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July 18, 2018

CAN Rejects Ex-boko Haram Recruit into Army & Police

  Latest update as the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has opposed reported moves by the Federal Government directing the Nigerian Army and Police to recruit some former members of Boko Haram terrorists who recently underwent deradicalisation programme. The President of CAN, Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, said on Tuesday that if it is true, it is condemnable as it is capable of undermining the nation’s security system. “CAN is visibly disturbed at reports that the Federal Government has allegedly directed the Nigerian Army and Police to recruit some former members of Boko Haram terrorists who recently underwent deradicalisation programme. “If…

Why I Snubbed the Senate – Police IG

  Arresting the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for failing to appear before the Senate is not something the lawmakers may want to consider. But the IGP still has no plans to do as he was told by the National Assembly. He has snubbed the Senate three times and ignored their request to come before it to answer questions relating to the incessant killings across the country and the inhuman treatment meted to Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi west senatorial district The Senate has called the Idris an enemy of democracy and he has accused them of trying…

Prosecute IPOB members’ killers, Ohanaeze tells Army

  The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural body of the Igbo, has called for the prosecution of soldiers involved in an alleged extra-judicial killing of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra during the recent Operation Python Dance in the South-East. The President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo, said the organisation had raised the issue with the leadership of the Nigerian Army. Speaking during a ‘Night of Tributes’ for the late Biafran war commander and former Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Col. Joe Achuzia, at Enugu Sports Club, Nwodo said soldiers who flouted the army’s rules of engagement during the…

Army bars Soldiers from attending Church, Mosque outside Barracks

  The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, has barred officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army from attending church and mosque services outside the barracks. Buratai also announced the setting up of a special standing court martial in preparation for the upcoming 2019 general election, to investigate and try army personnel found to be partisan and hobnobbing with politicians. This is coming just as he warned personnel, whom he said were “sympathetic,” to political, religious and ethnic groups, to voluntarily retire from service or have themselves to blame. Buratai gave the warning at the opening of the Chief…

Rivers massacre: Mastermind killed in Enugu – Army

THE 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt on Sunday confirmed the death of a notorious cultist and kidnap kingpin, Johnson Igwedibia, also known as Don Waney. General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division, Major General. Enonbong Udoh, confirmed the killing when he displayed the corpses of Don Waney alongside two of his gang leaders to journalists at the division’s headquarters in Port Harcourt. He said the dreaded militant leader was tracked down at his new acquired residence in a suburb village in Enugu State. The GOC further said the deceased and his gang members were responsible for the…

Nigerian Army orders personnel to learn Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba before 2019

  The Nigerian Army has directed all its officers and men to immediately commence the learning of the three major Nigerian languages. A statement by army spokesperson, Sani Usman, on Wednesday morning said all personnel are expected to be proficient in Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba by December 2018. Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, said the directive is part of the new language policy by the army. Full text of the statement, signed by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director, Army Public Relations reads. Nigerian Army Introduces New Language Policy For Officers And Soldiers The Nigerian Army has introduced a new…

Army reacts to video showing torture of IPOB members in Abia

Army reacts to video showing torture of IPOB members in Abia

…How soldiers disturbed my siesta – Nnamdi Kanu …Declines meeting with S’East govs The Nigerian Army has said it is investigating a video being circulated on the social media, which shows soldiers assaulting some members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Aba Abia State last week. In the disturbing three-minute clip, a flag of Biafra could be seen on the ground in front of the men who were stripped half naked and forced to lay down. They were eventually forced to drink and inside dirty mud water. Some were alleged to have died during the torture. The Leader could…

Human Rights Watch accuses security officials of raping girls, women at IDPs camps

The Human Rights Watch, HRW, has accused the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, vigilante groups and camp leaders of raping young girls and women in various Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps. HRW, in the report published on Monday, also criticised the government for not doing enough to sanction those involved in the act. Its research showed that some of the victims were drugged and raped while others were forced into sex through false marriage promises, and material and financial assistance. According to the report, some of those coerced into sex said they were abandoned when they…

Senate President lauds Nigerian Army for buying Aba made shoes

Senate President Bukola Saraki has hailed the Nigerian Army for its decision to purchase 50,000 pairs of shoes from local manufacturers in Aba for the use of officers and soldiers. According to him, the move shows that the military was living up to its billing as an institution that can play vital roles in boosting the national economy, adding that the military’s decision to patronise Made in Nigeria footwear was a good example which shows the force as a pace setter and a truly national institution which is ready to contribute its quota in ending the present economic recession in…

Boko Haram: Shekau resurfaces

…Says “I’m alive, safe and healthy” The embattled leader of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has resurfaced in a new video posted online on Sunday. Shekau, in the clip debunked claims by the Nigerian Army that he was dead after he had been seriously wounded. “You have been spreading in the social media that you injured or killed me,” Shekau said. “Oh tyrants, I’m in a happy state, in good health and in safety.” Shekau, in the 40-minute video released on YouTube and dated September 25, said attacks against the Nigerian state will continue. Days before the Sallah celebration,…

Army to deploy 1,900 personnel, 6 drones, 6 gunboats

A total of 1,900 military personnel would participate in the governorship election rescheduled for Wednesday, September 28. In addition, two drones are to be deployed  in each of the three senatorial districts and six gunboats for the riverine areas. The Commander, 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Benbela Raji disclosed this yesterday evening while briefing journalists shortly after a combined security meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and other sister agencies in Benin. He explained that the military personnel would not be found at either the voting or collation centres but would cordon off adjoining routes to the polling…

Nigerian Military launches “Operation Crocodile Tears” after threat of force in Niger Delta

The Nigerian military on Wednesday announced it will launch a series of tactical drills in Enugu from weekend, days after threatening the use of force in neighbouring Niger Delta where militants have attacked oil and gas installations for months. The announcement for the drills, codenamed “Operation Crocodile Tears”, came about 48 hours after the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, warned that the military would resort to force if talks with the militants failed. Mr. Buratai’s warning in Port Harcourt on Monday was denounced by a bloc of militant groups in the region: the Movement for the Emancipation of the…

Army intercepts 92 armed herdsmen at check-points

The Guards Brigade of the Nigerian Army on 23rd April paraded 36 armed herdsmen who were intercepted by troops of the 117 Guards Battalion Keffi along the Abuja-Keffi road on Sunday.   Another group of 56 herdsmen were arrested at the Dantata check point between Kuje and the Abuja airport.   The 36 herdsmen were arrested by troops at the Keffi check point at about 4:30 pm Sunday in a Diana Truck and a Toyota Camry Salon car, the spokesman of the brigade, Captain Bashir Jajira, told newsmen yesterday.   He said during interrogation by troops at the check point,…

GENERAL ALPHONSUS CHUKWU GIVES THANKS TO GOD FOR 35 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE

…inaugurates Ehime-Mbano United Football Club   A holy Eucharistic celebration marking the Divine Mercy Sunday heralding Major — General Alphonsus Chukwu’s thanksgiving to God for meritorious military career in Nigeria was held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Umuaro — Umunumo, Ehime-Mbano LGA of Imo State on 3rd April 2016. Major — General Alphonsus Chukwu, former Army Chief of Civil — Military Affairs retired from the Nigerian Army in 2015 after 35 years, 9 months and 3 Days of eventful meritorious service to his father land. The Divine Sunday Mass was celebrated by over 49 officiating Priests who include, Rev. Frs….

Group urges FG to reject abortion option for rescued pregnant women

  The Foundation for African Heritage (FACH) has urged the Federal government to reject abortion as an option for rehabilitating pregnant women rescued by the Nigerian Army from Sambisa forest. Mrs. Chioma Okonkwo, Public Relations Officer of the civil society organization, made the plea in a statement in Lagos. According to the statement, abortion is an inhuman act that should be totally condemned. Prof. Babatunde Osotemehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), while briefing newsmen indicated that 214 of the rescued women were pregnant. UNFPA and some foreign NGOs have suggested that the rescued pregnant women be sent to…

Boko Haram beheads two men for spying

Boko Haram has released a new video showing the bodies of two beheaded men accused of spying. The SITE intelligence group said the video called “Harvest of Spies” was posted on Monday on Twitter by Boko Haram’s new media arm. According to Associated Press (AP), the video is much slocker than previous ones and SITE said it borrows certain elements from ISIS productions, such as the sound of a beating heart and heavy breathing immediately before the execution. Boko Haram has said in social media messages last month that it is considering swearing allegiance to ISIS. The video shows a…

Why we want Shekau captured alive – Military

As part of the ongoing onslaught against Boko Haram in the North-East, the military has issued an order for the capture of anybody who bears the name, Imam Abubakar shekau. About two years ago, the joint Task Force (JTF) in the NORTH East had declared that Shekau, the Boko Haram leader, had died from injuries sustained in a gun battle.  However, Boko Haram had released a video, where Shekau denied being dead.  Also, the militant group has released several video clips, where Shekau made statements on insurgents’ activities. PRNigeria quoted military sources as saying that following recent successes recorded in…

Soldiers Run Away as Boko Haram recaptures Mubi

Suspected Islamist Boko Haram insurgents, on Wednesday, took back the North East town of Mubi, Adamawa State, killing several people, maiming many and burning houses, amidst gun battle with security forces, causing a whole battalion of soldiers to flee the area. The terrorists invaded the town and went on a rampage looting the army barracks, freeing prisoners from jail and causing residents to run for their lives, AP reports. Soldiers were said to have fled with their armoured cars and rifles to escape the advancing Boko Haram insurgents, even as the insurgents have mounted their flags at Mararaba, gaining enough…

Court Martial: Outrage over death sentence on soldiers

– It’s improper, against the Law It was news that brought some disquiet to many Nigerians who have heard about it. Prominent Nigerians and trade unionists too have been so outraged and have voiced their dissent on the court martial and death sentence handed down to 12 soldiers. Eighteen soldiers were charged but five were acquitted by the tribunal headed by Brigadier General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo. Sentenced to die for an alleged mutiny and criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny were: Cpl Jasper Braidolor, Cpl David Musa, LCpl Friday Onun, LCpl Yusuf Shuaibu, LCpl Igomu Emmanuel, Pte Andrew Ngbede, Pte Nurudeen Ahmed,…

Soldiers intercept 486 Boko Haram suspects in Aba

… including terror kingpin The 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Asa, near Aba, Abia State at the weekend arrested 486 Boko Haam members including eight girls, travelling from the North to Port Harcourt in Rivers State. This is even as the South-East governors said that with the security arrangements in place, the sect will not infiltrate the zone. Speaking with reporters at the military base in Asa, Ukwa East Council Area, the Abia State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Eze Chikamnayo said the suspects have been detained by soldiers. Chikamnayo was accompanied during the briefing by the Commander,…