INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY: THERE WILL BE GUNSHOTS IN ABUJA – ARMY

The Nigerian Army has advised residents of the nation’s capital, Abuja, not to panic at the sound of gun on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. This alert was contained in a statement on Saturday by Captain Haruna Tagwai, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations. “Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day Anniversary Parade is scheduled for 1st October 2019 at the Fore Court of the Presidential Villa Abuja”, it read. “As part of the ceremonial activities for the anniversary, there would also be traditional firing of Artillery Gun salute during the occasion. “Members of the…

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DGHQ WARNS NIGERIANS OVER PITCHING ARMY AGAINST POLICE

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has warned Nigerians against comments and actions that could pit the Nigerian Police Force against the Nigeria Army. The warning became necessary following the controversies and public criticism that greeted the killing of three policemen and a civilian last week by soldiers on the Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba State. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Acting spokesman for the DHQ, Colonel gave the warning while reminding Nigerians that the police and the army are two very important services in the country. He said that concern should be geared…

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JAKANA AMBUSH: ARMY GIVES SLAIN PERSONNEL STATE BURIAL

  The Nigerian Army has finally buried the remains of a Colonel and four soldiers killed in an ambush staged by insurgents in Jakana village along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway. The burial was conducted at the military cemetery of the 7 Division Maimalari Cantonment amidst military ceremonies in the presence of the Next of Kins and family members of the fallen soldiers. The names of the deceased were given as Colonel Kenneth Elemele, Lance Corporal Dimos Daniel, Oguntuase Ayo, Ajijola Sunday and Private (PTE) Akinola Ayoola. A total of six soldiers…

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BURATAI CHANGES KEY MEN IN WAR AGAINST INSURGENTS

The Nigerian Army, on Thursday, announced the appointment of Brig-Gen AK Ibrahim as the new acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), for the 7 Division in Maiduguri. Ibrahim becomes the new theatre commander for Sector 1 Operation Lafia Dole. This was contained in a statement signed by Office of the Army Secretary. Brig.Gen. Ibrahim will take over from Major-General Bulama Biu, who has been appointed acting commander, Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole and Sector 3 Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF). The redeployment takes effect from August 14. The letter also announced…

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SOLDIERS ON REPRISAL ATTACK KILL 3 DURING LAGOS FESTIVAL LAGOS

Samson Folarin Three people have been reportedly killed during a community festival in Isheri/Kara, a boundary community between Lagos and Ogun States. A resident told The PUNCH that the incident happened on Monday night at an event tagged Isheri Day festival. An altercation was said to have occurred among the attendees, as one Tiri was allegedly beaten to a pulp. Tiri was alleged to have been beaten together with a soldier who escorted him to the event. The soldier was reported to have mobilised his colleagues, who stormed the area and opened…

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THIS COLONEL SAYS SOLDIERS ARE TRAINED TO KILL

Colonel Hassan Stan Labo in a interview with Channels TV, explained how the Nigerian operates and how their training looks like. In what looks like a “defence” for the soldiers that perpetrated the killings of 3 officers of the Intelligence Response Team of the police led by ASP Felix Adolije along the Ibi -Jalingo Road while taking a kidnap kingpin , Wadume, to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo . The three officers – Inspector Mark Ediale , Sergeants Usman Danzumi, Dahiru Musa and a civilian – died as a result…

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TARABA POLICE KILLING: SOLDIERS ADVISED BY BURATAI TO TRAVEL IN MUFTI

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja   Following the killing of three Police officers by soldiers of the 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Taraba State last Tuesday, the Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has directed troops on internal security duties to be cautious in their dealings with members of the Police Force. He also admonished travelling military personnel to do so in mufti in order to avoid confrontations with policemen. The Intelligence Response Team of the Police, led by ASP Felix Adolije, had come under attack from soldiers along Ibi-Jalingo…

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OUR MEN MISTAKENLY KILLED 3 POLICEMEN AND 1 CIVILIAN IN TARABA THINKING THEY WERE KIDNAPPERS- ARMY

Nigerian soldiers: Military admits killing policemen The Nigerian army has admitted that its men killed three police operatives and a civilian in Taraba on Tuesday, but said the men were mistaken for kidnappers. According to army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, troops of the 93 Battalion in Takum, ‘exchanged’ fire with the policemen after they failed to stop at three checkpoints. He said the soldiers were responding to a distress call that someone had been kidnapped. It turned out, he said, that the people attacked were members of the IG Intelligence…

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ARMY SPEAKS ON KILLINGS AND SECRET BURIAL OF 1000 SOLDIERS

The Defence headquarters has described as false, the story by The Wall Street Journal which accused its officers of burying a thousand dead soldiers in secret graves, to avoid bad publicity. The American medium had reported that soldiers are being buried in unmarked graves in Borno State, after the army suffers defeat from Boko Haram. But Defence spokesman, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu released a statement saying: “This insinuation can only emanate from an uninformed position of the author of the said publication. Therefore, it must be unambigously clarified that the Armed…

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MINIMAH NEVER USED ARMY TO RIG ELECTIONS – WIKE

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike,   Pays tribute to the former army chief at 60 Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt Unlike the case of the 2019 general election, Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike Saturday said former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Kenneth Minimah refused to use Nigerian Army to frustrate people’s will during the 2015 elections. Wike, also, said that the people of Rivers State “are proud of the former army chief,” citing his contributions to the nation-building and his spirited defence of constitutional democracy during the 2015 general…

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