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Army honours officers and soldiers who distinguish themselves in the war against Boko Haram

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Army honours officers and soldiers who distinguish themselves in the war against Boko. Haram

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In its efforts to recognize hardworking and commitment, the Nigerian Army has presented medals of Award to the officers and soldiers of the Operation Lafiya Dole for their oustsnding performance in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the theater.

Speaking at the Nigerian Army Medals Awards 2019 held in Gwoza, the headquarters of Gwoza local goverment area of Borno state on Monday, the Minister of Defense, Major General Salihi Magashi (Rtd) said “I urge all the recipients of the award to continue to work hard, as victory is surely coming in no  distance time ”

The minister who was represented by the the Director Army Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Mr. Sunday Attah said ” Let me express my appreciation to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General, Tukur Buratai for disseminating the insurgents and for the recignition of the gallantry and hardworking in the fight against insurgency”.

Also speaking, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said “It is gladdening to mention that the efforts of troops in Operation LAFIYA DOLE has provided enabling environment and support upon which the state government activities are thriving. I urge you all not to relent in your efforts until Borno State and the entire North East are secured.”.

“Let me restate the commitment of this administration to support troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE with logistics within the available resources of the state to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency. We shall continue to strengthen the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and the hunters to better support the efforts of troops.”, the governor added.

In his remarks. The Chief of Army Staff, ( COAS) Lt General Tukur Buratai said ” it is my honour to be with you here in Gwoza for Operation Lafiya Dole Medal 2019 . This occasion is to.bestowed .awards on.you for your sacrufues and service to your fatherland’.

Lt General Buratai said ” the awardwhich is carried out annually is to cellebrate our sucess and also assess our oerformance with a view to restrategizr in the coming year. Thete is no.doubt, as a result of your commitment in the theater we are going to revognize some officers and soldiers to spur you to do more. I want to assure you that your welfare and that your families in the barrack will remain our priority”.

In his goodwill message, the Chairman Senate Committee on Army, Senator, Mohammed Ndume said “I want to thank you for for librating my home town Gwoza, the people of Gwoza will not continue to thank you but pray that God will continue to bring more of such awards.. I also urge the COAS to give special promotions to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their sacrifices and hardworking”.

Senator Ndume who is also the Senator representing Southern Borno at the National Assembly said “I will like to use this opportunity to urge the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security to clear the Mandara mountain, Ngoshe, Ashigashiya, Madubbe, Bitta among other major villages in Gwoza for our people to go.back home”.

Also commenting, the chairman House Committee on.Army. Hon. abdurrazak Namdas assured the Army that the House is strongly behind them and that they will do everything possible to ensure the Army discharges it duties professionally and responsive.

 

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The Nigeria Government Finally Declared Bandits As Terrorists

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The Nigeria Government Finally Declared Bandits As Terrorists

By Chiroma Bukar, Abuja

The gazette proscribing bandit groups in the North as terrorists was made on November 25, 2021 but it was unfolded on Wednesday.

Signed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), the gazette said henceforth, bandits will face trial under the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011.

It reads in part: “Notice is hereby given that by the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1370/2021 dated 25th November, 2021 as per the schedule to this Notice and Activities of Yan Bindiga Group, Yan Ta`addan Group and other similar groups in Nigeria are declared to be terrorists and illegal in any part of Nigeria, especially in the North-West and North-Central regions of Nigeria and are proscribed pursuant to sections 1 and 2 of the same Terrorism( Prevention) Act 2011.

“Consequently, the general public is hereby warned that any person or group of persons participating in any manner whatsoever in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intentions or otherwise of the groups referred to in paragraph 1 of this notice will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011 and liable to prosecution.”

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20 Newly Promoted Brigadier General,1 Navy Commodore, 1 Lt Col in Operation Hadin Kai, Decorated With Their New Ranks

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20 newly promoted Brigadier Generals, 1 Navy Commodore, 1 Lt Col in Operation Hadin Kai, decorated with their new ranks

By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri

The newly promoted 22 senior officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces deployed. operation Hadin Kai Northeast theater of Operation including the Deputy Director Army Public Relations (DDAPR), Brigadier General, Ado Isa were on decorated with their new ranks.

Twenty out of the 22 newly decorated senor officers were promoted from the rank of Colonel to the rank of Brigadier General, one from the rank of Navy Captain to Navy Commodore , while one from Major to Lt Colonel.

Speaking at the investiture ceremony which held at the Officers Mess of the Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri on Tuesday, the Theater Commander, Northeast Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa said ” today we are witnessing yet another historic occasion of the investiture of 22 new brigadier generals, it is the first time in the history of Army that we are having 25 newly promoted General in a single promotion within the theater. That is 22 Colonels were been promoted .to Brigadier Generals and 3 Brigadier generals to Major General and 1 Air Commodore to Air Vice Marshall “.

” Promotion in the military is more rigorous, 139 names were selected for promotion from Brigadier to Major General but only 36 were promoted. So you should know God Has selected you. As you are been decorated with your new rank, much is expected from you, as new rank come with additional responsibilities”, he added.

General Musa while commending the wives of the newly promoted senior officers for keeping the home front, said it is our desire that next year, this time around this war against insurgency will end , so that we can go back to our respective barracks and meet our families. As a Brigadier generals, you are the implementers and executors of the operations, so redoubled your efforts to end this war”.

In his remarks, Governor Babagana Zulum who was the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion, said “the government of Borno state , in our assessment of the Nigerian Armed forces is satisfied that you are doing wonderfully well. For the newly promoted generals I urged you to do more, because this promotion, was as a result of your hardworking, dedication, commitment and above all loyalty, you should do more to justify your new ranks”.

Represented by the Borno state Attorney General, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan, Governor Zulum thanked the commander in Chief, the Chief of Army Staff for promoting 25 generals within the theater, adding that on the part of the state government, they will continue to support the military in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

Also speaking, the Force Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF, Major General Abdul.Ibrahim said ” promotion comes from God, many were presented but only few were promoted,those that were not promoted you will be promoted at Gid’s appointed time”.

” Your new ranks come with more responsibility, and your new rank came at a challenging moment of our nations .we relayed on you, you must do whatever you can do to end this war” he added.

A total of 7 million was realised at the occasion in support of the newly promoted Brigadier Generals, with donation of N2 million from Borno Government, N1, theater Commander, N500,000 from Force Commander MNJTF among other donations.

Speaking on behalf of the newly promoted senior officers, Navy Commodore, Paul Mimmyel thanked the Commander in Chief, the the military authority for finding them worthy of the promotion and promised to put more efforts to end the over decade long insurgency.

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ISWAP Terrorist Launched RPGs On Maiduguri, Destroyed Houses

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ISWAP Terrorist Launched RPGs on Maiduguri, destroyed houses

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Members of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) fighters were suspected to have launched Rocket Propelled Grounds (RPG) on 1000 Housing Estate and Ngomari Airport areas of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, resulted into destruction of 6 houses,.

The explosions which occurred at around 6.00 am when residents were still indoors preparing for the monthly sanitation exercise. Were said to have destroyed six housed and no life was lost as at the time of filing this report.

One of the location of the incident, that is 2000 Housing estate few metres away from the Hajj camp, the facility where members of the surrendered Boko Haram terrorists are camped.

However normalcy has since returned to Ngomari Airport and 1,000 Housing Estate of the Maiduguri Metropolis after early morning explosions rocked the areas.

A resident of the estate, Alhaji Ibrahim Alkali told our correspondent that ” when I heard the sound of the first explosion, I rushed out of my house to know what was happening, then the second one exploded close to my compound, on my way rushing inside I saw the rocket, then I concluded that it was an attack”, .

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As at the time of filling in this report, there was no security confirmation but our correspondent learnt that Governor Babagana Zulum as billed to visit the scenes of the attack to see things for himself.

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