We need weapons to tackle insurgency, others – Attahiru

April 22, 2021 Benjamin Samson, 0

Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru has said  it will be difficult to tackle the nation’s security challenges  such as banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and threat of secession without the necessary weapons. To this end, the army chief pleaded with members of the National Assembly  to urgently consider these critical needs while appropriating funds. Gen Attahiru stated this  Wednesday 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

Incessant jail breaks: Army to train armed personnel of Correctional Service

April 14, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Following the incessant jail break the country has witnessed in the recent time, the Nigerian Army has accepted to assist the Nigerian Correctional Service in giving refresher training to its armed squad personnel.  This is made known through a statement signed by the service’s spokesman, Francis Enobore, Wednesday in Abuja, that the training was sequel to the increasing spate of Read More

Missing 11 troops found dead in Benue community – Army

April 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

One officer and 10 soldiers have been confirmed dead in Konshisha local government area of Benue state. This was disclosed in a press statement by Army spokesperson, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, on Thursday night. The statement said troops came under attack while on routine operational task. The troops were initially declared missing which prompted the deployment of a joint search and Read More

Bonta-Ukpute crisis: Ortom should take blame over escalation – Group

April 8, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

A group under the aegis of Association of Igede Media Professionals has stated that Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom and his aides from Konshisha axis should be held responsible for the escalation of the Bonta-Ukpute conflict that has claimed lives and property worth hundreds of millions of naira. The group in a press statement, Wednesday, justified its assertion on the Read More

Military making progress in fight against insecurity

March 31, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, said the Nigerian Army is making progress in its efforts to address the myriad of security challenges confronting the nation. He disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the ‘Chief of Army Staff Combined 1st Quarter Conference and Nigerian Army Operations Retreat 2021″, in Abuja. The COAS, charged Army field Read More

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

March 31, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieut.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, said his vision will rebuild the Nigerian Army into a formidable force that will defeat all adversaries. He made this pronouncement during the opening ceremony of the combined COAS First Quarter Conference and Nigerian Army Operations Retreat 2021 held at Army Headquarters Command Officers Mess 1, Abuja. The COAS said the 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

Breaking: Ex-Chief of Army Staff Ihejirika, finally joins APC

March 26, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has received the former Chief of Army Staff Lt.Gen. Oyeabo Azubike Ihejirika (rtd) Cfr “Dike Abia” into the party. The former Army boss has been reportedly romancing the ruling party for a long time. But in a statement signed by governor Buni’s director of Press Read More

Osun lecturer in trouble for standing surety for unknown person

March 23, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Justice Peter Lifu of a Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state, has ordered the remand of a lecturer, Engr. Emmanuel Tayo Owolabi, for failure to produce the defendant he stood surety for.  Owolabi stood surety for one Oladele Ezekiel who has allegedly refused to stand his trial after securing bail.  The prosecutor, a principal state counsel, Bankole Awoyemi, Read More

Army dismisses reports of alleged supply of inferior armoured vehicles

March 21, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Nigerian has described as false report on an online medium not blueprint.ng alleging that the Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen Ibrahim Attahiru queried a company for supplying inferior armoured vehicles to Nigeria. A statement by Director Army Public Relations Brig.-Gen Mohammed Yerima Saturday, says the allegations are “misleading and a deliberate fabrication”. The statement reads in parts:” The attention Read More

Armed Forces Commission Bill: CSOs back Abaribe, charge Senate President, others to support bill

March 18, 2021 Paul Okah 0

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has thrown its weight behind the Senate Minority Leader and senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Enyinaya Abaribe, for sponsoring the Armed Forces Service Commission Bill and moving motion for its consideration on Wednesday the floor of the Senate. The group, under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society for Peace and National Read More

End of insurgency in sight – COAS

March 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Ibrahim Attahiru, Sunday, assured that the war against insurgency would soon come to a successful end. Attahiru, who gave the assurance in Damaturu, Yobe, while addressing troops of Sector 2 of Operation Lafiya Dole, commended the troops for their recent gains in neutralising insurgents. “I’m very pleased, your commanders have told me what you Read More

COAS tours front line troops of Operation Lafiya Dole

March 15, 2021 Sadiq Abubakar 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, was in Damaturu, Sunday, where he inspected the guard of honour at both sector 1 and 2 headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole. While addressing the troops, COAS said the aim of his visit to the Northeast part of the country was operational. He added that the visits were intended to familiarise Read More

Maj.-Gen. Dahiru assumes as commander AHQ Garrison, charges personnel to key into COAS vision

March 14, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The new Commander Army Headquarters Garrison, (AHQ GAR) Maj.- Gen. Sanusi Dahiru, has charged officers and soldiers of AHQ Garrison to key into the vision of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt-Gen Ibramim Attahiru, which is to “Have a Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a joint Environment.’’ According to a statement by deputy Read More

Buratai: A lesson in resilience

March 9, 2021 Samson Aboh 0

By my estimation, patience is not merely one of life’s fusillade of virtues. It means much more than such simplistic conclusions. And maturing with each passing day, I devout considerable time to gauge the actions and postures of others before sketching conclusions or pinning down judgements from informed perspectives. Therefore, patience is an enabler of so many things to me, Read More

Breaking: Take insurgency battle to Boko Haram, bandits, Senate tells newly confirmed CDS, Service Chiefs

March 2, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Tuesday confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of Major General Lucky Eluoye Onyenucheya Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff. Also confirmed were the nominations of Major General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka  Amao  as Chief of Air Staff.  The confirmation of the nominees Read More

We’re ready to end insecurity, service chiefs assure senate

February 24, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The newly appointed Service Chiefs Tuesday assured the Senate of their individual and collective readiness to bring the scourge of insecurity to an end. President Muhammadu Buhari had in a letter dated January 27, 2021, forwarded the nominations of the military chiefs to the Senate for confirmation. They are Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye lrabor – Chief of Defence Staff (CDS); Read More

Breaking: Senate confirms Buratai, other ex-Service Chiefs as Ambassadors

February 23, 2021 Editor 0

The Senate, Tuesday, confirmed immediate past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors. The confirmation of their nomination came through despite criticisms in some quarters. The former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; and the former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas were confirmed. Others who were confirmed were Read More

Service Chiefs to appear in Senate for screening

February 22, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Joint Committees of the Senate on Defence, Army, Air Force and Navy has fixed Tuesday, February 23, 2021 for screening of the newly appointed Service Chiefs. The Senate had penultimate week upon receipt of request from President Muhammadu Buhari, mandated its committees on Defence, Army, Navy and Airforce , to carry out the screening and report back in two weeks. Read More

The choice of ex-service chiefs as diplomats

February 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent nomination of the immediate past service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari as non-career ambassadors is not only significant and historic but also a good reward for their meritorious services to the fatherland. The nomination, which is an ample demonstration of Mr President’s appreciation for the unalloyed loyalty and commitment of these illustrious sons to the protection of democracy, Read More

Breaking: Jonathan’s COAS teams up with APC

February 16, 2021 Editor 0

A former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), has joined the All Progressives Congress Lt. Gen. Ihejirika who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan teamed up with the party after registering as member in the ongoing nationwide registration and revalidation exercise at Ezere Ward 2 in Isuikwuato country home in Abia North Senatorial District. He officially Read More

Can the new service chiefs secure Nigeria

February 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

On January 26, 2021, Nigerians woke up with the surprising news of the resignation of the country’s service chiefs and the subsequent appointment of new ones by President Muhammadu Buhari after accepting the resignation of the former heads of the country’s security architecture. They were appointed on July 13, 2015 after President Buhari assumed office amidst the growing security challenges Read More

Letter to the new service chiefs

February 1, 2021 Abba Dukawa 0

The former service chiefs had boldly declared that the Boko Haram insurgents had been technically defeated. But the technical victory, apparently, became a great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor. This acclaimed victory came with the renewed wave of attacks by the insurgents on soft targets. The appointment of the new service chiefs was came at a Read More