We ‘ll continue to partner military, others to guarantee FCT safety – Minister

May 4, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will continue to work closely with the Nigerian Armed Forces and all other security agencies for the continuous security of the FCT and the safety of its residents. Minister of the FCT, Malam Mohmmed Bello, stated this when he received a delegation from the Defence Headquarters Garrison in his office, last week. He reiterated Read More

Group hails DEPOWA’s post-traumatic stress disorder initiative

May 1, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

A group, Mothers for United Nigeria (MUN), has commended the President, Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA), Barr (Mrs) Vickie Irabor, for plans to provide a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) centre for military personnel and families. Barr. Vickie Irabor had during her recent visit to the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, unveiled the plan. The DEPOWA president who is also wife Read More

Incorporate Buratai, other ex-service chiefs in security architecture, PFN tells Buhari

May 1, 2021 Editor 0

Following worsened security situation across the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to integrate Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai (rtd) and other immediate past service chiefs into the nation’s security architecture. According to the Patriotic Front of Nigeria (PFN), Buratai and other former military heads “still have a lot to offer the country in this critical point of our existence”. Read More

NAF strategising to meet changing security environment – Amao

April 30, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Nlgerian Airforce says it is strategizing to deal with current and emerging security challenges facing the nation. According to a statement by NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet on Thursday, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, stated this in Abuja at a three-day retreat for operational unit commanders with the theme ‘Harnessing NAF Airpower Capabilities Read More

Irabor pledges support for DEPOWA humanitarian projects

April 29, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor has expressed the willingness of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) to support and collaborate with the leadership of the Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA) towards executing humanitarian programmes that would be beneficial to families of military personnel. Some of the  projects are the establishment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Read More

Clipping the wings of Boko Haram, bandits’ informants

April 23, 2021 Haruna Murtala 0

The remarkable, albeit modest successes recorded by the Nigerian military, especially the troops who have battled (for years) to liberate the North East from Boko Haram insurgency, will be eroded if no concrete action is taken against civilians who have deliberately turned themselves into informants for terrorists. In recent times, spontaneous attacks have been launched at military bases and communities Read More

Another look at the military’s quest for peace, national unity

April 17, 2021 Editorial III 0

BENJAMIN SAMSON in this report looks at the efforts of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in uniting and securing the nation against the backdrop of the sacrifices of military personnel in tackling the country’s security challenges. Over the years the Nigerian military has been an instrument of national unity, integration and development, despite security challenges in the last decades. Read More

Illegal arms-bearing, threat to Nigeria’s existence – CDS

April 16, 2021 Amaechi Okwara 0

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, on Friday said the proliferation of illegal arms in the country was a threat to its corporate existence. Gen. Irabor stated this shortly after a courtesy visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the Government House, Asaba, Delta state. He said the presidential directive to shoot-on-sight anyone with an AK-47 rifle was very Read More

How Boko Haram killed 18, injured 21 in Borno attack – Zulum

April 16, 2021 Sadiq Abubakar 0

No fewer than 18 persons were killed and 21 injured when Boko Haram insurgents attacked Damasak town in Borno state on Tuesday. This was confirmed during a visit to the town by Governor Babagana Zulum in Damasak, who slept in the town from Thursday to Friday. Zulum had travelled alongside Senator Abubakar Kyari representing Borno north, who hails from Damasak, Read More

Group urges northern leaders to support Armed Forces

April 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

A group, Northern Solidarity Forum (NSF), has urged political leaders in the region to support the efforts of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) in tackling the country’s security challenges by “coming up with policies and programmes that will stop the youth from going into crime.” NSF, in a statement by its publicity secretary, Umar Gundiri, on Friday, noted that Read More

Govt should stop paying ransom

April 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

After witnessing various records of kidnappings in Nigeria, the security system seems to be weak where some amounts of money are being demanded by the hoodlums before rescuing the victims. The best way to stop paying those who demanded ransom is by facing our security challenges and use manpower to abort all ways of these kidnappings. However, by stop paying Read More

My vision ‘ll re-build Nigerian Army to a formidable force-COAS

April 2, 2021 Editorial III 0

Being the address by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, at the opening ceremony of the combined COAS first quarter conference and Nigerian Army operations retreat 2021 held at Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess Asokoro Abuja on March 29,2021  It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess, Abuja for the combined Read More

Amnesty for Boko Haram, herders’ll end insurgency – Prophet Nwachukwu

April 2, 2021 SEGUN ODUNEWU 0

The Senior Pastor of Rhema Deliverance Mission International, Lagos, Dr. Anene Nwachukwu, a political scientist, in this interview with SEGUN ODUNEWU, speaks on the significance of Easter; the focus on ‘deliverance’ in Rhema and many other national issues. What is the Rhema Deliverance Mission all about? I am Dr. Anene Nwachukwu, the Senior Pastor of Rhema Deliverance Mission International, Lagos. Read More

Interior Minister to NSCDC: Return Nigeria to safety

March 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has charged the new Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) to take up the responsibility of returning Nigeria back to the old days when people can travel freely on the roads without fear of being waylaid, kidnapped or assassinated.  In a statement released Tuesday in Abuja by the Read More

Buying into General Irabor’s push for kinetic military operations in Nigeria

March 29, 2021 BENJAMIN SAMSON 0

Recently, security experts and stakeholders gathered at the National Defence Collage Abuja to brainstorm on the imperatives of kinetic military operations in Nigeria. BENJAMIN SAMSON reports. It is no longer news that Nigeria is currently experiencing a wide range of national security threats like terrorism, insurgency in the North-east, farmers/herders conflict, ethno-religious conflicts, kidnapping and banditry in other parts of Read More

TY Buratai: A new vista in diplomacy

March 28, 2021 David Onmeje 0

The recent appointment of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd) as Ambassador by President Muhammadu Buhari threw up yet the political sentiment among Nigerians who largely see things from the prism of politics instead of the bigger picture. The hues and cries over the appointment by a handful political opponent is an indication that Read More

DHQ to lead joint military operations in Nigeria-Air Chief

March 26, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and other sister Services have agreed to subordinate themselves to the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) under the leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor. According to a statement by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air CommodoreEdward Gabkwet, Friday the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Oladayo Amao made this Read More

YFSN drums support for service chiefs

March 25, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The youths under the aegis of Youths for Sustainable Nigeria (YFSN) have urged Nigerians to support the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) as they chart a way out of the present security challenges in the country. They particularly advised a group, the Coalition of Concerned Nigeria Security Experts to join efforts with the leadership of the AFN to seek solutions Read More

Stakeholders call for collaboration to tackle security challenges

March 23, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

Stakeholders have called on the general public to support and collaborate with the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies in order to tackle myriads of security challenges confronting the nation. A statement by Acting Director Defence Information Brig.- Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu on Monday,  said they made the appeal at a National Defence and Security Summit with the theme, Read More

Insecurity: Magashi, Irabor differ

Minister of Defence, Major General Salihi Magashi (rtd), Monday, hinted that Nigeria is in a critical situation following resurging terrorists’ attacks, banditry and abductions across the nation. He however opined that the security challenges required support and collaboration of the civilian populace and critical stakeholders in the national task of securing the country. According to the minister who spoke at Read More

Insecurity: North won’t be blackmailed by unscrupulous Nigerians nursing 2023 ambitions, Northern elders fume

March 22, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said that, ahead of the 2023 general elections, “many unscrupulous politicians are capitalising on insecurity and agitations from different parts of Nigeria to hurt and weaken the North by making it the culprit behind all manner of grievances, real or contrived.” In a statement made available to Blueprint Monday, signed by NEF’s Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Read More