Where’s Gen. Alkali?
By Daily Hint 4/10/2018
JOS, the Plateau State capital, used to be the place many loved to be because of its serenity. People refer to its weather as cool and soothing. The kind the rich travelled abroad to enjoy. Jos used to be cosmopolitan in nature, with Nigerians from different parts of the country finding a home there. That was the Jos of the sixties, seventies and eighties.
The Jos our fathers grew to know and the Tin City, which some members of my generation grew up in. The Jos where people were their brothers’ keepers. The Jos where the Yoruba, Igbo, Ijaw and Hausa cohabited without hard feelings. The Jos that tolerated everybody no matter their tribe and tongue. You went to sleep with your eyes closed, certain that your neighbour will come to your aid in case of trouble.
Now, sadly, neighbours kill neighbours in Jos. That is putting it mildly. Brothers now kill brothers there. Jos has virtually become a killing field. Everyday is like war in this city that was renowned for its peaceful nature. Jos has become a no-go area because there is fire on the Plateau. Death and destruction have become the order of the day on the Plateau. This is sad and painful.
When I hear the sweet old tales about Jos and the sad story of blood now coming out of the place, my heart bleeds. Why do we love to shed blood when there is no need for it? Since these killings started what have they added to our gross domestic product (GDP)? Jos, which was a metaphor for good neighbourliness, is today the city of everything bad under the sun. Those opportune to live there in those glorious days look back and shake their heads at what is happening in their once beloved city.
￼Many have moved out of Jos for fear of their lives. Living in Jos is no longer a cherished idea. It has become a dangerous place to stay. What is more, it has even become a dangerous place to pass through. Is this the same old Jos of which people sang? What could have happened to the Tin City? Since September 3, a search has been on for Maj.-Gen Idris Alkali, former Chief of Administration at the Army Headquarters in Abuja, who was said to have gone missing while passing through Jos.
The general was not going to the war front; he was just passing by on his way to his farm in Bauchi. As he drove, he was speaking with his wife, Salamatu, who was monitoring his movement to ensure he got to his destination safe and sound. Mrs Alkali, according to reports, did not want him to pass through Jos. She wanted him to go through the Kano route. You know how women are. They can smell danger a long way off and no matter what they do to caution us, we, the men, always tell them not to worry.
￼We wave their fear aside not because we are careless. No, not at all, we do so because a man must not only be a man, he must be seen to be a man. Shortly after Gen Alkali passed through Jos, his wife lost contact with him. The woman has been agitated since then. She has called on the army to help her look for her husband because ‘’we are in distress, pain and agony”.
The search for him has led the Joint Task Force (JTF) looking for him to Dura Du in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. The search has been narrowed down to the mining pond there from where his car, a Toyota Corolla was fished out last Saturday. How did the general’s car get into the pond? The pond, the people of the community claim, is sacred to them. They say it is sacrilegious to drain the water in the pond as the army intends to do to see if the general is in there.
It is only commonsensical to dig deeper into the pond after finding the general’s car there. If his car could be found there, what other evil do we know is still deep inside its womb? It is in the interest of justice and fair play to allow this search to go. If the pond could harbour the general’s car and other vehicles, there is more to that.
General Yahaya took over from Adeniyi as new theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole
General Yahaya took over from Adeniyi, as new theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The new theater Commander Ooeratiin Lafiya Dole, General Farouk Yahaya has took over the leadership of the command from the former theater Commander Major General Olusegun Adeniyi.
While taking over the mantle of leadership of command, at the headquarters of theater Command in Maiduguri, the new theater Commander Major General, Farouk Yahaya solicited the support of all component of the theater command to ensure that Boko Haram insurgents are completely defeated.
” I solicites the support of all component of the theater command to ensure that we once and for all completely defeat the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists groups, so that peace will be completely restored back to the Northeast”, General Yahaya added.
In his remarks, the former theater Commander. major General Olusegun Adeniyi said ” I have known General Yahaya for over 34 years. I know he is more capable to take the war to an end.”
He also urged the officers and soldiers of the theater command to extend the support he enjoyed from them to the new theater Commander to enable him end the war against insurgents.
Operation Lafiya Dole locally developed mines resistance, Anti-Ambush Protective Vehicles
Operation Lafiya Dole locally developed Mines Resistance, Anti-Ambush Protective vehicles
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
In it’s moves to meet its military hard ware requirements to effectively execute its mandate of defeating Boko Haram, the Operation Lafiya Dole theater Command has developed and inaugurated a homegrown Mines Resistance, Anti Ambush protective Vehicles ( MRAP) assuring that the mandate of the command to defeat Boko Haram in the Northeast and restore law and order in the region is a task must be done.
While inaugurating the vehicles at the headquarters of the theater Command, Maiduguri yesterday., the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai said ” today we are witnessing yet another set of these locally produced vehicles. These include 7 MRAPs of the conqueror variant and one recovery vehicle. Therefore, drawing from Niezoshe, these represent the very good walking steps that can take us to desire flight of tomorrow “.
The Chief of Army Staff represented by the theater Commander Major General Olusegun Adeniyi said “today marks a new vista in homegrown technological innovations for the Operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian Army and the Nation at large. Today’s ceremony is significant in the sense that courtesy of our drive to restore normalcy to the Northeast and the need to preserve valuable National resources, the theater command has been on research and development effort since August 2019″
General Buratai said ” the aim of this novel effort is to look inward to evolve home-grown technologies in military equipment production. It is pertinent to note that these efforts have yielded fruits and the theater command intends to sustain this. As at today, the theater command has produced locally some MRAPd in 3 variants,. They are the Champion, the invincible and the Conqueror MRAP variants”
” The theater has also undertook the conversion of Gun trucks . All Terrain. In the same vein, “Fire Eaters” with Armoured plating were made to provide local protection for troops while in harbour and in defense positions. It is heartwarming to note that materials for these platform were sourced from.within the theater except for the bullet resistance glass, which were obtained from Kaduna. Most of these platforms are already in use in the Theater”, the COAS stated.
The Army Chief further said ” in light of this efforts , it is pertinent to state that Operation Lafiya Dole provide significant prospects for Nigeria’s post war military technological advancemen, if these efforts can be harnessed and improved upon. I hereby commend the theater commander. Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, Officers and soldiers of the Operation Lafiya Dole for this novel efforts. Be rest assured that the Army headquarters will do all it can to encourage and support further research and production of these platforms.
In his technical brief, Brigadier General Ibrahim Alaya said ” what we are witnessing today is an ingenuity of the of the Theater Commander . All materials were source locally in Maiduguri . in the first set we developed champion 1-5, Second phase invincible 1-3 , third Toyota Bufallo and the fouth phase is what we witnessing today commissioning of 7 Conquerors”
The vehicles are resistance to 7.62 mm ammunition at all ranges, 12.7 Anti Aircraft ammunition at 200 metres fistancr and a spread of 80 kilometers per hour and carries 10 person and can move in untarred road at 40 kilometers per hour with a view to protect our troops in all operations “, he added.
In his welcome address, the chief of Staff, theater Command. Brigadier General Mohammed Abdullahi said , ” in our quest to meet the military hard ware equipment, the Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Adeniyi have to look inward to come up with these initiatives to support and protect our troops in our operations against Boko Haram”.
I want to draw your attention that all the MRAPs were all Assembled in the theater by our capable Theater Commander “, he added.
Nigeria Army removes Gen. Adeniyi, as theater Commander
Nigeria Army removes Gen Adeniyi, as theater Commander
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi has been deployed from Operation Lafiya Dole theater command to Nigerian Army Resources Centre Abuja, as senior Research fellow, while Major General F Yahaya, General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Kaduna to takes over as the new theater Commander.
The deployment was contained in Nigerian Army statement signed by its Acting Durector Army Public Relations, (ADPR). Col. Sagir Musa said “while the erstwhile Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu Maj Gen CC Okonkwo now redeployed to STF Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos and appointed Commander, Maj Gen F Yahaya from Headquarters 1 Division Kaduna to Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) Maiduguri and appointed Commander, while Maj Gen Olusegun Adeniyi is redeployed from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to NARC as Senior Research Fellow, Maj Gen S Idris from Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu- Yobe State redeployed to DHQ Abuja and appointed Director Liaison.”
In the rekindle spirit of professionalism, the Nigerian Army has released the postings and appointments of some affected senior officers.. The posting which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen TY Buratai is a routine/normal exercise intended to reinvigorate the system for greater professional effectiveness and efficiency”, Col Musa added.
The Army in a statement said ” the major highlight of the posting includes – the posting and appointment of Maj Gen ACC Agundu from Special Task Force (STF) Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos to Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) Abuja as Senior Research Fellow, Major General HI Bature from Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Defence Liaison Office National Assembly Abuja to Army Headquarters Department of Civil Military Affairs and appointed Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj Gen UM Mohammed from Nigerian Army Property Limited (NAPL) to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu/Deputy Chairman Board of Trustees NAPL,”,
While wishing all the officers well in their respective appointments, the Chief of Army Staff enjoins them to take their new responsibilities/appointments seriously and discharge all duties professionally with utmost loyalty to the Nation and the Service.
Others affected include – Maj General AA Adesope from Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management to NAPL and appointed Group Managing Director, Maj Gen MG Ali from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to Headquarters 4 Special Forces Command Doma, Nasarawa State as Commander while the erstwhile Chief of Civil-Military Affairs AHQ Abuja Maj Gen US Mohammed has been redeployed to 1 Division Kaduna and appointed General Officer Commanding,” the Acting Director further stressed.
The Chief of Army Staff, Major General, Lt General Tukur Buratsi said all the postings and appointments take effect from the 1st of April 2020.”
“Similarly, Brig Gen HI Daniel from the Defunct Army Special Forces Command Maiduguri to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command Minna and appointed Director Army Training Support, Brig Gen BE Onyeuko is to remain in DHQ Abuja as Acting Director Defence Media Operation, Brig Gen NM Jega from Training and Doctrine Command Minna to Infantry Corps Centre Jaji and appointed Chief of Staff, Brig Gen LA Araba from Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty Abuja now redeployed to Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu, Yobe State as Ag Commander, Brig Gen VO Ita from DHQ, Abuja to Headquarters 402 Special Forces Brigade Azare and appointed Commander while Brig Gen JAL Jimoh from Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno to Headquarters 31 Brigade Minna and appointed Commander and Brig Gen GTO Ajetunmobi has been redeployed from 31 Brigade Minna to Nigeria Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty, Abuja as Executive Director Operation,” the Army further stated.
According to the statement Others includes Brig Gen LG Lepdung from Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre Jaji to DHQ Abuja and appointed Deputy Director Procurement (Logistics), Brig Gen MO Ihanuwaze to remain in Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management as Acting Director, Brig Gen EC Obi – Osang from the defunct Headquarters 707 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi to Headquarters 401 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi as Commander while Brig Gen GM Muktar is redeployed from the Defunct Nigerian Army Amphibious Command OPLD Baga to Headquarters 403 Amphibious Brigade Baga and appointed Commander and Brig Gen JR Lar from Nigerian Army School of Artillery Kachia to Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno as Commander among other posting
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