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Boko Haram: Army Holds Seminar On Spiritual Warfare
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Boko Haram: Army Holds Seminar On Spiritual Warfare

A one day seminar on spiritual warfare organized by the Nigerian army has opened in Abuja with a call on army clerics to come up with stronger ideologies to counter the religious beliefs of terrorists groups ravaging the peace of the country. The seminar which is the second to be organized by the army which has as its theme “Insecurity in Nigeria: Repositioning Authentic Religious Narratives in the Information Spectrum”, took place at the Nigerian Army Resource Center, and attended by officers and soldiers of both the Protestant, Roman Catholic and Islamic chaplaincy of the Nigerian army. Declaring the seminar open, Chief Of Army Staff(COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, said the seminar is aimed at evolving narratives to defeat the ideologies of religious based terrorist gr...
Borno Massacre: Army Dismisses Boko Haram’s Claim
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Borno Massacre: Army Dismisses Boko Haram’s Claim

The Defence Headquarters has dismissed the claim by the Boko Haram terrorists that the recent massacre of rice farmers in Borno was retaliation for the arrest of one of them. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this while giving an update on the operations of the armed forces between November 26 and December 2 on Thursday in Abuja. The terrorist group had on Tuesday released a video claiming that the terrorists carried out the massacre in retaliation for the arrest of one of them by the farmers. They also claimed that the farmers had also given information on their movement in the area to the military. Enenche said the claim was the practice of the sect with the sole motive of instigating fear in the minds of the people to discourage them...
Insecurity: ‘$1bn Underway For Army, Police, Others From Qatar’
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Insecurity: ‘$1bn Underway For Army, Police, Others From Qatar’

The Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force Police, and other security agencies will soon receive not less than 1 billion USD from the Qatari government with a view to procuring modern scientific equipment, Africa-Global Empowerment and Development Network (AGED-Network) has disclosed. President of AGED-Network, Dr Bala Kontagora, disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja during a one-day National Conference on the roles of Nigeria’s Security Agencies in the COVID-19 Pandemic Environment, organised in collaboration with National Defence College. Kontagora said seeking funds from the Qatari government through Sheikh (Dr.) Badr Al-Hajri, and other international countries to equip the police and other agencies with modern equipment became imperative due to growing security challenges across the cou...
Boko Haram Attacks Are International Conspiracy To Split Nigeria – Army
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Boko Haram Attacks Are International Conspiracy To Split Nigeria – Army

The Nigerian Army has said that the Boko Haram attacks are an international conspiracy to “cut Nigeria to size” and to destabilise the peace of the country. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, stated this, claiming that there are some international paymasters sponsoring Boko Haram.Musa stated this in an article he shared on social media and with journalists. The army spokesman said, “The recent killing of our people on a rice farm in Borno State was unexpected, inhuman, cowardly, dastardly and sadistic cruelty by the Boko Haram terrorists. There is no normal human being that will take pleasure in such inhuman massacre of defenceless and armless civilians, working on their farms; but that is the nature of terrorism and those who sponsor it. “There is an ...
Zabarmari Massacre: 38 More Corpses Recovered On Monday, Army Stopped Us From Taking Photos — Eyewitness
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Zabarmari Massacre: 38 More Corpses Recovered On Monday, Army Stopped Us From Taking Photos — Eyewitness

About thirty-eight more corpses were on Monday recovered from the scene of Saturday’s onslaught on farmers by Boko Haram Insurgents in Borno State, sources told SaharaReporters. The deceased were slaughtered at a rice plantation in Kwashabe village, about 20 kilometres north of Maiduguri. The insurgents were also said to have destroyed the rice plantation after killing the farmers. The Defence Headquarters had claimed only 43 people were killed, but a source told SaharaReporters that the death toll had risen to 81 as 38 more bodies were recovered by search and rescue teams on Monday. He said, “The army restricted us from capturing the scene with our phones; they know what they are doing, and they know they will be exposed. Today alone, 38 bodies were recovered and it will cont...
I Am Lucky To Be Alive — Grace Abdu, VOA Reporter Arrested By Army In Oyigbo
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I Am Lucky To Be Alive — Grace Abdu, VOA Reporter Arrested By Army In Oyigbo

Service Producer of the Voice of America (VOA) Grace Alheri Abdu, has said she was lucky to be alive after soldiers held her in Oyigbo, Oyigbo Local Government Area (LGA), Rivers state, for five hours as she paid a media investigative visit to the volatile area. Andu was arrested and detained by the soldiers at about 2pm Saturday till about 7pm when she regained freedom after several alleged interventions by key stakeholders. The VOA personality who said the soldiers who held her were “all drunk and intoxicated”, narrated that, “They told me to thank my God that I was a female journalist, and not from any of the media houses based in Port Harcourt otherwise they would have wasted me and that nothing would happen.” The soldiers had allegedly accused her of running live broadcas...
Ibrahim Taiwo, Officer Representing Army At Lagos Judicial Panel, Promoted To Major-General
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Ibrahim Taiwo, Officer Representing Army At Lagos Judicial Panel, Promoted To Major-General

Ibrahim Taiwo, the officer representing the Nigerian army at the panel the Lagos state government set up to probe the Lekki shooting has been promoted from brigadier-general to a major-general. Soldiers had, on October 20, forcefully dispersed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate and this led to an outcry. Following the protest to end police brutality, the Lagos government set up the panel to look into allegations of rights abuses by the police special anti-robbery squad (SARS). But the shooting of protesters at Lekki has been on the forefront at the panel, and Taiwo, commander of the army 81 division intelligence brigade, has been the one making a defence for the soldiers’ action. According to military sources, Taiwo was elevated to the rank of a major-general after ...
Soldiers arrested for assaulting a young man in Asaba, Delta state
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Soldiers arrested for assaulting a young man in Asaba, Delta state

As shared by Harrison Gwamnishu: Yesterday, I raised alarm over Security Agencies Brutality in Delta State. Watch the video filmed by our intelligence department. Citizens were dehumanized by the Army, Civil Defence and the Police. Right now, citizens are ready for another mass Protest if the Government fails to address this inhumane treatment by this joint patrol team. These Security team can be positioned in strategic locations and provide adequate security and not by stopping and humiliating road users. As the Youth Representative in the Judicial Panel of Inquiry, I have called the attention of the State Government to this and will give them time to act. Please share the video and let this be evidence that we are seeing what's going on in Delta State. All the Sold...
From Denial To Blame Game — Army And Lagos State Government Spat On Lekki Shooting
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From Denial To Blame Game — Army And Lagos State Government Spat On Lekki Shooting

“FAKE NEWS” – That was the Nigerian Army’s first response to reports that its personnel opened fire at the #EndSARS protest ground in Lekki, Lagos state. The army shared a picture of a post claiming that soldiers were directed “to shoot at peaceful, unarmed #EndSARS protesters” at the tollgate, stamping it with “FAKE NEWS”, its usual signature to debunk whatever it considers unfavourable. But with time, it became clear that the army might have a different definition of “fake news” from the common reference to misinformation and disinformation. Between the time it shared the first post and Saturday, when it appeared before the Lagos panel of enquiry, the army has debunked 18 social media posts relating to the incident – but it has also gone ahead to admit most of them. Likew...
#EndSARS: Most Businesses Looted & Destroyed In Lagos Were Owned By Igbos – Army
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#EndSARS: Most Businesses Looted & Destroyed In Lagos Were Owned By Igbos – Army

The Nigerian Army has said that most of the businesses looted or destroyed in Lekki, Ajah, Sangotedo and nearby places were owned by people of Igbo extraction. Brigadier-General Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo stated this in his testimony at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters. The Army is testifying following its invitation by the panel in the wake of the October 20 shootings at the Lekki Toll Gate. The Army has denied accusations that it shot and killed unarmed protesters.
EndSARS: We Are Unhappy Sanwo-Olu Denied Inviting Army – General Ahmed Taiwo
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EndSARS: We Are Unhappy Sanwo-Olu Denied Inviting Army – General Ahmed Taiwo

The Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade , Victoria Island , Lagos , Brig . Gen . Ahmed Taiwo , says the Nigerian Army was unhappy that the Governor of Lagos State , Mr Babajide Sanwo- Olu, denied inviting the military on October 20, 2020, when soldiers shot at the Lekki tollgate where #EndSARS protesters were gathered . Taiwo said this on Saturday in his testimony before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the Lekki incident . The general , however , said inviting the military was the best decision the Lagos governor could have made as the #EndSARS protest plunged the state into anarchy but added that the Army was also unhappy that Sanwo- Olu said two persons died from the military engagement at the Lekki tollgate. He said , “ I spoke with the governor ...
Lekki Shootings: We Have Photographs, Videos To Counter Army – Lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana
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Lekki Shootings: We Have Photographs, Videos To Counter Army – Lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana

The counsel representing #EndSARS protesters before the Lagos State Panel of Judicial Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of the protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate, Mr Adesina Ogunlana, has said his team has evidence to counter the claim by the Nigerian Army that there was no massacre or killings of protesters at the tollgate on the night of October 20. In response to a summons by the judicial panel, the Nigerian Army had on Friday filed its defence papers and listed three Brigadier Generals and one Lieutenant Colonel to testify before the panel. The army submitted to the panel statements on oath deposed to by the top military officers, who insisted that only blank ammunition were filed to disperse the protesters. The Nigerian Army said it was bringing before the pa...
Lekki Shootings: Army Makes U-turn, Set To Appear Before Lagos Panel On 7 November 2020
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Lekki Shootings: Army Makes U-turn, Set To Appear Before Lagos Panel On 7 November 2020

The Nigerian Army, contrary to its decision last week,  will appear  on Saturday before the Lagos State Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of #EndSARS peaceful protesters by soldiers on  October 20 at the Lekki tollgate. Sources close to the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel confirmed to The PUNCH on Thursday that the army had acknowledged the panel’s invitation and the panel had fixed Saturday (November 7) for its appearance at the hearing taking place at the Lagos Court of Arbitration, Lekki. Recall that for two weeks last month, youths calling for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of  the Nigeria Police protested across the country. In Lagos, the protests assumed a tragic dimension when soldiers shot protesters at the Lekki tollgate. The s...
We Won’t Disclose Identity Of Personnel Deployed To Lekki Tollgate – Army
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We Won’t Disclose Identity Of Personnel Deployed To Lekki Tollgate – Army

The Nigerian Army says it will not disclose the identities of its men who were sent to Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020. Soldiers had dispersed #EndSARS protesters who prevented vehicular movement along that axis for two weeks. The incident had triggered different reactions, within and outside the country, as the military and the federal government were accused of human rights abuse. While there are reports that many persons were killed by soldiers, only one case has been confirmed so far. In an interview with PUNCH, Osoba Olaniyi, spokesman of the 81 division of the Nigerian Army, said it is unprofessional for the army to name the soldiers who were in action on that day. “It is against operational security. We don’t give that. It is against the policy of operational s...
Lekki Shootings: Army Kicks As Judicial Panel Summons Officers, Soldiers
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Lekki Shootings: Army Kicks As Judicial Panel Summons Officers, Soldiers

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20, 2020 has summoned the army to appear before it, Sunday PUNCH has learnt. But the army has indicated not to honour any summons or invitation by the panel, except it is from the state government. The seven-man panel, which began sitting on Monday, is also saddled with the task of probing allegations of brutality by men of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad. A member of the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel, set up by the Lagos State Government, confided in Sunday PUNCH that the panel had already dispatched an invitation letter to concerned authorities. “We have summoned several authorities, including the military,” the panel m...
Army Secretly Moved 20 Lekki Massacre Victims To IDH Mortuary – Sahara Reporters
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Army Secretly Moved 20 Lekki Massacre Victims To IDH Mortuary – Sahara Reporters

SaharaReporters gathered that the Lekki massacre victims were moved to the IDH mortuary after a postmortem examinations was conducted on their bodies at the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. At least 20 bodies of EndSARS protesters massacred at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos by operatives of the Nigerian Army on October 20, 2020, were on Friday secretly moved to the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) mortuary in Yaba. SaharaReporters gathered that the Lekki massacre victims were moved to the IDH mortuary after a postmortem examinations was conducted on their bodies at the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. The IDH mortuary is beside the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hos...
Lekki: Lagos Government Invited Us To Intervene In #EndSARS Crisis – Army
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Lekki: Lagos Government Invited Us To Intervene In #EndSARS Crisis – Army

The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army (NA) has denied allegation soldiers opened fire on #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza last Tuesday. In a statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations (ADPR), Major Osoba Olaniyi, the Division however confirmed the involvement of soldiers in restoring order in Lagos following the declaration of curfew by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The Nation reports this is the first time the division is speaking about the incident that occurred last week. It said: “The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video on social media in which it was alleged that civilian protesters were massacred by soldiers at Lekki Toll Plaza. This allegation is untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing anarchy in the co...
Police, Army Arrive At Ikoyi Prison Over Attempted Jailbreak
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Police, Army Arrive At Ikoyi Prison Over Attempted Jailbreak

Policemen and soldiers have arrived at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre in a bid to foil an attempted jailbreak. A video sent to our correspondent by an eyewitness shows smoke billowing from parts of the centre while inmates are seen running. It was learnt that the prison authorities had immediately notified the police and the military authorities for backup. The eyewitness, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “I can see them from my balcony at the moment. Soldiers and policemen have arrived. I saw prisoners throwing stones and I saw fire. “A lot of the prison officials have gathered at the entrance of the prison while some of the inmates have retreated.” Our correspondent also heard gunshots emanating from the prisons.
Wole Soyinka reacts to shooting of peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate, says “we are back to Abacha days, the army has replaced SARS”
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Wole Soyinka reacts to shooting of peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate, says “we are back to Abacha days, the army has replaced SARS”

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka has condemned the shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate on the evening of Tuesday October 20.   Soyinka in a statement released on Wednesday October 21, said his enquiry so far has revealed that Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state did not invite in the Army and did not complain of a ‘breakdown in law and order’.   The Nobel Laureate stated that the federal government has chosen to act in an authoritarian manner and has inflicted a near incurable wound on the community psyche. Soyinka who raised an alarm of Nigeria being back to the "Abacha days", also alleged that the army has replaced the notorious SARS unit.   The statement read;   “It is absolutely essential to let this government know that the...
Army Intercepted Gana Terwase Akwaza On His Way To Surrender – Ortom
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Army Intercepted Gana Terwase Akwaza On His Way To Surrender – Ortom

Samuel Ortom, Benue state governor, says Terwase Akwaza, better known as Gana, who is alleged to be the most wanted criminal in the state, was intercepted by the army on his way to surrender. Speaking with journalists on Tuesday after receiving some repentant criminals in the state, Ortom said he got a call that Gana was arrested in Gboko and immediately reached out to the army authorities. The governor wondered why the army would arrest Gana because the security agencies are aware of the state government’s amnesty programme. “It was around 4pm when we were waiting for the repentant militias that I received a call that Gana and others have been arrested close to Yandev roundabout in Gboko by soldiers,” he said. “Many of the repentant militias had weapons in which they were brin...
Army Kills Terwase “Gana” Akwaza Hours After Being Granted Amnesty By Benue Govt
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Army Kills Terwase “Gana” Akwaza Hours After Being Granted Amnesty By Benue Govt

The commander of Four Special Forces command, Doma local government area, Brigadier General Maude Ali Gadzama on Tuesday confirmed to Channels Television via telephone the killing of Terwase Akwaza, alias Gana. Gadzama revealed Gana was killed this evening in a firefight with military personnel. However, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, said soldiers snatched Gana from a government convoy of repentant militants in Gboko. Earlier on Tuesday, Gana, along with 172 militia boys, had reportedly surrendered amid traditional rulers, priests, and local government officials in Katsina-Ala local government in Benue. They were on their way to Makurdi when they were intercepted by military officials, Ortom said. In 2015, Gana was offered an amnesty but returned to his alleged cri...
Repentant Boko Haram Members are not Absorbed into Army – Presidency
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Repentant Boko Haram Members are not Absorbed into Army – Presidency

The Presidency has countered claims of repentant Boko Haram members being absorbed into the Nigerian Army.  In a statement released by President Buhari's spokesperson Garba Shehu today August 5, it was emphatically stated that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremists of the Buhari administration code named “Operation Safe Corridor,” follows an established example from countries with similar experiences, and is supported academically and materially by the European Union and the United Nations. The Presidency further stated that the programme does not have a place for hard boiled, ideologically hardened terrorists. It only admits, after careful scrutiny, repentant fighters that were captured and forced to bear arms in the first in...
356 Soldiers Apply for Voluntary Disengagement, Over “Loss of Interest” in the Army
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356 Soldiers Apply for Voluntary Disengagement, Over “Loss of Interest” in the Army

Atleast 356 soldiers have reportedly applied for voluntary retirement citing loss of interest in the Nigerian Army. Many of the soldiers are among the troops engaged in the decade-long war against Boko Haram in the Northeast, while others are from various other formations across the country. But apart from the 356 who are leaving for losing interest in the army, 24 others are exiting because they want “to take traditional title,” making a total of 380 soldiers, including two Master Warrant Officers and 28 Warrant Officers, voluntarily discharging from the army, according to sources with direct knowledge of the development. A document written by Gagariga on behalf of Buratai state’s that the soldiers’ disengagement date will take effect from January 3, 2021. The document rea...
Non-Performing Service Chiefs Can Go – Senate President
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Non-Performing Service Chiefs Can Go – Senate President

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Sunday said any officer found short of expectations should be shown the way out if he refuses to go. Lawan, who briefed State House reporters after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the National Assembly was ready to receive supplementary budget to tackle the security challenge, including the recruitment of more personnel in various security agencies in the country. He said the resources must be provided to empower the security agencies to fight the Boko Haram in the North East, banditry and other security challenges across the country. Lawan, who said the security situation in the country especially in the northern part of the country required that more resources be given to the security agencies, added that...
Army Court Martial Sacks Major-general for N400m Theft
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Army Court Martial Sacks Major-general for N400m Theft

Major-General Hakeem Otiti has been dismissed from service “with disgrace and dishonour” after being found guilty of N400m theft by a Nigerian army court martial. The army court martial which found the former general officer commanding (GOC) guilty of all the five-count charge against him on Monday night, also ordered the return of various sums of money including $6,600 he was found with to the Nigerian army. His sentence which is subject to approval by the army council also include a reduction of his rank to brigadier general with two years seniority on count three and severe reprimand on count four. Otiti has been standing trial since 2019 after some soldiers he sent to transport some cash to Kaduna by road from where it would be taken to Abuja, plotted to steal the money du...
“We’ll Punish Those Behind These Killings” — Army Reacts To Borno, Katsina Attacks
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“We’ll Punish Those Behind These Killings” — Army Reacts To Borno, Katsina Attacks

The Nigerian Army says it is saddened by the attack on Faduma Koloram village in Gubio local government area of Borno state.Over 70 people were killed Tuesday when Boko Haram insurgents attacked the village. While visiting the scene of the attack, Babagana Zulum, governor of the state called on the military to intensify efforts in its fight against the insurgents. Sagir Musa, army’s spokesperson, in a statement on Wednesday said troops have been drafted in the area to track and apprehend the insurgents. He also said efforts are also ongoing to get rid of bandits in some states in the north-west. “The Nigerian army is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident in which suspected retreating Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists with a few sleeper cells within communities ambushed and kill...
Soldier Recounts how his Mother was  Raped inside the Barracks by a Fellow Soldier
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Soldier Recounts how his Mother was Raped inside the Barracks by a Fellow Soldier

A former Nigerian soldier has shared the sad story of how his mother was raped by a neighbor in the barracks where he lived. Sharing his story via his Twitter handle @FestusNG, the former soldier said when he was still serving in 146 Batallion, his mum had come to pay him a visit in the barracks. He left for work and a neighbor, a fellow soldier, found his way into his house, stabbed his mum, and raped her. ''Rape is a disgusting thing. When I was a soldier serving in 146 battalion. My mum visited me, brought foodstuffs, cooked all sorts of food and served my neighbours (soldiers). At 6pm, I left for my duty. My neighbour broke into the ceiling and gained entry into my apartment. Stabbed my mum twice at the back and raped her. My mum was a mess and almost took her own life. I ...
Ben Bruce, Zlantan, Omojuwa, others on Ogoloma’s New Generation Africa platform
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Ben Bruce, Zlantan, Omojuwa, others on Ogoloma’s New Generation Africa platform

New Generation Africa is a new youth friendly media platform that is dedicated to youth-oriented conversations and activities. The platform is an offshoot of Interface Africa founded by Daniel Ogoloma, a Nigerian-British youth advocate, community leader and political activist based in London. At inception of New Generation Africa, Ogoloma made it clear that the mission behind the creation of this multifaceted platform is to provide a veritable medium for exceptional and successful youths to express themselves and also inspire their army of followers and fans towards achieving greatness in their chosen fields. He emphasised that New Generation Africa is out to change the negative narratives about young people, change the false perceptions and bring to the fore the impactful contributi...
Operation Kungama! Stay Away, Army Warns Natives In Kaduna, Kano Communities
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Operation Kungama! Stay Away, Army Warns Natives In Kaduna, Kano Communities

Nigerian Army has warned natives of Falgore and Saminaka in Kano and Kaduna state respectively to move from danger as joint troops of Carder short Service Course 44 and Recruits of 79 Regular Recruit intake will hold Exercise Kungama, an operation signifying preparation for end of their training. This was contained in a statement by Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Depot, Nigerian Army, Captain Audu Arigu. The statement said the exercise would hold between May 6 and May 20, 2020 at Falgore forest base camp along Tudun Wada- Falgore- Saminaka road. The statement warned residents and neighbouring villagers not panic upon hearing sounds of gun shots as the exercise would involve firing of live ammunition using small fire arms and artillery guns with safety precautions a...
Army Denies Killing Civilians In Borno Airstrike
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Army Denies Killing Civilians In Borno Airstrike

The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) has denied killing civilians in an airstrike carried out by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole at Shokotoko village, in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, on Thursday April 9. It was reported earlier today that 13 civilians including children were killed in the airstrike conducted in the Borno village. Coordinator Defence Media Operation, Major General John Enenche however debunked the claim in a statement. He stated that the attack helicopter that executed the mission, was accompanied by an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to ensure proper targeting for avoidance of collateral damage. Enenche said; “The attention of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) has been drawn to some media reports indicat...
Prince Harry Drops Royal Surname in Official Documents after Relocating to US
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Prince Harry Drops Royal Surname in Official Documents after Relocating to US

Following Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle's relocation to California, US, the Prince has chosen not to use his royal surname when registering a new company. In paperwork for his new sustainable tour firm Travalyst, the Duke of Sussex did not use his HRH title, nor Mountbatten Windsor - his family name when registering the company as his name on the registration documents appears as Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex. In the documents, he is also no longer using the surname Wales which he used while  at school and in the army. It was revealed that after Harry and Meghan's relocation to California, Prince Harry set up an office in Beverly Hills and another in London and in official documents Harry is referred to as: 'Individual Person with Significant Control'...
China Deploys Army Of Ducks To Fight Off Biggest Locust Invasion In 20 Years
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China Deploys Army Of Ducks To Fight Off Biggest Locust Invasion In 20 Years

A 100,000-strong squad of birds will be sent into Pakistan, which has declared an ­emergency with its biggest plague in 20 years An air force of ducks will be deployed to see off a ground invasion of locusts threatening to invade China from neighbouring Pakistan. A 100,000-strong squad will be sent into Pakistan, which has declared an ­emergency with its biggest plague in 20 years. A duck can eat more than 200 locusts a day, compared with chickens which can manage just 70 – and they make for more disciplined fighters. Lu Lizhi of the Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences in China described the ducks as “biological weapons”. He added: “Ducks like to stay in a group so they are easier to manage than chickens.” A trial will take place in the coming months, after wh...
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Army Arrests, Detains Officers Over Intercepted Weaponised Drones At Airport

Nigerian Army Arrests, Detains Officers Over Intercepted Weaponised Drones Discovered At Lagos Airport After SaharaReporters’ Story SaharaReporters had on February 5, 2020 exclusively reported how the items were discovered in a carton at the cargo section of the local wing of the Lagos airport and military officers arrested a man named Kelechi for being in possession of the two highly weaponised drones. The Military Intelligence has arrested and detained personnel on duty on January 28, 2020 when two weaponised drones were intercepted at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos. SaharaReporters had on February 5, 2020 exclusively reported how the items were discovered in a carton at the cargo section of the local wing of the Lagos airport and military officers arrested a man named Kelech...
IPOB: Army Search Hotels In Umuahia Ahead Of My Parents’ Burial – Nnamdi Kanu
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IPOB: Army Search Hotels In Umuahia Ahead Of My Parents’ Burial – Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Saturday, alerted his members that there will be a surprise search in Abia State. Kanu in a tweet on his Twitter page said he received information that the Nigeria Army will launch surprise searches in hotels around Umuahia axis, the Abia State Capital. He wrote, We received information that the Nigerian Army will launch surprise searches in hotels around Umuahia axis. “ They monitor most hotels hoping that top #IPOB servants may come in early before the burial date. Stay safe & avoid being kidnapped.” Recall that the Ohanaeze Youth Council Worldwide had on Friday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to grant Nnamdi Kanu, presidential pardon to enable him come home for the burial of his parents. The group...
Army Can’t Prevent Us, Nnamdi Kanu From Attending Parents’ Burial – IPOB
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Army Can’t Prevent Us, Nnamdi Kanu From Attending Parents’ Burial – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, yesterday said no amount of intimidation and harassment by the Nigerian Army and other security agencies will prevent its members from going to pay the last homage to the deceased parents of their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in Isiama Afaraukwu, Umuahia, Abia State. IPOB also asked the world to take notice of the intimidation and harassment of the people if Afaraukwu by the Nigerian Army after allegedly killing their traditional ruler and son, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife. IPOB described what the Nigerian Army is allegedly doing in Isiama Afara Ukwu as terrorism at its height and brazen display of military might at defenceless citizens while the allegedly fall weak in the face of the Book Haram insurgents. “One thing is certain to come 1...
South Korea’s First Transgender Soldier Thrown Out Of The Army
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South Korea’s First Transgender Soldier Thrown Out Of The Army

South Korea’s first transgender soldier who underwent a gender reassignment surgery to become a woman has been thrown out of the army   Sgt. Byun Hui-su, who had the operation in Thailand last year while on leave, had expressed hope of continuing to serve in the female corps before a military panel voted to throw her out today.   The army said in a statement that while it will make efforts to protect soldiers’ human rights and prevent discrimination, the surgery left Byun unable to continue to serve, a ruling that Byun Hui-su had vowed to “fight.”     Speaking at a press conference at the Center for Military Human Right Korea on Wednesday, Sgt. Byun Hui-su said: “I will continue to fight until the day I can remain to serve in the army,” she ...
Borno Donates 70 Patrol Vehicles To ‎Army, Police, Others, To Fight Boko Haram
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Borno Donates 70 Patrol Vehicles To ‎Army, Police, Others, To Fight Boko Haram

Borno state Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Friday donated 70 patrol vehicles to the Nigerian Army, police and volunteers in the civilian JTF and hunters to support them in fighting insurgency in the state. The vehicles were distributed to the security agencies during the launch of Rapid Response Squad in the state. Top officers of the military, police and volunteers were present at the venue, held at the Sheu’s palace in Maiduguri. The newly launched outfits will assist in the fight against Boko Haram. The latest released of patrol vehicles followed initial release of 160 patrol vehicles between June and September, 2019 Zulum also reiterated his commitment to security of lives and property in the state. “I have said a number of times that this administration will no...
Northern Youths Kick Against Amotekun, Call On President Buhari To Scrap It
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Northern Youths Kick Against Amotekun, Call On President Buhari To Scrap It

The Northern Youths Council of Nigeria on Thursday kicked against the formation of ‘Operation Amotekun’ in the Southwest geopolitical zone of the country. According to the NYCN, the security outfit inaugurated in Ibadan on Thursday is the “military wing” of the Oodua Peoples Congress. It added that the newly established security outfit is in the league of the proscribed Independent Peoples of Biafra. National President of NYCN, Alhaji Isah Abubakar, in a statement issued in Kaduna, urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), not to allow what he described as “unconstitutionality” to prevail. Abubakar said, “Amotekun Group in Southwest is OPC Military wing in disguise and in the same league with the proscribed IPOB. The President must not allow this unconsti...
Nigerian army reacts to Allegation of Extortion by Governor Zulum
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Nigerian army reacts to Allegation of Extortion by Governor Zulum

The Nigerian army has reacted to Governor of Borno State, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum's allegation of extortion made against some of its officers deployed for Operation LAFIYA DOLE. LIB reported earlier that Governor Zulum accused the soldiers deployed along Maiduguri – Damaturu Road of extorting commuters and causing them unnecessary hardship. However in a statement released by Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the Nigerian military stated that it takes such allegation seriously and will conduct investigations to establish it. He also reiterated the Nigerian army's steadfastness on the protection of lives, property of all law-abiding citizens and its commitment to wiping out insurgents from the North East. The statement read; ”It is important ...
US vs Iran: Britain takes action
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US vs Iran: Britain takes action

Britain’s Defence Minister, Ben Wallace, has ordered the navy to now accompany UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz to provide protection. The decision was taken following the killing of Iranian army chief, Qassem Soleimani by the U.S. which has inflamed tensions in the Middle East. Wallace ordered the HMS Montrose and HMS Defender to prepare to return to escort duties in the major oil shipping route. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has been criticised for his silence over the killing. The Defence Minister, Wallace added in a statement, “The government will take all necessary steps to protect our ships and citizens at this time.” The killing of Soleimani has raised fears that tankers could be targeted again after Britain was forced to defend its ships through the wo...
Military Plane Carrying Sudanese Judges and Army Officials Crashed
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Military Plane Carrying Sudanese Judges and Army Officials Crashed

A military plane carrying carrying Sudanese Judges and Army officials crashed on Thursday January 2, 2020 shortly after taking off from an airport in Sudan's West Darfur. Though what caused the plane crash is still not known, however it reportedly occurred about 10 km (6 miles)from the airport. An official at el-Geneina airport said there were about 18 people on board and they were all killed in the plane crash. Army spokesman Amer Mohammed al-Hassan who confirmed the incident, told AFP that among the victims were seven crew members, three judges and eight civilians, four of which were children. El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur which has received security reinforcements and visits by senior officials this week, has seen deadly clashes between ethnic groups in recent days. ...
Nigeria’s oldest War veteran, Adama Aduku dies at 101
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Nigeria’s oldest War veteran, Adama Aduku dies at 101

The oldest surviving retired officer of the Nigerian army, Adama Aduku has died at the age of 101. The death of the war veteran was announced by army authorities on Twitter. According to the tweet, His death was announced by one of his relatives on the Whatsapp platform of the director of defence information. Mr Aduku, a World War II veteran, was born in 1918 in Kogi state. He joined the army in 1945. He fought for the British colonial army in Burma and Egypt during the second world war II. In 2019, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo presented an award of excellence to Mr Aduku at the Nigerian army day celebrations in Lagos.
ISWAP Executes 11 Christian Captives On Christmas Day In North, Army Keeps Mum
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ISWAP Executes 11 Christian Captives On Christmas Day In North, Army Keeps Mum

THE Nigerian Army has maintained sealed lips hours after reports emerged that 11 captives in the den of Islamic State of West Africa Province, (ISWAP) were executed on Christmas Day. Neither the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) nor the Nigerian Army could react to the development when Vanguard sought their reactions on Thursday. The acting Director of Defence Information, Brig. Onyema Nwachukwu, while responding to Vanguard’s inquiry on the veracity or otherwise of the report, referred the matter to the Nigerian Army, saying it was the army’s place to react. But several calls made to the known mobile phone line of the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, were not answered. A follow-up text message sent to the number was yet to be responded to at the time of fili...
ISWAP Kills 2 Nigerian Soldiers, 1 Policeman, Threatens Army In New Video
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ISWAP Kills 2 Nigerian Soldiers, 1 Policeman, Threatens Army In New Video

A new video dated December 8, showing the execution of two Nigerian soldiers and a policeman has emerged online. In the video which was obtained by Channels Television on Monday, the killing was carried out by masked men believed to be members of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP). Those who were killed were reportedly abducted at a fake checkpoint in Benisheikh, a village seventy kilometers west of Maiduguri, Borno State capital. It is not clear how many people were abducted, but the video only showed three tortured security personnel with their hands tied behind them. They displayed their identity cards and introduced themselves as a mobile police sergeant, as well as a sergeant and a private soldier of the Nigerian Army. However, police and army authoritie...
Army Probes Soldiers For Torturing Terrorist To Death
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Army Probes Soldiers For Torturing Terrorist To Death

The Nigerian Army has said it is investigating and will sanction soldiers caught on a video torturing a suspected Boko Haram terrorist to death at a location believed to be in the North-East geopolitical zone. A video showing some army personnel torturing and killing a suspected Boko Haram member has been circulating on the social media for some days now. In the video, the soldiers after killing the victim buried the corpse in a shallow grave. But the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, in a release on Monday, said Nigerians would be briefed on the outcome of the investigations. He said, “The attention of the army has been drawn to a video reportedly showing some army personnel engaged in unprofessional torture and above all extrajudicial killing of a s...
Falana Sues Army, Asks Court To Stop Positive Identification Operation
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Falana Sues Army, Asks Court To Stop Positive Identification Operation

Human rights lawyer , Mr . Femi Falana ( SAN ) , has sued the Nigerian Army , it’ s Chief of Army Staff and the Attorney- General of the Federation, praying for an order stopping the planned Operation Positive Identification by the army . The suit marked FHC /L / CS /1939 /2019 was filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos on October 25 , but a copy of it was seen by The PUNCH on Thursday . According to Falana , the planned nationwide operation scheduled for November 1 , to December 23 , 2019 , by which Nigerian citizens would be required to move about with means of identification is unconstitutional, illegal , null and void . He argued that the planned operation violates his right and that of other Nigerian citizens to liberty , “ as encapsulated in Section 35 respectively o...
Army Tells Media To Tackle Problem Of Fake News
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Army Tells Media To Tackle Problem Of Fake News

The Chief Of Army Staff (CAS) Lt. General, Buratai Tukur, has called on the nation’s media professionals to help tackle problem of fake news and hate speeches that can run the country into serious crisis. He made the appeals during the 3rd Annual Conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) themed; Economy, ct: The Way Forward held at the weekend in Lagos. The CAS who was represented by Director of Information Management (DCMA), Brigadier General, Aminu Goni, said: “When you reduce fake news, you will be able to add value to the security of the land. “We implore you to protect the image of the security in the minds of the public.” The Managing Editor and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle online, Mr. Dotun Oladipo , also noted that security had been a sore p...
Shoot Both Herdsmen, Farmers Dead If….- Chadian President Idriss Orders Army
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Shoot Both Herdsmen, Farmers Dead If….- Chadian President Idriss Orders Army

Following the continued clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Chad, the President has ordered the Chadian army to shoot both herdsmen and farmers dead, if the clashes continue. Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno gave the order to the country’s army, saying the move is to save what he described as “the majority.” According to him, the army can shoot ten persons from each side- to save the majority. He said if the army comes to the places where there is fighting between herdsmen and farmers, the army should assemble ten members of both the herdsmen and the farmers and shoot them dead. Clashes between farmers and herdsmen this August left at least 50 dead. But President Deby declared a state of emergency in two eastern provinces where the fighting is frequent as well as a...
Army Denies ‘Killing & Secret Burial Of 1000 Nigerian Soldiers’
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Army Denies ‘Killing & Secret Burial Of 1000 Nigerian Soldiers’

The Defence headquarters has described as false, the story by The Wall Street Journal which accused its officers of burying a thousand dead soldiers in secret graves, to avoid bad publicity. The American medium had reported that soldiers are being buried in unmarked graves in Borno State, after the army suffers defeat from Boko Haram. But Defence spokesman, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu released a statement saying: “This insinuation can only emanate from an uninformed position of the author of the said publication. Therefore, it must be unambigously clarified that the Armed Forces of Nigeria does not indulge in secret burials, as it is sacrilegious and a profanity to extant ethos and traditions of the Nigerian military.” He insists fallen heroes are honoured in befitting military fune...