Buratai orders evacuation of stranded passengers in Borno

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, yesterday ordered his convoy to evacuate some passengers whose vehicle broke down along Maiduguri-Damboa road in Borno State. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Buratai who was en route at the time, ensured that all passengers in the vehicle were evacuated into one of the vehicles in his convoy. The action was borne out of the fact that the road was recently reopened by Nigerian Army after over a year of closure. The passenger vehicles were usually escorted in convoy by…

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Crocodile Smile IV: Buratai visits troops in Tarkwa Bay

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Sunday tasked troops of the Exercise Crocodile Smile IV on diligence and hard work. Speaking when he visited the troop at Tarkwa Bay, Lagos, Buratai urged the officers to take the exercise seriously as it would help them when the need arose in real life. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the exercise was aimed at enhancing troops operational proficiency, inter-agency cooperation and civil-military coordination. The exercise was also aimed at curbing prevalent contemporary security challenges such as kidnapping,…

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…Army needs ‘spiritual powers’ to finish –Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, yesterday, said beyond the ongoing counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations, “spiritual” interventions were urgently needed to defeat Boko Haram and other extremist groups threatening the peace and security of the nation. According to the COAS, there was now the compelling need to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency through “spiritual warfare”, since the sect, like other extremist groups, was driven by an ideology. Consequently, Buratai charged religious bodies, as well as other relevant groups with grassroots connection, to be at the “forefront of…

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Borno: Nine soldiers killed, 20 missing during terrorists’ attack

At least nine soldiers of the Operation Lafiya Dole were reported killed, while 20 others were missing when they clashed with terrorists at Gudumbali town in Borno State. According to Channels Television, the soldiers were ambushed by the terrorists at a village called Granda. The attack lasted from Monday night till the early hours of Tuesday. The troops were said to be closely supported with air warfare by the Air Component of the Operation Lafiya Dole. Sources, however, said some of the soldiers later fled, leading to the overpowering of…

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Buratai tasks Army spokespersons on improved relations with media

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, has challenged the Directorate of Army Public Relations to come up with a template of handling media and information that would positively assist the army in its operations. The Army Chief also said the template should include ways to build civil-military relations as well as the capacity of officers to manage information in contemporary warfare. Buratai gave the charge at the opening of the third quarter study period of the directorate which opened on yesterday in Kaduna. The News Agency of Nigeria…

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Police inciting personnel against Army –Buratai

…advises soldiers on pass to travel in mufti over killings     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 may be widening, as the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has accused the Force Headquarters of making “inciting and inflammatory comments.” Accordingly, he has admonished soldiers on pass to travel in mufti, to avoid possible attacks by policemen, which he argued, may be occasioned by the…

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Police operatives killed by soldiers known for their exploits – Source

…part of team that arrested Evans, Boko Haram commanders The three operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) that were allegedly killed by soldiers during an operation in Taraba State on Wednesday, had taken part in sensitive investigation activities across the country. New Telegraph learnt that the officers were in the team that arrested the notorious kidnap suspect, Chukwudi Onuamadike (alias Evans), who is facing charges bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder before a Lagos High Court. The specially-trained operatives, according to findings, were also part of…

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WHO THE CAP FITS: MONGUNO, DANBAZZAU, BURATAI, OTHERS

Since  President Muhammadu Buhari, in a meeting with some traditional rulers from southern extraction, said there is need to change the security architecture of the country, the social media and the security and intelligence space have been awash with insinuations as to who and who are qualified or may be favoured to handle the frightening security  conundrum threatening the nation. Knowing that the office of the National Security Adviser may not be left out like the Service Chiefs, there is already growing discuss as to persons that may jostle for…

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Nigerian Army trains 223 officers in Bangladesh

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has disclosed that the Nigerian Army has trained over 223 of its officers in various military institutions in Bangladesh. Buratai made this known while receiving the Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Shameen Ashan, on Tuesday in Abuja. He said that his training experience and requisite knowledge garnered in Bangladesh, had helped him to prosecute the war against insurgency and several other military operations in Nigeria. Buratai sad that Nigerian army had a lot to gain from their Bangladesh counterpart, adding that…

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Insecurity has been tamed – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said that insecurity has been tamed across the country by the Nigerian army. Buratai stated this during a visit to the troops stationed at 1 Division Super Camp in Kuyello, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State yesterday. He said that efforts of the military in the northeast and northwest as well as other parts of the country had reduced insecurity in the country. Buratai restated that both the banditry in the northwest and Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast have…

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