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By Haruna Yusuf Abuja 11/10/2018

Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has threatened to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if the leadership of the party in Abuja removed any member of the Kwankwasiyya movement from the list of its aspirants.

Recall that Kwankwaso had held primaries for various elective offices in Kano which were allegedly won by his chosen aspirants, leaving aside other PDP members.

A source within the party confided to Daily Hint yesterday that the former governor sounded the warning of leaving the party during a meeting held at Legacy House, Abuja.

The meeting, which commenced at 3pm and ended around 5pm, was attended by many PDP stakeholders including Bello Hayatu Gwarzo and Ambassador Aminu Wali among others.

According to the source, the meeting was organised to review the list of aspirants from Kano State.

The Senator Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa-led faction of the PDP had also conducted its primaries where candidates emerged for various offices.

It was gathered that in order to have a unified house, the Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) brought together all the contending factions with a view to having a win-win situation.

The source said, “Kwankwaso told the gathering that any move to remove any member of Kwankwasiyya from the aspirants list will lead to his defection from PDP.

“However, the Doguwa-led faction also threatened to dump the party if the leadership failed to review the list of aspirants.

The meeting ended in a deadlock…Neither Kwankwaso nor Doguwa faction agreed to accept the terms offered by the leadership of the party,” the source said.

According to him, the leadership of the party in its effort to reconcile the aggrieved members, resolved that the national and state assemblies slots be shared 50-50 between the Kwankwaso and Doguwa factions of the party.

He added that when the meeting reached its peak with no sign of success, the party’s presidential flag bearer and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, sent a former minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Benjamin Chidoka, to intervene on his behalf.

He, however, said the former minister also failed to reconcile the contending factions and the meeting ended without yielding any positive result.

Asked to comment on development, the Public Relations Officer of Doguwa faction of the PDP, Alhaji Musa Danbirni, said he was not aware of the said meeting. “I am not among the people that went to Abuja because I fell sick and I am still at home. So I don’t know what exactly transpired in Abuja.”

The spokesman of Kwankwaso faction of the party, Jamilu Dambatta could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report. On her part, Kwankwaso’s spokesperson, Hajiya Binta Spikin said she was not in Abuja. “It will be wrong for me to talk about party matters; the people that should talk on this are party officials,” she said.

Contacted, a strong pillar of the Kwankwasiyya movement, Aminu Abdulsalam, said he was not aware of the meeting.

Abdulsalam said, “The party’s chairmen, secretaries and other stakeholders were taken to Abuja by a different group with the sole aim of conducting a fresh primary election but to be honest with, the National Vice Chairman (North) told them that he has no mandate to do so.

“He told them it is beyond his powers to hold a meeting with them and he asked them to go back to Kano and await further instruction from the party’s national leadership. That is all I know about this issue,” he said.

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General Yahaya took over from Adeniyi as new theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole

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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.

 

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Operation Lafiya Dole locally developed mines resistance, Anti-Ambush Protective Vehicles

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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.

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Nigeria Army removes Gen. Adeniyi, as theater Commander

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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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