Towns

Defence headquarters, Nigeria claim that they have killed many Boko Haram fighters and have seized weapons and war equipments.

They add that the Nigerian military troops are in full control of Gombi, Hong and Pelia in Adamawa State, which was infested by Boko Haram militants, adding that the areas are being cleared of terrorists and mopping is ongoing at the moment.

Defense Headquarters Orders Retreating Soldiers to Recapture Mubi

Defense Headquarters in Abuja has  ordered retreating troops to go back and recapture the Mubi from the insurgents.

Reports say that Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh, whose hometown, Vimtim, less than 15 miles from the location of the insurgents, is angry at the action of the fleeing soldiers.

Sources say that the soldiers who fled yesterday have now been ordered to converge at Song, a small township and await final orders to march on Mubi to confront the insurgents and try to dislodge them, adding that there was no aircrafts set to assist the relaunch.