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We must make our country men and women proud – COAS

October 19, 2015 Blueprint 0

Stories by Jibrin Baba Ndace Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has urged troops in Operation LAFIYA DOLE to make Nigerians proud by defeating Boko Haram terrorists. A statement by Acting Director Army Public Relations, DAPR, Colonel Sani Usman indicated that the Army Chief made this call in a special message to troops in OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE Read More

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Suicide bombing: CDS urges security consciousness

October 19, 2015 Blueprint 0

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin has urged Nigerians to be security conscious towards averting suicide bombing on soft target by Boko Haram terrorists. Olonisakin stated this in Abuja at the 2015 Nigerian Navy Research and development seminar, with the theme; ‘Innovation and Research and Development (R&D): Turning Bright Ideas to Operational Solutions’. He attributed the high Read More

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Ebonyi donates 1000 bags of rice to troops in North East

October 19, 2015 Blueprint 0

The Government of Ebonyi has donated 1,000 bags of rice to the Nigerian Army for onward delivery to troops fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the North East. The deputy governor of the state, Mr Kelechi Igwe, made the presentation at the parade ground of Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja. He said the donation was the state government’s modest support to the counter-insurgency Read More

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…Dismisses Gen Ransome-Kuti

October 19, 2015 Blueprint 0

Nigerian Army has dismissed Brigadier General EA Ransome-Kuti for failure to perform military duties. This was indicated in a  response to Media Enquiry on Judgement of General Court Martial. The statement said: “In reference to media enquiry on the judgement passed by a General Court Martial yesterday at Army Headquarters Garrison refers. I wish to confirm that one of the Read More

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Cluster munition

October 12, 2015 Blueprint 0

A cluster munition is a form of air-dropped or ground-launched explosive weapon that releases or ejects smaller submunitions. Commonly, this is a cluster bomb that ejects explosive bomblets that are designed to kill personnel and destroy vehicles. Other cluster munitions are designed to destroy runways or electric power transmission lines, disperse chemical or biological weapons, or to scatter land mines. Read More

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Multi National Joint Task Force is on course – Maj Gen Abba

September 1, 2015 Blueprint 0

On Wednesday, 9th September 2015, some select Defence correspondents had an interview with Commander, Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, Major General Iliya Abba in Gamboru Ngala shortly after the hosting the Nigerian Flag by Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai. Major General Abba who took over from the current Chief of Army Staff,  speaks about what he Read More

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New CDS sets strategic direction for counter-terrorism operation

July 27, 2015 Blueprint 0

Stories by Jibrin Baba Ndace Abuja The newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin has stated his readiness to provide new strategic and operational direction in the prosecution of the fight against terror in the country. The CDS gave this hint in the inaugural address he delivered at the handing and taking over ceremony between Read More

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COAS hosts head of Mission Multinational Joint Task Force

July 27, 2015 Blueprint 0

The Head of Mission, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and Executive Secretary, Lake Chad Basin Commission, Engineer Sanusi Imran Abdullahi today paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai at the Army Headquarters. Speaking during the visit, Engr Abdullahi congratulated the COAS on his appointment and expressed optimism that the security challenges Read More

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Predictions for the African defence market

July 13, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Richard de Silva Africa has been on something of a spending spree in the past few years, upping their stake in the global defence market while addressing urgent security challenges at home. For most states, reinforcing the reputation of a secure and civilised environment is the first step in encouraging a and aaa. Ahead of the Armoured Vehicles Africa Read More

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Be proactive on security, Centre for Crisis Communication urges Nigerians

July 13, 2015 Blueprint 0

Centre for Crisis Communications (CCC) has urged Nigerians to be proactive on security issues in the country. Executive Secretary of CCC,  a non-governmental organisation floated by the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA),  Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (rtd)  stated this  at a Press Conference organised by I-Nigerian Initiative in Abuja. Anas, who was in company with Mr. Read More

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COAS 2015 Second Quarter Conference begins today

July 13, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Jibrin Baba Ndace Abuja Chief of Army Staff (COAS) 2015 Second Quarter Conference is expected to begin today in Abuja say Nigerian Army yesterday. A statement by Acting Director Army Public Relations, DAPR, Colonel Sani Usman indicated that the conference is scheduled to hold from Monday 13  to  Thursday 16 July 2015, at the Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess, Read More

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Be ready to be with troops, COAS charges army student pilots

June 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Kenneth Minimah,  has charged Nigerian Army student pilots to at all times be ready to work and live with troops wherever operational exigency demands without any thought of leaving their chosen line of flying combat helicopters. The COAS gave the charge while addressing student pilots undergoing helicopter flying training at the International Helicopter Flying Read More

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Military’s reaction to Amnesty International’s allegation

June 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Maj Gen AB Abubakar The media has been inundated with reports of Amnesty International allegations of gross human rights abuse and extra judicial killing of civilians against the Nigerian military for the past few days. Amnesty International report was released on 3 June 2015. Therefore, the Nigerian Military as a responsible corporate organization is bound to respond to these Read More

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Partnership Against Violent Extremism holds first General Assembly

June 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

Partnership Against Violent Extremism (PAVE), a multi-stakeholder coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs) and government, has held its first General Assembly. The event, held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, witnessed the formal inauguration of the network’s newly elected National Steering Committee, which will run the affairs of the group for the next two years. Worried by the spate Read More

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Guards Brigade trains personnel on post retirement life

June 29, 2015 Blueprint 0

The Guard Brigade on the Nigerian Army (NA)   in Abuja is widening its scope by organising a training for its personnel on life after retirement. Speaking at the Guards Brigade Finance Training Day in Abuja, the Chief of Army Accounts and Budget Brigadier General  Adeyemi Adetayo said the training will go a long way in enhancing competence and knowledge for Read More

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Examining STF’s non-lethal approach

June 22, 2015 Blueprint 0

The Special Task Force (STF), code named “Operation Save Heaven”, was established in 2010 with the mandate to maintaining law and order, ensuring peace and security in Plateau and part of Bauchi states. To date, STF has seven commanders, one of which is the current commander, Major-General David D. Enetie, an infantry officer with vast experience in Peace Support Operations, Read More

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MD Isah, 33 other Infantry generals bow out

June 15, 2015 Blueprint 0

Recently, the former Corps Commander, Infantry Corp, CIC, Major General MD Isah, and 33 other infantry generals were pulled out from the Army in a colourful ceremony. JIBRIN BABA NDACE reports Recently, Jaji Military Cantonment popularly referred to as the ‘Home of Infantry’ was agog with the pulling out of some senior infantry officers of the rank of one and Read More

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Sustaining the battle-cry ‘Never Again’

May 11, 2015 Blueprint 0

Few days to the surprise, but welcome visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to troops in the North east, on Thursday, February 26, 2015, to territories liberated from Boko Haram insurgents in Adamawa and Borno states, during six weeks window requested by the service chiefs to crush insurgents, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah was in the mission area Read More

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STF: Providing water for peace, reintegration of Plateau communities

May 4, 2015 Blueprint 0

On Thursday, April 31, 2015 the people of Doron in Barkin  Ladi local government  witnessed  the commissioning of borehole dug for the community by the Special Task Force,  STF, Operation SAVE HAVEN in continuation of its civil military relations. MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU reports on the momentous event and its impact on the community The Special Task Force, STF, Operation SAVE Read More

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Badeh’s abiding faith in democracy

April 20, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Jibrin Baba Ndace On Thursday, April 9, 2015, two days to gubernatorial and Houses of Assembly, members of National Peace Committee for  the 2015 General Elections,led by former military head of state,  General Abdulsalami Abubakar visited  the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja. Other members of the committee on Read More

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CAS orders investigation into aircraft accident

April 13, 2015 Blueprint 0

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun has ordered immediate investigation into the circumstance that led to accident of a Super Puma Helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on training mission in Lagos. The statement by Director Public Relations and Information, DOPRI, Air Commodore Dele Alonge indicated that the aircraft suffered  severe damage  due to hydraulic failure  Read More

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Territorial waters unsafe for illegalities

April 13, 2015 Blueprint 0

The Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy (NN) has expressed satisfaction with its security arrangements for protecting Nigerian waters during the Presidential and National Assembly polls. The spokesman of the command, Lt. Commander Abdusalam Sanni, made the assertion while speaking with newsmen in Lagos. He said the Nigerian Navy had adequate manpower that patrolled the sea to support the Read More

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Troops recapture more towns in Borno

April 13, 2015 Blueprint 0

In continuation with the push to capture Sambisa forest, after the capture of Gwoza and Alagarno forest, troops of 3 and 7 Divisions of the Nigerian Army supported by the Nigerian Air Force, yesterday recaptured Bita, Izge, Yamteke and Uba towns in Askira Uba and Damboa Local Government Areas of Borno State. A statement by  Acting Director Army Public Relations, Read More

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Today’s top ten armies (military powers) in the world

April 13, 2015 Blueprint 0

Unless you looked at specific aspects and judged based on that criteria alone, the list cannot be definitive.  One can look at a nation’s defense budget or the size of their enlisted members, or combine the two.  Another area for consideration is the amount of armor a nation has inventoried including tanks, helicopters, aircraft and ships.  This top ten took Read More

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That cooperation between CSOs and media (II)

March 23, 2015 Blueprint 0

Jibrin Baba Ndace In Nigeria, CSOs and the media played leading role in the return of democracy. In the process some participants paid the supreme sacrifice. Since the return of democracy in 1999, the media and CSOs have continued to play significant role in ensuring respect for rule of law, equity, justice, fairness, transparent elections, transparency and accountability in the Read More