Army adopts spiritual warfare to counter insurgents’ propaganda – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, says the Army has engaged in spiritual warfare to counter Boko Haram propaganda. Buratai, represented by Brig.-Gen. Timothy Olowomeye, the Director of Civil Military Affairs, stated this at the 2019 Chaplains annual Training Conference and Retreat on Tuesday in Sokoto. According to the Army Chief, “We were involved in a joint seminar on Spiritual Warfare as an effective means against insurgency and other forms of restiveness. ”Boko Haram and the likes cannot be defeated by kinetic military warfare alone. “Finding…

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Adamawa: Police free 15 hostages at illegal reformation home

Fifteen hostages have been freed by Police in Adamawa State, after they discovered another illegal reformation home at a suburb in State. The Adamawa State Police Command raided a house suspected to be having many people as hostages at Wuri-Hausa Yola town of the State. According to an eye-witness, the Police found over 15 victims allegedly detained illegally by an old man and young persons serving as his monitoring agents. Conforming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Suleiman Yahaya Ngoroje, said the officers, acting on an intelligence…

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Troops destroy 2 bandits camps in Kaduna

Combined troops of ‘Operation Thunder Strike’, ‘Operation Whirl Punch’ and 312 Artillery Regiment have destroyed two bandits camps in Kaduna State, spokesman of Army 1 Division, Col. Ezindu Idimah, has said. Idamah said the operation was carried out from about 2 a.m to 4 a.m on Sunday, following credible information from well-meaning Nigerians. “The offensive action was aimed at destroying remnants of bandits and their camps at Kankomi, close to Tantu and Daban Goje Mountains in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State,” Idamah told the News Agency of Nigeria…

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NAF bombs Boko Haram commanders in Sambisa Forest

The Nigerian Air Force has bombed a meeting venue of the Boko Haram commanders at Ngoske on the fringes of the Sambisa forest, in Borno State. The attack was executed by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole combat aircraft after successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions identified the locations as housing some Boko Haram leaders. The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said in a release that two buildings were blown off in Ngoske by the aircraft, leading to “the neutralisation…

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Don’t hold procession today, police warn Shiites

The Nigeria Police yesterday issued a warning to the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), in a reaction to the group’s plan to hold its yearly Arbaeen procession today, Saturday. Spokesman for the police in Kaduna State, Yakubu Sabo, told The Guardian: “It is our primary responsibility to enforce the law of the land. The Federal Government of Nigeria has proscribed them. You are also aware that the state government proscribed them too. So, if they are proscribed, you can anticipate what the police will do when they are seen engaging…

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Nigerian Army renames South East training exercise from Egwu Eke to Atilogwu Udo

The authorities of the Nigerian Army have renamed one of its annual training exercises code-named Operation Python Dance, otherwise known as Operation Egwu Eke in Ibo Language, to Operation Atilogwu Udo, meaning Dance for Peace in similar language. The Army announced the change in the operation’s nomenclature in a press release by Col. Aminu Iliyasu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Ilyasu however said the new name would not affect other components of the exercise, which were to tackle “kidnappings, armed robbery, inter-cult and communal clashes…

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IGP to launch CCTV cameras in three cities in Anambra

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano will play host to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu at the inauguration of Closed-Circuit Cameras (CCTVs) acquired by the state government to be installed in three cities of the state namely: Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi. Known as ‘Smart City Project’, the CCTV cameras, according to the IG, will later be extended to other communities of the State. A statement, issued and signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment Mr. C. Don Adinuba, described the gadgets as modern, procured by the governor in…

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Insecurity: Nigerian Army begins nationwide training

Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai

The Nigerian Army has announced the commencement of training exercises and operations across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, as part of efforts to checkmate the activities of criminals and bandits. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh announced the exercises in a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja. Buratai said the exercises include ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile 4, to be conducted in the South-South zone, Egwu Eke 4 in the South-East and Ayem Akpatuma 2 in the North-Central…

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Time to end Boko Haram is now – Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole to troops

The Theatre Commander, Operation ‘Lafiya Dole’, Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, on Tuesday urged troops of the Nigerian Army, to give final push to end Boko Haram insurgency in North-East. He gave the charge while addressing men of the Operation ‘Lafiya Dole’ sector 2 Command, Damaturu, in Yobe State. According to the General, “There is no better time than now to do it; this is the time to allow our country rest from the menace of Boko Haram. “You should be ruthless with Boko Haram and anybody supporting Boko Haram, you should…

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22,000 people missing in Nigeria – highest in the world, says Red Cross

At least 22,000 people are missing in Nigeria due to the decade-long conflict with the Boko Haram group, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said. In a statement, ICRC President Peter Maurer said nearly 60 percent of those missing were children and that it was the highest number of missing persons registered with the organisation in any country. “They were minors when they went missing, meaning thousands of parents don’t know where their children are and if they are alive or dead,” he said on Thursday at…

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Why PSC puts Police recruitment exercise on hold

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has put on hold the ongoing recruitment process into the constable cadre of the Nigerian Police Force, to enable it finalise the remaining stages of the exercise. Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head, Press and Public Relations of PSC, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, appealed to the affected applicants to be patient and await further directives from the commission. He called on those who participated in the recruitment process up to the aptitude test level to ignore any list or…

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How DSS arrested mastermind of attack on Nasarawa dep gov, recovers 50 AK-47 rifles

The Department of the State Security Service in Kano State has arrested one of the dreaded kidnapping kingpins, who allegedly organized the recent attack on Nassarawa State Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe where three Policemen and a civilian were killed. It has been gathered that the suspect, Muhammad Sani Akazakwai, was apprehended at his mother’s residence in Kano during the week while treating the wounds he apparently sustained during a gun duel with the Police. A source told our reporter that, “We have arrested him and his mother with another Mallam,…

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Zamfara govt organises festival for repentant bandits

As parts of the peace pact it reached, the Zamfara State Government, on Tuesday, organised ‘Sharo’ cultural festival for repentant Fulani bandits. The Sharo Fulani culture is a yearly event organised at the end of the Eid-el-Kabir festival, which was last held eight years ago due to insecurity occasioned by banditry perpetuated by suspected Fulani. Governor Bello Matawalle, however, invited the Fulani and the repentant bandits for the festival in fulfillment of the peace agreement the state government reached with the ex-bandits. Over 20,000 Fulani and well-wishers attended the festival…

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Boko Haram Displacement: Bama, Gwoza communities celebrate first Sallah in 5 years

Some residents of Gwoza and Bama in Borno State have expressed delight over peaceful Eid-el-Kabir celebrations for the first time in five years. Gwoza and Bama were among the communities displaced at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2014. Thousands of people from the communities, including the Emirs of Gwoza, Mohammed Shehu Timta and that of Bama, Umar Kyari El-Kanemi, fled their homes and took refuge in Maiduguri. Sequel to the peace restoration and resettlement programmes, Timta and Elkanemi returned to their domains in July, which avail them…

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Insecurity: Politicians know who the bandits are – Tsav

Abubakar Tsav, a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State,has blamed politicians for activities of bandits terrorising the country. Tsav told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Makurdi that banditry and most insecurities occurring in the country were created by politicians. He said most politicians knew exactly who the bandits were and why they were carrying out such activities. “Banditry and insecurity are created by politicians and the politicians know who the bandits are. They know why these people are doing this. “I want to appeal to…

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