Nigerian military states position on call to take over power from Buhari

…Says it remains fully committed to present administration The Defence Headquarters has responded to the advice to President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over power to the Nigerian military. Recall that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria,  Robert Clarke, (SAN) at the weekend demanded that the military should control the government temporarily and restructure Nigeria. According to a statement issued by the Army’s Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain fully committed to the present administration and all associated democratic institutions. The spokesman noted that…

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‘There was no massacre in Benue’ — Defence HQ

The Defence Headquarters, (DHQ), has refuted media reports on the alleged killing and destruction of houses and other property by the military in Konshisha local government area of Benue State, where 11 military personnel were allegedly murdered on Thursday by armed bandits. This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday, by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu. The DHQ declared that there was no massacre in Konshisha and that the stories making the rounds were fabricated by bandits and their sponsors…

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‘We rescued Kankara schoolboys’ — Military contradicts govs on involvement of Miyetti Allah

The Defence Headquarters says the troops of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’ successfully rescued all 344 abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, (GSS) Kankara, Katsina State.  Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle and his Katsina State counterpart, Aminu Bello Masari, had separately said the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association played a major role in the release of the schoolboys. But in a statement issued yesterday, the spokesman of the Defence Headquarters, John Enenche, said the military rescued the captives, thanking “the members of general public who volunteered information are also appreciated”.  He…

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Military airstrike hits bandits’ camp in Kaduna forest, kills scores

The Air Component of Operation Thunder Strike, has neutralised several armed bandits at their camp in the Kuduru forest area of Kaduna State, according the Defence Headquarters. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja. Enenche said the air strikes were carried out on Aug. 13 on the heels of intelligence reports, indicating the convergence of members of Ansaru terrorist sect-linked bandits, led by one Mallam Abba, at the location. He said that an aerial surveillance mission conducted over the area…

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Nigerian troops eliminate, arrest scores of bandits, rescue kidnapped victims

The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have eliminated and arrested scores of bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, and other criminal elements in the entire North West zone in recent time. The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. Onyeuko disclosed that the troops had on July 22, troops arrested a notorious gun runner named Musa Abubakar alias Kasko/Buzu from Mai Wake village, Dakoro area of Maradi, Niger Republic. He said that the suspect was arrested at the…

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