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    Babangida to army: You face horrific challenges, evolve new combat strategy

Babangida to army: You face horrific challenges, evolve new combat strategy

Ibrahim Babangida, former head of state, has asked the military to evolve a new strategy in combating the insurgency in the north-east.Babangida said this in his message on the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.He said the military should fortify its combat strength, as it is presently faced with "horrific challenges".The former military head of state urged the Nigerian army to [...]

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    We’ve chased Boko Haram out of Baga, says army

We’ve chased Boko Haram out of Baga, says army

Troops of the Nigerian army special forces command have cleared Boko Haram insurgents off Baga town in Borno state.On December 28, 2018, the insurgents attacked the town and reportedly hoisted their flag.Residents had told TheCable that the  insurgents took over the community after overrunning a military base.But in a statement signed on Thursday, Sani Usman, army spokesman, said troops triumphed [...]

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    Army shortlists women for combatant course — despite ‘opposition’

Army shortlists women for combatant course — despite ‘opposition’

A considerable number of female applicants have been shortlisted for the Nigerian army direct short service combatant course (DSSC) and short service combatant course (SSC).In a document seen by TheCable, 115 females from various states were shortlisted for commission into the DSSC.The course is for applicants who want to further in their respective fields of study in the military. It [...]

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    We’ll clear the terrorists hiding in Baga, says army

We’ll clear the terrorists hiding in Baga, says army

The Nigerian army says it will clear the Boko Haram "terrorists" hiding in Baga, a town in Borno state.On Thursday,insurgents attacked the headquarters of the 7 brigade multinational joint task force (MNJTF) at Baga and hoisted their flag in the town.In a statement, Sani Usman, director army public relations, said soldiers are in pursuit of the sect members, while officers [...]

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    Boko Haram ‘hoists flag’ in Borno community after capturing military base

Boko Haram ‘hoists flag’ in Borno community after capturing military base

Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly hoisted their flag in Baga, a town in Borno state.A resident who disclosed this to TheCable on Thursday evening said the insurgents took over the community after overrunning a military base."After displacing soldiers and rendering residents homeless, they hoisted their flag there. No one can deny this," the resident who pleaded anonymity said.A resident identified [...]

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    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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