Army Denies Closing Maiduguri-Monguno Road

The Nigerian Army on Monday dismissed as ‘untrue’ social media reports indicating the closure of the Maiduguri-Monguno Road.

Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director of  Army Public Relations, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, made the clarification in a statement in Maiduguri.

Nwachukwu said the reports were misleading as no such closure was announced by the military, adding that the road remained open to motorists and other users.

He disclosed that troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE had intensified patrols to ensure safety on the road and called on members of the public to disregard the report.

”The attention of the Headquarters, Theater Command,  Operation LAFIYA DOLE,  has been drawn to the information making the rounds in the social media and some online blogs that the road connecting Maiduguri and Monguno town in Borno State has been closed to motorists and other road users.

”This is untrue as no such closure has been imposed by the Theater Command.

”Contrary to the insinuations,  Maiduguri-Monguno Road remains open to motorists and all law abiding citizens.

”Troops are dominating the road with aggressive patrols while clearance operations to flush out Boko Haram terrorists are ongoing in Baga general area,”he said.

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Baga: Nigerian Army Calls For Calm In Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has urged inhabitants of Bama, Dikwa and Monguno communities in Maiduguri to remain calm and disregard calls to abandon their communities and relocate to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP).

This according to the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Maiduguri became necessary after it observed that some unscrupulous individuals with likely sinister motives within and outside Borno State, are trying to create panic and unnecessary humanitarian problems for undisclosed reasons.

The Army said its attention was drawn to the plot by some people to instigate the inhabitants of the listed communities to abandon their communities and relocate to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps for undisclosed reasons.

In a statement by the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the inhabitants of these towns and the general public have been called upon to discountenance such calls and remain calm as it found no basis for the people of Bama, Dikwa and Monguno to vacate their respective communities.

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Baga: Nigerian Army To Address Press Today

The Nigerian Army  will today address the press in Maiduguri  on the confusing reports from Baga, a fishing town north of Borno.

The press conference will take place  at the headquarters of Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, according to a notice sent to correspondents.

While some reports said the town has been overrun by Boko Haram insurgents, the military said the attackers have been repelled and reported the loss of a naval personnel.

According to a statement by army spokesman Brig. General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the insurgents on Wednesday 26th December 2018  attacked the 7 Brigade of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), based in  Baga, Borno State, at about 7.00pm.

“The troops along with their Nigerian Navy counterparts put up a very determined fight to repel the attack throughout the night, while Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE sent in reinforcement who are in hot pursuit of the terrorists.

“Similarly, a Search and Rescue team has been constituted.

“The Nigerian Air Force component has also been mobilised and are engaging the fleeing terrorists. Unfortunately, a naval personnel was killed in action. So far, no further details of casualties yet as efforts are on going to clear the terrorists hiding in Baga and environs’.

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Nigerian Army Begins Recruitment

The Nigerian Army has announced the commencement of recruitment into the army for interested Nigerians.

In a statement on Wednesday, it said interested candidates can now apply for trades/non-tradesmen and women categories.

The application windows opened on December 19  and will last until w January 31, 2019.

While the Army emphatically noted that the application is free, it said applicants are expected to be between the ages of 18 to 22 and they can apply through its portal,

“This is to announce to the general public that the candidate registration web portal for 78RRI for trades/non-tradesmen and women is now open for interested candidates,” the Army said on Wednesday.

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Troops Repel Terrorists Infiltration At Gudumbali

The Nigerian military says its troops located at Gudumbali in northern Borno state have repelled an infiltration by boko haram terrorists that came disguised as civilian internally displaced persons and inserted themselves in the community.

The terrorists took advantage of the on going distribution of relief materials by the Nigerian army at Gudumbali and opened fire on troops location which was followed by rapid fire from other terrorists in gun trucks along Gudumbali-Kukawa axis.

Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement that the trucks conveying the relief materials were set ablaze. However, the troops however fought back and outmanoeuvred the attackers and inflicted heavy casualties on them.

One soldier died in the encounter. A cobra armoured personnel carrier and a truck belonging to the unit were also damaged.

The bodies of some of the neutralised terrorists have been recovered, along with large quantity of ammunition and 8 rocket propelled grenades charges.

The troops have since been reinforced and normalcy has been brought to the general area.

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Army Accuses UNICEF Staff Of Spying, Halts Activities

The Nigerian Army on Friday accused United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) staff of spying for Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria, and suspended the agency’s activities there

UNICEF staff “train and deploy spies who support the insurgents and their sympathizers”, the Nigerian military said in a statement.

These were “unwholesome practices that could further jeopardize the fight against terrorism and insurgency”.

A UNICEF spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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Army To Conduct Bush Exercise, Advises Residents To keep-Off

The Nigerian Army says its Nigerian Military School (NMS) in Zaria will conduct bush exercise from Monday, Dec. 3 to Dec. 12 and advised residents of the exercise areas to keep-off.

The Army said in a statement in Kaduna on Friday.

The statement was signed by Lt. Adekunle Adeyemi-Akinleye, Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Nigerian Army/Nigerian Military School, Zaria, Kaduna State on Friday.

“In line with the Nigerian Military School (NMS) Training Directives for the 2018/2019 Academic Session, the Final Bush Exercise for the SS3 Boys of the School is scheduled to commence from Monday 3 to Wednesday 12 December, 2018.”

Adeyemi-Akinleye said the exercise was expected to hold within Chindit Cantonment, Hanwa and Shika Dam in Sabongari Local Government area and Karau-Karau in Giwa Local Government area.

“The Exercise is tagged “EX DOGON-DUTSE”.

He said the exercise would be training activities on Map Reading, Day and Night Navigation, Watermanship/Boating, Skill at Arms and Tent Striking as well as Field Training Exercises that will involve firing of live ammunition using small arms.

“The activities will climax to Camp Fire Night schedule for 12 Dec. 2018 at the NMS Parade Ground from 1830hrs – 2200hrs,” he said.

According to Adeyemi-Akinleye, the authority has put in place safety precautions to ensure a safe and hitch free exercise.

The Army image-maker called on residents around the exercise areas to go about their daily activities without any form of panic.

Adeyemi-Akinleye, however, advised the residents to stay clear of the exercise areas during the period.

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Nigerian Army Constructs Facility For Detainee Insurgents In Borno

The Nigerian Army says it has embarked on the construction of a holding facility in Borno to improve detainee management of insurgents during investigations.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu made this known in a statement on Friday in Maiduguri.

Chukwu said that the project had become imperative to enhance the management of detained insurgents, in accordance with international best practices.

The statement said that Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, was represented at the foundation-laying ceremony of the project by Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, the Chief of Logistics, Army Headquarters.

Buratai said that the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East had necessitated the arrest and detention of suspected insurgents, who must be properly catered for in accordance with international best practices.

“The quest for a functional safe holding facility, with adequate sanitary conditions for effective management of suspected insurgents for further investigation, is the driving force behind the execution of the project.

“To relieve the frontline units of the responsibility of administering arrested suspects, there is the need to have a facility where suspects will be kept and properly managed.

“This is the reason why the Joint Investigation Centre was established,’’ he added.

Buratai said that the facility would also serve as transit holding and detention centre for suspected insurgents before handing them over to the relevant prosecution or rehabilitation agencies.

Mr Markus Dolder, Head of Sub-Delegation of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), lauded the project, describing it as “indication of compliance by the Nigerian Army with global best practices.”

Dolder said that the project would strengthen the cooperation between the Army and other stakeholders in the management of suspects under investigation.

“I am very much impressed about the efforts that have been launched over the last few months; they are more than what we actually thought could come, and this is more than what we could potentially dream of,’’ he said.

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Army Arrests ‘Wanted’ Suspect, Others In Niger Delta

Troops of 6 Division Garrison has arrested a notorious criminal suspect, Ernest Ibekwe Alias “Tallest”, on Tuesday in Rivers State.

In a statement on Friday, Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, said the suspecthas been on the Nigeria Police Force wanted list in connection to kidnappings and armed robbery operations along the East-West Road.

He added that troops located and destroyed four illegal bunkering camps with five ground reservoirs and 25 storage tanks containing stolen crude oil also on Tuesday.

According to Ilyiasu, the success was recorded during an anti-illegal oil bunkering operations conducted by troops of 16 Brigade at Ijawkiri and Sangasangabio creeks.

He said the troops also foiled an attempt to sabotage oil production by miscreants who intended to set fire to Riser 01 at Gbaraun in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

In Delta State, troops arrested two suspected drug peddlers, Nduka Ozigbundu and Mofi Ndubuisi, with large quantities of substances believed to be cannabis and other hard drugs on Tuesday along Cable Roundabout in Asaba.

“Suspects were handed over to the State National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for prosecution. In continuation of their aggressive patrol of the creeks, the troops also located and destroyed 15 Cotonou boats, five pumping machines, 17 rubber hoses, 30 iron pipes, two (8 HP) outboard engines and four dug out pits at Otumara and Ugboegugun in Warri South/West LGA Delta State,” the statement read.

The colonel further highlighted some of the activities of Operation Crocodile Smile III in the civil-military exercise which held between October 25 and November 2.

He said the Army presented relief materials to flood victims at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Bayelsa and Delta states on October 31 and November 2 respectively.

Ilyiasu said thousands of flood victims benefitted from the humanitarian gesture.

He noted that troops of 6 Division would remain resolute in clamping down on all criminals and criminal activities within the area of responsibility of the Division, to pave way for legitimate businesses and peaceful coexistence of the people of the Niger Delta.

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Army Repels Boko Haram Attack In Borno Community

The Nigerian Army inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram insurgents when they attempted attack on the military location in  Katarko community in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The army spokesman, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu in a statement on Thursday said the troops immediately swung into action following a tip off and pushed the terrorists backward with superior fire power.

He, however, said some of the terrorists escaped into nearby bushes but efforts were on to get them, adding that the troops were currently embarking on clearance patrol in the area.

Chukwu urged Yobe residents in general and Katarko in particular, to go about their legitimate businesses and report any suspicious activities or movement in their area to the law enforcement agents for prompt action.


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Army Recovers Body Of Missing Gen. Idris Alkali

The Nigerian Army has discovered the dead body of missing Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd),  who was immediate past Chief of Administration, Army Headquarters, Abuja in an abandoned well at Guchwet village in Shen District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Garrison Commander of 3 Division, Nigerian Army and head of search and rescue operation, Brig.-Gen.  Umar Mohammad disclosed this, on Wednesday, when the body was discovered.

He said that it was one of the suspects who reported himself, last week, to the police, that led the Army to the abandoned well where the remains of the retired general which was earlier exhumed and reburied.

“The body of retired Gen. Idris Alkali, who was declared missing on the 3 September, 2018, have been recovered in an abandoned well at Guchwet village, Shen District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.”

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Army To Commission University In Biu Tomorrow

The Nigerian Army has assured that the commissioning of the  Army University, Biu in Borno state will hold tomorrow as planned.

The Army has earlier announced a postponement but later apologised insisting that  its scheduled commissioning would  go on as planned for October 30.

“Kindly disregard the earlier postponement. All Inconveniences are regretted,” the Army said.

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to commission the university as its first set of students begin arriving on campus for its take- off academic year.

The Federal Executive Council gave the army final approval for the establishment of the university in April, months after construction of major buildings on campus had either been completed or near completion.

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, said the institution was designed to tackle unique challenges, especially on specific security crises the military faces in its war against Boko Haram and armed banditry.

The university has already started taking its first set of students for its take off academic year.

Mr Buratai expressed satisfaction with the progress of infrastructure at the university earlier this year, anticipating it would be opened by September.

The Nigerian Army University, Biu which is part of strategies to reposition the Nigerian Army and military is open to both civil and military populace.

The admission policy of the university provides 75 percent for civilians and 25 percent for military/paramilitary and other security agencies.

The Nigerian Army University is to serve as a solution centre for the technological and other operational problems of the Nigerian Army, the military and the nation.

“The institution is designed to create the critical mass required for research, innovation, testing and development of military equipment in a 21st Century setting’ he said.

The university is to facilitate the creation of the enabling environment that will enhance the accelerated development and eventual production of modern military hardware.

The Chief of Army Staff said: “Apart from being a unique university, it will be a centre of excellence for learning, research and technological development which is consistent with the compelling requirements of 21st Century armies that strive to conceive, develop and source their military platforms and other requirements locally.

“The new university will promote excellence, ingenuity, creativity and distinctive competence in intellectual outcomes”.

The founding principles and philosophy of the university are based on the creation of an interdisciplinary learning environment, shared facilities and constant interaction among organs and units, driven by the factors of self-reliance and self-sufficiency.

The university according to the Army will “utilise scientific and technological knowledge to develop credible and creative capacity for proffering solutions to the problems of the Nigerian Army, the military as well as the nation”.

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