Addressing over-dependence on external sources for defence needs

October 28, 2021 Sunday Onyemaechi Eze 0

While addressing participants of Course 15 of the National Defence College, Abuja, in 2007, Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi, the then Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, like many others before and after him asserted that only fools take nations dependent on external sources for their defence needs seriously. Stating the obvious, he pointed out that; “In order to increase its capacity to Read More

Fintiri, Dikwa, Buratai, COAS bag Northeast Star award

October 18, 2021 Auwal Ahmad 0

The Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, is to be decorated as the Northeast Star Magazine best Governor of the Year, with Dr Mohammed Kyari Dikwa clinging 2021 man of the year award. A press statement made available to Blueprint by the chairman, Media and Publicity Committee, Hajiya Zainab Abubakar, Monday in Gombe, stated that the 2021 award is expected to Read More

COAS calls for collaboration to secure national assets

October 4, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Farouq Yahaya has emphasised the need for collaboration among all stakeholders in securing national assets and infrastructure. Th COAS stated this at the Stakeholder’s summit on the Protection of Critical Infrastructure organized by Nigeria  Security and Civil Defence Corps in Abuja. The Army Chief who was represented by Director, Peacekeeping at the Department Read More

Late Attahiru: AIB submits interim report to NAF

September 15, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Accident Investigative Bureau (AIB) has submitted the interim report on Nigerian Air Force (NAF) King Air -350 aircraft that crashed at Kaduna Airport on 21 May 2021, to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao. Blueprint reports that former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. – Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other military personnel died in Read More

Insecurity: The expediency of sustained joint military operations

August 12, 2021 Sunday Onyemaechi Eze 0

“…security is development; without security, there can be no development.” – Robert McNamara. It is no longer news that the security challenges confronting the nation has assumed a frightening and worrisome dimension. Unarguably, it is becoming intractable by the day.The gnawing fear and apprehension is palpable. It is choking to say the least. The menace has unfortunately become a constant, Read More

We didn’t free 2 Boko Haram bomb experts- Army clarifies

August 11, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Nigerian Army has denied reports that it freed to senior Boko-Haram bomb experts after rebabilitation. A statement by Army spokesperson Brig.-Onyema Nwachukwu Tuesday, described the report as a “misrepresentation of fact.”  He said  over 1,000 members of Boko Haram and their families who recently surrendered to troops will be handed to relevant government agencies for further assessment. The statement Read More

Masari to COAS Yahaya: 10 Katsina LGAs under severe daily attack

On a daily basis, 10 out of the 34 local government areas in Katsina state come under severe attack from bandits, Governor Aminu Bello Masari has declared. Governor Masari stated this Thursday while receiving in audience the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen Faruk Yahaya at the Government House Katsina. The governor told the visiting COAS that 10 local government areas had been under Read More

Intensify operations against bandits- COAS charges troops

August 5, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has charged troops of 8 Division and Operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD) to intensify their operations against bandits marauding in parts of North-west.He however, urged the troops to always show respect for the fundamental human rights of law abiding citizens in the conduct of their operations. A statement by Director Army Public Read More

Gen Yahaya: Plumbing the foundations with RSMs

July 30, 2021 Jibrin Ndace 0

“Primus inter pares, first among equals” Discipline, maintaining standards, ethical conduct, professionalism, patriotism, regimentation, respecting the chain of command, dedication to duty, honour and country, remain some of the most cherished and enduring values of military institutions. Ensuring adherence to these timeless military tradition in units, companies, battalions,brigades, divisions and formations lies with one of the most important figures among Read More

COAS commissions office complex in honour of late Attahiru

July 22, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has commissioned a newly constructed office accommodation in honour of former COAS late Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, at the Headquarters, Joint Task Force, North East, Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri. A statement by Director Army Public Relations Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu Wednesday, said the COAS disclosed that the new facility is Read More

COAS fullfils promise, issues official vehicle to 7 Div RSM

July 22, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

In fullfilment of his promise to empower Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSM) to perform their roles, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, handed over keys and official documents of aToyota Hilux to the RSM of Headquarters 7 Division, Master Warrant Officer Mohammed Babayo. A statement by Director Army Public Relations Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu Wednesday, said General Yahaya gave Read More

Eid el kabir: COAS observes Eid prayers with troops in Maiduguri

July 21, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. – Gen. Faruk Yahaya has performed this year’s Eid-El Kabir prayers with troops of Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) at the 212 parade ground in Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri. According to a statement signed by Director Army Public Relations Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu on Tuesday General Yahaya observed the prayers along Read More

COAS promotes private soldier for display of professionalism

July 13, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has granted automatic promotion to 19NA/782148 Private Jamilu Mohammed. A statement by Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu on Monday, said the promotion came as a result of the professional military skills displayed by the soldier at a regimental Quarter Guard during COAS’ operational visit to Command Engineering Depot in Read More

COAS assures wounded soldiers of commitment to their treatment

July 9, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has reiterated Nigerian Army’s (NA) commitment to giving prompt attention to the medical needs of wounded officers and soldiers at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna.  According to a statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the COAS gave the assurance Thursday, while visiting wounded personnel in Read More

Late COAS, 10 others: Crash report ready next week – AIB

July 9, 2021 Adeol Tukuru 0

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has revealed that the preliminary report on the crash of a military aircraft late Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 others “will be ready in a week’s time.” The Commissioner, AIB, Akin Olateru, who disclosed this Thursday evening in Abuja during the release of eight flight accident reports by the bureau, said Read More

Breaking: Chief of Army Staff decorated with new rank

July 7, 2021 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated Chief of Army Staff Major Gen. Yahaya Farouk with the new rank of Lieutenant-General. President Buhari was assisted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a short ceremony inside state house Abuja, just before the Federal Executive Council meeting started. Details loading…

3000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Shiroro and Munya local government areas taking refuge in Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Primary School Minna

NADCEL: NA carries out medical outreach to 500 IDPs

July 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, Monday carried out a one day medical outreach and food distribution to 500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Madinatu IDPs camp. The distribution also extends to residents of Madinatu community to mark Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2021.Flagging off the medical outreach and distribution of food items at the Read More

Shake up in Army as COAS appoints PSOs, field commanders, others

July 4, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has approved the appointment of Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), Field Commanders and other key staff that will provide the much needed vigour in his command of the Nigerian Army (NA). A statement by Director Army Public Relations Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu on Saturday, said the appointments were disclosed through the NA Posting Read More

NADCEL: COAS sues for peace, harmony among Nigerians

July 2, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has called for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians. A statement by Director Army Public Relations Brig.-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, said the COAS made the call today Friday during Jumma’at Prayers observed to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2021 at Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja. General Yahaya commended the effort of troops of the Read More

Army observes 40th day prayers for late COAS Attahiru

July 1, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Nigerian Army Wednesday observed the 40th day prayers for the repose of the souls of the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), late Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other personnel, who died in a air mishap on 21 May 2021 at the Kaduna International Airport. A statement by Director Army Public Relations Brig.-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, said the COAS, Read More

Fight against insurgency: COAS visits Shehu of Borno, pledges to work with traditional institutions

June 26, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has said the traditional leaders were critical to the success of ongoing operation to end Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism in the Northeast. According to a statement Saturday by Deputy Director Public Relations 7 Division Nigerian Army/Joint Task Force Operation HADIN KAI Col. Ado Isa, COAS made this known during a Read More

Senate confirms new Chief of Army Staff

June 22, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Major General Faruk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS). His confirmation followed the consideration of a report by the Joint Committee on Defence and Army. Faruk was appointed on May 27, 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari following the death of the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru in Read More