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Court Martial Grants Bail To Martins Idakpini, Soldier Who Criticized Buratai
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Court Martial Grants Bail To Martins Idakpini, Soldier Who Criticized Buratai

A court martial sitting in Sokoto has granted bail to Martins Idakpini, a Lance Corporal who criticised Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff. Tope Akinyode, Idakpini's lawyer, made the disclosure on Thursday. Court martial is a judicial process used in trying members of the armed forces accused of offences. Akinyode said, “Court martial grants bail to Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini. The court sitting in Sokoto made the order today after I argued the bail application. Idakpini was arrested for criticising army authorities. He's been detained for seven months without access to his family.” Idakpini was arrested in June 2020 shortly after he made a viral video castigating Burutai for the failings of the Nigerian Army to combat and destroy Boko Haram. Following his arrest, he...
Boko Haram: Nigerian Army To Deploy New Recruits To Sambisa Forest
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Boko Haram: Nigerian Army To Deploy New Recruits To Sambisa Forest

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has told new recruits that all of them will go to Sambisa forest, a stronghold of the Boko Haram terrorist sect in Borno State at the end of their training. He also informed the new recruits that there was no room for laziness and indiscipline in the Army, adding that they must make up their minds to serve Nigeria as soldiers. Buratai disclosed this during the final screening of 80 regular recruits held at Falgore forest in Tudun Wads Local Government Area of Kano State. “You must make up your mind that you’re ready to serve your country as a soldier and you should be ready,” Buratai said. “All of you will go to Sambisa at the end of your depot training. If you’re not ready to move to Sambisa and other parts of the country, a...
Nigerians attack chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, for going to play golf despite worsening insecurity
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Nigerians attack chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, for going to play golf despite worsening insecurity

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has been attacked online by Nigerians for attending a Golfing program on Saturday, December 5, despite the worsening insecurity across the country.   Journalist, Oyewale Olalekan Adebare , shared the photo of the Army Chief on his Twitter handle and shared his dissatisfaction ''Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff Buratai tees off today in Abuja. Out there in the North East, Boko Haram is unleashing terror, while bandits are holding the North West & Central to ransom. In April, Buratai said he won’t return to Abuja unless BH is defeated.''Jafaar tweeted     Other Nigerians also expressed their displeasure. See their tweets below  
Don’t Listen To Politicians Approaching You To Plan Coup – Buratai Warns Generals
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Don’t Listen To Politicians Approaching You To Plan Coup – Buratai Warns Generals

CHIEF of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has warned generals against coup, vowing that the Nigerian Army will never tolerate any agent of destabilization bent on scuttling the current democratic dispensation. Buratai, who spoke, yesterday, while the Nigerian Army decorated 39 newly promoted Major Generals, said he was aware that some generals were being approached and his eyes are on them. “Democracy has come to stay. We will not tolerate any agent of destabilization. The years of military misadventure in politics have never carried us anywhere. It is over,” he said. Disclosing that the Army hierarchy was aware of some interests making efforts to interact with certain personnel, General Buratai expressed confidence in the discipline and loyalty of the newly decora...
Terrorism May Persist For Another 20 Years In Nigeria – Buratai
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Terrorism May Persist For Another 20 Years In Nigeria – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen.Tukur Buratai, has hinted that insurgency and terrorism may continue in Nigeria for another 20 years. Buratai made the remark on his verified Facebook handle few days after Boko Haram massacred rice farmers in Borno State. There is general misunderstanding of what insurgency and terrorism entail. There is likelihood of terrorism persisting in Nigeria for another 20 years. It only depends on the level of escalation and the appropriate responses by all stakeholders both civil and military authorities. Also by both local in international actors. Citizens responsibility is equally important and imperative. All must cooperate to contain the lingering insecurity. Let there be collective action and responsibility.
Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters – Odumakin
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Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters – Odumakin

Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests and other sundry issues. Excerpts: South-West governors, traditional rulers and Ministers met in Lagos state last week to proffer solution to the #EndSARS crisis last and Afenifere was not invited. What do you think was responsible for that? The thing is very clear. Like we said, the Kaduna meeting is an afterthought on our unity as a country. They had a sectional meeting of the North where you have all the key appointees of the President, Chief of Staff, IGP, Chief of Army Staff, Lai Mohammed and others. Even in their communiqué, they were so insensitive. There are places they said nomination from Federal Executive Council (FEC)...
Fake News! Nigerian Army denies reports claiming Buratai is sponsoring NGO threatening Amnesty International
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Fake News! Nigerian Army denies reports claiming Buratai is sponsoring NGO threatening Amnesty International

The Nigerian Army has denied reports claiming the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, is the sponsor of the non-governmental organization, Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER). The organization on Wednesday, November 4, had a press conference where they gave Amnesty International, a global rights group, a seven-day ultimatum to leave Nigeria. Read here. Sahara Reporters while publishing the report, alleged that Buhartai was the sponsor of the NGO. The Army in its reaction described the claim as ''Fake News''.  
Declare Your Assets, Buratai Directs Senior Army Personnel
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Declare Your Assets, Buratai Directs Senior Army Personnel

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has directed senior military personnel to declare their assets in compliance with the code of conduct for public officers. He stated that personnel entrusted with leadership responsibility must understand the importance of assets declaration and code of conduct. Declaring open, a two-day workshop on ‘Compliance with Assets Declaration and Code of Conduct for Officers and Soldiers,’ facilitated by Go-Getters Consulting Ltd., in Abuja on Tuesday, the COAS said the Nigerian Army would partner with the Code of Conduct Bureau to ensure public morality and accountability in the conduct of its activities. Buratai noted that the workshop was important to the Army as it afforded the servicemen the opportunity to fulfil their obligations ...
Criminals Are Threatening Us With Travel Ban – Buratai
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Criminals Are Threatening Us With Travel Ban – Buratai

After Initial denial by the Nigerian Army that its officers were not at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, where peaceful protesters were shot and killed last Tuesday, the military has come out to say its officers were only ensuring compliance with a curfew put in place by Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, earlier that day. Soldiers killed over 10 peaceful demonstrators and left scores more injured. The Nigerian Army has now said its officers were simply ensuring compliance with the curfew put in place in Lagos State. In a statement credited to the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, said some people were trying to discredit the military and Nigerian Government. Though Musa did not make direct reference to Tuesday killi...
Go After Looters, Hoodlums – Buratai Orders Military Commanders, Field Officers
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Go After Looters, Hoodlums – Buratai Orders Military Commanders, Field Officers

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has ordered military commanders and troops to go after looters and hoodlums raiding warehouses and vandalizing property across the country. He denied that the army masterminded the miscreants involved in the arson, vandalism, and looting of public and private property going on in many cities. Addressing Principal Staff Officers, General Officers Commanding, and Field Commanders at a meeting held at the NA headquarters, Abuja on Monday, the COAS made it clear to his men that there must be no room for disloyalty amongst all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army. He said the PSOs, GOCs, and Field Commanders must reiterate to all their subordinates that the NA was determined to ensure democratic stability in the country as the ...
Buratai, Army Commanders Meet On Insecurity, Lekki Shooting
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Buratai, Army Commanders Meet On Insecurity, Lekki Shooting

Chief Of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, is in a meeting with top hierarchy of the military. They include Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), General Officers Commanding (GOCs) and Commander of the Guards Brigade. Also in attendance are commanders of the Army operations, unit commanders, among other senior officers. The parley is holding at the Army Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital. On the agenda are insecurity in Nigeria, EndSARS protests, violence and looting in states as well as the Lagos shooting. The Lekki toll gate incident on October 20 sparked global outrage. The United States and others have called for probe of those who opened fire on unarmed protesters
Nigerian Army Set To Court-martial Soldier Who Criticised Buratai, Other Military Heads
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Nigerian Army Set To Court-martial Soldier Who Criticised Buratai, Other Military Heads

The Nigerian Army has perfected plans to court-martial Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini in Sokoto State, SaharaReporters has exclusively gathered. Idakpini was arrested in June 2020 shortly after he made a viral video castigating Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Burutai, for the failings of the army to combat and destroy Boko Haram terrorists. In a notice on Monday titled "Amendment Number 6", army authorities officially announced its readiness to court-martial. The notice reads in part, "Amendment Number 6. To the covening order for the general court-martial onvened by Brigadier General A. Bande (N/8554) Psc, TSCN, NNI, Bsc, (HO), MIAD, Acting General Officer, Commanding, 8th Division Nigerian Army Pursuant to S 131 (2) (d) of the Armed Forces Act, Cap 820 LFN 2004. "Further to refer...
Soldiers Have Killed 1,015 Boko Haram Terrorists Since April – Buratai
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Soldiers Have Killed 1,015 Boko Haram Terrorists Since April – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has revealed that troops have killed 1,015 Boko Haram insurgents since April 4 till date. The COAS disclosed this while hosting troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at an Eid-El-Fitr luncheon at Military Control and Command Centre in Maiduguri. Buratai who revealed that artillery airstrike and blockage operations conducted by troops at the Tumbuktu Triangles around Sambisa has been greatly successful, further disclosed that some notable encounters since the commencement of the operation include that of Buni Gari, Gaidam, Minok, Dapchi, Baga, Dikwa, Awulari, Ajiri, Pulka, Ngoshe, Alafa and different parts of Sambisa Forest as well as Gajiganna. He also said that a total of 84 high ranking members of Boko Haram logistics and informants were arre...
Dickson Consoles Buratai, Bichi And Modu-Sheriff Over Death Of Their Parents
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Dickson Consoles Buratai, Bichi And Modu-Sheriff Over Death Of Their Parents

His Excellency, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, former Governor òf Bayelsa State, has condoled with the family of the Chief òf Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Buratai over the death of his mother, Kakah Hajja. Governor Dickson urged the COAS to be condoled by the fact that his mother lived her full life and has gone to be with the Allah. He said that a mother who contributed somebody of the status of the COAS made unquantifiable contributions to security and national development. He described her death as a transition to eternal glory. The former Governor who prayed for the repose òf the soul of the deceased prayed to God to give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. “My family and I commiserate with the Government of Borno State, the Buratai family, my father...
Kakah Hajja, Mother Of Nigeria’s Chief Of Army Staff Dies In Borno
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Kakah Hajja, Mother Of Nigeria’s Chief Of Army Staff Dies In Borno

Tukur Buratai, Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, on Tuesday lost his mother, Kakah Hajja. A family source told SaharaReporters that the late Hajja died after a brief illness at her home in Maiduguri, Borno State. “Yes I can confirm to you that she’s dead. "She passed away this evening and will be buried tomorrow morning by 8am. May her soul rest in peace.”
I Won’t Return To Abuja Until Boko Haram Is Defeated –  Buratai
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I Won’t Return To Abuja Until Boko Haram Is Defeated – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai has vowed that he will not leave the theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole until he gave a final blow on the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast. The Nation reports that General Buratai had earlier announced his relocation to the northeast following the pounding of the insurgents by the Chadian Army from the Lake Chad axis where the President Idris Deby is claiming to have held a section of Nigeria waiting to handover to Nigerian troops. The Chief of Army Staff who had a special Easter celebration with the troops on Monday at Ngamdu Special Super Camp regretted that the insurgency has lasted for too long but gave assurances that in no time the Boko Haram elements will be defeated. “We will not leave this insurgency to last lik...
Operation Second Eleven: Nigerian Army Prepares For Lockdown Over Coronavirus
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Operation Second Eleven: Nigerian Army Prepares For Lockdown Over Coronavirus

Authorities of the Nigeria Army are preparing for a lockdown following the outbreak and continued spread of Coronavirus in the country. In a classified document from the office of Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai, addressed to Army Headquarters and seen by SaharaReporters on Tuesday, personnel were advised to be on the alert as they could be deployed to various parts of the country in the coming days to help in the fight against Coronavirus in Nigeria. The document further said that the army may likely get involved in an operation codenamed SECOND ELEVEN to help stop the spread of the virus. The document signed by Lt Gen L.O. Adeosun, ordered commanders at all levels to suspend all events involving large gatherings such as meetings, briefings and conferences. It also ordered ...
Bill Introducing Federal Character in Service Chiefs’ Appointments Passes First Reading in Senate
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Bill Introducing Federal Character in Service Chiefs’ Appointments Passes First Reading in Senate

A bill titled “Armed Forces Service Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020” sponsored by the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe was read for the first time on the floor of the senate on Tuesday March 3. The bill which seeks to compel the president to appoint service chiefs based on the federal character principle, passed its first reading yesterday. The bill which came amid ciriticism of President Muhammadu Buhari's alleged lopsided appointments including that of the service chiefs inclusive, proposes that the appointment of Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Director of Military Intelligence and the heads of other arm-bearing security agencies shall be appointed subject to recommendations by the Senate. An Armed Forces Serv...
Buratai Bags Man Of The Year Award
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Buratai Bags Man Of The Year Award

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, has been awarded the Daily Asset Newspapers 2020 Man Of The Year in the security category. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the award was in recognition of his contributions to the fight against banditry, insurgency and terrorism in Nigeria. Musa said that the award ceremony, which took place in Abuja on Friday, had eminent personalities from all works of life in attendance. He disclosed that the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan represented by Sen. Bello Mandiya (APC-Katsina South) with Sen. Gabriel Suswan as the Chairman of the occasion and representative of the Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue, among others, witnessed the event. According to him, the attendees...
‘We Are Days Away From Finally Defeating Boko Haram/ISWAP’ – Buratai To Soldiers
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‘We Are Days Away From Finally Defeating Boko Haram/ISWAP’ – Buratai To Soldiers

Following recent heavy victories and bloody nose inflicted on several Boko Haram and ISWAP hideouts and bases as well as the neutralization of many of their Commanders, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai has declared that defeating the terrorists finally and ending Boko Haram menace is just a matter of days away. Consequently, the COAS congratulated the Theatre Commander, Sector Commanders, Super Camps Commanders, Commanding Officers, as well as the gallant Officers and soldiers serving in Operation Lafiya Dole, for their gallantry that manifested in the unprecedented successes recorded in the Theatre recently. The congratulatory message and commendations were contained in a letter to the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, per...
Buratai Orders Evacuation Of Stranded Passengers On Maiduguri-damboa Road
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Buratai Orders Evacuation Of Stranded Passengers On Maiduguri-damboa Road

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a lieutenant general, on Friday, ordered his convoy to evacuate some passengers whose vehicle broke down along Maiduguri-Damboa road in Borno State. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Buratai who was en route at the time, ensured that all passengers in the vehicle were evacuated into one of the vehicles in his convoy. The action was borne out of the fact that the road was recently reopened by Nigerian Army after over a year of closure. The passenger vehicles were usually escorted in convoy by team of security agencies to and from Maiduguri to their destinations. The driver of the vehicle, Emmanuel John, told journalists that he was part of the passenger vehicles’ convoy from Maiduguri on Friday morning before he lost its shaft a...
We Have Defeated Insurgency, But Facing Challenge Of Terrorism – Buratai
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We Have Defeated Insurgency, But Facing Challenge Of Terrorism – Buratai

The chief of army staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai has stated that insurgency has been defeated across the country, but the country is still under attack from terrorists. Speaking on Arise News channels, he further went on to state that insurgency is different from terrorism. His words: “We have defeated insurgency, but facing the challenge of terrorism. “There is no where you will not find Boko Haram – even in Lagos here, there are Boko Hatam. In Kaduna, there are Boko Haram. There are more across the North-east. Many have been arrested here in Lagos. We have been tracking them. We arrest them and take them into custody. Buratai stressed that “We must differentiate between insurgency and terrorism. I have tried to tell them at the National Assembly. Someone said three local gove...
Buratai Removed Top Army Officers From NSA Office
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Buratai Removed Top Army Officers From NSA Office

Crisis between two top Nigerian security chiefs, the Chief of Army Staff  Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai and the National Security Adviser retired Major Gen. Babagana Monguno, heightened on Tuesday when the former removed senior army officers from the office of the latter allegedly without sending replacements. Although President Muhammadu Buhari has not formally reinstated Mr Monguno as NSA, he still holds the fort in the office, advises the president on national security issues, attends cabinet and security council meetings. DAILY NIGERIAN exclusively gathered that the “mass transfer” of army officers critical to the smooth running of the office had laid bare the strategic office responsible for digesting intelligence reports and briefing the president. Mr Monguno, it was gathered f...
Buratai Cautions Local, Foreign Interests On National Security Matters
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Buratai Cautions Local, Foreign Interests On National Security Matters

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, yesterday asked all local and foreign interests to exhibit more commitment and restraint on issues of our national security and avoid taking sides. He said all their actions and utterances must be tailored towards supporting the national cause with a view to restoring peace and tranquility to Nigeria. The European Union Parliament had on Sunday reportedly alleged that there was no progress in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency. But is a statement yesterday by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the Chief of Army Staff warned all enemies of Nigeria and Nigerians taking delight in the sufferings of citizens that the day of reckoning “is at their doorsteps.” He enjoined all well-meani...
President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs In Abuja
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President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs In Abuja

President Buhari on friday met with security chiefs At the Presidential Villa Abuja. . Present at the meeting were: . -Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu. -Chief of Air staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. -Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe-Ibas. -Chief Of Army staff,Lt-Gen Turkur Buratai. -Chief of Defence staff, Gabriel Olonisakin. -Minister of Defence, Bashir Magash. Among others
Buratai And Sadique Abubakar Establish Military Universities In Their Hometowns
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Buratai And Sadique Abubakar Establish Military Universities In Their Hometowns

The decision of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai; and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; to situate the Nigerian Army University and Nigerian Air Force University in their respective hometowns has become a topic of debate. The army university was established in 2018 in Biu, Borno State, where Buratai hails from while the proposed Airforce University will be located in Bauchi, where Abubakar is from. The Army University has already been approved by the National Universities Commission even as the Federal Executive Council gave its nod for a N2bn take-off grant for the university which would be accessed from Tertiary Education Trust Fund. Less than a year later, the Chief of Air staff has decided to replicate Buratai’s feat. In a statement rece...
Operation Positive Identification: Buratai Explains Reasons For Drill
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Operation Positive Identification: Buratai Explains Reasons For Drill

The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, said on Thursday the Operation Positive Identification (OPI) would not hinder the day-to-day activities of Nigerians. He stated this while fielding questions from the House of Representatives Committee on Army in Abuja. Buratai, who was represented at the forum by the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj.-Gen. Usman Muhammed said the army had submitted a detailed report on the OPI to the Committee. He said the military is involved in ‘Operation Lafia Dole’ in the North East and that are other subsidiary operations within the major operation. The army chief said the OPI is one of the subsidiary operations taking place in the North-East zone. According to him, based on credible intelligence on Boko Haram terrorists, they are no longer in...
Army Renames South East Exercise Python Dance To Atilogwu Udo
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Army Renames South East Exercise Python Dance To Atilogwu Udo

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it had changed the name of one of its ongoing internal security exercises, Python Dance or Egwu Eke in the South - East region to Atilogwu Udo . The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator , Col Aminu Iliyasu, stated this in a press release , saying the exercise ’ s new name would not affect the other components which were to tackle “ kidnappings , armed robbery , inter - cult and communal clashes in the region . ” Iliyasu said , “ The authorities of the Nigerian Army have changed the name of one of its annual training exercises code - named , “ Exercise Egwu Eke ” to “ Exercise Atilogwu Udo . ” The annual training exercise commenced in 2016 and has consistently recorded remarkable successes since its introduction . “ The exercise , which co...
Python Dance IV: Leave South-East Alone – IPOB Tells Army
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Python Dance IV: Leave South-East Alone – IPOB Tells Army

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai to perish its planned military operation in the south-east and channel its energy in fighting insecurity in the north. It described the operation as a misplaced one, insisting the Southeast was relatively peaceful. The Nigerian Army had recently announced its plans to begin the fourth phase of Operation Python Dance in the south-east soon. The pro-Biafran group in a statement on by the media and publicity secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful said the only insecurity in Biafraland was those introduced by land grabbing terror herdsmen “aided and abated by South-East governors.” He said, “Announcing countless and meaningless military operations within the borders of Nigeria is indicative that t...
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...
Security: Buhari Receives Briefing From Service Chiefs
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Security: Buhari Receives Briefing From Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, received security briefing from service chiefs and heads of other security agencies in the country. This was even as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the monthly National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, yesterday, in Abuja. The meeting of President Buhari with the service chiefs held at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting availed the leaders of the various security agencies opportunity to brief Mr. President on the security status of the nation. Taking to Twitter to announce the meeting in a tweet, Buhari’s Aide on Social Media, Laurestar Onochie, wrote; “Earlier today, @NGRPresident @MBuhari was briefed by the Service Chiefs and leaders of other security agencies on the security status of the ...
Insurgents Not In Control Of Any Nigerian Territory, Buratai Insists
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Insurgents Not In Control Of Any Nigerian Territory, Buratai Insists

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, said yesterday that the Nigerian military had denied Boko Haram and Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) physical presence in any part of the Nigerian territory. Buratai also said the deployment of troops during internal operations was in support of the police as the lead security agency. Speaking in Abuja at a summit tagged: Terrorism, Insurgency and Incidence of Electoral Violence in Nigeria: Role of Security Agencies,” organised by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Buratai said the military had made significant progress in protecting lives and property, especially in the North-east where it denied terrorists physical presence. The position of the army chief...
FG Repatriates Orphans Of Nigerian ISIS Fighters From Syria
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FG Repatriates Orphans Of Nigerian ISIS Fighters From Syria

Three orphans born to Nigerian Islamic State fighters were handed over to Nigerian officials in northeast Syria on Friday, the first repatriation of children of Africans who travelled to join ISIS. This is coming as the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai weekend charged officers and men of the Nigerian Army to avoid being on the wrong side of the law by adhering to the army code of conduct in its operations. Some western nations have repatriated children or female ISIS members from Syria. They include Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Uzbekistan, and the United States, but others, such as the United Kingdom, have refused. The Nigerian children, aged eight, six and four, were handed over in Qamishli to Musa Habib Marika, a representative from t...
DSS Set To Release El-zakzaky And Wife
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DSS Set To Release El-zakzaky And Wife

The leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat might breathe the air of freedom very soon as the Department of State Services (DSS), is already working to ensure his release from detention. Naija News had earlier reported today that Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna state High Court gave El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat leave to travel to India for medical attention. He, however, added that the trip will be under the supervision of the state. A statement signed by the DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya and made available to us reads: "This is to inform the public that the Department of State Services (DSS) has received the order granting Ibrahim EL-ZAKZAKY leave to travel to India for medical treatment. Conseq...
Soldiers must be loyal to President Buhari – Buratai
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Soldiers must be loyal to President Buhari – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Tukur Buratai, demanded the loyalty of soldiers to President Buhari and the constitution while declaring open the fifth edition of a three-day procurement seminar for commandants, bursars and administrative officers of command security schools.   Buratai warned that loyalty to the constitution and the President is non-negotiable as he also charged military personnel to remain apolitical and uphold the tenets of the military profession.   “We need to remain absolutely loyal to Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is a non-negotiable part of our profession. “Commanders at all levels must continue to provide requisite leadership and ensure that their per...
Insecurity: Buratai A Political Soldier, Can’t Be Relied Upon – Junaid Mohammed
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Insecurity: Buratai A Political Soldier, Can’t Be Relied Upon – Junaid Mohammed

Junaid Mohammed, Second Republic House of Representatives member has described Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai as a political soldier who cannot be relied upon to quell insurgency and the insecurity challenges in the country. Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent, Junaid said whenever Buratai claims Boko Haram has been defeated, the insurgents replied him by carrying out deadly attacks which often leads to high military and civilian casualties. “Don’t mind what this current Chief of Army Staff, Buratai has been saying. Every time he wants to make noise about the state of insecurity in the country, he says Boko Haram has been completely decimated and destroyed. “Anytime, he makes that noise, it seems he is coordinating his reckless statements with Boko ...
Shiites leader El-Zakzaky and wife suffering from metal poisoning — Court documents
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Shiites leader El-Zakzaky and wife suffering from metal poisoning — Court documents

Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and his wife  Zeenat, are reportedly battling heavy metal poisoning as revealed in the court document filed on their behalf at the Kaduna State High Court.   The metal poisoning is caused by the gunshot pellets in their body system, and the couple are seeking the court’s permission to travel to India for medical attention. The court document filed by Mr Femi Falana (SAN) revealed that the El-Zakzaky “suffered from severe recurrent stroke and shock”, while his wife “suffered from heavy metal poisoning” as a result of  the “gunshot pellets lodged in the iliac region of  her  abdomen”   They were allegedly shot by soldiers in the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna...
Army to Boko Haram – Surrender Now Or Be Crushed
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Army to Boko Haram – Surrender Now Or Be Crushed

Following the attacks on troops that led to the death of two Colonels and 26 soldiers in Yobe and Borno States last week, the Nigerian Army at the weekend warned Boko Haram fighters to surrender their arms or be crushed. It said the army was ready to dislodge them if they continued their offensive. It also warned them to take advantage of the amnesty offered by the federal government in order to rejoin the society or be ready to face the dire consequences. The army confirmed that insurgents killed a Colonel, captain and three soldiers during an attack on troops between Mainok and Jakana on the Damaturu-Maiduguri highway, Borno State although other military sources said the casualty figure was higher. The call came as special forces, comprising intelligence operatives located mi...
We’ve tackled security across Nigeria, the cries are political – Buratai
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We’ve tackled security across Nigeria, the cries are political – Buratai

Nigeria’s Chief of army staff, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai said security officials have recorded ‘great success’ in the fight against insecurity. He described the cries of insecurity across Nigeria as a ‘political game.’ Mr Buratai said these at 1 Division super camp in Kuyello, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday. His speech was reported by the News Agency of Nigeria. ”Apart from some isolated remote areas as a result of some other factors, the attacks have drastically reduced. ”That means we are winning and it is a great success which people should be assured. ”All these cries of insecurity which some groups and individuals are taking it as a political game I think they should have a rethink because it is no longer the case,” he said.
Obasanjo Writes Buhari Again, Warns Him To End Violent Attacks Across Nigeria
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Obasanjo Writes Buhari Again, Warns Him To End Violent Attacks Across Nigeria

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written yet another letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, warning that Nigeria is tipping towards a dangerous cliff and only the president could forestall such a looming disaster. Mr Obasanjo a former Nigerian leader, between 1999 and 2007, said Nigeria has been consumed by violence and ethnic divisions since Mr Buhari assumed office four years ago, in a manner not seen for decades. In the July 15, 2019 letter, Mr Obasanjo said the world, especially Western countries, has been warning Nigeria against descending into a state of violence because any outbreak would be difficult to contain. He warned that for Mr Buhari to be able to stop the “smouldering ethnic agitations”, he would have to stop fanning “the embers of hatred, disaffection and...
Lamidi Adeosun Is Not The New Chief Of Army Staff – Army
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Lamidi Adeosun Is Not The New Chief Of Army Staff – Army

The Nigeria Army has said that Lt Gen Lamidi Adeosun remains the chief of Training and Operations at the Army Headquarters despite his accelerated promotion by President Muhammadu Buhari. Its spokesman, Col Sagir Musa, said in a statement that insinuations or suggestions of his appointment as new chief of Army Staff is fake. Col.Musa said: “Contrary to fake news going round insinuating or suggesting appointment of Lieutenant General LO Adeosun as Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army, members of the public are hereby once again informed that Lieutenant General LO Adeosun has just been given special/accelerated promotion from Major General to Lieutenant General and formally communicated to him by the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai. “Lt Gen LO Adeosun is only granted s...
President Buhari Promotes Adeosun To Lieutenant General
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President Buhari Promotes Adeosun To Lieutenant General

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the promotion of the Nigerian Army Chief of Training and Operations, Maj Gen Lamidi Adeosun, to the rank of a Lieutenant General, the same rank as the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai. The Nigerian Army confirmed this promotion in a release on Tuesday. The acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, said apart from Adeosun, the President also approved the promotion of “Brig Gen AB Biu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division to the rank of a Major General.” Musa said, “The President and Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the accelerated promotion of two senior officers and a subaltern of the Nigerian Army.  The officers are granted promotion for their extraordinary feats, courage, exemplary le...
2023: Military Will Stay Out Of Elections If INEC Adopts E-voting — Army
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2023: Military Will Stay Out Of Elections If INEC Adopts E-voting — Army

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai has said the only way the military and other security personnel can stay neutral in Nigeria’s electoral process would be in the use of electronic voting by the Independent National Electoral Commission. He made the observation against the backdrop of criticism trailing the military and other security personnel’s involvement in the 2019 general elections. Buratai who spoke through a representative, Brig. Gen John Ochai at a one day stakeholders roundtable on the review of the 2019 general elections, organized by the Centre for Transparency Advocacy, in Abuja, on Thursday, said politicians cash in on the abnormalities in the electoral system to perpetrate crimes, arguing that its lucrative to them. He noted that the security operatives ...
Army To Launch Operation Crocodile Smile In Lagos – Buratai
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Army To Launch Operation Crocodile Smile In Lagos – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutnant General Tukur Buratai, yesterday disclosed plans to launch Operation Crocodile Smile in Lagos State before the end of the year. Buratai disclosed this when he visited Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as part of activities marking the Combat Support Army Training Week holding in Lagos. According to him, the operation is to foster much stronger security within the state architecture. “May I inform you that the Nigerian army will always support your administration for good security in the State. When we have good security, economy will thrive and development will go on,” Buratai said. Sanwo-Olu said his government looked forward to the launch of the operation in the state.
Remain Gallant In Securing Nigeria – PDP To Military
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Remain Gallant In Securing Nigeria – PDP To Military

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the military and the fighting troops not to relent at this critical time, noting that Nigerians appreciate the sacrifices they make in securing the nation. The party also said the defeatist comments by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on national security, affirmed its position that President Muhammadu Buhari failed in his duties as a Commander-in-Chief. The PDP in a statement on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the blame must be placed at the doorsteps of the President, who was under oath as the Commander-in-Chief, to ensure the security of lives and property of Nigerians. “Mr. President, as chief security officer of the nation, should not hide und...
South-West Governors Invite Army, Police, OPC To Security Summit
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South-West Governors Invite Army, Police, OPC To Security Summit

Governors of states in the South-West have reached out to the army, police and other security agencies on the need to redouble their efforts to stop atrocities being perpetrated by armed herdsmen and other criminals in the region. The Commissioner for Information in Ekiti State, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua, told one of our correspondents on Saturday that Governor Kayode Fayemi had reached out to the police and other security agencies in the state on the issue. The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has also told the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai, on the need to assist in flushing out kidnappers from the state. The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, said governors in the region in conjunction with all stakeholders would hold a security meeting on the rampaging ar...
Oyetola Cries To Buratai As Criminals Take Over Osun
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Oyetola Cries To Buratai As Criminals Take Over Osun

This came as Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State expressed his determination to provide adequate security measures to forestall such occurrence in the state. Oyetola raised the alarm at the headquarters of the Nigerian Army when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai. The governor said he was at Army headquarters to commend the COAS for approving the construction of a Bridge across the Osun River to Ede, which will greatly assist the state by boosting the economic wellbeing on the people. He said: “I am here to bring to your knowledge that the spate of crime is increasing in Osun and around us. It is giving me a serious cause for concern and as you know, the primary function of government is to ensure security for the people for economic ...