…Captain Hashim Abdullahi
- ARMY ADOPTS NEW STRATEGY IN ITS OPERATION TO COUNTER SECURITY ISSUES IN LAGOS, OGUN
General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division, Major-General Ebenezar Oyefolu has announced that the division has adopted a new style to tackle insecurities in Lagos and Ogun state (the two states under the division). Oyefolu announced the new strategy at the closing of week training for 100 officers of the division in a new approach to tackle insurgency, The Sun reports. He said the new strategy focused on maneuver approach to warfare, estimation process and contemporary operations. General Oyefolu said: “Based on the style the enemies are using to approach us now, we have to adopt strategic planning operations to counter them. Col. Kingsley Umoh, spokesman of the Division said the media must make it a priority to support the unity and integrity of Nigeria, and help to engineer patriotism and responsiveness among Nigerians.
- NIGERIAN TROOPS KILL TWO FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBERS, RESCUE 211 BOKO HARAM CAPTIVES
Two teenage female suicide bombers were on Saturday night shot dead by troops as they made a futile attempt to sneak into Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, wearing explosive vests hidden under their clothes, officials said. A top military official informed PREMIUM TIMES that the deafening explosion that resonated in most part of Maiduguri at about 9 p.m. on Saturday was as a result of the safe detonation of the explosive vests retrieved from the bodies of the dead girls. They were both in their late teens. “It happened at about 8.45 p.m., when two female suicide bombers, about 18 years of age, attempted to enter Maiduguri through Umarari in Molai General area about 9km to Maiduguri township”, said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They were sighted by the Civilian-JTF and consequently shot dead by security personnel on duty at the area. “No other loss of life or injury was recorded. The police EOD (explosive ordinance department) team was mobilized to the scene to render the unexploded IED safe, while normalcy has been restored to the area.” Hours before the interception of the two suicide bombers, troops of the Nigeria Army had gunned down a Boko Haram kingpin during an operation that led to the rescue of 211 civilian captives from Boko Haram. The spokesperson of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, confirmed the development in a statement he sent to the media.
- NIGERIAN ARMY BOASTS CREDIBLE PERFORMANCE IN WRESTLING COMPETITION
The Nigerian Army Team participating in the on-going second edition of Governor Dickson National Wrestling Classics on Saturday said the club was ready for credible performance and to win medals. The Team Coach, Warrant Officer Goodwill Tiebiri, said at the venue, Samson Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa, that winning medals would place them on a good position. Tiebiri said the team has 22 participants in the game, including male and female for categories. The coach, who said that the team had fought some bouts, noted that five medals had so far won as at Friday in the male category.
- WELFARE MOTIVATES OFFICERS, SOLDIERS TO PERFORM EFFECTIVELY, PROFESSIONALLY – BURATAI
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has restated that welfare is key to motivating officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to discharge their duties effectively and professionally. Buratai emphasised that welfare would go a long way in alleviating some of the inconveniences being suffered by the personnel while performing their duties and make them comfortable. He spoke on Friday in Abuja when he inaugurated a canteen, ST Food, for personnel serving at the Army Headquarters. Buratai said: “For us to be professional, the welfare of our personnel is key to effective performance of our various responsibilities.” He said that the outlet would afford the personnel serving at the headquarters the opportunity of having their lunch without going outside the premises. The army chief said that it was part of his desire to create a conducive working environment for officers and soldiers.
- NIGERIA MILITARY SEEKS MEDIA COOPERATION TO OVERCOME SECURITY CHALLENGES
The 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, on Friday solicited the support of the media to the efforts of the military to secure the country. Col. Kingsley Umoh, spokesman of the Division made the appeal when he paid a courtesy visit to the Kaduna Zonal office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Umoh said the media must make it a priority to support the unity and integrity of Nigeria, and help to engineer patriotism and responsiveness among Nigerians. Umoh, a Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, maintained that although the military has the capacity to enforce peace that would only be achieved through conscious engagement of the people to be patriotic to the country.
- TROOPS ROUT BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS IN MANLUMUDORI VILLAGE, OTHERS
The military has, in recent times, stepped up its campaign against the Boko Haram Terrorists in the North East. The ranges of operations were aimed at routing the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists who are seeking refuge in some remote locations in the forests. One of these operations carried out by troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, on Saturday, involved troops of 159 Battalion, 27 Task Force Brigade. In a release issued by Director of Army Information (DAPR), Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukeshika Usman, indicated that the troops of the unit, acting on a piece of intelligence, successfully executed a swift operation against suspected Boko Haram terrorists locations at Manlumudori, Aridi, Filari, Kingimari, Dinamari, Itari and Mirimari villages. The unit further artillery bombardment operations west of Subdu village neutralised the concentration of the Boko Haram terrorists at Bulabulin and Alagarno forests. The offensive operations later dovetailed into cordon and search operation at Degeltura, Gisum and Popamari villages.
- TWO FEMALE BOMBERS KILLED IN BORNO FOILED ATTACK
Civilian vigilantes foiled a suicide attack on the outskirts of Nigeria’s flashpoint city of Maiduguri, killing two teenaged female bombers, police said on Sunday. Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency has frequently used young women and girls to stage suicide bombings. “Two female suicide bombers, about 18 years of age… were sighted by the civilian JTF (vigilantes) and consequently shot dead by security personnel,” police spokesman Victor Isuku said in a statement. The would-be bombers were killed Saturday as they tried to break into Maiduguri, the provincial capital of Borno state where Boko Haram was born. Isuku said no one else was killed or injured in the incident, though a rescue services official said a vigilante had been hurt. Boko Haram has regularly used suicide bombers in their eight-year insurgency, which seeks to establish a hardline Islamist state.
- HERDSMEN ATTACK BENUE COMMUNITY, KILL 10
After over one month of relative calm, suspected herdsmen have attacked a community in Benue State, killing 10 persons in Mkgovur village in Buruku local government area. THISDAY gathered that the crisis, which erupted last Friday, has forced many in Buruku and neighbouring Gboko local government area to flee their homes for fear of being killed. According to an eyewitness, “It all started on Friday when the herdsmen forcefully entered our village to graze on farmland but were resisted by our youths. They left only to mobilise and storm our village in their numbers shooting sporadically and chasing everyone from their houses.” “As we speak about 10 people have been killed while many are still unaccounted for this is just as our entire community and neighbouring villages have all been deserted,” the eye witness added. When contacted, the Benue state chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Garus Gololo, said the invaders were not indigenous Fulani, adding, “they came from Taraba and went to Mkgovur village on Friday but were resisted by the villagers.”
- TWO ARMED ROBBERS DIE IN GUN BATTLE AFTER ALLEGEDLY STEALING N105, 000
Two robbery suspects belonging to a three-man gang have been killed by officers of the Bayelsa state police command. They were shot dead after they allegedly robbed a supermarket in Yenagoa and carted away the sum of N105, 000. A police team from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrived the robbery scene following a distress call and immediately engaged the robbers in a gunfight which resulted in fatal injuries to two members of the three-man gang. The two injured suspects were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, but died on the way while, the third suspect escaped with minor bullet wounds. The Bayelsa Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident, said the police were on the trail of the suspect that escaped. Butswat said: “Three young men, armed with locally-made pistols, attacked Ankos Supermarket in Opolo, Yenagoa, and carted away the sum of N105, 000. “The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) swiftly responded to the distress call and the armed robbers engaged the policemen in a gun duel.
- AIR FORCE PERSONNEL SHOOTS FEMALE COLLEAGUE DEAD OVER INFIDELITY
A Nigerian Air Force personnel serving at the Makurdi Base, Aircraft Man ACM (names withheld), in the early hours of yesterday, allegedly shot dead a colleague and supposed girlfriend, an Aircraft Woman, ACW (names withheld), for allegedly having an affair with a man at the Base. Vanguard gathered from an eyewitness that the incident happened shortly after the accused closed from his routine duty around 6a.m. and went straight to the official residence of his supposed lover, only to find her in bed with a civilian male friend. The enraged ACM allegedly pulled out his service gun and shot the lady and also attempted to shoot her male friend, who narrowly escaped. The eyewitness said: “It was at that point that the civilian shouted for help, which drew the attention of neighbours, who called in the Quarter Guard that arrested the Aircraft Man.” When contacted, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Wing Commander Emmanuel Iheoma, who confirmed the killing, said it could have been as a result of a soured relationship. The PRO said: “An Air Force man was at 6.06a.m. this morning (Sunday) arrested and detained at the Air Force Provost Squadron. “When the incident happened, the Air force Woman was rushed to NAF Base Hospital and later referred to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital in Makurdi, where she died. “Investigation into the matter is ongoing to ascertain what really happened and the media will be informed accordingly.”