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    EXCLUSIVE: Army removes Texas Chukwu as spokesman, re-appoints Usman

EXCLUSIVE: Army removes Texas Chukwu as spokesman, re-appoints Usman

The Nigerian army has replaced Texas Chukwu as its spokesman, TheCable can report.A military source told TheCable that Chukwu's removal followed outcry from different quarters on his "inability" to manage information on the counter-insurgency campaign."Chukwu was not attune with media management and did not sustain the efforts already in place," the source said."A good public relations officer always responds to [...]

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    ‘You must defeat Boko Haram’ — Buhari charges soldiers

‘You must defeat Boko Haram’ — Buhari charges soldiers

President Muhammadu Buhari has told soldiers that the war against Boko Haram is a "must win".The president said this on Wednesday while delivering the keynote address at the 2018 edition of the the chief of army staff annual conference (COAS) in Maiduguri, Borno state.Buhari had cancelled a private visit to Daura, his hometown in Katsina state, to attend the conference which was [...]

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    Army breaks silence on fatal ambush of soldiers — but keeps mum on casualty figure

Army breaks silence on fatal ambush of soldiers — but keeps mum on casualty figure

The Nigerian army has commented on the Boko Haram attacks on Nigerian soldiers, the most recent in Metele, Borno state.The deadly attack on the 157 task force battalion stationed in Metele left scores of soldiers dead while some are still missing.Some estimates put the casualty figure at over 100, but the army while commenting on Friday, failed to divulge the death toll.The army's [...]

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    Shake-up in army as operation Lafiya Dole gets new commander

Shake-up in army as operation Lafiya Dole gets new commander

The Nigerian army has announced Benson Akinroluyo, a major general, as the new theatre commander for operation Lafiya Dole.Lafiya Dole is the military operation set up to fight Boko Haram insurgents in the north-east.Akinroluyo is replacing Abba Dikko who had spent only three months as the theatre commander.In a statement signed on Saturday by Texas Chukwu, army spokesman, the [...]

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    US asks FG to investigate killing of Shi’ites

US asks FG to investigate killing of Shi’ites

The United States has called for a thorough investigation into the recent clashes between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and security forces.In a statement on Thursday, the US embassy in Nigeria urged the federal government to hold everyone responsible for the violence to account.The IMN members better known as Shi'ites have been clashing with policemen and soldiers [...]

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    Lai: No govt will waste too much energy on Nnamdi Kanu

Lai: No govt will waste too much energy on Nnamdi Kanu

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says no government will expend too much energy on Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).Last week, the IPOB leader reappeared in Isreal after he went missing for about 12 months. He was last seen in public in September 2017 - after the army invaded his family home in Abia [...]

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    Soldiers, SARS operatives engage Boko Haram fighters in gun battle

Soldiers, SARS operatives engage Boko Haram fighters in gun battle

Officials of the Nigerian army and special anti-robbery squad (SARS) were involved in a gun duel with Boko Haram insurgents in Mairari village, Konduga local government area of Borno state, on Saturday evening.A military source, who confirmed this to TheCable, said the insurgents invaded the village around 8:45pm on Saturday, shooting sporadically.The source said this forced the security operatives to [...]

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    Army confirms killing of soldier in Edo

Army confirms killing of soldier in Edo

The Operation Delta Safe operation of the Nigerian army has confirmed the killing of a soldier by yet to be identified persons at Ajakurama community, Ovia south-west local government area of Edo.Ibrahim Abdullahi, spokesperson of the operation, confirmed the incident in an interview with NAN in Benin on Sunday.Abdullahi, who said the name and rank of the soldier cannot be [...]

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    PUNCH reporter: How soldiers searching for missing general picked me up at Jos restaurant

PUNCH reporter: How soldiers searching for missing general picked me up at Jos restaurant

Friday Olokor, a correspondent with PUNCH newspaper, has narrated his experience and that of 36 others in illegal detention.According to Olokor, they were detained by soldiers searching for Mohammed Alkali, the army general who has been missing for weeks.Alkali had been declared missing under questionable circumstances in Jos.Narrating his experience on Monday, Olokor said he had gone to a restaurant [...]

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    Amnesty asks FG to release report of ‘human rights abuse’ by military

Amnesty asks FG to release report of ‘human rights abuse’ by military

Amnesty International says the delay of the federal government to make public a report by a presidential panel on the alleged excesses of the army is an affront on citizens who are victims.In June 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari set up the Presidential Investigative Panel to Review Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement in [...]

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    Army ‘reunites’ rescued children with parents in Borno

Army ‘reunites’ rescued children with parents in Borno

The army says it has reunited some children who were abducted by Boko Haram two years ago, with their parents.In a statement, Texas Chukwu, director army public relations, said troops of 22 brigade rescued four children - two boys and two girls - at Maima village in Ngala local government area of Borno state during an operation.Chukwu said the children [...]

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    Senate probes report accusing soldiers of rape

Senate probes report accusing soldiers of rape

The senate has set up an ad hoc committee to look into the allegations Amnesty International (AI) levelled against the army.The decision to look into the allegations was sequel to a motion sponsored by Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central.AI had accused soldiers and members of the civilian joint task force of abusing people, especially women, in internally displaced persons [...]

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    Borno IDPs: Soldiers raped us in camps but we were forced to deny it

Borno IDPs: Soldiers raped us in camps but we were forced to deny it

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the north-east say they are being suppressed from opening up on the alleged sexual abuse ongoing in their camps.They have also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to send an independent investigative panel to the camps regarding the issue.Amnesty International released a report alleging that soldiers and members of civilian joint task force (JTF) demanded sex [...]

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    FG ‘yet to take action’ against soldiers implicated in killing of Shi’ites

FG ‘yet to take action’ against soldiers implicated in killing of Shi’ites

The International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 says the federal government has not held soldiers who were implicated in the killing of over 300 Shi'ites accountable.The report was released by the US department of state’s bureau of democracy, human rights and labour.In 2015, soldiers and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) clashed in Zaria, Kaduna state.The clash [...]

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    Army: We’ve just rescued over 1,000 Boko Haram captives

Army: We’ve just rescued over 1,000 Boko Haram captives

The army says it has rescued over 1,000 people who were captured by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state.Texas Chukwu, spokesman of the army, said this in a statement on Monday.He said the victims, comprising women and children were set free from Malamkari, Amchaka, Walasa and Gora villages of Bama local government area of Borno.Chukwu said the men captured were forced to [...]

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    ICYMI: Sambisa forest ‘ll be turned into a tourist centre, says Buratai

ICYMI: Sambisa forest ‘ll be turned into a tourist centre, says Buratai

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, says the Nigerian army is working towards turning Sambisa forest into a tourist centre and a training ground for the army.Sambisa forest, which is in Borno state, is a stronghold of the Boko Haram sect. Located in the south-western part of Chad Basin national park, it is about 60 kilometer south-east of Maiduguri, Borno [...]

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