Troops kill scores of bandits in Benue

June 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion have killed scores of bandits while some escaped with gunshot wounds during a clearance operation Kwatan Gyemu of Benue state. Four motorcycles were recovered from the bandits, according to army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu in a statement. He said troops also arrested four “criminals” at Okungbo during a cordon and search operation. He Read More

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NAF graduates regiment personnel to boost counterinsurgency operations

June 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated another batch of Regiment personnel trained by the British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT) at the Regiment Training Centre (RTC), Kaduna. The combined graduation comprised officers and airmen/airwomen that had completed various specialised courses namely Basic Regiment Officers’ Course, Advanced Regiment Airmen’s Course and Basic Regiment Airmen/Airwomen’s Course, according to NAF spokesperson, Read More

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Your communities now safe, secured, Buratai tells IDPs to return

June 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai has called on displaced people in Borno-North to return home to restart their lives as their communities are now safe and secured. Buratai made the call at the inauguration of nine gunboats for the Amphibious Task Force Detachment at Baga, for patrol and clearing the remaining Boko Haram terrorists from the Lake Read More

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Navy arrests 8 persons, seizes N23m worth diesel

June 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Personnel of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Victory in Calabar, Cross River State, have arrested eight suspects and seized 100, 000 litres of illegally refined diesel during an operation. Commander of ship, Commodore Julius Nwagu, said the arrests were made along the Calabar Channel after an intelligence reports about the activities of suspects believed to be coming from Rivers State. Read More

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Redouble your efforts to end insecurity – Buratai charges troops

June 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has charged officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to redouble their efforts in the various ongoing security operations to rid the country of criminals. The army chief gave the charge in his message on the occasion of the Eid-El Fitr celebration. Buratai also charged them to always maintain discipline, commitment, Read More

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NDA partners Prison on academic programmes

June 13, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The technical team of the Post Graduate School of the Nigerian Defence Academy has entered into partnership with the Nigerian Prisons Staff College, Kaduna, as part of efforts to improve its academic programmes. The team which was led by Prof. Labaran Salihu, was however, on a facility assessment recently for the proposed affiliation with the college that would lead to Read More

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Troops rescue 8 on Birni-Gwari road

June 12, 2018 Musa Umar Bologi. Abuja 0

Suicide bomber kills one, injures 4 in Borno The Nigerian Army has disclosed that troops deployed on Operation Idon Raini have rescued eight hostages kidnapped on Maganda Sofo-Birnin Gwari road. Army spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, said in a statement that the hostages were rescued during a clearance operation by the troops on Saturday. The rescued hostages, according to Chukwu, were Read More

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Cattle Rustling: Yobe installs microchips in 5,000 animals

June 11, 2018 Musa M. Buba. Damaturu 0

Yobe state government, in collaboration with the North East Regional Initiatives (NERI) has installed Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) microchips in 5,000 cattle across the state. Flagging off the programme at Babbangida, headquarters of Tarmuwa local government area of the state, Head of Animal Health Northeastsub-region, Dr. Yazid said “the programme is to combat the issues of cattle rustling and theft Read More

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Security personnel at high risk of malaria – Expert

Nigerian security personnel are at high risk of malaria infection, a medical expert, Dr. Amina Muhammad, has said. The physician disclosed this while admonishing some security personnel during a free medical outreach by the Islamic Counselling Initiatives of Nigeria (ICIN), in collaboration with NASCO group of companies, held at Riyom Central Primary School in Riyom local government area of Plateau Read More

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Army rescues abducted couple in Ekiti

June 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The troops of the Nigerian Army in conjunction with personnel of the Nigeria Police weekend rescued an abducted couple and six others from captivity in Ekiti State. The soldiers and men of the Operation Flush from the state police command reportedly invaded a forest where the victims were held hostage on Saturday’s morning. A source said a fierce gun duel Read More

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Commander to troops: Revisit your battle craft to defeat Boko Haram

June 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abdulmalik Bulama Biu has charged toops of Operation Lafiya Dole to deploy professionalism and basic military tactics to neutralise remnants of Boko Haram terrorists that are still hibernating within the theatre. The GOC gave the charge while addressing troops at various locations during his maiden operational visit to Read More

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NAF repairs 2 helicopter gunships locally

June 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has accomplished first in-country overhaul of one of its helicopter gunship, Mi35P NAF 531. NAF spokesperson, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said in a statement that that the Mi-35P Helicopter was one of the critical air assets being employed in the counterinsurgency operations in the Northeast before it was grounded, and due for Read More

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Troops kill 12 bandits in Kaduna

June 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Troops of 1 Division, Nigerian Army, on operation Idon Raini at Dogon Dawa in Kaduna state, have killed 12 armed bandits after a gun duel. Army spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu said in a statement that the troops had Thursday gone on covert operation Kidandan, Maidaro and Sabin Fili villages in Kaduna state, after learning that bandits patronised the village markets Read More

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AFIT to upgrade to degree-awarding institution

June 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

All have been concluded to upgrade the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna, to a degree awarding institution. This was the outcome of the recent visit of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar on the Executive Secretary of the National University Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, in his office in Abuja. First degree programmes to Read More

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16 killed, 35 suspects arrested in Awka cult war – Police

June 7, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

‘The Police in Anambra have said that 16 persons were killed in a two-week gun battle between two rival cult groups in Awka, the state capital. Also, 35 suspected cultists have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the clashes. The commissioner of police in the state, Garbage Umar, stated this on Tuesday at the command’s headquarters in Awka, while Read More

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9 killed, 8 missing in fresh Guma, Logo herdsmen attacks

June 7, 2018 Daniel Agbo. Makurdi 0

Renewed attacks by herdsmen on Guma and Logo local government area of Benue state has left nine persons killed, 15 persons injured and about eight others missing. Blueprint learnt that the eight persons killed at Tse Shan in Saghev, Guma LGA were those who just returned from the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs camps while the remaining one person was killed Read More

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FPP lauds CJTF over Borno

June 7, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Foundation for Peace Professionals (FPP) has commended the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in its continued effort to carry out their voluntary support to the military. For several years, CJTF in partnership with the military continues to man various check points entering major towns in Borno state. In FFP after a 5 days situation visit to the Borno state, Read More

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Killings: Nigeria deteriorating to ‘no state’ – Unongo

June 5, 2018 Daniel Agbo .Makurdi 0

Elder statesman, Wantaregh Paul Unongo, yesterday said the killings currently experienced in the country is driving Nigeria to a ‘no state’. Unongo, who spoke with newsmen in Makurdi after he led his kinsmen to visit Governor Ortom at the People House, noted that the killings in the country, particularly Benue, is unprecedented Nigeria. The former Minister of Steel also noted Read More

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Troops rescue hostages used as sex slaves, forced labour by insurgents

Troops of 21 Brigade supported by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole have rescued 148 civilians held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists in Modu Kimeri, a remote village in Bama local government area of Borno state. A statement issued yesterday by Deputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said Read More

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As bulldozers levelled Galadima, notorious criminals’ hideout in Maiduguri

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Galadima area in Maiduguri, Borno state, notorious for atrocities and criminalities came under the bulldozers last Tuesday, on the order of Governor Kashim Shettima, and his action has left emotions in the atmosphere. SADIQ ABUBAKAR reports Security challenge in the state Following intelligence report, the Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, last week, demolished areas in the state it considered as Read More

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CAS visits NAF units to ensure operational efficiency

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In a move targeted at further enhancing the operational effectiveness of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, visited NAF units in the Lagos Area. According to NAF spokesperson, the Units visited included the 631 Aircraft Maintenance Depot (ACMD), 651 Base Services Group (BSG), 661 NAF Hospital, all in Ikeja as Read More

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Cameroun extends barrier along Nigerian border

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Cameroonian Defence Forces are crediting the construction of a trench along the country’s border with Nigeria with significantly improving the security situation in the country’s Far North region. Work on the trench began in October 2016, when an experimental 20 km long section was dug between Guiwess and Tilde, a colonel in the Rapid Intervention Battalions (BIR) told Jane’s Read More

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Herdsmen kill 9, abduct woman, injure 16 others in Benue

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nine persons have been killed and 16 others injured when Fulani herdsmen in the early hours of yesterday invaded Tse -Adough in Mbachom, Yaav council ward in Kwande local government area of Benue state. The herdsmen who were said to have invaded the area around 2am yesterday also abducted one woman and burnt several houses. One of the locals, Gwaza Read More

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Navy hands over 10 suspected oil thieves to EFCC

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Nigerian Navy at the weekend handed over 10 suspected oil thieves apprehended while transporting petroleum product without permit to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Capt. Suleiman Olorundare, the Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base in Bonny, Rivers, handed over the crewmen to the anti-graft agency in Bony after parading them before newsmen. The commanding Read More

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Operation LAST HOLD: GOC charges troops to adhere to rules of engagement

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brig. Gen. Abdulmalik Bulama Biu has charged troops deployed on operation Last Hold in Mongonu general area Northeast Nigeria to always adhere to rules of engagement while fighting Boko Haram terrorists. The GOC gave the charge weeked while addressing troops at Gemtillo, Maiduguri, Borno state. He also charged the troops to put in Read More

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