Nigeria Army’s Three Wanted Friends, By Gimba Kakanda


Last week, the Army declared three people it suspected of having “links with the Boko Haram” wanted and this became a subject of intense debates especially as the trio—Mr. Ahmed Umar Bolori, Mr. Ahmad Salkida and Ms. Aisha Alkali Wakil—promptly expressed their shock. The military institution, they wrote, knew them and how to contact them yet they hadn’t been informed or invited in any way before the public notice.

On Facebook, not long after the declaration went viral in the online media, stirring up divisive interactions on social media, Ahmed Bolori published a screenshot of his SMS correspondence with a top military officer. “Salam General,” read the text. “This is Amb Ahmed Umar Bolori. I got the news that I and other 2 are declared wanted (sic). I’m bringing myself. Where do I come to? Thanks.”

The General asked him to report to “Provost Marshal Army (sic)”. His next Facebook updates, later that day and the following day, was of his 10 AM appointment and struggles to be attended to by the Army. It’s amusing that someone declared wanted, purportedly a threat to national security, was literally pleading to have an audience with his supposed hunters.

Ms. Wakil released a statement to confirm her relationship with the security agencies, and that she had had meetings with the Chief of Army Staff and had even given the Army conditions for her involvement in any dialogue between the terrorist group and the Federal government. “(T)hey know where to find me,” she wrote in her own expression of shock at her declaration as wanted person, and then “but wonder why I had to be declared wanted on national news even mentioning my husband’s name alongside (sic).”

The most popular of them is the journalist Ahmad Salkida who, for fear of his safety, has long been in exile. Salkida had reported extensively on the activities of the terrorist cult, being a witness to their emergence and evolution into the nation’s deadliest group. Some of the nation’s exclusive reports and breaking news on the Boko Haram were presented to us by Salkida. His publication of the Boko Haram’s video of the abducted girls of Chibok instigated the hunt.

Writing from his Dubai base, Salkida noted his contributions to reporting terrorism in Nigeria. “Clearly, my status as a Nigerian journalist who has reported extensively, painstakingly and consistently on the Boko Haram menace in the country since 2006 is an open book known to Nigerians and the international community,” he stated.

This got us to the obvious question: why declaring citizens who weren’t on the run wanted? What’s wrong with an invitation being sent first before, if declined, publishing such damaging notice about people who were previously not tried for a crime in question? This and similar unprofessional conduct by our security agencies are piling up, day by day, and it was the same recklessness that got the EFCC operatives going after the blogger Abusidiq without notice. They are yet to even publish what exactly he did wrong. The risk of declaring somebody wanted without any established evidence of his culpability or invitation to hear from him or her one-on-one is grave in a country where jungle justice is an everyday tragedy. I’m sure the Army itself is aware of this, and yet it went ahead.  Somehow, it has succeeded in putting the lives of these people in danger, and somehow a misinformed mob might spot them and move to lynch them in their own understanding of patriotism. All for a “crime” yet to be determined.

Our security agencies need to restore professionalism in their dealings with civilians. Showmanship seems to stimulate them, but obsession with this approach to crime prevention and control will only embarrass them and ridicule what they stand for. The two home-based citizens have already submitted themselves to the military, and inferring from the Channels TV interview of the Spokesman of Defence Headquarters, Colonel Rabe Abubakar, the declaration was hasty and misleading.

“Declaring them wanted was not our intention,” he was reported to have said on Channels TV. “We are inviting them to come and shed more light on Boko Haram so that collectively we can achieve the desired goal.”

This is the essence of civic vigilance. But this retraction isn’t enough. Their hurriedly prepared and dispatched blunder has already jeopardised the lives and prospects of these people. What’s expected is a clarification through the very medium it employs in damaging the trio. Seeking partnership, which is what the spokesman means by “collectively” by declaring your would-be partners wanted is akin to publicly harassing a woman and then asking for her hand in marriage.

One is tempted to agree with the conspiracy theory drawn by the popular public affairs analyst, Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde. He sought to see a link between the media trial of Ahmad Salkida and General Tukur Buratai’s Dubai property scandals. When the Army said the Boko Haram were responsible for the leaks of Buratai’s ownership of properties in Dubai, he pointed out that the convenient inference was Salkida would be roped into it. May God save us from us!

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Troops Trail Boko Haram Terrorists Fleeing To Taraba

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday, said the Army was on the trail of Boko Haram terrorists who fled Sambisa and were hiding in Taraba.

Buratai said this when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba, in continuation of his tour of Army formations in the state.

He said the Army had strong reasons to believe that some of the terrorists that fled Sambisa were taking refuge in parts of Taraba.

He added that “Taraba has not been affected by this insurgency since it started except for the recent incidences that are related to Boko Haram especially as they are being pushed out of Borno.

“We strongly suspect some of them are currently parading themselves around this state; we are working on our intelligence and information from some good citizens.

“We are banking on support about their movement and we are equally tracking them so that we get them as soon as we can.”

The Army boss then urged Nigerians to support the military “to finally clear the remaining hideouts of the insurgents.”

He said timely sharing of information on the movement of suspicious persons would go a long way in containing the insurgents.

He assured citizens of Taraba and the North East in general of the military’s determination to finally end the menace of insurgency in the region.

On the invasion of communities by suspected cattle herders, Buratai said troops were also on the trail of the suspects.

He said that the Army, in conjunction with other security agencies, were working hard to contain the menace.

According to him, troops are combing the bush and areas in search of the suspects all over the country.

He expressed optimism that the situation would be arrested in the nearest future.

On his part, the state governor commended the efforts of the military in addressing threats of security across the country.

Ishaku informed the army chief of the various threats to peace that had plagued the state for a while.

He sought the assistance of the Nigerian Army in tackling the challenges, especially in the border communities of the state.

Ishaku reaffirmed the commitment of the state government to support security agencies in the discharge of their duties.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the chief of army staff is scheduled to visit army formations in Takum and Sarti areas of the state.



No Retreat For The Military In Sambisa Forest – CDS

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, on Wednesday reaffirmed that the military would intensify its offensive in the Sambisa Forest until the area was completely rid of terrorists.

Speaking at the inauguration of some projects at Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos, he said that the “Operation Crack Down” recently launched into Sambisa was yielding positive results.

”The operation is progressing and part of the benefits was the rescue of the two Chibok girls.

”The operation is ongoing and we will continue until we rid that place of all terrorists,” he said.

Olonisakin said that Boko Haram had been decimated, adding that it had become increasingly difficult for the insurgents to carry out their nefarious acts.

”We will continue to step up our game with the multinational task force,” he said.

He commended the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok Ibas, on the projects which were initiated to improve the welfare of personnel.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the projects inaugurated by the CDS were the refurbished Intensive Care Unit at Navy Reference Hospital, Ojo, as well as residential and administrative buildings.



Army Begins Massive Operation In Sambisa Forests

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it had commenced large scale operations to smoke out Boko Haram terrorists from their Sambisa forest hideout in Borno.


Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole said this while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.

“I want to inform you that troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole are conducting operations in the heart of Sambisa as we speak.

“The troops are deep into the forest to smoke out Boko Haram terrorists,” Irabor said.

He said that the troops were led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 division of the Nigerian Army Maiduguri Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu.

“In fact the GOC 7 division is leading the operations,” Irabor said declining to give further details.

He said that the troops had also recorded tremendous successes against the terrorists in the last couple of days.

“Following a tip-off, troops intercepted four female suicide bombers approaching from Sambisa in the general area of Jimini-Bolari village. Two unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices on the suicide bombers were safely detonated by our own team.

“Also, a suspected terrorists training camp at Mudallah llage in Dikwa Local Government Area was raided by troops on April 16.

“Consequently, troops made contact and killed a suspected terrorists leader and six others while capturing five of them, during the raid, five vehicles and several terrorists flags were destroyed.”

Irabor said that the troops also rescued over 1,000 civilians held captive by the terrorists.

He said on April 3, troops also launched a fighting patrol to Boboshe, Garna, Kyare, Ginba and Ajiri villages where they recovered eight industrial gas cylinders and five regular gas cylinders, being used in bomb making, at a primary school.

He said during the operation three terrorists were captured while four motor cycles, three bicycles, a solar panel and two containers of liquid herbicides were destroyed.

In another operation on April 28 troops in the general area of Bogoro, Duguno 1, 2 and 3 encountered and cleared some terrorists elements around Mmbaraka.

“The troops proceeded to Jadda village where they engaged and killed four terrorists. The patrol team also discovered a big pit where the terrorists used for dumping their victims to die and rot.

“The patrol team later freed some hostages and recovered an AK-47 rifle, 30 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 12 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 14 Dane guns, a motorcycle, two solar panels, 120 liters of diesel, some packets of panadol and a food storage facility.

“During the operation, one of the troops suffered gunshot wound and was evacuated for medical treatment. I am glad to state that he is in stable condition and responding to treatment,” Irabor said.



Cooperation With Cameroon’s Forces Yielding Results – Army

The Nigerian Army says its collaboration with the Cameroonian Army is yielding results and has brought “renewed vigour” in the counter-insurgency operation along the countries’ borders.


This is contained in a statement issued by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, in Abuja on Monday.


He said the renewed cooperation had led to several joint operations carried out by troops of both countries at Kirawa junction and Pulka communities in Borno.


Usman said a recent joint operation by troops of the 26 Task Force Brigade and a unit of the Cameroonian forces resulted in the rescue of 112 persons at Kirawa junction.


He added that the cooperation had also helped in the removal of mines along the axis of the troops’ advance.


“Troops of 26 Task Force Brigade married up with Cameroonian forces for joint operations in Kirawa junction. Although they did not meet any of the terrorists in the axis of advance, they rescued eight men, 36 women and 68 children in the area.

“To further consolidate on the cordial relationship, the Commander of Cameroonian 1st Battalion, paid a courtesy call on his counterpart, the Commanding Officer of 121 Task Force Battalion in Pulka.

“The visiting unit assisted with the de-mining of a section of the road between Kirawa Junction to Pulka and handed over two suspected Boko Haram terrorists to the Nigerian unit’’, he said.


Usman said the joint operation, however, recorded its first casualty with the killing of a Cameroonian officer, when a vehicle conveying troops ran into a mine along the Pulka-Ngoshe road.


He said eight other Cameroonian soldiers were injured in the accident during an operational visit to the 26 Task Force Brigade base.


On the progress report on the operations in the region, Usman said troops had intensified patrols in the general area to clear the remnant of the terrorists’ camps.


He added that troops of 113 Battalion, on patrol to Ngwala, cleared Boko Haram terrorists’ camps at Ngorta and Aritimie villages.


Usman said the patrol team closed a market at Ngwala village as a result of the Boko Haram activities in the area.


According to him, the patrol team, during its cordon and search operation around the area, recovered two pick-up vehicles and 12 motorcycles belonging to fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.




Army Frees 271 Nigerians, 4 Foreigners Detained In Error For Being Boko Haram Members

The Nigerian Army on Friday released 275 detainees after they had been cleared of being members of the Boko Haram terrorists group.


Maj.-Gen. Hassan Umaru, the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, handed over the detainees to Gov. Kashim Shettima at a ceremony in Maiduguri.


Umaru said that the detainees included 271 Nigerians and two nationals each of the republics of Cameroon and Niger.


“Today we are releasing 275 persons who have been in detention over suspicion of being involved in terrorism. Our crack team of joint investigators has screened and cleared the persons that are in the process of being released here today,” he said.


He said that the detainees included 142 males, 49 females, 22 under aged and 50 children of cleared females.


“The persons being released comprise 142 males 49 females, 22 under aged, 50 children of cleared females, two Nigeriens and two Cameroonians,” the theatre commander said.


He said that they were being released in line with the principles of justice and fair play.


“Inline with the principles of justice, equity and fairness, we deem it fit to release them to their families,” he said.


He expressed sadness over their detention and urged them to consider it as their contribution to efforts to return peace in the country.


“Their stay in detention had not been palatable due to restrictions imposed on them and loss of freedom. However, I see it as their sacrifice and contribution toward the return of peace in our country,” Umaru said.


He said that the army had transferred eight other suspects to the police for further investigations.


“Eight cases that are criminal in nature will be transferred to the police for further action,” Umaru said.


“We wish to assure Nigerians that no individual will be unjustly or unduly incarcerated. We remained committed to the protection of fundamental Human rights of every citizen of Nigeria and foreigners alike”.


Receiving the detainees, Shettima commended the military for a job well done.


“Today bears a sense of professionalism, justice, equity and fairness of the Nigerian Armed Forces. The 275 suspects were picked from several locations at different times and were adjudged to be clean after through investigations,” he said.


Shettima said that the action had confirmed that the military was a respecter of the law.


“This action bears testimony to the fact that we are running a very professional force, contrary to insinuations from several quarters speculating arbitrary killings, detention and dehumanisation of suspects.


“This is about the third or the fourth time we are receiving detainees to be reunited with their families,” he said.


Shettima added: “The Nigerian Army deserves special commendation for all the sacrifices it has been making for us to have peace in this part of the world.


“We want to urge the detainees to be worthy ambassadors to go back home and be the catalysts for promoting peace and development in our society”.


“As a responsible government, we are going to give tokens to each of the detainees. Those that can be trained in vocational skills and other professions will be trained in specific professions. For those of school age, we will insist with the parents that they must have access to education.


Education is a right and not a privilege and it is compulsory in this part of the world,” the governor said.





Biafra: Military Warns MASSOB, Vows To Crush Acts Of Sabotage

Military authorities in the Country have warned groups (Biafra agitators) or unpatriotic elements threatening to make the country ungovernable because of their narrow interests, to have a rethink and desist from such, as the armed forces were fully mobilized and ready to crush acts of sabotage.



The Defence headquarters in a statement signed by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig-General Rabe Abubakar said,


“The attention of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has been drawn to some newspaper publication by a group of persons threatened to embark on acts of sabotage against the Nigerian state”.


“The DHQ hereby warned that the military and other security agencies will not condone any acts by individuals or group that is capable of breach to security and economic sabotage in the Niger Delta or in any part of the country. “This is because the nation’s interest is above that of individual or group’s interest. “In as much as the military recognizes the supremacy of the Constitution which guarantees freedom of expression and association, the constitution also frowns against individuals or groups hiding under it to stir up trouble and insecurity in the land. “Any individual or groups who have genuine complain or grievances should use the available means of dialogue for amicable resolution but certainly not violence, as it will not be tolerated. “The DHQ will continue to partner with other security agencies to protect and provide enabling environment to all citizens to engage in their respective and legitimate businesses without fear of molestation.


The Military’s reaction followed the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra’s threat yesterday to make Nigeria ungovernable if the Federal Government failed to conduct a referendum in the South-East. MASSOB and other pro-Biafra groups, including the Indigenous People of Biafra, are demanding a referendum in the region to enable the people decide, through voting, whether they wish to secede, or remain in Nigeria. The Biafra activists claim that majority of people in the region would vote in favour of a separation from Nigeria.


MASSOB said it had concluded plans, with other pro-Biafra groups, to disrupt governance in the country, if the Federal Government would not conduct the referendum.


National Director of Information, MASSOB, Samuel Edeson, who signed the statement, said the agitators would fight the Federal Government with ‘everything’ at their disposal. He said the group intended to instigate civil disobedience, and strikes, particularly in the South-East, and Lagos. Edeson added, “MASSOB and other pro-Biafra agitators will make Nigeria ungovernable if the Nigerian government failed to conduct referendum in Eastern Nigeria. “We shall use everything at our disposal to fight the Nigerian government, especially through civil disobedience.



It will be recalled that the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Thursday, asked the Federal Government to quickly conduct a referendum in the south-east geopolitical as a precursor to secession or face the total shutdown of socio-economic activities in the region and beyond.


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Army Kills 14 Insurgents, Recover Arms In Yobe

The Nigeria army says it has killed 14 Boko Haram insurgents and captured two others around Chirokusko Village in Tarmuwa Local Government Area in Yobe.



Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Aliyu, General Commanding Officer (GCO), told newsmen in Damaturu on Monday that 16 assorted weapons and ammunitions had also been recovered from the insurgents.



Aliyu said the terrorists sneaked into the area and were about settling down when the army ambushed them following a tip-off from patriotic citizens. He commended the host communities for their cooperation which included providing security operatives with useful information.




According to him, more troops have been deployed to the area to enhance manpower to consolidate the gains recorded in the fight against insurgency.



“The Damaturu-BuniYadi-Biu road will soon be opened to motorists for economic activities to resume in the liberated areas.’’ The GOC said as part of efforts to boost the morale of the troops, more than 10, 000 soldiers had been given special promotion, while 1,500 others were currently under consideration for promotion to their next rank.




According to the GOC, the army will continue to operate within the rules of engagement and with respect for human rights. Aliyu said the closure of markets in some communities were based on security reasons and pleaded with people of the area to be patient, adding that the markets would soon be re-opened for business.




“We are aware of the inconveniences the market closure might have caused the communities, but we are working hard to reopen them for economic activities to resume,’’ he assured. The GOC called for improved cooperation between soldiers and the communities in order to collectively defeat insurgency in the country.





Nigerians Owe Military Gratitude – Gov. Obiano

Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra said on Wednesday that Nigerians and indeed the state owed the Armed Forces gratitude for their commitment to the protection and defence of the country.

Obiano said this at the Eucharistic Mass for 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Joe Asike, the governor said that every patriotic Nigerian was indebted to the Armed Forces for the supreme sacrifices they have made to preserve the country.

“We cannot quantify the sacrifices the Armed Forces make daily for the sake of peace.
“The peace we enjoy in our state today is as a result of the efforts of men and women of the armed forces and the ultimate sacrifice they are willing to make to protect Nigeria.
“We should all be grateful to them,’’ he said.
Earlier in his Homily, Bishop Peter Okpalaleke, Ahiara Diocese, described the Armed Forces Remembrance Day as a significant day for the Army and all branches of the force.

“It is a day to remember those colleagues who lost their lives while trying to protect the nation and make it safe for the living,’’ he said.

The Bishop said that the military personnel were not pursuing personal greatness but rather they are working hard for the greatness of Nigeria.

“They left their wives and children for the safety of the nation. It therefore is important that every member of the armed forces should see their mission as a way of drawing closer to God,” Okpalaleke.

He called for prayers by all in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the fight to protect the nation, and also the living as we struggle to keep the country safe.

The Mass was attended by senior officers of the armed forces, including the Anambra Commissioner of Police, Mr Hosea Karma.

Also in attendance were representatives of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, the Chief Judge and Head of Service, Prince Harry Uduh, among other dignitaries.





We’ve Crushed Terrorism But We’ll Remain Vigilant — Buratai

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has commended his men for crushing terrorism in the North East.

Lt-Gen Buratai who spoke weekend while laying the foundation stone for the new Brigade headquaters complex at the 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, Rivers State said, the army will remain vigilant to contend any new strategy that may be adopted by the terrorists.

“The North East operation is critical at this stage. The terrorists have been defeated. These criminals may rear their ugly heads through other means. We will continue to maintain vigilance,” he said.

Buratai also laid the foundation stone for the new Brigade headquarters complex at the 2 Brigade, assuring that the Federal Government will continue to give special attention to the welfare of soldiers.

He commended soldiers of the 2 Brigade for their commitment to duty, saying that the Nigerian army had remained celebrated all over the world for professionalism and high level of discipline.

He lauded the efforts of the brigade in the anti oil theft war, saying that they should maintain the very high standard of discipline.

He said the army will improve on challenges of accommodation in barracks in the country, adding that attention would be given to the medical needs of soldiers and their families.

Buratai also interacted with wives of soldiers in the barracks, promising that the Federal Government will improve on the welfare of troops.

Buratai also inspected a five bedroom block project being built by his office in the barracks.

Army Nabs 7 Bomb Experts In Kaduna, Repel Boko Haram Attack In Borno

Soldiers of the Nigerian Army yesterday arrested seven Boko Haram bomb specialists in Kaduna, while plotting to attack the state with several improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Army officials said.


The officials said given the number of the bombs recovered from the arrested bombers, Kaduna State should count itself lucky that a major catastrophe that might have affected lives of innocent persons have been averted.


Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the suspects were nabbed after a long period of investigation and intelligence sharing.


He said, “Another catastrophe was averted in Kaduna State and other contiguous areas when troops of the Nigerian Army arrested 7 suspected Boko Haram terrorists with bomb and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) specialists.


“The terrorists were arrested in Kaduna after painstaking surveillance and proactive intelligence operations over a period of time.


“From all indications, the suspects were in Kaduna to conduct suicide bombings, kill and maim innocent citizens in the state and other surrounding areas during the festive period. Recall that recently in Maiduguri, some of them were arrested while trying to detonate IEDs carried in food containers in public places.”


Troops Repel Attack in Borno


Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, last night came under attack by Boko Haram gunmen who were repelled by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, even as two female suicide bombers succeeded in detonating their explosives and killing many in another part of the city.


The attack, which many described as a desperate show of relevance by the insurgents, was coming days after the Nigerian government declared the insurgents defeated.


Sources in Maiduguri informed LEADERSHIP that the attackers attempted to invade the city through a village called Aladuwari, about 2km South of Maiduguri, but were effectively repelled by soldiers of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army.


But it seemed the Aladuwari attack was to create some kind of detour by the insurgents to enable two female suicide bombers invade the city from another flank.


The two female suicide bombers invaded the city and detonated their explosives at a crowded mini-commercial area.


Muhammed Abubakar, a vigilante operative who lives in Suleimanti area of Maiduguri, said the bombers detonated their explosives near FOMWAN Primary School located between Suleimanti and Jiddari Polo.


He said, “There were two explosions, one coming immediately after the other. Those who saw them said there were two women who began to scream as the bombs were about to go off”.


Spokesman of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Abbas Gava, had earlier informed LEADERSHIP that the gunmen were making an attempt to invade Maiduguri but were intercepted at Aladuwari village where they exchanged fire with soldiers.


Another female suicide bomber kill family of 15 in Maiduguri


In a related development, three wives of a Village Head and their 10 children were yesterday feared killed as a female suicide bomber attacked their residence in Maiduguri, witnesses said.


The woman, who took advantaged of the chaotic situation when soldiers were busy engaging Boko Haram fighters in a shoot-out during a repelled attack on the city, pretended as if Boko Haram was chasing her and ran into the compound of a village head, Bulama Isa.


A resident who witnessed the event , Ahmed Baba, said, “She ran into Bulama Isa’s compound, shouting ‘Boko Haram, Boko Haram.


“When the families of Isa came out of their rooms to meet the woman in the centre of their compound, the woman simply detonated the bomb hidden under her garment, killing the village head’s three wives and 10 children”.


Bulama Isa, who did not arrive at his residence at the time of the attack, managed to survive another suicide attack at the entrance of his home.


Sources said another female suicide bomber, who was lurking in the dark as the grief struck head of the family walked into his compound, jumped out and detonated herself. But the village head was lucky again. He was able to escape with minor injury, but the blast succeeded in killing a woman with her baby.

Army Advocates Joint Training, Contingency Planning For Effective Counter-Insurgency Operations

The Nigerian Army has advocated joint training and contingency planning between the military and other security agencies to tackle emerging threats to national security.

The call was among other decisions reached at the end of the 2015 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference held in Duste, Jigawa.

The Chief of Policy and Plans, Army Headquarters, Maj. Gen. Jack Ogunewe, who read the communiqué said that the army acknowledged the increasing burden of tackling the nation’s security threats.

He said that adequate measures would be taken to address the challenges before they degenerate into to unmanageable levels.

“The Nigerian Army identified the rising level of insecurity, including agitations and militancy across various regions of Nigeria, especially the new levels of militancy oil theft around Lagos and other south west states.

“In this regard, the Nigerian Army strengthened its resolve to tackle the activities of these groups in other to create the conducive environment for peace and economic development in Nigeria.

“The Army noted the need for collaborative efforts among security agencies in tackling the present security challenges across Nigeria.

“The Army identified the requirement for joint training and contingency planning with other services of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services and the National Security and Civil Defence Corps in tackling these threats.”

Ogunewe said that the conference also noted the need for the army to tap from the experiences of retired military operational commanders to enhance its ongoing operations in the country.

He said that the conference noted the language gap between Nigeria and its francophone neighbours and resolved to close the gap through a robust capacity building programme.

Ogunewe added that the conference noted the need to articulate measures to constantly engage relevant stakeholders on issues of human rights and civil military relationship.

He said that the conference identified the capacity in Nigeria to produce equipment and other logistics for their operations.





Biafra: Army To Apply Rules Of Engagement (ROE)

The Nigerian Army said it would apply its rules of engagement (ROE) to the letter as it unequivocally warned people agitating for and threatening the dismemberment of the country.
Maj.-Gen. Isidore Edet, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division of the army, gave the warning on Monday while speaking with journalists at the Officers Mess in Lagos.
Isidore said the Nigerian Army would like to send an unequivocal warning to all and sundry and more specifically, to all those threatening and agitating for the dismemberment of the country.
“Committing treasonable felony and arson, as well as wanton destruction of lives and properties that once deployed, we shall apply the ROE to the letter.
“It is, however, hoped that such circumstances would not arise that we should deploy such operations.
“Let nobody make any mistake because within the ambit of the law, we shall apply the ROE to the fullest,’’’ he said.
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN), 1999 (as amended) vide Sect 217 (2) (c) provides that the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) shall suppress insurrection and act in aid of civil authority to restore order when called upon to do so by the President and Commander-in-Chief.
“This provision is reinforced by Sect (8) (1) and (3) of the Armed Forces Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, (LFN) 2004.
“This presupposes that troops have to use necessary force to quell crisis resulting in deaths, injury and damages to property,’’ he said.

The GOC also said that consequent upon the observed shortcomings, especially negligence and outright ignorance displayed by troops deployed for Operation MESA and other Internal Security (IS) Operations.
“It is necessary to remind all about the Nigerian Army’s ROE and Code of Conduct for such operations in aid of civil authority for public knowledge and understanding.
“The ROE and Code of Conduct set out the circumstances and limitations under which armed force may be applied to achieve military objectives in furtherance of government policy within Operation MESA and other IS Operations.
“Once deployed on any IS operations, it is the duty of an officer or soldier to ensure the enforcement of law and order in conjunction with other security agencies.
“It is inexcusable for troops to stand aside and watch the security situation deteriorate leading to loss of lives or damage to property without intervening.
“Such intervention should, however, be based strictly on sound judgment,’’ Isidore said.
The GOC also said that officers and soldiers had been warned not to take sides in any conflict, adding that those found wanting would face the consequences of their actions.
“Any officer or soldier found aiding or abetting any act of arson, vandalism or unprofessional conduct, would be severely dealt with according to extant laws,’’ he said.
While talking about the Boko Haram insurgency, the GOC assured residents of Lagos State that the army was working round the clock to monitor and protect them.
He added that some arrests had been made which, he said, could not be disclosed.
“We cannot disclose the details yet but we are working round the clock to ensure that Boko Haram does not have a safe haven in Lagos or southwest or any part of the country.
“There is no cause for alarm and there is no need for Lagosians to fear,’’ he said.


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Nigeria Army Arrest Another Boko Haram Kingpin In Borno

The Nigerian Army on Monday said it had arrested another suspected Boko Haram terrorist kingpin, Mr John Trankil, at Kasuwar Shanu area of Maiduguri.

Col. Tukur Gusau, the Media Coordinator, Operation Lafiya Dole, said this in a statement in Maiduguri.

“Troops of 7 Division Garrison Nigerian Army in Operation Lafiya Dole, made a remarkable progress by arresting a Boko Haram Terrorist kingpin, Mr John Trankil, at Kasuwar Shanu in Maiduguri metropolis.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect said that nine of them sneaked into Maiduguri armed with AK 47 assault rifle each and a Toyota Hilux vehicle laden with 20 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) meant to be detonated at some selected targets in the city,” he said.

“The Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Yusha’u Abubakar, commended the efforts of the troops and renewed call for the troops and the public to be more vigilant and security conscious.

Gusau said that troops of the 21 Brigade of the army had also discovered and IED making factory along Bama-Gonin Kurmi within the outskirts of Bama town in Borno.

“In a related development, troops of 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, while on offensive operations on Boko Haram terrorists location, with the support from the Nigerian Air Force, discovered and destroyed the terrorists IEDs and Rocket making factory along Bama-Gonin Kurmi within the outskirts of Bama town, Borno.

“The items recovered include gas cylinders, welding machine, pipes and poles, locally made rocket shells and large quantity of assorted chemicals.

“Others are; unprimed IEDs and various technical and laboratory equipment suspected to be stolen from school laboratories around Bama before they were dislodged from the area,” he said.




Nigerian Army Rescues 71 From Boko Haram

Nigerian soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military said Thursday.

Some captives told The Associated Press they were in the clutches of the Islamic extremists for as long as a year.

“I was waiting for death … they often threatened to kill us,” said Yagana Kyari, a woman in her 20s who said she had been kidnapped from her village of Kawuri and taken to a militant camp in Walimberi, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast and the birthplace of Boko Haram.

Kyari said they often went hungry because the extremists never provided enough food.

“Our gallants troops have rescued a total number of 59 civilians in two camps of the terrorist group,” army spokesman Col. I.T. Gusau said. “Many of the terrorists were killed in the course of the operations, but mop up is still going on.”

The 59, all women and children except for five elderly men, were freed on Thursday, he said. Another 12 women and girls were rescued Wednesday from Kilakisa, 90 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of Maiduguri, he said.