Capt. Hashim Ibrahim
1. LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: ARMY TRAINS 51 OFFICERS, 113 SOLDIERS IN YORUBA, HAUSA, IGBO
Lt.-Gen. TukurBuratai, the Chief of Army Staff on Thursday in Abuja said that emerging internal security threats informed the need by the Nigerian Army to train its personnel on proficiency in indigenous languages. Buratai stated this during the presentation of certificates to 164 personnel, comprising 51 officers and 113 soldiers, who participated in the `Language Proficiency Course 4’ at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre. The Army chief, who was represented by Maj-Gen. KutaIsiyaku, the Chief of Administration (Army) explained that it had become necessary to train soldiers in the three major languages, Yoruba Igbo and Hausa, in order to improve on intelligence gathering.
2. ARMY RELOCATES BORNO COMMUNITY OVER BOKO HARAM
The Nigerian Army on Monday began the relocation of residents of Sabon Gari Village to Damboa town in Damboa local government area of Borno State following concerns over presence of Boko Haram terrorists in the area. According to Borno State government source who spoke on the condition of anonymity to LEADERSHIP, over 15 trucks conveying both men, women and children have been received at the internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Damboa town. The source added that the condition of most of them that have arrived is not pleasant as the children that accompanied their parents kept crying. Confirming the evacuation to newsmen in Maiduguri, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole , Major General Benson Akinroluyo, said the exercise became necessary for the safety of the people. “We are conducting the evacuation to ensure that the people are protected from the unexpected. It is routine military exercise,” Major General Akinroluyo said. It would be recalled that similar exercise was conducted recently when the Army evacuated over 5000 residents comprising men, women and children from Jakana in Konduga local government area to Bakassi IDPs camp in Maiduguri. They were later returned to their homes after the clearance operations in the area.
3. CAS TASKS PERSONNEL ON DEDICATION TO DUTY
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has charged personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to rededicate themselves to duty and increase their commitment towards ensuring improved security of lives and property of Nigerians across the country. The CAS stated this yesterday during the commissioning of a newly constructed block of 18 x 2 bedroom Senior Non-Commissioned Officers’ (SNCOs’) accommodation at the NAF Base in Kainji. Air Marshal Abubakar said while NAF personnel have no doubt, made immense sacrifices in the prosecution of internal security operations in some parts of the country, more was still expected of them. In a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the CAS who was represented by the Chief of Administration, AVM Kingsley Lar stressed the need for personnel to give their all, adding that it is the only acceptable level of effort worthy of the support and goodwill Nigerians have bestowed on the Service. He also urged the occupants of the accommodation to utilise the facilities with a high sense of care and maintenance, assuring them that the Service would continue to embark on projects designed to ensure the comfort of its personnel and their families.
4. NPA PARTNERS NAVY ON MARITIME SECURITY
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Navy (NN) have resolved to work in unison towards ensuring the security and safety of the nation’s territorial waters and maritime domain. Receiving a team of Naval officers led by the flag officers commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Oladele Bamidele Daji, who paid a visit to the management of the NPA in Lagos, the Managing Director of NPA Hadiza Bala-Usman said the agency was desirous of sustaining the existing collaboration between the agency and the Nigerian Navy. On the importance of Hydrographic chart in the operational activities in the sector, Bala Usman enjoined the NPA hydrographers to synergise efforts with the Nigerian Naval Perspective in order that the realities of purpose be prioritised. The NPA boss reiterated the preparedness of the agency to contribute to the issue of the effective functionality of the Naval Defense Jetty and urged the Nigerian Navy to take advantage of the NPAs’ simulation center in the training of their staff especially the Naval Pilots.
5. KILLINGS: MILITARY CHIEFS STORM KATSINA ON BUHARI’S ORDER
A DELEGATION of military chiefs led by Maj.-Gen. B.I. Ahanotu yesterday arrived in Katsina to assess the escalation of killings by bandits and to map out strategies aimed at putting a stop to banditry and kidnapping as ordered by President Muhammad Buhari last Wednesday. Gen. Ahanotu told the Deputy Governor, ManirYakubu, who stood in for Governor Aminu Bello Masari, that they were sent by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin and the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. TukurBuratai, to assess the attacks by bandits in the state, particularly the killings in Batsari and other local government areas. The General added that they were visiting to commiserate with the government and people and to reiterate the commitment of security agencies to security of lives and property. The deputy governor lamented that Katsina is in a state of mourning because of incessant attacks by bandits, kidnappers and other security challenges. He thanked the President for responding to the distress call from the state, saying the citizens were happy that the President wasted no time in sending an assessment team, especially after receiving a briefing from the governor on Wednesday.
6. MILITARY CAN’T TRUNCATE DEMOCRACY AGAIN, SAYS OYEGUN
A former governor of Edo State and immediate-past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the military cannot truncate democracy again in the country. He also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign into law the Electoral Reform Bill to deepen the nation’s democracy. Oyegun spoke on Wednesday in Abuja after watching a documentary titled, ‘Sweats of Freedom, struggles for Nigeria’s democracy,’ packaged by a broadcaster, who is also the Chief Executive of Signature Communications Limited, MartinsIlo. The documentary, which was sponsored by the Ford Foundation, x-rayed Nigeria’s political history from independence, military interventions, as well as the annulment of the controversial June 12, 1993 presidential election said to have been won by the late Chief MKO Abiola, and those who sacrificed their lives for democracy.
7. BANDITRY: KATSINA CANCELS MASARI’S INAUGURATION ACTIVITIES
The Katsina State Government on Thursday cancelled the activities lined up for the inauguration ceremony of new administration in the state. The government cited the current security situation in the state for the cancellation. It also said that the cancellation was in honour of victims of bandits’ attacks in the state. A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa, said the only activity that would take place would be the mandatory swearing-in of the governor and his deputy. The statement did not disclose when and where the swearing-in would take place. The statement partly read, “The Katsina State Government has cancelled all activities lined up for the inauguration ceremony of the new administration in the state.
8. GUNMEN INVADE AKWA IBOM COMMUNITY, KILL MANY
Some unconfirmed number of people has been allegedly shot dead and even more injured at Ikot Adaba fishing community in Oku Iboku clan of Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State by hoodlums suspected to have come from the neighbouring Ikot Offiong community in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State. Our correspondent learned that the attack occurred in the morning of Tuesday just as commercial activities were picking up on the Ikot Adakpan beach. The communal clash between Ikot Offiong and Oku Iboku dates back to the days of the defunct Eastern region. Several efforts by the Federal government as well as governments of Akwa Ibom and Cross Rivers states to bring the perennial clashes to an end have so far been abortive as each side, sometimes, tacitly supported by authorities of their different states have stuck to their claims of ownership of the land in dispute. The chairman, Itu local government, Mr. Etetim Onuk, who visited the beach in the company with the army operations officer, 2 Brigade, Uyo, Capt. S. S. Jatau and the Divisional Police Officer of the area, condemned the attacks on the innocent community members who were going about their lawful means of livelihood, but, met their untimely death. Onuk called on both the state and Federal governments to ensure deployment of more security personnel to the area in order to beef up security along the coastal communities.
9. SENATE DECRIES RISING CASES OF KILLINGS IN RIVERS
The Senate ywednesay resolved to call on both the federal and Rivers State governments, to work together to develop workable strategies aimed at tackling rising cases of killings in the state. The upper legislative chamber has also passed 11 bills, including one that made provision for the establishment of Federal Audit Service Commission and another one that changed the name of Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The lawmakers’resolution on Rivers was sequel to a motion entitled, “frightening killings in Rivers State” moved by Senator Andrew Uchendu (Rivers East). Presenting the motion, Uchendu said the killing of innocent citizens as a result of murder, kidnapping, violence or abduction had become rampant in the state for over a decade. According to him, the killings assumed a dangerous proportion before, during and after the 2015 general election. He stressed that more worrisome was the trend of decapitation and or dismembering of body parts, including beheading of victims.
10. SLAMIC STATE CLAIMS GUBIO MILITARY BASE ATTACK, RELEASES ISWAP PROPAGANDA VIDEO
At least three Nigerian soldiers were killed when insurgents attacked a military base in Borno state, military and militia sources told AFP on Wednesday, May 22. Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province faction of Boko Haram on Monday evening attacked the base in the town of Gubio, around 80 km (50 miles) north of Borno state capital Maiduguri, firing heavy weapons and dislodging troops. ISIS on Wednesday claimed that 20 Nigerian soldiers were killed when ISWAP fighters “took control” of the base. ISIS later released a video showing ISWAP attacks mainly in the Lake Chad area between November and January. The video appeared to also show the execution of nine people, including one tank crewman who was killed with a rocket-propelled grenade.