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    ‘Scores of insurgents’ killed in foiled Boko Haram attack in Borno

‘Scores of insurgents’ killed in foiled Boko Haram attack in Borno

The Nigerian army says scores of insurgents were killed in a foiled Boko Haram attack in Arege area of Borno state.Texas Chukwu, army spokesman, said the insurgents ambushed troops in the area on Friday.He said the attack was repelled and some of the insurgents escaped with various degrees of injury.“Unfortunately, six soldiers sustained various degrees of injury and are currently [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: How soldiers fighting Boko Haram beg for food and sleep in classrooms

INVESTIGATION: How soldiers fighting Boko Haram beg for food and sleep in classrooms

______________________________________________________________________________STORY HIGHLIGHTSSoldiers deployed in the special force unit do not have barracks, they sleep in classrooms Many soldiers in Maimalari barracks construct zinc houses for themselves Poor feeding of soldiers across the barracks in Maiduguri and the units in the bushes Soldiers on the frontline are owed operational allowance and do not get hazard/danger allowance______________________________________________________________________________Gandoki, a corporal with the [...]

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    Borno resident: How Boko Haram fighters took our food after attacking soldiers

Borno resident: How Boko Haram fighters took our food after attacking soldiers

Musa Ishaq, a resident of Gudumbali in Guzamala local government area of Borno state, has narrated how Boko Haram insurgents seized food items and animals after attacking a military base in the town.Ishaq said many soldiers fled the community during the attack, leaving residents at the mercy of the insurgents.He said no member of the community was killed because the [...]

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    Army hands over 23 minors ‘linked with Boko Haram’ to UNICEF

Army hands over 23 minors ‘linked with Boko Haram’ to UNICEF

The Nigerian army has handed over 23 children suspected of ties with Boko Haram to the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).Abbah Dikko, theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, who disclosed this in Maiduguri, said the exercise was in conformity with international best practice.This brings the number of children released from administrative custody this year to 207.Dikko said the gesture [...]

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    Army uncovers Boko Haram recruitment link on social media

Army uncovers Boko Haram recruitment link on social media

The Nigerian army says it has uncovered social media accounts used by a faction of the Boko Haram group to recruit new members.According to NAN, Murtala Usman, artillery commander of operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this while speaking at the ongoing Nigerian army combat support training week in Maiduguri.Usman said insurgents from the Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram group were [...]

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    Shake-up in army, top military commanders redeployed

Shake-up in army, top military commanders redeployed

The Nigerian army has announced a major shake-up with redeployment of top military commanders and senior officers.The redeployment, which was announced on Friday, affects principal staff officers both at the defence and army headquarters as well as general officers commanding (GOCs).Texas Chukwu, director of army public relations, said the postings and appointments are to take effect from 1 August this [...]

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    Army: 22 insurgents killed in Boko Haram ambush — no soldier missing 

Army: 22 insurgents killed in Boko Haram ambush — no soldier missing 

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    Army intercepts trucks loaded with 300,000 live cartridges in Ogun

Army intercepts trucks loaded with 300,000 live cartridges in Ogun

The Nigerian army says it has confiscated three trucks loaded with thousands of live cartridges in Igbogila-Ilara area of Ogun state.Enobong Udoh, general officer commanding (GOC) of the army 82 division, disclosed this at a press conference on Thursday, in Lagos state.Represented Olusegun Olatunde, a brigadier-general, Udoh said the army intercepted the trucks on Thursday in conjunction with some security [...]

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    REVEALED: $670m spent on security votes annually — more than army budget

REVEALED: $670m spent on security votes annually — more than army budget

Not less than $670 million is spent on security votes in Nigeria every year, a new report by Transparency International Defence and Security (TIDS) and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) has revealed.The report, titled 'Camouflaged Cash', was launched in Abuja on Monday. According to the report, the $670m is more than the annual budget of the Nigerian army [...]

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    15 insurgents killed as army rescues 49 hostages

15 insurgents killed as army rescues 49 hostages

The Nigerian army says it has killed 15 Boko Haram insurgents and rescued 49 persons held hostage by the group.Onyema Nwachukwu, deputy director, public relations, operation Lafiya Dole, said this occurred in separate encounters between the insurgents and troops in the Lake Chad basin.In a statement on Thursday, Nwachukwu said some of the insurgents were killed on Tuesday in villages [...]

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    18 of 23 LGAs in Benue are under attack, says Ortom

18 of 23 LGAs in Benue are under attack, says Ortom

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, says 18 of the 23 local government areas in the state are under attack by “herdsmen.”He lamented the “continued onslaught” against the state by the herdsmen, calling for vigilance from the people.Ortom was speaking in Makurdi on Monday while interacting with journalists after his return from China.The governor said President Muhammadu Buhari was working [...]

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    Troops arrest five members of ‘militia’ group in Nasarawa

Troops arrest five members of ‘militia’ group in Nasarawa

Troops of the 177 guards battalion of the Nigerian army arrested five suspected militias at Ugyi town in Toto local government area of Nasarawa state and recovered some arms from them during a raid.A statement issued by Jude Chukwu, the army spokesman, listed items from them as one Daihatsu SUV jeep, seven motorcycles, six dane guns and one locally made [...]

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    Troops kill four ‘militia herdsmen’ in Benue, recover AK-47 rifles

Troops kill four ‘militia herdsmen’ in Benue, recover AK-47 rifles

The Nigerian army says its soldiers on Monday killed four militia herdsmen in Guma local government area of Benue state.In a statement on Tuesday, Texas Chukwu, army spokesman, said this followed a gun battle between the soldiers and the herdsmen.He said troops of 72 special forces battalion had intercepted 20 militia herdsmen while on patrol at Teguma village in Guma.“Four [...]

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    2019: Buratai threatens to deal with soldiers hobnobbing with politicians

2019: Buratai threatens to deal with soldiers hobnobbing with politicians

The Nigerian army has disclosed its plan to set up a special court-martial to try partisan army personnel.Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, said this on Tuesday when he declared open the 2018 chief of army staff first quarter conference.He warned the personnel to remain apolitical and professionally responsive in the discharge of their constitutional duties.“I have directed for a [...]

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    Army tackles Danjuma over ‘unfortunate’ call to arms

Army tackles Danjuma over ‘unfortunate’ call to arms

The Nigerian army says a statement credited to Theophilus Danjuma, a former minister of defence, is unfortunate.On Saturday, Danjuma, a retired general and former chief of army staff, called on Nigerians to defend themselves against killers because the army has failed to protect the citizens.The former minister also accused the army of bias and colluding with killers to attack Nigerians.But [...]

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    Danjuma asks Nigerians to defend themselves against killers, says ‘armed forces not neutral’

Danjuma asks Nigerians to defend themselves against killers, says ‘armed forces not neutral’

Theophilus Danjuma, a former minister of defence, has asked Nigerians to defend themselves against killers.Danajuma said this on Saturday while speaking at the maiden convocation of Taraba State University.He said the army and other security agencies colluded with killers to attack Nigerians.The retired general accused the army of "bias", saying it has failed in its responsibility of securing the country [...]

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