Maj. Hashim Abdullahi
1. INSECURITY: NIGERIAN ARMY ESTABLISHES SCHOOL TO TRAIN TROOPS ON REGIMENTATION
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the newly-created Army Training School in Port Harcourt was established to improve proficiency of troops in the Niger Delta. Buratai, who inaugurated the training school and other facilities in the 6 Division, Nigerian Army, in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, said the school would be used to train troops on regimentation. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other facilities inaugurated are accident/emergency unit; an expanded divisional hospital; four blocks of six-one bedroom quarters and military cemetery, among others. Buratai, represented by the outgoing General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Maj.-Gen. Adamu Abubakar, said the projects were initiated and completed through direct labour. Buratai said the school is equipped with learning facilities that would enable officers and soldiers to acquire knowledge and skills in the discharge of their service to the country.
2. CUSTOMS INTERCEPT TRUCKLOAD OF ARMY CAMOUFLAGE, KITS
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted a truckload of military camouflage, combat boots and other kits with Duty Paid Value of N61, 411, 384.00. The 1×40 feet Container which also contained other contraband goods used as a decoy to conceal the bales of the military camouflage was arrested along the Aba-Eleme axis by Customs Officers. Three suspects, Emeka Omaliko, Udokachi Igba and Godwin Kalu were arrested in connection with the importation and clearing of the contraband. Parading the suspects and the impounded items at Imo/Abia Command Headquarters in Owerri, the Comptroller General of Customs, Hammed Ali, represented by the Zonal Coordinator Zone C, Assistant Comptroller General Sanusi Umar, said “the arrest was another milestone recorded in our efforts to stem smuggling activities and to protect our national security”.
3. HOW NIGERIA MEDIA REPORTS ENCOURAGE TERRORISTS, UNDERPLAY ARMY SUCCESSES – GROUP
The Coalition of Civil Society Groups against Terrorism in Nigeria has expressed worry over what it termed as the reactionary activities of some media organizations, particular online newspapers and some self-styled Social media commentators. The group faulted the media manner of reportage on the current activities of the Boko Haram sect, by promoting their recent renewed attacks in the North Eastern part of the Country, while denigrating the Nigerian military, particularly the Nigerian Army and it’s leadership. While calling on the media practitioners to be patriotic in reporting terrorism, the group also urged the media mostly the online media practitioners to crosscheck their facts before going to the press.
4. OPERATION DIRAN MIKIYA (NORTH WEST): NAF DEPLOYS FIGHTER AIRCRAFT/ADDITIONAL ASSETS FOR ANTI-BANDITRY BATTLE
The Nigerian Airforce said on Tuesday that it has deployed additional troops and air assets along with necessary ground support equipment and logistics facilities to Katsina and Gusau in support of anti-armed banditry operations in the North West. The NAF said the deployment is in compliance with the directives of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari. A statement by Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of Public Relations and Information said, “The deployment began on 29 July 2018 with the NAF C-130H aircraft airlifting required logistics in preparation for the commencement of Operation Diran Mikiya, which commenced earlier on Tuesday, 31 July 2018. Speaking Tuesday after launching the Operation, the new Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Special Operations Command (SOC), Air Vice Marshal Samson Akpasa, stated that fighter aircraft, helicopter gunships as well as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms alongside necessary equipment and personnel had been deployed for the conduct of Operation Diran Mikiya.
5. WAR ON TERROR: ARMY ASSURES HUNTERS’ ASSOCIATION OF COLLABORATION
The Nigerian Army has assured the Vigilante/Hunters Association in Borno state of its readiness to collaborate with the Association in the ongoing counter insurgency operations in the North East. The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division Brigadier General Abdulmalik Biu gave the assurance in Maiduguri during a meeting with the members of the Association led by its Chairman, Alhaji Maigana Maidarma. Biu stated that the meeting was timely and will afford them an opportunity to discuss possible ways towards ending insurgency in the region. He commended them for their hunting prowess and familiarity of the terrain while urging them to proffer solutions that will help in effectively checkmating the menace of the Boko Haram terrorists.
6. NAE SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS ON QUALITY EDUCATION
The President, Nigerian Academy of Education (NAE), Professor Elizabeth Eke has expressed the Association’s readiness to partner with Defence Headquarters (DHQ) to promote quality educational system in the country. Professor Elizabeth disclosed this on Tuesday 31 July 2018 when she led a NAE delegation on an advocacy visit to the DHQ, where she identified the Armed Forces as a critical stakeholder in the educational sector owing to the fact that the Military have some of the best schools cutting across the country. She added that the intended relationship between DHQ and NAE will be mutually beneficial to the educational sector. The NAE President said, “We have come to the Armed Forces, we believe that those who are interested in the future of our country, our region and sub-Saharan Africa, should join hands with NAE to ensure that the downward trend in the quality of education for our children and youths could be arrested.’’
7. SECURITY OPERATIVES ARREST SIX ROBBERY/KIDNAP SUSPECTS IN DELTA,RECOVER LOCALLY-MADE GUNS
A combined team of anti-cult squad of the Nigeria Police, and vigilante group in Abavo community in Delta State in the early hours of Tuesday, arrested six robbery and kidnap suspects in Abavo and Obi Anyima communities during their routine patrol. It was gathered that the security operatives also uncovered a makeshift tent in Obi Anyima community where kidnappers kept their victims, including eight locally-made guns with charms. The state Commissioner of Police, Mustafa Muhammed, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects to DAILY POST in Asaba, gave their names as Johnson Chukwudi, Ambrose Okweu Chiedu Akeseh, Austin Afiokun, William Benson, and Emeka Cheidu, adding the suspects upon interrogation confessed to committing many crimes, including the kidnap of some prominent Deltans, and their release after payment of ransom.
8. FAKE SOLDIER SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IMPRISONMENT IN NIGER
A 32 year old ‘fake soldier’ Tanko Mohammed was yesterday sentenced to a three-year jail term by a Minna Chief Magistrate Court for parading himself as a military man and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public of N7million. Mohammed was said to have perpetrated the crime on the guise that he would assist his victims to be recruited into the Nigerian Army. He was charged before Chief Magistrate Nasir Muazu on a four-count charge of criminal breach of trust, cheating, impersonation and charms. Police Prosecutor, ASP Daniel Ikwoche, told the court that one Diko Barde filed a petition against the convict before the Inspector General of Police (IG) monitoring unit, Minna office, on July 9.
9. POLICE ARREST 19 SUSPECTED CULTISTS IN LAGOS
The police on Wednesday said they had arrested 19 suspected cultists in Imeke, a suburb of Badagry, Lagos State. SP Samson Akhiromen, the Divisional Police Officer in Badagry, disclosed this when the new District Correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria for the area, Mr Raji Rasak, visited the divisional office. Akhiromen said that the suspects were arrested at about 11 p.m. on July 27 when the suspects were having a meeting to carry out their nefarious activities. According to him, a reliable source from the city gave useful information that led to the arrest of 18 males and one female suspects. The DPO, who led the team of policemen that arrested the suspects, said they were caught with two machetes, nine mobile phones and charms.
10. NYSC TO CORPS MEMBERS: DROP NEGATIVE IMPRESSIONS ABOUT ZAMFARA, YOU’LL BE SAFE
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Wednesday assured the 2,100 new corps members posted to Zamfara State under 2018 Batch `B’ that their safety would not be compromised. The state NYSC Coordinator, Mr Dahunsi Muhammad gave the assurance while speaking to newsmen in Tsafe on Wednesday. The corps members posted to the state under 2018 Batch B are undergoing a three-week orientation programme at NYSC orientation camp, Tsafe. Dahunsi urged the corps members to drop any negative impressions about Zamfara and disregard any negative news report, especially on the social media, about the state.