Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Tag "Nigerian Army"

    Report: Nigerian army distorted truth about killing of Shi’ites (video)

Report: Nigerian army distorted truth about killing of Shi’ites (video)

New evidence has emerged on the killing of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), better known as Shi’ites, in October.The IMN members who were on a protest for the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, clashed with soldiers and many of them were killed in the process.According to the New York Times, an investigation into the incident showed that Nigerian troops fired live [...]

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    Army rejects report on farmers-herders conflict, threatens to seal offices of Amnesty International

Army rejects report on farmers-herders conflict, threatens to seal offices of Amnesty International

The Nigerian army has denied a new report on killings resulting from farmers-herders conflict released by Amnesty International (AI).The army said the report is a "fabrication of fictitious allegations of alleged human rights abuses", accusing the organisation of "working hard to destabilise Nigeria".It said AI's goals are "to destabilise Nigeria and to dismember it" and that it would have no option [...]

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    Amnesty: Farmers-herders conflict led to loss of 3,641 lives due to FG’s incompetence

Amnesty: Farmers-herders conflict led to loss of 3,641 lives due to FG’s incompetence

Amnesty International says a total of 3,641 Nigerians have been killed in conflict between herdsmen and farmers in the country since January 2016.The international human rights watchdog blamed this on "gross incompetence" on the part of the authorities and failure of security agencies to respond to warning signals.In 2018 alone, over 1,000 people have reportedly been killed in attacks between herdsmen [...]

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    Nigerian army has committed war crimes against humanity, says ICC

Nigerian army has committed war crimes against humanity, says ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) says Nigerian security forces (NSF) have committed war crimes against humanity.In a report sent to TheCable, the ICC said it has received "a total of 169 communications" from Nigeria and its assessment has shown that security forces in Nigeria have committed war crimes varying from murder, torture, and intentionally attacking the civilian population."Specifically, the Office found [...]

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    ICC: Not enough high-level Boko Haram commanders on trial in Nigeria

ICC: Not enough high-level Boko Haram commanders on trial in Nigeria

The International Criminal Court (ICC) says despite the trials of Boko Haram suspects by the Nigerian government, there are limited number of cases against high-level Boko Haram commanders in NigeriaThis was revealed in the annual report of ICC activities for 2018 presented by Fatou Bensouda, lead prosecutor of the ICC, at The Hague, Netherlands.According to the report, the development seems [...]

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    Army rejigs anti-Boko Haram war, appoints new commanders

Army rejigs anti-Boko Haram war, appoints new commanders

The Nigerian army has appointed new commanders for its brigades in operation Lafiya Dole theatre.This development, the army says, is to inject new hands in the fight against insurgency.In a statement signed on Thursday, Sani Usman, army spokesman, said the senior officers affected by the new postings include staff officers and commanders at various levels.“New Brigade Commanders have been appointed [...]

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    Hundreds displaced as Boko Haram attacks Borno village again

Hundreds displaced as Boko Haram attacks Borno village again

The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), a faction of Boko Haram sect, attacked Gudumbali, Guzamala local government area of Borno state, on Tuesday.It is the second time in three months that the village will come under attack.The insurgents moved on the village around 7pm and engaged in a gun battle with troops of the Nigerian army stationed in the area.Hundreds [...]

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    Army: The $1bn approved to fight insurgency hasn’t been released

Army: The $1bn approved to fight insurgency hasn’t been released

The Nigerian army says it is yet to get $1 billion approved to fight insurgency and other security challenges in the country.In 2017, the national economic council (NEC) approved the request of the current administration to withdraw $1 billion from the excess crude account (ECA) for the fight against insurgency.Fielding questions on Weekend File, a news programme on the Nigerian Television [...]

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    US to deliver Nigeria’s Tucano fighter jets in 2024

US to deliver Nigeria’s Tucano fighter jets in 2024

Nigeria may not be able to take delivery of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft it ordered from the United States until 2024.In April, President Muhammadu Buhari had approved $496 million  for the procurement of the fighter jets to combat Boko Haram insurgency.But the United States Department of Defence has just awarded a contract to the Sierra Nevada Corporation to [...]

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    Buratai: Boko Haram now using drones and mercenaries

Buratai: Boko Haram now using drones and mercenaries

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, says Boko Haram insurgents have advanced in technology and now use drones and mercenaries.Sani Usman, spokesman of the army, quoted Buratai as saying this  while speaking on the recent multiple attacks on military bases in Metele and other parts of Maiduguri.He said the use of high technology by the insurgents is a trend that [...]

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    Buhari off to Chad for regional summit on Boko Haram

Buhari off to Chad for regional summit on Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday departed Abuja for N’Djamena, Chad, to preside over the summit of heads of states and governments of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC).In a statement on Thursday, Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, said the president will be meeting with five African presidents to review the security situation in the region and intensify efforts to curb insurgency.According [...]

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    PHOTOS: Army pays condolence visit to widow of fallen hero

PHOTOS: Army pays condolence visit to widow of fallen hero

The Nigerian army has paid a condolence visit to the widow of Ibrahim Sakaba, a lieutenant colonel who died in active line of service.Sakaba was among the soldiers killed in the north-east during recent invasion by Boko Haram insurgents.The delegation was led by SI Igbinomwanhia.Below are some pictures of the visit tweeted by the army.[...]

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    Army on recent attacks: We lost 39 soldiers — NOT 118

Army on recent attacks: We lost 39 soldiers — NOT 118

The Nigeriam army says it lost 39 soldiers in recent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, and not 118 as reported.In a statement issued on behalf of the chief of army staff, Sani Usman, a brigadier general, said 53 soldiers were wounded in the attacksThe Boko Haram war recently suffered a heavy setback when troop formations in the north-east came under [...]

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    Buratai: Army will replicate Ekiti, Osun elections successes in 2019

Buratai: Army will replicate Ekiti, Osun elections successes in 2019

Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff, says the Nigerian Army will replicate the successes it recorded in the Osun and Ekiti elections in the 2019 elections.Speaking at the 2018 COAS Annual Conference in Maiduguri on Wednesday, Buratai said the army has launched operation safe conduct to secure the electoral process in 2019."As the nation moves towards the 2019 General Elections, [...]

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    Troops arrest 20 ‘notorious criminals’, recover weapons in Kogi

Troops arrest 20 ‘notorious criminals’, recover weapons in Kogi

The Nigerian army and other security agencies have arrested 20 “suspected notorious criminals” and recovered weapons in Kogi state as part of its clearance operation launched across the country since October 8.NAN reports that John Agim, the acting director defence information (DDI), made this known during a press briefing in Lokoja on Saturday. According to him, the operation has led to [...]

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    Akume ‘not performing’ as senate army committee chair

Akume ‘not performing’ as senate army committee chair

Abdullahi Danbaba, senator representing Sokoto south, says George Akume, chairman senate committee on army, is not performing his duty.Speaking on the floor of the senate, Danbaba said the committee has not gone on oversight of any army project since it was constituted about three years ago.The senator, who is the vice-chairman of the committee, said a bill that was referred [...]

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