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    ‘You have no excuse to fail’ — Buratai tells special forces in Katsina

‘You have no excuse to fail’ — Buratai tells special forces in Katsina

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, has asked members of the special forces deployed in Katsina state not to relent in their fight against banditry, saying they have no excuse for failure. Speaking during a dinner with members of the special forces on Sunday, Buratai said the army is ready to address challenges being faced by the forces. He added that additional [...]

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    Falana demands immediate arrest of soldiers who killed policemen over Wadume

Falana demands immediate arrest of soldiers who killed policemen over Wadume

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has demanded the arrest and prosecution of soldiers who killed policemen during the arrest of Hamisu Bala, a suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Wadume, in Taraba state. On August 6, 2019, policemen attached to the intelligence response team of the force, who arrested Wadume were shot dead by soldiers. Three policemen and two civilians were killed during [...]

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    Withdraw troops from COVID-19 restriction enforcement, Falana tells Buhari

Withdraw troops from COVID-19 restriction enforcement, Falana tells Buhari

Femi Falana, a senior advisor of Nigeria, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw armed troops from enforcing COVID-19 restrictions. His advice is premised on reports of human rights abuses by troops enforcing regulations and restrictions put in place by the federal government to curb the spread of COVID-19. "Last week, some video clips which were in circulation exposed the [...]

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    Falana asks Buhari to stop soldiers from enforcing COVID-19 regulations 

Falana asks Buhari to stop soldiers from enforcing COVID-19 regulations 

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop soldiers from enforcing the COVID-19 regulations.  Buhari on Sunday ordered a two-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, and also signed the quarantine regulations 2020.  Restating his argument that the deployment of soldiers to enforce the lockdown was illegal, Falana, in a statement on Thursday, said videos [...]

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    Six soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambush 

Six soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambush 

Six soldiers lost their lives in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram insurgents around Banki Junction in Borno state, military sources have told TheCable.  Two sergeants, two lance corporals and two privates were confirmed to TheCable to be victims of the attack.  The incident happened Sunday morning when about two companies of soldiers from the army’s 151 task force battalion in the [...]

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    Chibok attack: Soldier loses leg to Boko Haram bomb, two missing

Chibok attack: Soldier loses leg to Boko Haram bomb, two missing

A soldier lost his leg, and two of his colleagues are missing after their convoy ran into an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Korongilum, a community in Chibok local government area of Borno state.  The soldiers were deployed on Wednesday morning as a part of a quick response group (QRG) to respond to an attack [...]

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    ‘She told everyone she wanted to be a journalist’ — survivor of Auno attack narrates how teenage niece was killed

‘She told everyone she wanted to be a journalist’ — survivor of Auno attack narrates how teenage niece was killed

When Fatima Babagana, a student of the University of Maiduguri, joined her uncle for a ride from Maiduguri, she probably did not know that she would not make it to Postiskum, her destination in Yobe. Babagana was among the 30 people killed when Boko Haram attacked stranded travellers in Auno last week. In an interview with CNN, Babagana's uncle, who reportedly did [...]

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    Ndume: Soldiers act as judges in my constituency

Ndume: Soldiers act as judges in my constituency

Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south, says soldiers have taken up the responsibilities of judges in his constituency. In an interview with PUNCH, Ndume said victims of insurgency prefer soldiers to handle administrative issues. Ndume, who is the senate committee chairman on army, said soldiers also handle marital matters. "What I discovered now is that the victims prefer military authorities to handle disbursement [...]

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    Soldiers ‘block entrance’ to Nnamdi Kanu’s residence — 48 hours to parents’ funeral

Soldiers ‘block entrance’ to Nnamdi Kanu’s residence — 48 hours to parents’ funeral

Soldiers have reportedly blocked the entrance of the family residence of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ahead of his parents' burial. Amnesty International (AI) quoted residents as saying the soldiers are also harassing residents in the area ahead of the funeral scheduled for Friday. TheCable could not immediately verify claims about the blockade, but gathered that there is [...]

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    ‘FG is setting our killers free’– soldiers kick as 1,400 Boko Haram suspects are released

‘FG is setting our killers free’– soldiers kick as 1,400 Boko Haram suspects are released

Some soldiers at the war front in the north-east have expressed disappointment over the release of 1,400 ''repentant'' Boko Haram suspects.   Babakura Jato, commissioner of information in Borno state, on Monday, told The PUNCH that 1,400 had been released in three tranches since Operation Safe Corridor programme was launched. Operation Safe Corridor is an initiative for the deradicalisation and rehabilitation of all [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: How soldiers opened fire on SARS operatives who repelled Boko Haram attack

EXCLUSIVE: How soldiers opened fire on SARS operatives who repelled Boko Haram attack

There was confusion in Mainok, a town along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road in Borno state, after soldiers reportedly opened fire on a team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives who engaged Boko Haram fighters in a fierce battle. SARS is a unit of the Nigeria Police Force. Villages along the road which connects Borno and Yobe states have been badly affected in the [...]

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    VIDEO: ‘They can’t do anything’ — NDA cadets insult motorists after causing gridlock on road

VIDEO: ‘They can’t do anything’ — NDA cadets insult motorists after causing gridlock on road

Some cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy caused gridlock on an expressway and insulted motorists in a video trending on social media. It is not clear where the incident happened, but in the video shared by The Herald, the cadet who did the recording could be heard raining invective on the motorists. "They cannot do anything. Their father. They cannot do anything. [...]

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    Army to try 70 soldiers ‘who erred’ in the fight against Boko Haram

Army to try 70 soldiers ‘who erred’ in the fight against Boko Haram

The 7 division of Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Borno state, has inaugurated a general court martial to try 70 soldiers found wanting in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents. Abdul Khalifa, acting general officer commanding (GOC) of the division, said the court was inaugurated in accordance with section 131(2) (d) of the armed forces act, CAP A20 LFN 2004. He said the [...]

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    Abaribe: Soldiers once stopped kidnappers — now they help them

Abaribe: Soldiers once stopped kidnappers — now they help them

Enyinnaya Abaribe, senator representing Abia south, have accused soldiers of “helping kidnappers” in the country. Abaribe made the accusation while contributing on a motion on insecurity along Abuja-Lokoja road during senate plenary session on Wednesday. He also decried the cases of insecurity in parts of the country, saying Nigeria is in a “very big and difficult situation.” The senator recalled an instance when [...]

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    PHOTOS: Soldiers risk their lives in the river — just to stop Boko Haram

PHOTOS: Soldiers risk their lives in the river — just to stop Boko Haram

Pictures of soldiers crossing a river around Sambisa forest, a stronghold of the Boko Haram sect in Borno state, are making the rounds on social media. With their weapons above their heads, the troops filed out on a straight line. One of them could be seen beaming with smiles while others marched on. It is unclear when the pictures were taken. See them [...]

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    Army sacks 3 soldiers for ‘kidnapping’ in Borno

Army sacks 3 soldiers for ‘kidnapping’ in Borno

The Nigerian army has sacked three soldiers for alleged kidnapping in Borno state. Olusegun Adeniyi, the theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, made this known while handing over the dismissed soldiers to the police in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Sunday. He said the soldiers were arrested with 22 other suspects by a joint patrol team at a building on the outskirts [...]

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