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    Buratai: The threat by Boko Haram is real

Buratai: The threat by Boko Haram is real

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, says the threat by the Boko Haram sect is real.Speaking on Wednesday when the chairman house of representatives committee on the army visited him in Maiduguri, Borno state, Buratai blamed some politicians for fuelling insecurity.He said the military has strong evidence that politicians are sponsoring banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the country.The [...]

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    ‘We killed many insurgents’ — army speaks on Borno attack

‘We killed many insurgents’ — army speaks on Borno attack

The Nigerian army says many insurgents were killed in Friday's attack at Magumeri town in Borno state.The Islamic State (IS) had claimed responsibility for the attack, saying its fighters killed 10 soldiers and burnt a military base.But in a statement on Sunday, Ezindu Idima, deputy director, army public relations, sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole, said only five soldiers were killed.He said [...]

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    Islamic State: We burnt military barracks and killed 10 soldiers in Borno

Islamic State: We burnt military barracks and killed 10 soldiers in Borno

The Islamic State (IS) says it killed 10 soldiers in an attack in Magumeri, a community in Borno state, on Friday.The group made the claim through AMAQ, its news agency.According to Reuters, IS uploaded images of barracks that were burnt and the remains of the dead soldiers.A source in the Nigerian army was said to have confirmed the attack which [...]

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    ‘Soldiers will be tough this time’ — Buratai warns ‘election riggers’

‘Soldiers will be tough this time’ — Buratai warns ‘election riggers’

Ahead of the Saturday governorship and house of assembly elections, Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff, says intelligence gathered has shown that politicians have plans to disrupt the process.He made this known on Wednesday during a meeting with principal staff officers and commanders of the Nigerian army.While noting the cases of violence outbreak in some parts during the presidential [...]

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    PDP to Buratai: Concentrate on your demanding assignment, NOT politics

PDP to Buratai: Concentrate on your demanding assignment, NOT politics

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, to concentrate on ending the Boko Haram insurgency instead of "dabbling into politics".In a statement on Wednesday, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, asked Buratai to refrain himself from acts or actions that will suggest in any way that the military has become an arm of a political party.Reacting [...]

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    We are bound to obey Buhari, Buratai replies Atiku

We are bound to obey Buhari, Buratai replies Atiku

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, says the army is bound to obey orders from constituted authorities, dismissing Atiku Abubakar’s call for the military not to obey President Muhammadu Buhari.On Monday, Buhari directed security operatives to deal ruthlessly with those who might want to snatch ballot boxes during the elections.Reacting, however, Atiku, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in [...]

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    Clamping down on IPOB ‘will disrupt peace’ in south-east

Clamping down on IPOB ‘will disrupt peace’ in south-east

Nzuko Umunna, an association of Igbo stakeholders, says clamping down on the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) will disrupt the peace in the south-east.The association said this on Wednesday while reacting to a reported directive from Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, asking soldiers to clamp down on the secessionist group.It quoted Buratai as giving the directive [...]

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    Buratai: New army uniform sends signal when you are in danger

Buratai: New army uniform sends signal when you are in danger

The Nigerian army on Saturday said it has adopted new technologies and application of drones in the campaign against Boko Haram insurgents in the north-east.Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff (COAS), disclosed this while fielding questions at a dinner and media interactive session organised for editors and defence correspondents in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.Buratai said the applications of drones and [...]

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    Boko Haram: FG orders air force chief to join Buratai in north-east

Boko Haram: FG orders air force chief to join Buratai in north-east

The federal government has directed Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff, to join Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff in the north-east to coordinate the Nigerian air force operations.Tukur Gusau, the public relations officer to the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, said in a statement that the decision was taken on Tuesday at a meeting of the air council [...]

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    Deji Adeyanju sent back to prison over fresh allegations

Deji Adeyanju sent back to prison over fresh allegations

Deji Adeyanju, a political activist and convener of Concerned Nigerians, has again been remanded in prison over allegations of incitement.He was arraigned before a magistrate court in Abuja on Tuesday, a day after he was released from prison.He was arraigned on fresh charges bothering on inciting public disturbance, criminal defamation and cyberstalking.The arraignment followed a petition written against him by [...]

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    Deji Adeyanju to be arraigned for ‘promoting terrorism’ on social media

Deji Adeyanju to be arraigned for ‘promoting terrorism’ on social media

Deji Adeyanju, a political activist and convener of Concerned Nigerians, was on Monday released from prison custody and subsequently re-arrested.Adeyanju had been initially arrested for alleged criminal conspiracy.TheCable had reported how Adeyanju and two others were picked up on Wednesday in Abuja during a protest tagged: 'Police Are Not Politicians, Save Our Democracy'.The protesters had trooped to the streets to [...]

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    Defence minister asks Buratai to remain in north-east till security improves

Defence minister asks Buratai to remain in north-east till security improves

Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, has directed Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff, to remain in the north-east until the security situation in the region improves.Tukur Gusau, the public relations officer of the minister, made this known in a statement issued on Monday.He said Dan-Ali gave the directive when he met with the chief of defence staff and service chiefs [...]

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    Buratai asks special forces to prove they are better than Boko Haram

Buratai asks special forces to prove they are better than Boko Haram

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, has challenged the special forces combating Boko Haram insurgents in the north-east to prove that they are better than the insurgents.Buratai gave the charge while addressing the special forces and army strike group deployed in the north-east in Maiduguri, on Sunday.The army chief told the soldiers that they were deployed in the north-east because they were [...]

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    FG deploys drones to fight Boko Haram

FG deploys drones to fight Boko Haram

The federal government has deployed drones to the nation's borders in the north-east to combat the Boko Haram insurgency.This was revealed in a country report presented by Sani Rano, a representative of the Nigerian delegation to the ECOWAS parliament in Abuja on Friday.Rano said the deployment of the drones was as a result of the recent multiple attacks on military [...]

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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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    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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