Army denies freeing 1,009 ex-Boko Haram fighters

The Nigerian Army High Command on Thursday refuted the reports of the purported release of over 1009 ex-Boko Haram fighters to the Borno State government. This was contained in a statement, titled: “Reports on the release of Boko Haram fighters in Borno false”, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Director, Army Public Relations, Major-General Onyema Nwachukwu. Gen. Nwachukwu, while describing the report as false, urged the members of the public to disregard it entirely. According to the statement, “the Nigerian Army (NA) has been notified of…

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Soldiers neutralise scores of bandits, recovers weapons in Zamfara

The Nigerian Army has disclosed that its troops of 8 Division have eliminated an unspecified number of bandits in fierce encounters in Talatan-Marafa local government areas of Zamfara. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in an issued press statement yesterday, in Abuja. Nwachukwu said that troops, while on a fighting patrol, came under fire from bandits operating along Mayanchi-Dogo Karfe and Fagantama villages in the area. He said the bandits were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the troops in the fierce encounter that ensued where…

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‘Army will not shield officers working With bandits’ – Spokesman

The Nigerian Army has stated that it will not defend any officer caught working with bandits to perpetrating crimes across the country. The Army stated this against the background of the allegation by popular Islamic scholar, Dr. Ahmad Gumi, that bandits had the support of “bad elements” in the nation’s security outfit. Recall that the cleric, who earlier spoke during an interview on a television programme, alleged that bandits had access to sophisticated weapons owing to their collusion with security agents. However, the Army, in a statement issued by its…

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Breaking! Abducted Kebbi student shot dead

One of the students abducted from the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, on Thursday has been shot dead during a gun duel between soldiers and the abductors. The Deputy Force Commander of the Joint Task Force in the North-West Zone, Air Commodore Abubakar AbdulKadir, confirmed this to reporters in Zamfara State on Friday. According to him, four students and a teacher were rescued during the operation. “In the early hours of this morning, we have come across the kidnappers. They came to our blocking point, and we engaged…

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Nigerian Army appeals to Boko Haram, ISWAP terrorists for reconciliation

The Nigerian Army has begged Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists to seek forgiveness and reconciliation, saying soldiers and the public are not happy that people are dying. The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. A.A. Eyitayo, made the call at a feast organised for journalists by the Army at the weekend, in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Eyitayo, who is also the Commander of Sector 1, ‘Operation Hadin Kai‘, noted that the recent military onslaught against the insurgents dealt a decisive blow on the terrorists, leaving their remnants…

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Insecurity: Senate President pledges N10m to support wounded soldiers

Senate President has visited the wounded soldiers and pledged ten million Naira on behalf of the National Assembly to support the Armed Forces. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said he led other members of the National Assembly to 44 Army Reference Hospital Kaduna to see wounded officers and soldiers as part of activities marking the second anniversary of the 9th Assembly. Senator Ahmad Lawan said the purpose of the visit was to show compassion and empathy with the affected victims, as well as to assess the needs of the military. The…

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Insecurity: Ganduje demands military intervention as bandits convert Kano forests to hideouts

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said yesterday that bandits have taken over the Falgore Forest and others in the State and converted them to hideouts. The governor, who stated this at a meeting with the Service Chiefs at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, urged the military to intervene and save Kano from bandits plotting to wreak havoc in the State. He also condoled with the Nigerian Army over the death of the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other officers in last month’s plane crash in…

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Borno: “We’ve eliminated 50 ISWAP terrorists, foiled suicide bomb attack” – Army

The Nigerian Army said its troops have foiled an attack on Damboa local government area (LGA) of Borno State by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists. It said the terrorists had launched “a futile attack” in the town with armoured personnel carriers and 12 gun trucks all mounted with anti-aircraft guns, as well as locally fabricated armoured-plated vehicles loaded with explosives and motorcycles. In a statement issued by the Director Army of Public Relations, Brig. Gen, Mohammed Yerima, the army said the troops destroyed the locally fabricated armoured-plated…

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Army troops repel Boko Haram attack in Borno, kill 10 terrorists

…Arrest 2 suspected fuel suppliers in Yobe The Nigerian Army says its troops of ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ have eliminated ten Boko Haram terrorists during an attempted attack on troops located in Rann, headquarters of Kala Balge local government area of Borno State. The Director, Army Public Relation, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement issued yesterday, said the feat was achieved barely hours into the tenure of the new Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya. Yerima said that the terrorists came in their numbers mounted on gun trucks and attempted…

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Army troops repel Boko Haram attack, kill 10 terrorists

The Nigerian Army says its troops of ‘Operation Hadin Kai‘ have eliminated 10 Boko Haram terrorists during an attempted attack on troops location in Rann, Headquarters of Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State. The Director, Army Public Relation, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement on Saturday, said the feat was achieved barely hours into the tenure of the new Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya. Yerima said that the terrorists came in their numbers mounted on gun trucks and attempted to infiltrate the main entrance to the…

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