Army unveils new South-East operation’s name

The Nigerian Army has announced a change in name of its South-East operation from Exercise Evwu Eke (python dance) to ‘Exercise Atilogwu Udo. Investigation by New Telegraph revealed that “Atilogwu Udo” was a form of “dance for peace” in Igboland. New Telegraph said that the Army had announced October 7 as date for commencement of nationwide operations to wit: Python Dance 1V (South East); Crocodile Smile 1V (South South and South West); Ayem Akpatuma 11 (North Central and North West). Curiously, the Army had, at a press conference last week,…

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Saudi Arabia to allow women to join army

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it will allow women in the kingdom to serve in the armed forces as it embarks on a broad programme of economic and social reforms. The move is the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom, even as rights groups accuse Riyadh of cracking down on women activists, reports Reuters. “Another step to empowerment,” the foreign ministry wrote on Twitter, adding that women would be able to serve as private first class, corporal or sergeant. Last…

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Taraba killings: Panel indicts Army, Police

…says IRT operatives, soldiers didn’t adhere to standard operating procedures Emmanuel Onani, Abuja The August 6 killing of three operatives of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team and two civilians in Ibi community, Taraba State, would have been averted, had standard operating procedure been adhered to. That was the position of a seven-panel of enquiry constituted to investigate the alleged killing of the IRT operatives, and civilians, by soldiers of 93 Battalion deployed at a checkpoint along Ibi-Wukari Road, within the Ibi general area. New Telegraph recalls…

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Army: Troops kill 7 Boko Haram commanders

The Nigerian Army yesterday announced the killing of seven suspected Boko Haram commanders during joint operations between its troops and elements of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF). The Army further reiterated earlier claims that the suspected terrorists were fleeing to North and Central Africa, to escape the heat from ongoing operations in the North East. Acting Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sagir Musa, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, noted that the said feat has since attracted the commendation of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS),…

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Army blacklists Action Against Hunger for allegedly aiding, abetting terrorists

The Nigerian Army has declared Action Against Hunger (AAH), one of the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the North East as “persona non grata.” (unwelcome person/undesirable element). The Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE said its action was premised on its observation of the “notorious activities” of some non-governmental organisations working in the North East. The command accused the global humanitarian organisation of “subversive actions despite several warnings to desist from aiding and abetting terrorists and their atrocities.” In a statement issued yesterday by the spokesperson for the Theatre Command, Col.…

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Taraba killings: Police inciting personnel against Army – COAS

…advises troops on internal operations to be ‘circumspect’ …those on pass to be in mufti Emmanuel Onani, Abuja The crack in the relationship between the Nigerian Army and Police since the Tuesday, August 6 killing of three operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT), and a civilian is clearly widening, as the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has accused the Force Headquarters of making “inciting and inflammatory comments” The Police had maintained that the IRT operatives – Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeant Usman Danzumi, and Sergeant Dahiru Musa…

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Special Army, Police squad for South-West patrol, says GOC

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) Division two of the Nigerian Army, Major General Anthony Bamidele Omozoje yesterday said the Nigerian Army would partner with the Police in tackling insecurity in the South-West geo-political zone. Omozoje assured the officers and men at the Division that their welfare would be of importance to the Nigerian Army. Inspector General of Police had already deployed special squad to tackle henious crime especially kidnapping in the state. But speaking at the 32 Artillery Brigade, Owena Cantoment, Akure, the Ondo State capital after the commissioning of…

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We thought policemen killed during operation were suspected kidnappers – Army

Emmanuel Onani, Abuja The Nigerian Army has said that polivemen killed during an operation in Taraba State, were suspected kidnappers. Acting Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sagir Musa, who made the claim in a statement, seemingly contradicted himself when, in another breathe, he confirmed that the police special forces were “on a covert assignment”. However, his statement read thus: “The attention of the Army Headquarters has been drawn to the Press Release by DCP FRANK MBA FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS ABUJA Ref No. CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.2/68 Date: 7th…

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Army: We established 22 command schools in 4 years

The Nigerian Army yesterday, said it established a total of 22 command secondary schools in the last four years. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, made the disclosure at a procurement seminar for commandants, bursar’s and administrative officers of Command secondary schools. According to the COAS, the seminar was aimed at broadening the knowledge and capacity of officers and personnel on procurement processes and financial procedures for improved productivity and efficiency in the Army. The COAS noted that the establishment of the schools was necessitated by the…

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Army alerts Nigerians over fraudsters disguising as DNA agents

The Nigerian Army has raised the alarm over the activities of some people disguising themselves to defraud unsuspecting members of the public as agents of Depot Nigerian Army (DNA). The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations (ADAPR), Major Stanley Mbaneme, of the Depot Nigerian Army, stated in a statement that: “The attention of the Depot Nigerian Army (DNA) has been drawn to the activities of some unscrupu-lous persons parading themselves as agents of Depot Nigerian Army to defraud members of the public. He said: “These individuals fraudulently extort money from unsuspecting…

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