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HOW NIGERIAN TROOPS NEUTRALIZE TERRORIST IN KATSINA STATE, RESCUE KIDNAP VICTIMS, RECOVER ARMS IN SEPARATE OPERATIONS

HOW NIGERIAN TROOPS NEUTRALIZE TERRORIST IN KATSINA STATE, RESCUE KIDNAP VICTIMS, RECOVER ARMS IN SEPARATE OPERATIONS


Troops of the Nigerian Army deployed for Counter terrorism operations in the North West  in conjunction with a team from the Nigeria Police and Katsina State Community Watch Corps, in a recent fighting patrol made contact with terrorists at Danmusa in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State. Troops engaged the terrorists in a fierce gun battle resulting in the neutralization of one terrorist and the recovery of some arms and equipment.


The successful operation led to the seizure of one AK-47 rifle, two rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition and a motorcycle. The troops also recovered a bag containing four empty magazines and a power bank, potentially used for communication and explosive devices.



In a separate incident, troops responded to a distress call on  kidnapping activities along the Maraban-Jema'a road in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. On sighting the troops, the kidnappers fled, abandoning a  Peugeot 307 vehicle and two kidnap victims.


The two kidnap victims, Mr Abdul Bello, who is the owner of the abandoned vehicle and Miss Sekyen Melody Yapshak have been promptly evacuated for medical attention.  


These operations underscore the  commitment of the Nigerian Army to collaborate with other security agencies to combat kidnapping and violent extremism in the region. The swift response and successful outcomes of these engagements demonstrate the effectiveness of interagency cooperation in addressing security challenges in the country.


Troops of the Nigerian Army deployed for Counter terrorism operations in the North West  in conjunction with a team from the Nigeria Police and Katsina State Community Watch Corps, in a recent fighting patrol made contact with terrorists at Danmusa in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State. Troops engaged the terrorists in a fierce gun battle resulting in the neutralization of one terrorist and the recovery of some arms and equipment.


The successful operation led to the seizure of one AK-47 rifle, two rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition and a motorcycle. The troops also recovered a bag containing four empty magazines and a power bank, potentially used for communication and explosive devices.



In a separate incident, troops responded to a distress call on  kidnapping activities along the Maraban-Jema'a road in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. On sighting the troops, the kidnappers fled, abandoning a  Peugeot 307 vehicle and two kidnap victims.


The two kidnap victims, Mr Abdul Bello, who is the owner of the abandoned vehicle and Miss Sekyen Melody Yapshak have been promptly evacuated for medical attention.  


These operations underscore the  commitment of the Nigerian Army to collaborate with other security agencies to combat kidnapping and violent extremism in the region. The swift response and successful outcomes of these engagements demonstrate the effectiveness of interagency cooperation in addressing security challenges in the country.

WAR AGAINST TERRORISM: NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS INTENSIFY OFFENSIVE, OVERRUN ISWAP/BOKO HARAM STRONGHOLD, RECOVER HEAVY ARTILLERY GUN, GUN TRUCKS

WAR AGAINST TERRORISM: NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS INTENSIFY OFFENSIVE, OVERRUN ISWAP/BOKO HARAM STRONGHOLD, RECOVER HEAVY ARTILLERY GUN, GUN TRUCKS


In a major victory against terrorism, Nigerian Army troops have successfully overrun a Boko Haram/Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) stronghold in Borno State. The intense offensive is part of Operation Desert Sanity III, involving  a combination of artillery and air bombardments, as well as ground battle along Ngumne, Kawaran, and Mangu Axis in the Sambisa Forest and Timbuktu Triangle. .


Despite facing threats of improvised explosive devices and resistance from the terrorists, troops engaged them with heavy firepower, rooting out the terrorists from their stronghold. As a result of the successful operation, the gallant troops recovered vital armaments and other equipment, including two gun trucks, a 105mm Pack Howitzer, two exploded improvised explosive device cases, and a burnt Rocket-Propelled Grenade tube. The enclaves were also destroyed by the troops.


This audacious operation demonstrates  Nigerian Army's commitment to eradicating terrorism and ensuring the safety and security of the region. The recovery of heavy artillery and Gun trucks marks a significant setback for the terrorists.










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In a major victory against terrorism, Nigerian Army troops have successfully overrun a Boko Haram/Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) stronghold in Borno State. The intense offensive is part of Operation Desert Sanity III, involving  a combination of artillery and air bombardments, as well as ground battle along Ngumne, Kawaran, and Mangu Axis in the Sambisa Forest and Timbuktu Triangle. .


Despite facing threats of improvised explosive devices and resistance from the terrorists, troops engaged them with heavy firepower, rooting out the terrorists from their stronghold. As a result of the successful operation, the gallant troops recovered vital armaments and other equipment, including two gun trucks, a 105mm Pack Howitzer, two exploded improvised explosive device cases, and a burnt Rocket-Propelled Grenade tube. The enclaves were also destroyed by the troops.


This audacious operation demonstrates  Nigerian Army's commitment to eradicating terrorism and ensuring the safety and security of the region. The recovery of heavy artillery and Gun trucks marks a significant setback for the terrorists.










Source: NIGERIAN ARMY

NIGERIAN ARMY: HOW TROOPS AMBUSH TERRORISTS ON TRANSIT TO CAUSE HAVOC IN KADUNA, NEUTRALIZE 2, RECOVER ARMS

NIGERIAN ARMY: HOW TROOPS AMBUSH TERRORISTS ON TRANSIT TO CAUSE HAVOC IN KADUNA, NEUTRALIZE 2, RECOVER ARMS


Nigerian Army troops deployed for Counter- terrorism  Counter-insurgency operations in the North West on Saturday 13 April 2024 successfully ambushed and neutralized two terrorists transiting with arms in Kaduna. 


The operation, which took place in Rafin Sariki Village of Giwa Local Government Area, was a prompt response to actionable intelligence on the presence of terrorists transiting with a sack containing weapons.


According to a statement signed by Major General Onyema Neachukwu who is the Director Army Public Relations, the troops laid in ambush for the terrorists and engaged them in a gun battle, that neutralized two of the terrorists. The gallant troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, 52 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and one locally fabricated revolver frame.


The Nigerian Army remains committed to ensuring the safety  and security of the citizenry and the nation in general. The NA will thus, continue to take decisive actions against terrorists activities in the region.


Nigerian Army troops deployed for Counter- terrorism  Counter-insurgency operations in the North West on Saturday 13 April 2024 successfully ambushed and neutralized two terrorists transiting with arms in Kaduna. 


The operation, which took place in Rafin Sariki Village of Giwa Local Government Area, was a prompt response to actionable intelligence on the presence of terrorists transiting with a sack containing weapons.


According to a statement signed by Major General Onyema Neachukwu who is the Director Army Public Relations, the troops laid in ambush for the terrorists and engaged them in a gun battle, that neutralized two of the terrorists. The gallant troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, 52 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and one locally fabricated revolver frame.


The Nigerian Army remains committed to ensuring the safety  and security of the citizenry and the nation in general. The NA will thus, continue to take decisive actions against terrorists activities in the region.

NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS NEUTRALIZE TERRORISTS IN TARABA, THWART KIDNAP ATTEMPT IN KOGI, RESCUE PASSENGERS

NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS NEUTRALIZE TERRORISTS IN TARABA, THWART KIDNAP ATTEMPT IN KOGI, RESCUE PASSENGERS


Nigerian Army troops have  neutralized 2 terrorists in Taraba State, thwarted a kidnap attempt in Kogi State, where they rescued kidnap victims and successfully carried out an offensive operation in Zamfara State.


Responding to actionable intelligence, on the movement of terrorists in Mayinawa, Garin Daniel and Garbatau axis in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State, troops swiftly mobilized and made contact with the terrorists, neutralizing 2 of them in an exchange of fire. The terrorists have been reported to frequently terrorize the residents of the communities. 


The troops recovered  2 AK- 47 Rifles, 4 AK- 47 Magazines and 56 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.


Similarly troops  successfully thwarted a kidnap attempt by criminal elements, who attacked passengers onboard three commercial buses along Akpata – Obajana road in Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State. The vigilant troops arrived timely to avert the situation, rescuing the passengers and engaging the criminals in a hot pursuit. Some of the rescued passengers who suffered injuries during the kidnap attempt have been promptly evacuated to a hospital for medical attention.


In a separate operation, troops deployed for Counter Insurgency Operations in the North West, have  conducted a successful raid  operation into a kidnappers' den  in Kuyambana general area, along Road Magawa-Migetso in Zamfara State. The troops made contact with the insurgents neutralized 2 in a gun duel. After a thorough search of their camps, troops recovered one pump action gun, one locally fabricated gun, 2 live cartridges, one locally made pistol, one handset and a  tying chain used to fasten kidnapped victims. The troops have also destroyed the camp.


The Nigerian Army remains resolute in its commitment to sanitizing troubled areas and maintaining peace and stability in the country. We continue to solicit the support and cooperation of the public in the ongoing operations across the country.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Major General

Director Army Public Relations

15 March 2024


Nigerian Army troops have  neutralized 2 terrorists in Taraba State, thwarted a kidnap attempt in Kogi State, where they rescued kidnap victims and successfully carried out an offensive operation in Zamfara State.


Responding to actionable intelligence, on the movement of terrorists in Mayinawa, Garin Daniel and Garbatau axis in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State, troops swiftly mobilized and made contact with the terrorists, neutralizing 2 of them in an exchange of fire. The terrorists have been reported to frequently terrorize the residents of the communities. 


The troops recovered  2 AK- 47 Rifles, 4 AK- 47 Magazines and 56 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.


Similarly troops  successfully thwarted a kidnap attempt by criminal elements, who attacked passengers onboard three commercial buses along Akpata – Obajana road in Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State. The vigilant troops arrived timely to avert the situation, rescuing the passengers and engaging the criminals in a hot pursuit. Some of the rescued passengers who suffered injuries during the kidnap attempt have been promptly evacuated to a hospital for medical attention.


In a separate operation, troops deployed for Counter Insurgency Operations in the North West, have  conducted a successful raid  operation into a kidnappers' den  in Kuyambana general area, along Road Magawa-Migetso in Zamfara State. The troops made contact with the insurgents neutralized 2 in a gun duel. After a thorough search of their camps, troops recovered one pump action gun, one locally fabricated gun, 2 live cartridges, one locally made pistol, one handset and a  tying chain used to fasten kidnapped victims. The troops have also destroyed the camp.


The Nigerian Army remains resolute in its commitment to sanitizing troubled areas and maintaining peace and stability in the country. We continue to solicit the support and cooperation of the public in the ongoing operations across the country.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Major General

Director Army Public Relations

15 March 2024

NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS WIPEOUT 8 TERRORISTS IN SAMBISA, SEIZE ARMS, RESCUE KIDNAP VICTIM, DESTROY IPOB/ESN ARMS FACTORY

NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS WIPEOUT 8 TERRORISTS IN SAMBISA, SEIZE ARMS, RESCUE KIDNAP VICTIM, DESTROY IPOB/ESN ARMS FACTORY






In a display of gallantry, Nigerian Army troops in conjunction with  hybrid force elements, have successfully neutralized 8 Boko Haram (BHT)/ ISWAP terrorists at  Ukuba; a notorious terrorists' enclave in Sambisa forest. The operation, which took place on Sunday 10 March 2024, witnessed a fierce gun battle that inflicted severe losses on the terrorists' group, compelling them to retreat and abandon their camp in disarray. A thorough search of the captured camp by the gallant troops led to the recovery of 5 locally fabricated double barrel guns, 2 motorbikes and assorted foodstuff, belonging to the terrorists.


In a separate Clearance operation on the same day in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State, troops cleared Dan Birgima, Ungwan Noma, Katoge, and Pauwa Villages. During the operation, troops gunned down 2 insurgents in combat and recovered 3 AK-47 Rifles, 8 Magazines, 57 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 3 Baofeng Radio sets, 12 Baofeng Radio Chargers and one Bandolier. The troops also rescued a civilian, who had been in captivity of the insurgents for days. Two Motorbikes and  makeshift structures in the insurgents' camp were also destroyed by the troops.


In the same vein, troops have cleared Dandalla, Madada, Dogon Karfe, Hayi, Gobirawan and Kango Kuyambana villages in Gusau and Maru Local Government Areas of Zamfara state. In the encounter with the insurgents, troops neutralized 2 of them and recovered one AK- 47 rifle, 3 fabricated guns, 2 rounds of Anti- Aircraft ammunition, one Motorbike and 2 Solar panels.


In South Eastern Nigeria, troops on Sunday 10 March 2024 successfully raided and destroyed IPOB/ ESN Fighters' Fire arms production factory located between Ekoli Edda and Amagwu Ohafia communities in Abia and Eboyin States respectively. The dissidents' camp, which was used for fabricating fire arms and production of ammunition was fortified with fire trenches/sand bag parapets and powered with a 15 KVA Generator. The vigilant troops recovered 2 fabricated AK-47 rifles, one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bomb, 2 IPOB/ESN flags, as well as Welding and Filing machines from the the factory.


These successful operations demonstrate the commitment of the Nigerian Army in combating the  nation's security challenges to enhance safety and security. We enjoin members of the public to continue to support the Nigerian Army, sister services and other security agencies in the ongoing fight against the nation's adversaries. 


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Major General

Director Army Public Relations

11March 2024.


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In a display of gallantry, Nigerian Army troops in conjunction with  hybrid force elements, have successfully neutralized 8 Boko Haram (BHT)/ ISWAP terrorists at  Ukuba; a notorious terrorists' enclave in Sambisa forest. The operation, which took place on Sunday 10 March 2024, witnessed a fierce gun battle that inflicted severe losses on the terrorists' group, compelling them to retreat and abandon their camp in disarray. A thorough search of the captured camp by the gallant troops led to the recovery of 5 locally fabricated double barrel guns, 2 motorbikes and assorted foodstuff, belonging to the terrorists.


In a separate Clearance operation on the same day in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State, troops cleared Dan Birgima, Ungwan Noma, Katoge, and Pauwa Villages. During the operation, troops gunned down 2 insurgents in combat and recovered 3 AK-47 Rifles, 8 Magazines, 57 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 3 Baofeng Radio sets, 12 Baofeng Radio Chargers and one Bandolier. The troops also rescued a civilian, who had been in captivity of the insurgents for days. Two Motorbikes and  makeshift structures in the insurgents' camp were also destroyed by the troops.


In the same vein, troops have cleared Dandalla, Madada, Dogon Karfe, Hayi, Gobirawan and Kango Kuyambana villages in Gusau and Maru Local Government Areas of Zamfara state. In the encounter with the insurgents, troops neutralized 2 of them and recovered one AK- 47 rifle, 3 fabricated guns, 2 rounds of Anti- Aircraft ammunition, one Motorbike and 2 Solar panels.


In South Eastern Nigeria, troops on Sunday 10 March 2024 successfully raided and destroyed IPOB/ ESN Fighters' Fire arms production factory located between Ekoli Edda and Amagwu Ohafia communities in Abia and Eboyin States respectively. The dissidents' camp, which was used for fabricating fire arms and production of ammunition was fortified with fire trenches/sand bag parapets and powered with a 15 KVA Generator. The vigilant troops recovered 2 fabricated AK-47 rifles, one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bomb, 2 IPOB/ESN flags, as well as Welding and Filing machines from the the factory.


These successful operations demonstrate the commitment of the Nigerian Army in combating the  nation's security challenges to enhance safety and security. We enjoin members of the public to continue to support the Nigerian Army, sister services and other security agencies in the ongoing fight against the nation's adversaries. 


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Major General

Director Army Public Relations

11March 2024.


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TROOPS AMBUSH BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS, NEUTRALIZE TWO

TROOPS AMBUSH BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS, NEUTRALIZE TWO

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Troops of Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) have successfully carried out an ambush on suspected Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) Crossing Point along Kuka in Konduga LGA of Borno State.


According to a statement by  Brigadier General ONYEMA NWACHUKWU who is the Director, Army Public Relations, the Nigerian troops laid in wait for the marauding terrorists, before engaging them in a fierce firefight that neutralized two BHT, while others fled in disarray. 


"The gallant troops recovered 63 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition, one Improvised Explosive Device(IED) shell, five Pento injections and the sum of Nineteen Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixty Naira."


Similarly, following the aggressive operations of troops against BHT enclaves, a notorious terrorist surrendered to troops of 222 Battalion at Geizuwa in Konduga LGA. Items recovered from the suspect include one AK47 rifle, one magazine and 26 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition. The suspect is currently undergoing profiling for further necessary action.


The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has lauded  the troops' high level of alertness and fighting spirit, urging them to sustain the momentum and ensure that remnants of terrorists and bandits in their areas of responsibility are completely cleared. The statement said.



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Troops of Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) have successfully carried out an ambush on suspected Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) Crossing Point along Kuka in Konduga LGA of Borno State.


According to a statement by  Brigadier General ONYEMA NWACHUKWU who is the Director, Army Public Relations, the Nigerian troops laid in wait for the marauding terrorists, before engaging them in a fierce firefight that neutralized two BHT, while others fled in disarray. 


"The gallant troops recovered 63 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition, one Improvised Explosive Device(IED) shell, five Pento injections and the sum of Nineteen Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixty Naira."


Similarly, following the aggressive operations of troops against BHT enclaves, a notorious terrorist surrendered to troops of 222 Battalion at Geizuwa in Konduga LGA. Items recovered from the suspect include one AK47 rifle, one magazine and 26 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition. The suspect is currently undergoing profiling for further necessary action.


The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has lauded  the troops' high level of alertness and fighting spirit, urging them to sustain the momentum and ensure that remnants of terrorists and bandits in their areas of responsibility are completely cleared. The statement said.



Buhari led APC pro bandits regime secretly freed 101 Boko Haram Leaders From Kirikiri Prison Lagos

Buhari led APC pro bandits regime secretly freed 101 Boko Haram Leaders From Kirikiri Prison Lagos


Information has emerged that Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari has secretly  freed no fewer than 101 Boko Haram Leaders From Kirikiri Prison Lagos.


Accordinqg to the source, two days ago, Boko Haram released the remaining 23 passengers of Abuja-Kaduna rail and same day, Nigeria freed 101 dangerous terrorists as prisoners swap.


Under the Buhari led APC pro bandits regime, security of lives and property have been zero as the government negotiated with bandits like never in our history . The pro bandits regime killed, arrested and jailed peaceful protesters with impunity.


A Brigadier in the Nigeria Army had reportedly cried out that terrorists are winning.

He said : While congratulating the families of train victims for the safe return of their relatives, something very sad came to mind about the whole tragedy.


1- The ultimate winners are the terrorists. They achieved all their objectives without retribution. 

They have all their inmates released,collected hefty amounts of money in billions of Naira and foreign currencies and went away without losing a soul. Meanwhile they inflicted damages on Nigeria. They killed passengers,destroyed a train and stopped it from operation for a very long period and instilled fear in minds of Nigerians.


2- The biggest tragedy is that all the captives were released through payment of ransoms which impoverished family economies, some might never recover. The last victims were released by military committee which means more money were paid and the military had also cornered part of the ransom money. In the whole saga there was no shooting,no arrest, not even declaring some people wanted. What kind of country do we have for God's sake? Time will tell the kind of arrangement reached for the release of the victims.


3- We just have a paper military. What is there in a military that cannot use force on terrorists. There is nothing impressive about military that abandoned its trade and go to terrorists and pay ransoms. It is really a shame on NIGERIAN government.


4- As long as people benefit from train attacks and kidnapping there will be no end to this kind of tragedy. The terrorists have made a good,safe and profitable venture and have gone to plan another attack. Security agencies that benefit from it will be too willing to be part of the next attack. The Mamus that made billions from ransom negotiation will be waiting to make ransom harvest.


 A kidnapping Industry has been created by government's inability to deal ruthlessly with criminals. 

Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari rode to power in 2015 on promises to tackle insecurities, corruption and rebuild the economy . The country has become a breeding space for terrorism and world capital of poverty under the anti people led APC maladministration.





Information has emerged that Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari has secretly  freed no fewer than 101 Boko Haram Leaders From Kirikiri Prison Lagos.


Accordinqg to the source, two days ago, Boko Haram released the remaining 23 passengers of Abuja-Kaduna rail and same day, Nigeria freed 101 dangerous terrorists as prisoners swap.


Under the Buhari led APC pro bandits regime, security of lives and property have been zero as the government negotiated with bandits like never in our history . The pro bandits regime killed, arrested and jailed peaceful protesters with impunity.


A Brigadier in the Nigeria Army had reportedly cried out that terrorists are winning.

He said : While congratulating the families of train victims for the safe return of their relatives, something very sad came to mind about the whole tragedy.


1- The ultimate winners are the terrorists. They achieved all their objectives without retribution. 

They have all their inmates released,collected hefty amounts of money in billions of Naira and foreign currencies and went away without losing a soul. Meanwhile they inflicted damages on Nigeria. They killed passengers,destroyed a train and stopped it from operation for a very long period and instilled fear in minds of Nigerians.


2- The biggest tragedy is that all the captives were released through payment of ransoms which impoverished family economies, some might never recover. The last victims were released by military committee which means more money were paid and the military had also cornered part of the ransom money. In the whole saga there was no shooting,no arrest, not even declaring some people wanted. What kind of country do we have for God's sake? Time will tell the kind of arrangement reached for the release of the victims.


3- We just have a paper military. What is there in a military that cannot use force on terrorists. There is nothing impressive about military that abandoned its trade and go to terrorists and pay ransoms. It is really a shame on NIGERIAN government.


4- As long as people benefit from train attacks and kidnapping there will be no end to this kind of tragedy. The terrorists have made a good,safe and profitable venture and have gone to plan another attack. Security agencies that benefit from it will be too willing to be part of the next attack. The Mamus that made billions from ransom negotiation will be waiting to make ransom harvest.


 A kidnapping Industry has been created by government's inability to deal ruthlessly with criminals. 

Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari rode to power in 2015 on promises to tackle insecurities, corruption and rebuild the economy . The country has become a breeding space for terrorism and world capital of poverty under the anti people led APC maladministration.




ASO ROCK SOLDIER CAUGHT SELLING AK47 GUNS TO BANDITS AND KIDNAPPERSA

ASO ROCK SOLDIER CAUGHT SELLING AK47 GUNS TO BANDITS AND KIDNAPPERSA

A soldier attached to the Muhamadu Buhari cantonment in Tungan Maje in the FCT has been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services for allegedly hiring out and selling guns to kidnappers.   


 He was arrested last week around Dankogi Park in Zuba in collaboration with members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in the area.    


Reports say the soldier hired a gun to the kidnappers for 300,000 in one of the operations and in another instance, he recieved 200,000 for one gun.   


 Unfortunately for the soldier, the kidnappers were arrested and they mentioned him as their gunrunner.   


They contacted him for another deal to supply them with AK 47 rifles to buy at three million naira and he fell for it.    They went to the agreed site in Zuba and took position.   


 He arrived in his car to present the arm and the security men swoop on him. An AK 47 rifle as well as a fully loaded magazine with 30 rounds of ammunition was found in his car.

A soldier attached to the Muhamadu Buhari cantonment in Tungan Maje in the FCT has been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services for allegedly hiring out and selling guns to kidnappers.   


 He was arrested last week around Dankogi Park in Zuba in collaboration with members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in the area.    


Reports say the soldier hired a gun to the kidnappers for 300,000 in one of the operations and in another instance, he recieved 200,000 for one gun.   


 Unfortunately for the soldier, the kidnappers were arrested and they mentioned him as their gunrunner.   


They contacted him for another deal to supply them with AK 47 rifles to buy at three million naira and he fell for it.    They went to the agreed site in Zuba and took position.   


 He arrived in his car to present the arm and the security men swoop on him. An AK 47 rifle as well as a fully loaded magazine with 30 rounds of ammunition was found in his car.

Chibok terror attack: 4 killed, 24 abducted, more than 100 buildings including Churches razed

Chibok terror attack: 4 killed, 24 abducted, more than 100 buildings including Churches razed



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Not less than four persons were gruesomely killed, twenty four others abducted and over hundred buildings razed as the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists visited Chibok in another terror attack over the weekend.


The Chairman of the Chibok Local Government Area, Borno State, Umar Ibrahim confirmed the death of four people during ISWAP attacks on different communities in the council over the weekend.


He further confirmed the abduction of 24 others by the dreaded insurgents that have been on the neck  and throat of Nigeria since 2009.


While addressing the state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, during a visit to Chibok, the chairman said the terrorists had intensified attacks on communities in the area due to its proximity to the Sambisa Forest, where the jihadists hide.


This was contained in a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Isa Gusau.


Ibrahim, according to the statement, said in addition to the 24 people abducted, three persons were killed by the terrorists.


He disclosed that 110 buildings, made up of 73 houses, 33 shops and four churches, were burnt alongside eight vehicles and three tricycles.



According to the punch report, the governor was said to have commiserated with the affected families and ordered an assessment of the destruction in the council.


We are here in Chibok to commiserate with you, immediate families of our sisters and brothers abducted, as well as four of our brothers killed by the Boko Haram terrorists in these unfortunate incidents. We share your pains and we pray this act will not happen again,” Zulum said in the statement.


After meeting the families, the governor interfaced with heads of security agencies and discussed gaps and ways to enhance security in the communities.



Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC regime came to power on a promise note to tame insecurity but has since compounded with banditry and Fulani herdsmen terrorising in all parts of the country.



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Not less than four persons were gruesomely killed, twenty four others abducted and over hundred buildings razed as the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists visited Chibok in another terror attack over the weekend.


The Chairman of the Chibok Local Government Area, Borno State, Umar Ibrahim confirmed the death of four people during ISWAP attacks on different communities in the council over the weekend.


He further confirmed the abduction of 24 others by the dreaded insurgents that have been on the neck  and throat of Nigeria since 2009.


While addressing the state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, during a visit to Chibok, the chairman said the terrorists had intensified attacks on communities in the area due to its proximity to the Sambisa Forest, where the jihadists hide.


This was contained in a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Isa Gusau.


Ibrahim, according to the statement, said in addition to the 24 people abducted, three persons were killed by the terrorists.


He disclosed that 110 buildings, made up of 73 houses, 33 shops and four churches, were burnt alongside eight vehicles and three tricycles.



According to the punch report, the governor was said to have commiserated with the affected families and ordered an assessment of the destruction in the council.


We are here in Chibok to commiserate with you, immediate families of our sisters and brothers abducted, as well as four of our brothers killed by the Boko Haram terrorists in these unfortunate incidents. We share your pains and we pray this act will not happen again,” Zulum said in the statement.


After meeting the families, the governor interfaced with heads of security agencies and discussed gaps and ways to enhance security in the communities.



Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC regime came to power on a promise note to tame insecurity but has since compounded with banditry and Fulani herdsmen terrorising in all parts of the country.

How Nigerian Air Force pays terrorists/bandits N20 million to avoid shooting down Buhari’s plane

How Nigerian Air Force pays terrorists/bandits N20 million to avoid shooting down Buhari’s plane








The gun truck with 12.7 caliber anti-aircraft fire was reportedly disassembled and transported back to the military on motorbikes after the deal was concluded.

The Nigerian Air Force coordinated ransom payments to armed bandits in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun seized from the Nigerian Army, The Wall Street Journal said, in a desperate deal that was brokered as President Muhammadu Buhari was planning a trip to Katsina.

The U.S. outlet said N20 million was delivered to the bandits in Rugu Forest by a Nigerian Air Force official, who leaked details of the operation under anonymity, because the military realised that it would be too risky to leave the weapon in the hands of violent criminals operating in an area the presidential jet would fly over. 

The rugged, lawless jungle that covers parts of Kaduna, Zamfara and the president’s home state of Katsina has served as a vast haven for bandits terrorising Nigeria’s northwestern communities. A large portion of kidnapping plots emanates or terminates in or around the forest, security agencies have previously warned. 

“The mission to buy back the antiaircraft gun began with a handoff from a high-ranking air force intelligence officer in the capital Abuja: a black zip-up bag he said was full of 20 million Nigerian naira,” the paper reported, after stating that such military hardware in the hands of bandits “posed a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari, who had been planning to fly to his hometown about 80 miles away.”

The gun truck with 12.7 caliber anti-aircraft fire was reportedly disassembled and transported back to the military on motorbikes after the deal was concluded. 

The Journal did not specify when the deal was brokered or the presidential trip that was planned. The president has been in his hometown at least twice this year that his office disclosed to the public. The first trip was in late January and another in July. 

Although the Nigerian government claimed combat victories against armed bandits, several military bases have been sacked by the violent criminals dreaded largely for their abduction of schoolchildren and prominent personalities, including politicians and emirs. 

Last month, a forward operating base crucial to the military campaign against banditry was raided in Zamfara, leaving at least 12 officers killed. The bandits also seized military equipment when they captured the base in Dansadau, about 80 kilometres south of the capital Gusau, in the September 11 operation.

Less than two weeks later on September 24, bandits again struck a joint base of security forces in the neighbouring Sokoto State, killing several soldiers, Civil Defence officers and civilians. 

The Nigerian Air Force also confirmed on July 19 that bandits had shot down one of its fighter jets, but the pilot was able to eject without and there were no casualties. The incident came as Mr Buhari was visiting his hometown for this year’s Sallah. 

It was not immediately clear why service chiefs opted for a ransom payment in the operation described by The Journal. Military weapons that fell into the hands of Boko Haram insurgents and bandits were usually destroyed by airstrikes. 

Whereas Mr Buhari has promised to be tough on the bandits and publicly railed against governors negotiating with them, his government has been known to pay ransom to terrorists and other violent criminals.

The government paid millions of dollars to free some of the Chibok girls seized in 2014 under President Goodluck Jonathan. It also facilitated hundreds of millions of naira in ransom to bandits who seized schoolchildren in Niger State earlier this year.

The Gazette has yet to hear back from the Nigerian Air Force about the reported N20 million ransom to bandits.



Source: SM







The gun truck with 12.7 caliber anti-aircraft fire was reportedly disassembled and transported back to the military on motorbikes after the deal was concluded.

The Nigerian Air Force coordinated ransom payments to armed bandits in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun seized from the Nigerian Army, The Wall Street Journal said, in a desperate deal that was brokered as President Muhammadu Buhari was planning a trip to Katsina.

The U.S. outlet said N20 million was delivered to the bandits in Rugu Forest by a Nigerian Air Force official, who leaked details of the operation under anonymity, because the military realised that it would be too risky to leave the weapon in the hands of violent criminals operating in an area the presidential jet would fly over. 

The rugged, lawless jungle that covers parts of Kaduna, Zamfara and the president’s home state of Katsina has served as a vast haven for bandits terrorising Nigeria’s northwestern communities. A large portion of kidnapping plots emanates or terminates in or around the forest, security agencies have previously warned. 

“The mission to buy back the antiaircraft gun began with a handoff from a high-ranking air force intelligence officer in the capital Abuja: a black zip-up bag he said was full of 20 million Nigerian naira,” the paper reported, after stating that such military hardware in the hands of bandits “posed a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari, who had been planning to fly to his hometown about 80 miles away.”

The gun truck with 12.7 caliber anti-aircraft fire was reportedly disassembled and transported back to the military on motorbikes after the deal was concluded. 

The Journal did not specify when the deal was brokered or the presidential trip that was planned. The president has been in his hometown at least twice this year that his office disclosed to the public. The first trip was in late January and another in July. 

Although the Nigerian government claimed combat victories against armed bandits, several military bases have been sacked by the violent criminals dreaded largely for their abduction of schoolchildren and prominent personalities, including politicians and emirs. 

Last month, a forward operating base crucial to the military campaign against banditry was raided in Zamfara, leaving at least 12 officers killed. The bandits also seized military equipment when they captured the base in Dansadau, about 80 kilometres south of the capital Gusau, in the September 11 operation.

Less than two weeks later on September 24, bandits again struck a joint base of security forces in the neighbouring Sokoto State, killing several soldiers, Civil Defence officers and civilians. 

The Nigerian Air Force also confirmed on July 19 that bandits had shot down one of its fighter jets, but the pilot was able to eject without and there were no casualties. The incident came as Mr Buhari was visiting his hometown for this year’s Sallah. 

It was not immediately clear why service chiefs opted for a ransom payment in the operation described by The Journal. Military weapons that fell into the hands of Boko Haram insurgents and bandits were usually destroyed by airstrikes. 

Whereas Mr Buhari has promised to be tough on the bandits and publicly railed against governors negotiating with them, his government has been known to pay ransom to terrorists and other violent criminals.

The government paid millions of dollars to free some of the Chibok girls seized in 2014 under President Goodluck Jonathan. It also facilitated hundreds of millions of naira in ransom to bandits who seized schoolchildren in Niger State earlier this year.

The Gazette has yet to hear back from the Nigerian Air Force about the reported N20 million ransom to bandits.



Source: SM

#ENDSARS Memorial: Osinbajo's NEC-in-Council advises against planned protests,, they ordered the killings!!!

#ENDSARS Memorial: Osinbajo's NEC-in-Council advises against planned protests,, they ordered the killings!!!











Protesting Youths demanding for an end to police and security Brutality and asking for good governance were brutally massacre, arrested, maltreated, tortured and illegally detained last year in many places across the country. Many are still in detentions illegally without been charged to court. 

For many that were arraigned in court, the Nigeria police has not been able to provide convincing evidence as to the cookup allegations leveled against them.


October 20 2020 was the real black day when the security operatives comprises of the police, the Nigerian Army and others on their cohort evil agenda opened fires on the peaceful protesters holding the Nigerian flags at Lekki toll gate in Lagos State.


With series of denial, panel of enquires were set up in 28 states and revelations were already in the public that Nigerian government through the security apparatus of the State killed her abled body youths for demanding for good governance and leadership from the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led Federal lawless regime.


As Memorial programs were lined up by the concerned Nigerian youths to mark the one year of the killing, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's led  National Economic Council has confirmed the administration's failure again that the country is unsafe under this regime to guarantee the constitutional right to protest and therefore can't protect the protesters, if they choose to protest to mark the one year anniversary of those innocents killed last year by this incumbent regime.


To dose the tensions the Osinbajo led NEC have resolved that payment of compensation to victims should proceed with each State, in collaboration with the Federal Government, establishing the modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels. 


Equally, NEC, which is composed of all State Governors in the Federation and representatives of the FG, Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also unanimously resolved today to ensure the prosecution of persons indicted by the panels. The Council specifically directed States "to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons. 


However, let them scale through this month, you will hardly hear anything about the NEC resolutions again unless their is another crisis threatening their authorities. 


 The Boko Haram/ISWAP and other terrorists who killed, raped and abducted citizens and even security officers are already been pardoned and reintegrated back to the society by the pro-terrorists Buhari led Government.


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𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 


𝗡𝗘𝗖: 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗦, 𝗙𝗚 𝗧𝗢 𝗣𝗔𝗬 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗘𝗡𝗦𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗢 𝗩𝗜𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗦𝗔𝗥𝗦 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗧𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗦 & 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗖𝗨𝗧𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗦𝗘 𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗖𝗧𝗘𝗗


*Council also strongly advises against planned protests considering security situation 


*Urges organisers to consider other options 


In receipt of reports from judicial panels regarding EndSARS protests set up in 28 States across the country and in the FCT, the National Economic Council have resolved that payment of compensation to victims should proceed with each State, in collaboration with the Federal Government, establishing the modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels. 


Equally, NEC, which is composed of all State Governors in the Federation and representatives of the FG, Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, also unanimously resolved today to ensure the prosecution of persons indicted by the panels. The Council specifically directed States "to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons. 


"Where incidents in the reports relate to matters of discipline, in addition to prosecution, NEC urged the Nigeria Police Force to take disciplinary action on the affected officers in line with the provisions of the Police Act 2020." 


Also rising from today's NEC meeting, members strongly advised those planning protests to mark the anniversary of the ENDSARS to reconsider the option in view of "current security situation across the country and the possibility of such protests being hijacked by armed hoodlums and other opportunistic criminals to cause mayhem at such protest events and venues."


Below are the NEC resolutions on the panels and an advisory on the planned protests: 


NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS ON “ENDSARS” PANELS’ REPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY - 15TH OCTOBER 2021


At its meeting today, 15th October 2021, the National Economic Council (NEC/Council) received an update on the Reports of Judicial Panels of Inquiry into Allegations of Human Rights Violations against Members of Nigeria Police Force and other Security Agencies. 


2. It may be recalled that following the October 2020 #EndSARS protests, which later transformed into violent demonstrations, in furtherance of resolution of NEC, twenty-eight (28) States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) (under the auspices of the National Human Rights Commission) had set up Judicial Panels/Commissions of Inquiry (Panels) to investigate allegations of violations of human rights levied against members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, especially members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). 


3. The 28 States that set up these Panels were Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba. 


4. Out of the 28 States, 11 States (Abia, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, and Rivers) have submitted their final reports to Council; with Lagos, set to finalise its sittings on 19th October 2021, submitting an interim report. Governors of other States including Delta and Ebonyi at today’s meeting also indicated that their reports would be submitted soon. 


5. Following deliberations on the recommendations of the panels, NEC agreed/resolved as follows, (and this applies to all the States and FCT that set up the panels): 


PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS

6. Each State, in collaboration with the Federal Government, shall establish modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the Panels. Already, as resolved by NEC, a number of States have set up Victims Compensation Funds, from which several victims have already received payments of sums awarded to them by the panels. 


PROSECUTION OF INDICTED PERSONS (SECURITY PERSONNEL AND CIVILIANS)

7. Council directed State Governors to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons. 


8. Where incidents in the reports relate to matters of discipline, in addition to prosecution, NEC urged the Nigeria Police Force to take disciplinary action on the affected officers in line with the provisions of the Police Act 2020.


IMPROVED EFFICIENCY OF NIGERIA POLICE FORCE AND OTHER SECURITY AGENCIES' ARCHITECTURE

9. NEC called on the leadership of the security agencies to ensure that –

a. Persons recruited into arms-bearing security agencies undergo psychiatric evaluations and drug tests before enlistment and periodically after enlistment to ensure that the personnel are psychologically fit to carry live weapons and to identify behavioural tendencies that may require psycho-social interventions. 


b. Personnel of the agencies dutifully observes Rules of Engagement in the discharge of their functions/duties around and within the civilian populace. 


c. While acknowledging the various initiatives introduced by the Federal Government to: 


*strengthen police accountability through the Police Service Commission,

*sustain improved funding and budgetary allocation to the Nigeria Police Force and other securities agencies,

*and the lifting of the ban on recruitment of police officers, 


Council urged the Federal Government to give priority to the general welfare of police officers and personnel of other security agencies. 


In particular, it advocated the review of pension and gratuity of retired police officers and attainment of parity of remuneration by police officers with sister security agencies. 


d. Undertake a comprehensive assessment of all police stations across the country with a view to ensuring that they are fit for purpose. 


e. Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies should deploy cutting-edge technology in the fight against crimes. 


f. Nigeria Police Force to, in line with the mandatory training provisions of the Police Act 2020, prioritize training of Police Officers on procedures for the entrenchment of Human Rights Provisions guaranteed by the Constitution and on the professional handling of weapons. 


g. All those detained by the Police as a result of the EndSars protests are expeditiously processed with due regard to the principles of fair hearing. 


h. The system established within the Nigeria Police Force for receipt and handling of complaints or petitions is strengthened, and all police officers on duty should be in police-approved uniform with their full names and force numbers boldly written for easy identification. 


i. The States should, as resolved by NEC: 


i)Properly utilize and support the community policing programme of the Federal Government, with active collaborative efforts and participation of traditional rulers, elders, youths, vigilante groups, etc.; 


ii)Establish standing committees under States Ministries of Justice to address human rights violations on a continuous basis; and 


iii)Take measures aimed at flushing out miscreants squatting in uncompleted buildings, and other blackout spots that serve as hideouts for criminals.


THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL ALSO ISSUED AN ADVISORY ON PUBLIC PROTESTS AT THIS TIME AS FOLLOWS: 


While appreciating the role of lawful peaceful protests in the advancement of public discourse under democratic governance, the National Economic Council (NEC) strongly advises those planning public protests across the country to mark the anniversary of the #EndSARS, to consider other lawful alternative means of engagement. 


This is because of the current security situation across the country and the possibility of such protests being hijacked by armed hoodlums and other opportunistic criminals to cause mayhem at such protest events and venues. Council, therefore, urges the organizers to reconsider their plan. 


NEC would also like to point out the various actions already taken by Federal and State Governments to address the grievances that led to the 2020 protests, including: 


* the disbandment of SARS;

*broad police reforms;

*establishment of judicial panels of inquiries to investigate allegations of human rights violations by members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies;

* recommendations of which panels are already at various stages of implementation including the setup of Victims Compensation Funds from which several victims have received payments of sums awarded to them by the panels; 

*and prosecution of police personnel indicted by the panels. 


These are commendable actions that ought to be taken to a logical conclusion in a peaceful atmosphere. 


Organizers of the planned protests should explore the various channels of communication with governments at various levels to advance their positions and avert the breakdown of law and order that may result from such public protests. 


HIGHLIGHTS OF SOME OTHER ISSUES AT TODAY’S NEC MEETING 


A.

PRESENTATION ON THE DRAFT NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (2021-2025) 


Council received a presentation and memo from the Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning on the draft of a National Development Plan 2021-2025, which is a successor plan to the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020. 


Among other highlights, the presentation and memo were to acquaint Council with the need for linkage between Annual Budget and Plans. 


The plan also targets an average of 5% GDP growth, the creation of 21million jobs, and lifting 35million people out of poverty within the duration of the Plan. 


What is new in this plan? 


·   A mechanism to engage, empower and employ our teaming energetic youths 


·    Inclusiveness - Opportunities for young people, women, vulnerable people, etc., via mainstreaming. 


·        A financing plan to increase revenue to 15 percent of GDP by 2025 and to decrease the budget deficit 


Policy Action: 


·   Prioritization and implementation of critical and strategic infrastructure projects that will directly boost production and productivity 


·   Institutional reforms in public sector, law enforcement, judiciary, and secure property rights, including intellectual property. 


·  Measures to diversify revenue and increase tax to GDP ratio by improving tax administration, including the informal sector, and widening the tax base.


B.

PRESENTATION ON THE GRAZING RESERVE AUDIT COMMITTEE & SYNERGY WITH THE NLTP


NEC received a presentation from the Governor of Kebbi on behalf of the Grazing Reserve Audit Committee. The summary of the presentation was to brief NEC on the essence of the audit which is to document available land in order to aid the implementation of the 10year National Livestock Transformation Plan approved by NEC in 2019. The presentation clarified that the audit committee is not mandated to recover grazing reserves. 


C.

PRESENTATION ON THE PROGRESS REPORT OF THE NEC AD-HOC COMMITTEE INTERFACING WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE (PTF) ON COVID-19 TO EASE THE LOCKDOWN OF THE ECONOMY


·     Council received a progress report from the Chairman of the Committee, Delta State Governor on the above. 


The Federal Ministry of Health is establishing oxygen plants across the 36 States in the country, but currently, 6 States have been provided with oxygen cylinders so far. 


·        The FG has paid for 40 million doses of Covid -19 vaccines coming in batches and therefore a considerable amount of the vaccines will come into the country between now and January 2022 


·      Nigeria is now classified among the 50 countries in the green zones

D.

STATE PERFORMANCE REPORT ON COVID -19 BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NATIONAL CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL 

 

Council was informed as follows:

No of Cases                                =208,404 


No of Cases tested                   =3,142,971 


Active Cases                              =9,520, 


Discharged Cases                     =196,123 


Number of Deaths                     = 2,76


·        Council was also informed on the global situation of Covid-19: over 237million confirmed cases and over 4.8million deaths due to Covid -19. There are now over 6.3billion vaccine doses administered 


·        Nigeria is still in the first wave of vaccination and vaccination tools will improve as the country receives additional vaccines 


·        Covid-19 cases have declined by 7.5% over the last week



·        States are urged to continue to push testing activities in other to detect new cases before the situation worsens 


·       An update on travel restrictions on certain countries expected to be announced soon by the FG. 


Council was also updated on the situation regarding the Cholera outbreak 


Current Cholera situation in the country; 


Suspected No of Cases            =88,704 


No. of States                              = 31t FCT 


Number of Deaths                   = 3,208 


·        Multi-sectoral emergency operation centers activated at level 2 continues to coordinate the national response. 


Challenges 


·        Difficulty in accessing some communities due to insecurity 


·        Open defecation 


·        Lack of portable drinking water 


·        Lack of basic health primary health care infrastructure 


·        Inadequate health facility and cholera commodities for case management.


Resolution 


·        Council commended the insightful presentations and congratulated the outgoing DG NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu on his new appointment at the W.H.O and also welcomed the incoming DG, Dr. Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa.


E.

FINANCIAL UPDATES 


The Honorable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning gave Council an update on the under listed accounts as follows: 


1.       EXCESS CRUDE ACCOUNT (ECA) 


BALANCE AS AT 13TH OCTOBER 2021 STANDS AT $60, 857,773.43


2.      STABILIZATION ACCOUNT 


BALANCE AS AT 13TH OCTOBER, 2021 STANDS AT N 25,009,892,511.55 



3.      DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ACCOUNT 


BALANCE AS AT 13TH OCTOBER, 2021 STANDS AT N56,144,024,000.71


𝗟𝗮𝗼𝗹𝘂 𝗔𝗸𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲,

𝑺𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒓 𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑨𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒏 𝑴𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒂 & 𝑷𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒕𝒚,

𝑶𝒇𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑽𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕. 

15th October, 2021











Protesting Youths demanding for an end to police and security Brutality and asking for good governance were brutally massacre, arrested, maltreated, tortured and illegally detained last year in many places across the country. Many are still in detentions illegally without been charged to court. 

For many that were arraigned in court, the Nigeria police has not been able to provide convincing evidence as to the cookup allegations leveled against them.


October 20 2020 was the real black day when the security operatives comprises of the police, the Nigerian Army and others on their cohort evil agenda opened fires on the peaceful protesters holding the Nigerian flags at Lekki toll gate in Lagos State.


With series of denial, panel of enquires were set up in 28 states and revelations were already in the public that Nigerian government through the security apparatus of the State killed her abled body youths for demanding for good governance and leadership from the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led Federal lawless regime.


As Memorial programs were lined up by the concerned Nigerian youths to mark the one year of the killing, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's led  National Economic Council has confirmed the administration's failure again that the country is unsafe under this regime to guarantee the constitutional right to protest and therefore can't protect the protesters, if they choose to protest to mark the one year anniversary of those innocents killed last year by this incumbent regime.


To dose the tensions the Osinbajo led NEC have resolved that payment of compensation to victims should proceed with each State, in collaboration with the Federal Government, establishing the modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels. 


Equally, NEC, which is composed of all State Governors in the Federation and representatives of the FG, Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also unanimously resolved today to ensure the prosecution of persons indicted by the panels. The Council specifically directed States "to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons. 


However, let them scale through this month, you will hardly hear anything about the NEC resolutions again unless their is another crisis threatening their authorities. 


 The Boko Haram/ISWAP and other terrorists who killed, raped and abducted citizens and even security officers are already been pardoned and reintegrated back to the society by the pro-terrorists Buhari led Government.


WHAT DO YOU THINK?



I am 'Dele Abiola

[email protected]


READ THEIR FULL PRESS STATEMENT BELOW:

𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 


𝗡𝗘𝗖: 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗦, 𝗙𝗚 𝗧𝗢 𝗣𝗔𝗬 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗘𝗡𝗦𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗢 𝗩𝗜𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗦𝗔𝗥𝗦 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗧𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗦 & 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗖𝗨𝗧𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗦𝗘 𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗖𝗧𝗘𝗗


*Council also strongly advises against planned protests considering security situation 


*Urges organisers to consider other options 


In receipt of reports from judicial panels regarding EndSARS protests set up in 28 States across the country and in the FCT, the National Economic Council have resolved that payment of compensation to victims should proceed with each State, in collaboration with the Federal Government, establishing the modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels. 


Equally, NEC, which is composed of all State Governors in the Federation and representatives of the FG, Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, also unanimously resolved today to ensure the prosecution of persons indicted by the panels. The Council specifically directed States "to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons. 


"Where incidents in the reports relate to matters of discipline, in addition to prosecution, NEC urged the Nigeria Police Force to take disciplinary action on the affected officers in line with the provisions of the Police Act 2020." 


Also rising from today's NEC meeting, members strongly advised those planning protests to mark the anniversary of the ENDSARS to reconsider the option in view of "current security situation across the country and the possibility of such protests being hijacked by armed hoodlums and other opportunistic criminals to cause mayhem at such protest events and venues."


Below are the NEC resolutions on the panels and an advisory on the planned protests: 


NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS ON “ENDSARS” PANELS’ REPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY - 15TH OCTOBER 2021


At its meeting today, 15th October 2021, the National Economic Council (NEC/Council) received an update on the Reports of Judicial Panels of Inquiry into Allegations of Human Rights Violations against Members of Nigeria Police Force and other Security Agencies. 


2. It may be recalled that following the October 2020 #EndSARS protests, which later transformed into violent demonstrations, in furtherance of resolution of NEC, twenty-eight (28) States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) (under the auspices of the National Human Rights Commission) had set up Judicial Panels/Commissions of Inquiry (Panels) to investigate allegations of violations of human rights levied against members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, especially members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). 


3. The 28 States that set up these Panels were Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba. 


4. Out of the 28 States, 11 States (Abia, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, and Rivers) have submitted their final reports to Council; with Lagos, set to finalise its sittings on 19th October 2021, submitting an interim report. Governors of other States including Delta and Ebonyi at today’s meeting also indicated that their reports would be submitted soon. 


5. Following deliberations on the recommendations of the panels, NEC agreed/resolved as follows, (and this applies to all the States and FCT that set up the panels): 


PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS

6. Each State, in collaboration with the Federal Government, shall establish modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the Panels. Already, as resolved by NEC, a number of States have set up Victims Compensation Funds, from which several victims have already received payments of sums awarded to them by the panels. 


PROSECUTION OF INDICTED PERSONS (SECURITY PERSONNEL AND CIVILIANS)

7. Council directed State Governors to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons. 


8. Where incidents in the reports relate to matters of discipline, in addition to prosecution, NEC urged the Nigeria Police Force to take disciplinary action on the affected officers in line with the provisions of the Police Act 2020.


IMPROVED EFFICIENCY OF NIGERIA POLICE FORCE AND OTHER SECURITY AGENCIES' ARCHITECTURE

9. NEC called on the leadership of the security agencies to ensure that –

a. Persons recruited into arms-bearing security agencies undergo psychiatric evaluations and drug tests before enlistment and periodically after enlistment to ensure that the personnel are psychologically fit to carry live weapons and to identify behavioural tendencies that may require psycho-social interventions. 


b. Personnel of the agencies dutifully observes Rules of Engagement in the discharge of their functions/duties around and within the civilian populace. 


c. While acknowledging the various initiatives introduced by the Federal Government to: 


*strengthen police accountability through the Police Service Commission,

*sustain improved funding and budgetary allocation to the Nigeria Police Force and other securities agencies,

*and the lifting of the ban on recruitment of police officers, 


Council urged the Federal Government to give priority to the general welfare of police officers and personnel of other security agencies. 


In particular, it advocated the review of pension and gratuity of retired police officers and attainment of parity of remuneration by police officers with sister security agencies. 


d. Undertake a comprehensive assessment of all police stations across the country with a view to ensuring that they are fit for purpose. 


e. Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies should deploy cutting-edge technology in the fight against crimes. 


f. Nigeria Police Force to, in line with the mandatory training provisions of the Police Act 2020, prioritize training of Police Officers on procedures for the entrenchment of Human Rights Provisions guaranteed by the Constitution and on the professional handling of weapons. 


g. All those detained by the Police as a result of the EndSars protests are expeditiously processed with due regard to the principles of fair hearing. 


h. The system established within the Nigeria Police Force for receipt and handling of complaints or petitions is strengthened, and all police officers on duty should be in police-approved uniform with their full names and force numbers boldly written for easy identification. 


i. The States should, as resolved by NEC: 


i)Properly utilize and support the community policing programme of the Federal Government, with active collaborative efforts and participation of traditional rulers, elders, youths, vigilante groups, etc.; 


ii)Establish standing committees under States Ministries of Justice to address human rights violations on a continuous basis; and 


iii)Take measures aimed at flushing out miscreants squatting in uncompleted buildings, and other blackout spots that serve as hideouts for criminals.


THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL ALSO ISSUED AN ADVISORY ON PUBLIC PROTESTS AT THIS TIME AS FOLLOWS: 


While appreciating the role of lawful peaceful protests in the advancement of public discourse under democratic governance, the National Economic Council (NEC) strongly advises those planning public protests across the country to mark the anniversary of the #EndSARS, to consider other lawful alternative means of engagement. 


This is because of the current security situation across the country and the possibility of such protests being hijacked by armed hoodlums and other opportunistic criminals to cause mayhem at such protest events and venues. Council, therefore, urges the organizers to reconsider their plan. 


NEC would also like to point out the various actions already taken by Federal and State Governments to address the grievances that led to the 2020 protests, including: 


* the disbandment of SARS;

*broad police reforms;

*establishment of judicial panels of inquiries to investigate allegations of human rights violations by members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies;

* recommendations of which panels are already at various stages of implementation including the setup of Victims Compensation Funds from which several victims have received payments of sums awarded to them by the panels; 

*and prosecution of police personnel indicted by the panels. 


These are commendable actions that ought to be taken to a logical conclusion in a peaceful atmosphere. 


Organizers of the planned protests should explore the various channels of communication with governments at various levels to advance their positions and avert the breakdown of law and order that may result from such public protests. 


HIGHLIGHTS OF SOME OTHER ISSUES AT TODAY’S NEC MEETING 


A.

PRESENTATION ON THE DRAFT NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (2021-2025) 


Council received a presentation and memo from the Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning on the draft of a National Development Plan 2021-2025, which is a successor plan to the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020. 


Among other highlights, the presentation and memo were to acquaint Council with the need for linkage between Annual Budget and Plans. 


The plan also targets an average of 5% GDP growth, the creation of 21million jobs, and lifting 35million people out of poverty within the duration of the Plan. 


What is new in this plan? 


·   A mechanism to engage, empower and employ our teaming energetic youths 


·    Inclusiveness - Opportunities for young people, women, vulnerable people, etc., via mainstreaming. 


·        A financing plan to increase revenue to 15 percent of GDP by 2025 and to decrease the budget deficit 


Policy Action: 


·   Prioritization and implementation of critical and strategic infrastructure projects that will directly boost production and productivity 


·   Institutional reforms in public sector, law enforcement, judiciary, and secure property rights, including intellectual property. 


·  Measures to diversify revenue and increase tax to GDP ratio by improving tax administration, including the informal sector, and widening the tax base.


B.

PRESENTATION ON THE GRAZING RESERVE AUDIT COMMITTEE & SYNERGY WITH THE NLTP


NEC received a presentation from the Governor of Kebbi on behalf of the Grazing Reserve Audit Committee. The summary of the presentation was to brief NEC on the essence of the audit which is to document available land in order to aid the implementation of the 10year National Livestock Transformation Plan approved by NEC in 2019. The presentation clarified that the audit committee is not mandated to recover grazing reserves. 


C.

PRESENTATION ON THE PROGRESS REPORT OF THE NEC AD-HOC COMMITTEE INTERFACING WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE (PTF) ON COVID-19 TO EASE THE LOCKDOWN OF THE ECONOMY


·     Council received a progress report from the Chairman of the Committee, Delta State Governor on the above. 


The Federal Ministry of Health is establishing oxygen plants across the 36 States in the country, but currently, 6 States have been provided with oxygen cylinders so far. 


·        The FG has paid for 40 million doses of Covid -19 vaccines coming in batches and therefore a considerable amount of the vaccines will come into the country between now and January 2022 


·      Nigeria is now classified among the 50 countries in the green zones

D.

STATE PERFORMANCE REPORT ON COVID -19 BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NATIONAL CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL 

 

Council was informed as follows:

No of Cases                                =208,404 


No of Cases tested                   =3,142,971 


Active Cases                              =9,520, 


Discharged Cases                     =196,123 


Number of Deaths                     = 2,76


·        Council was also informed on the global situation of Covid-19: over 237million confirmed cases and over 4.8million deaths due to Covid -19. There are now over 6.3billion vaccine doses administered 


·        Nigeria is still in the first wave of vaccination and vaccination tools will improve as the country receives additional vaccines 


·        Covid-19 cases have declined by 7.5% over the last week



·        States are urged to continue to push testing activities in other to detect new cases before the situation worsens 


·       An update on travel restrictions on certain countries expected to be announced soon by the FG. 


Council was also updated on the situation regarding the Cholera outbreak 


Current Cholera situation in the country; 


Suspected No of Cases            =88,704 


No. of States                              = 31t FCT 


Number of Deaths                   = 3,208 


·        Multi-sectoral emergency operation centers activated at level 2 continues to coordinate the national response. 


Challenges 


·        Difficulty in accessing some communities due to insecurity 


·        Open defecation 


·        Lack of portable drinking water 


·        Lack of basic health primary health care infrastructure 


·        Inadequate health facility and cholera commodities for case management.


Resolution 


·        Council commended the insightful presentations and congratulated the outgoing DG NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu on his new appointment at the W.H.O and also welcomed the incoming DG, Dr. Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa.


E.

FINANCIAL UPDATES 


The Honorable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning gave Council an update on the under listed accounts as follows: 


1.       EXCESS CRUDE ACCOUNT (ECA) 


BALANCE AS AT 13TH OCTOBER 2021 STANDS AT $60, 857,773.43


2.      STABILIZATION ACCOUNT 


BALANCE AS AT 13TH OCTOBER, 2021 STANDS AT N 25,009,892,511.55 



3.      DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ACCOUNT 


BALANCE AS AT 13TH OCTOBER, 2021 STANDS AT N56,144,024,000.71


𝗟𝗮𝗼𝗹𝘂 𝗔𝗸𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲,

𝑺𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒓 𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑨𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒏 𝑴𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒂 & 𝑷𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒕𝒚,

𝑶𝒇𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑽𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕. 

15th October, 2021

NIGERIAN ARMY PARTNERS RUSSIA ON ACQUISITION OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT ???

NIGERIAN ARMY PARTNERS RUSSIA ON ACQUISITION OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT ???






The Nigerian army Chief on Thursday confirmed it that the country's military will further explore the cordial and bilateral relations between the Nigeria and Russia for acquisition of more military equipment to enhance its operations across the country.



According to a press release signed by Brigadier General ONYEMA NWACHUKWU who is the Director Army Public Relations confirmed that Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya made the Statement when the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin paid him a courtesy call at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.


Nigeria, the most populous Black Nation on earth has been battling the menace of terrorism of Boko Haram, banditry, herdsmen and kidnapping for ransoms in many parts of the country.


The Buhari led regime has been a very soft leadership in favour of the criminals as the government is considered to be protecting the terrorists and their sponsors.


However, the government has maintained a very tougher stances against agitators and peaceful, harmless protesters. Many have been Brutally killed while many are also in detentions. 


The police and the Nigerian army killed peaceful protesters last year as the government initially denied the incidents, especially the lekki toll gate massacre of the protesting youths during the "End SARS protest".


The terrorists which the army claimed to be fighting have overrun military barracks many times without numbers, catching away Military equipments and weapons. 


Terrorists in possession of our military equipment killed, kidnapped and raped more innocent civilians while the military are also illegally deployed to kill citizens at willl. 

Even in the process of fight the so called Boko Haram/ISWA, IDPs have been in many occasions accidentally bombed by the Air Force.


The level of corruption that have been perpetrated and that are still ongoing in the name of prosecuting the endless war knows no bounds. They are the only ones who can actually tell Nigerians.


Country like Russia and others sporting the Nigerian Army under this failed regime must ensure that certain compliance and conditions that guarantee the fundamental rights of the citizens are met.


Read the Full press Statement below:


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has stated that Nigerian Army (NA) will further explore the cordial bilateral relations between the NA and Russian government for acquisition of military equipment to enhance its operations across the country.


The COAS stated this today Thursday 14 October 2021, when the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Alexey Shebarshin paid him a courtesy call at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.


Reminiscing the long existing relationship between the NA and the Russia, the COAS expressed the need to rekindle the relationship for their mutual benefit. He also solicited the support of the Russian government in the provision of sophisticated equipment to shore up NA's combat efficiency in the fight against terrorism, insurgency and other sundry crimes orchestrating insecurity in some parts of the country.


He assured the Ambassador of NA's determination in sustaining the cooperation.


The Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, lauded the contributions of the NA in the stability of the continent and described Nigeria as critical on the African continent in terms of military capability, trade and investment. He indicated interest in supporting the NA through provision of equipment and technical assistance.


Ambassador Alexey also affirmed the significance of the NA Aviation Unit in the enhancement of its operations in the fight against terrorism, insurgency, banditry and other crimes.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Brigadier General

Director Army Public Relations

14 October 2021













The Nigerian army Chief on Thursday confirmed it that the country's military will further explore the cordial and bilateral relations between the Nigeria and Russia for acquisition of more military equipment to enhance its operations across the country.



According to a press release signed by Brigadier General ONYEMA NWACHUKWU who is the Director Army Public Relations confirmed that Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya made the Statement when the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin paid him a courtesy call at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.


Nigeria, the most populous Black Nation on earth has been battling the menace of terrorism of Boko Haram, banditry, herdsmen and kidnapping for ransoms in many parts of the country.


The Buhari led regime has been a very soft leadership in favour of the criminals as the government is considered to be protecting the terrorists and their sponsors.


However, the government has maintained a very tougher stances against agitators and peaceful, harmless protesters. Many have been Brutally killed while many are also in detentions. 


The police and the Nigerian army killed peaceful protesters last year as the government initially denied the incidents, especially the lekki toll gate massacre of the protesting youths during the "End SARS protest".


The terrorists which the army claimed to be fighting have overrun military barracks many times without numbers, catching away Military equipments and weapons. 


Terrorists in possession of our military equipment killed, kidnapped and raped more innocent civilians while the military are also illegally deployed to kill citizens at willl. 

Even in the process of fight the so called Boko Haram/ISWA, IDPs have been in many occasions accidentally bombed by the Air Force.


The level of corruption that have been perpetrated and that are still ongoing in the name of prosecuting the endless war knows no bounds. They are the only ones who can actually tell Nigerians.


Country like Russia and others sporting the Nigerian Army under this failed regime must ensure that certain compliance and conditions that guarantee the fundamental rights of the citizens are met.


Read the Full press Statement below:


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has stated that Nigerian Army (NA) will further explore the cordial bilateral relations between the NA and Russian government for acquisition of military equipment to enhance its operations across the country.


The COAS stated this today Thursday 14 October 2021, when the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Alexey Shebarshin paid him a courtesy call at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.


Reminiscing the long existing relationship between the NA and the Russia, the COAS expressed the need to rekindle the relationship for their mutual benefit. He also solicited the support of the Russian government in the provision of sophisticated equipment to shore up NA's combat efficiency in the fight against terrorism, insurgency and other sundry crimes orchestrating insecurity in some parts of the country.


He assured the Ambassador of NA's determination in sustaining the cooperation.


The Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, lauded the contributions of the NA in the stability of the continent and described Nigeria as critical on the African continent in terms of military capability, trade and investment. He indicated interest in supporting the NA through provision of equipment and technical assistance.


Ambassador Alexey also affirmed the significance of the NA Aviation Unit in the enhancement of its operations in the fight against terrorism, insurgency, banditry and other crimes.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Brigadier General

Director Army Public Relations

14 October 2021








Insecurity: Nigeria's Army Chief Flags Off Army Exercise to Tackle Criminality

Insecurity: Nigeria's Army Chief Flags Off Army Exercise to Tackle Criminality






Nigeria has been a country immersed in insurgency and Insecurities posted by Boko Haram, ISWAP, Fulani Herdsmen, banditry, kidnapping for Ransoms among all shorts of criminalities bedeviling the so called the most populous Black Nation on earth and the giant of Africa.


The Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya flagged off three Nigerian Army Field Training Exercises in Emene, Enugu state, on Monday 4 October 2021 to further combat the Insecurities.


According to a statement signed by Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the flag off, symbolically activated the exercises in four geopolitical zones of the country.



Read the Full. Statement: 

 COAS FLAGS OFF ARMY EXERCISES TO CURB INSECURITY


... Calls For Synergy among stakeholders


In a concerted and relentless effort to support civil authorities in tackling diverse security challenges bedeviling the country, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has flagged off three Nigerian Army Field Training Exercises in Emene, Enugu state, on Monday 4 October 2021.The flag off, symbolically activated the exercises in four geopolitical zones of the country.



In his remark during the ceremony, Lt Gen Yahaya identified the exercises as Exercise STILL WATER, ENDURING PEACE and Exercise GOLDEN DAWN, which he pointed out, will be conducted simultaneously in South South, South East, South West and North Central Nigeria respectively. These exercises, he added would seek to confront the multifaceted and contemporary security challenges prevalent in different parts of the country. He noted that the exercises aim to restore law and order in the affected regions, as well as create enabling environment for socio-economic activities to thrive.


The COAS further charged officers and soldiers to remain professional, steadfast and diligent in the discharge of their responsibilities in consonance with the objectives of the exercises. He urged the troops to ensure respect and protection of the Fundamental Human Rights of the populace in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as they discharge their responsibilities. He however enjoined the citizenry to be law abiding and cooperate with security agencies in order to restore of law and order in the country. He stated that the exercises, which would later metamorphose into real operations would witness collaboration with other security agencies in exchange of ideas and sharing of intelligence.



“It will be conducted in collaboration with sister security agencies, including the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, Air Force, Immigration, NDLEA, NSCDC, FRSC, Federal Fire Service, as well as other stakeholders who will provide necessary support for the exercise,” he added.


Speaking also during the flag off, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, in a welcome address, assured the COAS of the readiness of the Division in conjunction with sister security agencies to combat all security threats and crimes within the region to ensure law and order. He warned all criminal elements to desist from their attrocious activities or face the wrath of the law.









In furtherance of the fulfilment of his pledge to empower Regimental Sergeant Majors ( RSMs) of the Nigerian Army, the Chief of Army Staff presented a Toyota Hilux vehicle to the 82 Division RSM. "This empowerment scheme", he noted, "will enable the RSMs to effectively carry out their duties as custodians of traditions and regimentation of the NA".

The flag off was witnessed by Commanders, heads and representatives of sister security agencies domiciled in Enugu state.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Brigadier General

Director Army Public Relations

4 Oct 21






Nigeria has been a country immersed in insurgency and Insecurities posted by Boko Haram, ISWAP, Fulani Herdsmen, banditry, kidnapping for Ransoms among all shorts of criminalities bedeviling the so called the most populous Black Nation on earth and the giant of Africa.


The Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya flagged off three Nigerian Army Field Training Exercises in Emene, Enugu state, on Monday 4 October 2021 to further combat the Insecurities.


According to a statement signed by Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the flag off, symbolically activated the exercises in four geopolitical zones of the country.



Read the Full. Statement: 

 COAS FLAGS OFF ARMY EXERCISES TO CURB INSECURITY


... Calls For Synergy among stakeholders


In a concerted and relentless effort to support civil authorities in tackling diverse security challenges bedeviling the country, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has flagged off three Nigerian Army Field Training Exercises in Emene, Enugu state, on Monday 4 October 2021.The flag off, symbolically activated the exercises in four geopolitical zones of the country.



In his remark during the ceremony, Lt Gen Yahaya identified the exercises as Exercise STILL WATER, ENDURING PEACE and Exercise GOLDEN DAWN, which he pointed out, will be conducted simultaneously in South South, South East, South West and North Central Nigeria respectively. These exercises, he added would seek to confront the multifaceted and contemporary security challenges prevalent in different parts of the country. He noted that the exercises aim to restore law and order in the affected regions, as well as create enabling environment for socio-economic activities to thrive.


The COAS further charged officers and soldiers to remain professional, steadfast and diligent in the discharge of their responsibilities in consonance with the objectives of the exercises. He urged the troops to ensure respect and protection of the Fundamental Human Rights of the populace in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as they discharge their responsibilities. He however enjoined the citizenry to be law abiding and cooperate with security agencies in order to restore of law and order in the country. He stated that the exercises, which would later metamorphose into real operations would witness collaboration with other security agencies in exchange of ideas and sharing of intelligence.



“It will be conducted in collaboration with sister security agencies, including the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, Air Force, Immigration, NDLEA, NSCDC, FRSC, Federal Fire Service, as well as other stakeholders who will provide necessary support for the exercise,” he added.


Speaking also during the flag off, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, in a welcome address, assured the COAS of the readiness of the Division in conjunction with sister security agencies to combat all security threats and crimes within the region to ensure law and order. He warned all criminal elements to desist from their attrocious activities or face the wrath of the law.









In furtherance of the fulfilment of his pledge to empower Regimental Sergeant Majors ( RSMs) of the Nigerian Army, the Chief of Army Staff presented a Toyota Hilux vehicle to the 82 Division RSM. "This empowerment scheme", he noted, "will enable the RSMs to effectively carry out their duties as custodians of traditions and regimentation of the NA".

The flag off was witnessed by Commanders, heads and representatives of sister security agencies domiciled in Enugu state.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Brigadier General

Director Army Public Relations

4 Oct 21

NIGERIA: RESOLUTIONS OF THE NORTHERN STATES GOVERNORS’ FORUM MEETING WITH NORTHERN STATES EMIRS AND CHIEFS

NIGERIA: RESOLUTIONS OF THE NORTHERN STATES GOVERNORS’ FORUM MEETING WITH NORTHERN STATES EMIRS AND CHIEFS

 RESOLUTIONS OF THE NORTHERN STATES GOVERNORS’ FORUM MEETING WITH NORTHERN STATES EMIRS AND 

CHIEFS HELD ON MONDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER, 2021


The Northern States Governors’ Forum, in its continuous efforts to address the challenges bedeviling the Northern States convened an Emergency Meeting today Monday 27th September, 2021 at the Council Chamber Sir, Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna.  The meeting was also attended by Chairmen of Northern States Traditional Council led by His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto.



2. The Forum discussed issues of Peace, Progress, Development and well-being of the Northern States.  The Forum took stock of progress made in handling challenges of Banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and insurgency.


After extensive deliberations, the following resolutions were arrived at:-

1. The Forum reviewed security updates from the Region and observed the need for a sustained synergy and coordinated efforts between the Federal and Northern States Governments while noting success of recent measures.  The meeting also noted with concern the constraint of the security services and urged the Armed Forces to embark on simultaneous operations and resolved to share the plans of the Frontline States come up with common with other Region; and assured of its readiness to work in synergy with the Federal Government of Nigeria in finding lasting solution to the current security challenges. 






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2. The Forum appreciated the ongoing onslaught against banditry, kidnapping and Boko Haram especially in the North East and parts of North West and North Central States and encouraged the Armed forces and other security agencies to sustain the tempo to enable the security challenges be permanently addressed in the shortest time.


3. The Forum received updates on the Renewable / Solar Energy Project and NOTED that request for land for the project had been submitted and are being processed by the Northern States.  The Committee had commenced negotiations in a public private arrangement and sovereign guarantees to ensure bankability of the project by multilateral financial organizations.  The Forum called on States yet to process the request for allocation of land for the project to expedite action. 


4. The meeting received updates on activities of some Committees constituted by the Northern States Governors’ Forum and NOTED that recommendations contained therein are being considered with a view to coming up with implementation strategies.


5. The Forum observed that some Northern States Governors had earlier expressed views for a power-shift to three Geo-Political Zone in the South with a view to promoting unity and peace in the Nation.  Notwithstanding their comments, the Forum unanimously condemn the statement by the Southern Governors Forum that the Presidency must go to the South. The statement is quite contradictory with the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended that the elected President shall:-







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score the majority votes;


score at least 25% of the votes cast in 2/3 States of the Federation.


In the case of run-up simple majority win the election.


6. The Northern State Governors Forum considered the on-going National debate on the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT). As responsible leaders while we are constraint by the fact that the matter is sub judice we however for the purposes of educating the public make the following observations: 

(a) the judgement of the Federal high Court calls to question the constitutionality of VAT, withholding tax, education tax, Niger Delta Development Commission, National Information Technology Development Agency, 13% derivation, National Economic Development Council and many other currently levied and collected by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Federal Inlands Revenue Service.  


(b) Rivers and Lagos State Government had enacted their own VAT laws and the Southern Governors Forum have expressed support for this course of action;


(c) VAT is being confused by these State Government as a sales tax. If every State enacted its own VAT Law, multiple taxation will result in increases of prices of goods and services and collapsed in interstate trade. VAT is not a production tax like excise, but terminal tax which is paid by the ultimate consumer;








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(d) Another confusion is ignoring observation above and its “overall effect”.  The reason Lagos account for our 50% Vat collection is because most of the telecommunication companies, Banks, manufacturing and other trading activities have their headquarters in Lagos with the resultant and wrongful attribution of VAT


(e) Until and unless the Supreme Court pronounces judgement on the substantive matter between Rivers State and Federal Government, the matter is sub judice and Northern States Governors Forum would respect this. 


7. The Traditional Rulers Councils appreciated the efforts made so far by the NSGF in addressing the key areas of challenges facing the Northern States, they expressed their willingness, solidarity and collaboration with the Governors’ in addressing these challenges particularly the issue of security.  It was equally resolved that perpetrators of crimes should be dealt with irrespective of their status in the society. 


8. The Forum decried the high level of conspiracies being perpetrated by some Judicial Officers in releasing / granting bail to arrested criminals.  This attitude sabotages the fight against criminality, therefore, there the need to develop good and robust intelligence mechanism amongst States was identified as a panacea. 










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9. The Forum calls on Agencies to leave up to their responsibility, Traditional rulers are to equally mobilize their various communities in checkmating the ugly trend of criminality in their domains.


10. The Forum NOTED the ugly trend in the spread of drugs and consumption amongst the teeming youth and therefore, calls on all levels of Governments and communities to raise to the occasion by stemming the tide.


11. The Forum also call the Federal Government to expedite action on the well establish National Livestock Transformation Programme as a spring board in transiting from the open grazing system as widely practice in the North



His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Barr. Simon Bako Lalong KSGG,

Chairman, Northern States Governors' Forum.

 RESOLUTIONS OF THE NORTHERN STATES GOVERNORS’ FORUM MEETING WITH NORTHERN STATES EMIRS AND 

CHIEFS HELD ON MONDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER, 2021


The Northern States Governors’ Forum, in its continuous efforts to address the challenges bedeviling the Northern States convened an Emergency Meeting today Monday 27th September, 2021 at the Council Chamber Sir, Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna.  The meeting was also attended by Chairmen of Northern States Traditional Council led by His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto.



2. The Forum discussed issues of Peace, Progress, Development and well-being of the Northern States.  The Forum took stock of progress made in handling challenges of Banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and insurgency.


After extensive deliberations, the following resolutions were arrived at:-

1. The Forum reviewed security updates from the Region and observed the need for a sustained synergy and coordinated efforts between the Federal and Northern States Governments while noting success of recent measures.  The meeting also noted with concern the constraint of the security services and urged the Armed Forces to embark on simultaneous operations and resolved to share the plans of the Frontline States come up with common with other Region; and assured of its readiness to work in synergy with the Federal Government of Nigeria in finding lasting solution to the current security challenges. 






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2. The Forum appreciated the ongoing onslaught against banditry, kidnapping and Boko Haram especially in the North East and parts of North West and North Central States and encouraged the Armed forces and other security agencies to sustain the tempo to enable the security challenges be permanently addressed in the shortest time.


3. The Forum received updates on the Renewable / Solar Energy Project and NOTED that request for land for the project had been submitted and are being processed by the Northern States.  The Committee had commenced negotiations in a public private arrangement and sovereign guarantees to ensure bankability of the project by multilateral financial organizations.  The Forum called on States yet to process the request for allocation of land for the project to expedite action. 


4. The meeting received updates on activities of some Committees constituted by the Northern States Governors’ Forum and NOTED that recommendations contained therein are being considered with a view to coming up with implementation strategies.


5. The Forum observed that some Northern States Governors had earlier expressed views for a power-shift to three Geo-Political Zone in the South with a view to promoting unity and peace in the Nation.  Notwithstanding their comments, the Forum unanimously condemn the statement by the Southern Governors Forum that the Presidency must go to the South. The statement is quite contradictory with the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended that the elected President shall:-







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score the majority votes;


score at least 25% of the votes cast in 2/3 States of the Federation.


In the case of run-up simple majority win the election.


6. The Northern State Governors Forum considered the on-going National debate on the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT). As responsible leaders while we are constraint by the fact that the matter is sub judice we however for the purposes of educating the public make the following observations: 

(a) the judgement of the Federal high Court calls to question the constitutionality of VAT, withholding tax, education tax, Niger Delta Development Commission, National Information Technology Development Agency, 13% derivation, National Economic Development Council and many other currently levied and collected by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Federal Inlands Revenue Service.  


(b) Rivers and Lagos State Government had enacted their own VAT laws and the Southern Governors Forum have expressed support for this course of action;


(c) VAT is being confused by these State Government as a sales tax. If every State enacted its own VAT Law, multiple taxation will result in increases of prices of goods and services and collapsed in interstate trade. VAT is not a production tax like excise, but terminal tax which is paid by the ultimate consumer;








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(d) Another confusion is ignoring observation above and its “overall effect”.  The reason Lagos account for our 50% Vat collection is because most of the telecommunication companies, Banks, manufacturing and other trading activities have their headquarters in Lagos with the resultant and wrongful attribution of VAT


(e) Until and unless the Supreme Court pronounces judgement on the substantive matter between Rivers State and Federal Government, the matter is sub judice and Northern States Governors Forum would respect this. 


7. The Traditional Rulers Councils appreciated the efforts made so far by the NSGF in addressing the key areas of challenges facing the Northern States, they expressed their willingness, solidarity and collaboration with the Governors’ in addressing these challenges particularly the issue of security.  It was equally resolved that perpetrators of crimes should be dealt with irrespective of their status in the society. 


8. The Forum decried the high level of conspiracies being perpetrated by some Judicial Officers in releasing / granting bail to arrested criminals.  This attitude sabotages the fight against criminality, therefore, there the need to develop good and robust intelligence mechanism amongst States was identified as a panacea. 










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9. The Forum calls on Agencies to leave up to their responsibility, Traditional rulers are to equally mobilize their various communities in checkmating the ugly trend of criminality in their domains.


10. The Forum NOTED the ugly trend in the spread of drugs and consumption amongst the teeming youth and therefore, calls on all levels of Governments and communities to raise to the occasion by stemming the tide.


11. The Forum also call the Federal Government to expedite action on the well establish National Livestock Transformation Programme as a spring board in transiting from the open grazing system as widely practice in the North



His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Barr. Simon Bako Lalong KSGG,

Chairman, Northern States Governors' Forum.

What We Must Do To End Insecurities in Nigeria - Ola Olawale

What We Must Do To End Insecurities in Nigeria - Ola Olawale




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Today, the world is under threat of war and battle. Every nation is having its shares, especially the developing countries.


The third world countries have suffered too long from slavery of over 350 years to colonialism and now neo-colonialism cum Imperialism. The African society by its nature before the invasion, erosion, and adulteration of her beautiful culture was communal.


It was a beautiful society devoid of all social inequalities and greediness.


The African social-economic system was communal, production was about needed, every adult male is engaged in productive activities, no idle hand, the society detests laziness. Every child is first to the society before the family, it is the duty of the entire society, that every child received a quality education as a desire by her culture and value.


But today what do we have? a different society, alien to our culture and values. the new social-economic relations as imposed by the White Imperialists are inhuman and dehumanizing.


Economic relations that birth inequalities, corruption, private interests, accumulation of wealth for self have taken over our society.


We no longer question the source of wealth, rather than questioning it, we celebrate, give title, and underserved honor.


How do we have a secure society? When the new economic system is designed to favor the smart ones, leaving the vulnerable uncared for, alienating "Labour" from his product, socializing products or services but privatizing the profits. it is survival of the fittest.


Our quest for private wealth is the bedrock of hunger, insecurity, and war. too many people having been left behind, uncared for, manipulated, and exploited.


The abundance of wealth from nature is enough for all of us but not for the greedy among us.


until there is a replacement of this exploitative social-economic relation and system with a non-exploitative system, the world will continue to live with insecurity and war, no amount of policing and defense pact can give us a secured society.


We must reorganize our society, ensure every child receives a worthwhile and productive education, we must collectively own, control, manage production forces.


We produce to meet our needs, not for profit. Engage every hand in the production process and never alienate them from the abundance of their Labour.


Until we give to every man according to his need and he as well contribute according to his capacity, and the goal of production is the happiness of all, then insecurity will become a thing of the past.





A profile picture of Nigerian
and Indian army chiefs


Today, the world is under threat of war and battle. Every nation is having its shares, especially the developing countries.


The third world countries have suffered too long from slavery of over 350 years to colonialism and now neo-colonialism cum Imperialism. The African society by its nature before the invasion, erosion, and adulteration of her beautiful culture was communal.


It was a beautiful society devoid of all social inequalities and greediness.


The African social-economic system was communal, production was about needed, every adult male is engaged in productive activities, no idle hand, the society detests laziness. Every child is first to the society before the family, it is the duty of the entire society, that every child received a quality education as a desire by her culture and value.


But today what do we have? a different society, alien to our culture and values. the new social-economic relations as imposed by the White Imperialists are inhuman and dehumanizing.


Economic relations that birth inequalities, corruption, private interests, accumulation of wealth for self have taken over our society.


We no longer question the source of wealth, rather than questioning it, we celebrate, give title, and underserved honor.


How do we have a secure society? When the new economic system is designed to favor the smart ones, leaving the vulnerable uncared for, alienating "Labour" from his product, socializing products or services but privatizing the profits. it is survival of the fittest.


Our quest for private wealth is the bedrock of hunger, insecurity, and war. too many people having been left behind, uncared for, manipulated, and exploited.


The abundance of wealth from nature is enough for all of us but not for the greedy among us.


until there is a replacement of this exploitative social-economic relation and system with a non-exploitative system, the world will continue to live with insecurity and war, no amount of policing and defense pact can give us a secured society.


We must reorganize our society, ensure every child receives a worthwhile and productive education, we must collectively own, control, manage production forces.


We produce to meet our needs, not for profit. Engage every hand in the production process and never alienate them from the abundance of their Labour.


Until we give to every man according to his need and he as well contribute according to his capacity, and the goal of production is the happiness of all, then insecurity will become a thing of the past.


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