Terrorism: Army launches cyber command

The Nigerian Army has launched a cyber command centre in a bid to tackle terrorist activities in the space. Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who commissioned the state-of-the-art art facility yesterday, said it was aimed at enhancing the capacity of the Force to protect its data and network against cyber attacks and hostile elements. According to the COAS, the cyber-warfare remained “the fifth domain of warfare after land, sea, air and space”. According to the army chief, the cyber operations centre “would also enable robust online…

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Army to Nigerians: Be involved in fighting insecurity

The Nigerian Army has appealed to the public to change its perception about insecurity situation in the country, saying every citizen should be involved in fighting insecurity, or at best provide information to security agencies. This appeal was made yesterday by Acting Director of Defence Information and Chairman of Forum for Spokespersons on Security/Response Agencies, Brigadier General John Agim in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, during a two-day seminar of spokespersons for security and response agencies. The theme of the seminar is “Global Terrorism and Crisis of Narratives: The Challenges of…

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Army shuts illegal depot, impounds 16 trucks, 640,000 litres fuel

The operatives of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, has impounded trucks with 640,000 litres of petrol cumulative capacity and shut down an illegal oil depot, which it uncovered in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. The landmark discovery was made October 2, 2018, when 16 of 40,000 litre capacity trucks parked in the premises awaiting loading were impounded as one of the operators was apprehended and taken in by the team of soldiers that uncovered the illegal deal. The illegal loading bay was operated at the facility used by…

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Three Army officers, two others sanctioned for misconduct

Three Army officers and two soldiers have been sanctioned by the General Court Martial (GCM) sitting in Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, Borno State, for alleged misconduct. The Director Army Public Relations, (DAPR), Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, who signed the statement, said: “The President of the Court Martial, Brigadier General Olusegun Adesina delivered judgement on October 2, that the offences bordered on cowardice, negligence, abduction and indiscipline. “One of the accused, Captain Alhamdu Kwasau, was found guilty of offences of cowardly behaviour and negligence while carrying out his military duty. He…

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Army kills 14 terrorists, rescue 21 hostages

●Ndume decries escalation of attacks in North-East   The Nigerian Army yesterday said it had killed 14 Boko Haram insurgents and rescued 21 hostages in Pulka village in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the insurgents had on Tuesday, ambushed a military escort at Amdaga area in Pulka and burnt one passenger vehicle as well as abducted some travellers. This emerged as the senator representing Borno South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume, expressed concern over escalation of…

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Army kills 3 Boko Haram insurgents, recovers weapons

Police crush 4 suspected armed robbers in Akwa Ibom The Nigerian Army said it had successfully neutralised three Boko Haram insurgents during an ambush in Mayanti Village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State yesterday. This emerged as the Police Command in Akwa Ibom said its officers had killed four of the five suspected armed robbers who robbed a fuel station in Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom on August 21. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, disclosed this in a statement released in Maiduguri. Chukwu, who said…

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Army arrests ‘number 96’ of wanted Boko Haram insurgents

The army says it has arrested Maje Lawan, a wanted Boko Haram suspect, at Banki, Borno. According to a statement by Texas Chukwu, army spokesman, the suspect is believed to be number 96 on the wanted list published by the army. Chukwu said Lawan was apprehended after he infiltrated into an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in the area. “The suspect is currently undergoing preliminary investigation and will be handed over to the appropriate authority for further action,” he said. Meanwhile, Chukwu said troops had also neutralised two terrorists at…

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Army redeploys principal staff officers, operational commanders

As part of its reorganisation strategy, the Nigerian Army has announced a major shakeup in its command and operational positions. Accordingly, the Army Maj-Gen. Mohaammed Dikko takes over from Maj- Gen. Rogers Nicholas as the new Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole. Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig- Gen. Texas Chukwu, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, said Brigadier-Generals AO Abdullahi, and UU Bassey, have been appointed Acting Commanders of Sector 2 and 3 of Operation Lafiya Dole, respectively. The statement further noted that all postings and appointments…

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Nigerian Army denies attack on soldiers by Boko Haram in Bama

The Nigerian Army has denied alleged attack on soldiers by Boko Haram terrorists in Bama which reportedly to the disappearance of some soldiers and military vehicles. Over the weekend, reports by some media said that at least 23 Nigerian soldiers are missing following an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents on a military convoy at Boboshe Village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State with eight military trucks crated away. Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu in a statement made available to Channels Television on Monday, however, debunked…

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Army frees 183 children used as suicide bombers, fighters

Nigerian Army has rescued 183 children whose ages range between seven and 18, being used by the terror group, Boko Haram, as fighters in the North-East of the country. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, disclosed yesterday that the children included 175 boys and eight girls. Buratai, who spoke through the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, explained that some of the children were used as fighters and suicide bombers by the insurgents. The COAS said that the children would undergo comprehensive psychological support and…

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