ARMY PROMOTES DIYA, 122 OTHERS

The Nigerian Army has approved the promotion of 123 officers from the ranks of Major to Lieutenant Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel. According to the Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, a breakdown from the office of the Military Secretary (Army) indicated that 66 officers were promoted to the rank of Colonel from Lieutenant Colonel and 57 to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel from the rank of Major. He said the promotions were sequel to the recommendations of the Army Promotions Board 3 and 4 and that the exercise…

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SOLDIERS INVADE KANU’S HOME IN SEARCH OF ARMS

Prince Emmanuel Kanu, the younger brother of the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra ( IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has alleged that soldiers have again invaded their Afaraukwu Umuahia family home and carted away some household items. Prince Kanu said that the invasion by the soldiers took place on Sunday afternoon. He accused the invaders of looting the palace and making away with such items as television, generating sets, clothes among others belongings of the family. Kanu called on the international community to prevail on the Nigerian Army to stop raiding…

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BIRATAI COMMISSIONS OFFICE TO CURTAIL SOLDIERS’ HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. – Gen. Tukur Buratai (4th left), after commissioning the Human Rights Office at Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri yesterday. Photo: Omirin Olatunji The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Butatai yesterday commissioned human rights offices and residential quarters for soldiers in Borno State. Buratai said while commissioning the projects at Maimalari Cantonment, the Headquarters of 7 Division of Nigeria Army in Maiduguri that the establishment of the human rights office would checkmate human rights violations by the troops and against troops. “I am happy…

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ARMY TO LAUNCH OPERATION CROCODILE SMILE IN OGUN SOON

To address the security challenges in Ogun State and its environs, the Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it had concluded  plans to launch a new security initiative code named “Operation Crocodile Smile.” The Brigade Commander of the 35  Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta, Basil Adoke, disclosed this in Abeokuta  at a reception organised by the state government as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary. Adoke, who  said that the initiative  would commence ” in the next couple of days” across the state and its environs, is  targeted…

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SOUTH WEST IS PEACEFUL, CONTINUE YOUR DANCE IN THE NORTH EAST, AFENIFERE TELLS.ARMY

 John Owen Nwachukwu  The Yoruba Social-political group, Afenifere has warned the Nigerian Army against the planned launch of ‘Operation Crocodile Smile II’ in the south-west region of the country. The army had declared during the week that ‘Operation crocodile smile II’ was going to be launched in the South-west. It explained that the operation was aimed at going after kidnappers, Badoo group and other criminal groups in the south-west. But speaking to Punch, the Spokesperson of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin said the move was another way of trying to provoke crisis…

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ARMY KEEPS MUM ABOUT KANU’S WHEREABOUTS

The Nigerian Army said on Friday it has successfully curtailed the activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in the South East, while clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the region had been prevented by troops in the past two weeks. However, the army was silent on the whereabouts of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who was said to be on the run after troops laid siege on his compound in Aba, Abia state. Providing an update on Exercise Egwu Eke II (Python Dance II) the army said activities of…

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OPERATION PYTHON DANCE, CROCODILE SMILE IN NIGERIA INTEREST – BURATAI

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that the Operation Python Dance 2 embarked upon by the Nigerian Army in the South East as well as the Operation Crocodile Smile 2 in the South South and South West zones were meant to tackle existing/emerging security challenges around the country. He assured that the Nigerian Army would continue to remain apolitical, professional and responsive in the discharge of its constitutional duties while it would continue to obey the rule of law and remain guided by the…

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7 KIDNAPPERS APPREHENDED IN ONDO AS SOLDIERS INVADE DEN

 Peter Dada,  Akure Men of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Akure, Ondo State, on Wednesday stormed some bushes in the Akoko area and arrested seven suspected kidnappers in their dens. The soldiers were said to have gone after the hoodlums who had their dens located in Akokoland, following reports of kidnappings, especially of travellers on Akure-Owo and Kabba-Auga-Akunnu expressways. The Assistant Director of the Nigeria Army Public Relations, Captain Ojo Adelegan, said the  activities of the kidnappers in the area informed the action of the army, which…

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SOUTH WEST MILITARY ACTION TO TACKLE BADOO, OTHERS SAYS ARMY

Chukwudi Akasike , Adelani Adepegba, Olaleye Aluko and Ovie Okpare The Nigerian Army on Wednesday identified the Badoo group and other cults as one of the security challenges that Operation Crocodile Smile II would take care of in the South-West. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, who stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents, insisted that the military operations – Egwu Eke II and Crocodile Smile II – like the earlier operations, were not targeted at “any particular ethnic group or group of individuals.”…

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ARMY DID NOT DECLARE IPOB TERRORIST ORGANISATION- BURATAI

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai on Monday evening stated that the Defence Headquarters did not declare the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB a terrorist organization in the country. Speaking during the official launch of Operation Python Dance II in Abakaliki, the Army Chief who argued that what the Defence Headquarters did was a pronouncement on IPOB added that the statement of the military gave room for the right steps to be taken on the matter. According to Buratai, the action of the Federal government concerning IPOB…

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