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Nigeria Army prepares in prevision to the end of the amalgamation,GOCs, Brigade Commanders, others moved.

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Chief Army Staff•Soldiers’ annual leave cancelled, surveillance ordered for installationsIn a massive shake-up on Friday, the Nigeria Army deployed its key senior officers including General Officers Commanding (GOCs), Corps Commanders and other senior officers.The GOCs affected are Major General John Nwaoga of the 3 Division and Major General Junaid Bindawa, 7 Division of the Nigeria Army.The army authorities, in a statement signed by Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru, out-going army spokesman, explained that the changes were part of the fourth quarter postings and appointments of senior officers.Other affected senior officers include: Major General Chris Olukolade, Director, Defence Information, Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru; Major General John Kwabe, now Chief of Logistics, Defence Headquarters; Major General Ugo Buzugbe, Commander, Nigerian Army Armoured Corps; Major General Ebiobowei Awala, Military Secretary (Army) and Major General Olufemi Adeosun, Director, Policy, Defence Headquarters.Others are; Major General Sunday Adebayo, Commander, Nigerian Army Education Corps; Major General Mohammed Idris, Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy; Major General Mobolaji Koleoso, Director, Armed Forces Simulation Centre; Major General Letam Wiwa, Director, Military Intelligence; Major General Patrick Akem, Director, Legal Service (Army); Major General Charley Okoro, Director Peace Keeping Operations Defence Headquarters, as well as Major General Obidah Ethan, Chief of Civil -Military Affairs.Also affected are: Major General Modibbo Alkali, Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Artillery; Major General Shehu Yusuf, Commandant, Depot, Nigerian Army; Major General Ahmed Mohammed, Commander, Nigerian Army Training Centre; Major General Iliyasu Abbah, Commander, Joint Task Force (Operation Pulo Shield); Brigadier General Arinze Ebenebe, Commandant, Warrant Officers Academy; Brigadier General Ebenezer Ogundana, Director of Army Reserve Recruitment and Resettlement; Brigadier General Kasimu Abdulkarim, Director of Physical Training, Brigadier General Enitan Ransome-Kuti, Commander, Multi-National Joint Task Force; Brigadier General Ibe Nicholas, Commander, 23 Brigade; Brigadier General Ohifeme Ejemai, Commander, 9 Brigade; Brigadier General Bright Fibionumama, Commander, 3 Brigade; Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru, Commander, 13 Brigade; Brigadier General Mustapha Onoyiveta, Head, Nigerian Army Operations Monitoring Team; Brigadier General Lanre Bello, Commander, 34 Brigade and Brigadier General Olajide Laleye, among others.Meanwhile, the presidency has ordered a round-the-clock surveillance of all major installations across the country as part of security arrangements put in place to ensure a continuation of the peace enjoyed during the Christmas

celebrations.Already, the Nigerian Army has suspended all passes and annual leave of its officers and men until after the New Year festivities.It was reliably gathered that a signal from military authorities to all General Officers Commanding (GOCs) and corps commanders ordered that all annual leave and passes be put on hold and all officers and men on leave be recalled with immediate effect.The directive, it was gathered, was part of security measures put in place during the festive period to be fully battle-ready to combat any threat to public peace.The Nigeria Police High Command has also deployed all the strike forces, specialised units of the force, including the Police Mobile Force (MOPOL), Counter-Terrorism Unit, Special Protection Unit, Federal Highway Patrol and Explosive Ordinance Department to join forces with the conventional police force in providing water-tight security throughout the country during the festivities.In continuation of its effort to ensure a hitch-free New Year celebration, Inspector General of Police, M.D. Abubakar, rolled out the directives at the end of a meeting with other members of the police management team on Friday, where he reassured Nigerians, both at home and in the diaspora, that massive security measures had been put in place to ensure a hitch-free celebration nationwide.Informed security sources also told Saturday Tribune on Friday that while the security cordon in the North-East remained water-tight, government had equally ordered security operatives across the country to be vigilant and “take preemptive measures.”According to the source, flash points in all volatile parts of the country will continue to be raided by operatives to preempt any undesirable occurrences while suspects are being picked up.“These suspects will remain in custody till the end of the Yuletide. They will all go through security screening while innocent ones among them will be set free as soon as this critical period is over,” the source disclosed.The source added that some women and children abducted by terrorists who attacked an army barracks in Bama, Borno State, last week had been rescued by security forces who also made several arrests.

Source: Tribune

Source: Radio Biafra.

Boko Haram possesses superior weapons –Yobe gov.


Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, yesterday said that members of the Boko Haram insurgents, who attacked Damaturu, the state capital last week were in possession of superior weapons than the Nigerian Army.

This was even as the Federal Government yesterday said that it would intensify its collaboration with the Governments of Niger and Cameroun in the patrol of their borders to curb the activities of the sect. Gaidam, who spoke after inspecting military and police formations destroyed in Damaturu last Thursday during an attack by the insurgents, challenged the Federal Government to deploy more troops and advanced military and communications hardware to be able to suppress the terrorists.

He said the provision of superior weapons would help to effectively combat insurgents’ attack on the state. “From personal observations, the insurgents used superior weapons and equipment in Thursday’s attack.

“So, the Federal Government must provide highcalibre arms and weaponry to succeed in the fight against terrorism. “Until the country’s security outfit is fully equipped with more superior arms, equipment and reinforced manpower, we may have slim chances of winning the fight against terrorism,” Gaidam said.

The governor also observed that inadequate intelligence report contributed to the massive onslaught by insurgents on the state capital. “If we had 24-hour surveillance and intelligence gathering by the security agents on ground, some of this dastardly incident would have been averted,” he said. He said the Federal Government should deploy more security personnel to the state and equip them with more sophisticated weapons.

“The Federal Government should provide additional and more advanced military and communications hardware to enable the security forces on the ground to respond more effectively to any security breaches,” Gaidam said. The governor praised the security agents for their ability to repel the attacks and urged them to continue to dedicate themselves to the security of life and property in the state.

“Government and Nigerians must see the problem of insurgency as a national problem, and not as a problem of Yobe and Borno States,” he advised. Gaidam announced a Yobe government assistance of N1 million each to the families of security operatives who were killed in the attack and N500, 000 for those injured.

Col. Abdullahi Aliyu, Commander of the Special Operation Battalion in Damaturu, said the insurgents attacked eight locations in a coordinated operation. He said 30 insurgents were killed, while various arms, ammunitions and vehicles were recovered from the attackers.

State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Sanusi Rufai, said the insurgents attacked the Mobile Police Base with armoured vehicle and burnt the armoury at the base. “They could not gain access into the armoury, they then set it ablaze, burning all arms in the armoury” he said.

In Abuja, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II, Nurudeen Muhammed, speaking at a press briefing at the sixth meeting of the Board of National Boundary Commission, NBC, said that joint patrol of the borders with neighbouring Niger and Cameroun has become paramount to ensure peace and stability. Mohammed maintained that the joint patrol would ensure that Nigeria’s borders are not porous.

Also at the briefing, the Director-General of NBC, Ahmed Muhammed, disclosed that the commission has put in place all that was needed to make Nigeria and Cameroun work together to ensure security and proper resettlement of the people of Bakassi. According to him, the government has released funds on two occasions for the resettlement exercise. Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, also said that in order to check frequent boundary crises among states, local governments and communities in the country, the Federal Government would take steps to properly demarcate Nigeria’s internal boundaries.

The General Officer Commanding, GOC, 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Ahmed Jubrin, said that for the military to effectively fight insurgence, it must engage its personnel in contemporary security challenges.

According to him, terrorism is mainly the contemporary challenges facing the nation, which requires the military to be up and doing to be able to face the task of fighting it. He made this known at a training workshop organised at the 22 Armored Brigade, Sobi, Ilorin, He described the training as a routine programme, which takes place every year to prepare soldiers on exactly what he is expected of them during operations.

General Jubrin said the training bothered on skills at arms, which involves training them on how to handle weapons. While speaking, the Commander, 22 Armoured Brigade, Sobi Cantonment, Brigadier-General Idris Alkali, expressed the view that at the end of the training, the participants are going to be better prepared to undertake any task of facing contemporary challenges.

He also urged them to derive maximum benefit from the activities in order to apply it when attacked. Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Jerusalem pledged that his administration would continue to actively combat the menace of terrorism in partnership with all peace-loving countries of the world.

Speaking at a meeting with President Shimon Peres of Israel, Jonathan said Nigeria would welcome enhanced cooperation and assistance from Israel for its ongoing efforts to end terrorist attacks and incursions in parts of the country.

According to him, combating the menace of terrorism remains a challenge that must addressed in partnership with all peace loving countries and peoples of the world.

“I seek the cooperation of your country to confront the security threat from terrorist groups that my country is now facing. There is no doubt that Israel has had decades of experience in combating terrorism.

Nigeria can benefit tremendously from your experience in this area,” Jonathan told the Israeli President. Jonathan noted the growing economic relations between Nigeria and Israel and called for greater collaboration between them in other sectors, saying that his administration would also welcome the greater deployment of Israel’s renowned expertise in furtherance of Nigeria’s agenda for national transformation in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, electric power supply and the management of water resources.

In his remarks at the meeting, Peres said that he was delighted and privileged to have had the opportunity of hosting the first Nigerian President to visit the state of Israel.

Source: Radio Biafra.

IDF: 60 Years of Service and Counting.

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Israel Defense Forces celebrated its 60th anniversary recently. (Facebook)

The IDF marked 60 years since the formation of its first reserve armored brigade, the Fist and Spear Formation, in a ceremony held Wednesday in memory of the brigade’s fallen soldiers. Attendees included GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, Steel Formation commander Brig. Gen. Moti Baruch, current brigade commander Col. Effi Difrin, and the brigade’s first commander, Brig. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Pundak, as well as the families of 147 of the brigade’s fallen soldiers.

“The Fist and Spear Formation, which marks 60 years since its establishment, has already written great chapters in the history of the IDF, but between the pages of heroism are hidden the tears and grief of the fallen,” said GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon. “Then and today, the brigade’s strength is in its spirit and its people, and the memory of its fallen is the source of its power. The reality of our lives has proven to us that national resurrection is impossible without a spirit of sacrifice.”

“Today, the IDF is in the midst of defensive missions in all of the sectors, in developing its power and in looking ahead to the next challenges,” Maj. Gen. Alon added. “Today, Israeli society is strong and powerful, and together we will be able to meet every mission and challenge.”

The armored brigade’s commander also discussed the unit’s legacy.

“Almost from the moment of its formation, the brigade needed its capabilities on the battlefield, intertwined with the state fighting for its existence—and still today, the brigade continues with modesty and excellence to take part in the continuing effort to protect the State of Israel,” Col. Difrin said. “It is a great honor to belong to the command of this wonderful brigade, still alive and kicking, which maintains norms and standards in every mission. We can meet the many challenges and missions lying ahead of us, because now it is our turn. We will do our utmost to be deserving of the brigade’s legacy.”

The ceremony also honored Col. (res.) David Teperson (86), the IDF’s longest-serving reservist and chairperson of the Fist and Spear Formation’s members association. Col. (res.) Teperson has served as a reservist in the brigade since its inception.


Soldiers kill nine Boko Haram members in Kano.

Some of the items recovered from suspected Boko Haram sect members, put on display in Bukavu Barracks in Kano, Nigeria, on March. 21.

The Joint Military Task Force in the early hours of Wednesday killed nine and arrested two suspected Boko Haram members who attacked Tudun Wada Local Government, Kano State.

The gunmen were said to be making attempts to escape after they used explosives to attack a police headquarters, the Divisional Police Officer and set fire to a nearby bank when soldiers struck.

The 3rd Brigade, Nigeria Army General Officer Commanding, Brig- Gen. Iliyasu Abba, said the JTF who received a distress call from the town raced to the area to confront the hoodlums, stopping them from carting away money from the bank.

Abba said, “We quickly mobilised our men to the scene and that was how we successfully got them. Two more gunmen were arrested.”

He showed the two arrested suspects and bodies of the dead to journalists put the weapons on display at the Bakavu Barracks, Kano.

The weapons included several pistols and AK-47 assault rifles, ammunition and police body armour, seized after the shootout.

“We blocked both ends of the roads to Tudun Wada and waited for the hoodlums, who came in three vehicles. We laid an ambush for them, seized the vehicle,” Reuters quoted the army chief as saying.

Abba advised the residents to always maintain safe distance during combat operation to avoid being hit by stray bullets.

He assured them that the JTF would respond to any distress call and restore peace to troubled areas in the North under threats from armed gangs.


by Mustapha Salihu in Kano.

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