Breaking: Ex-Mali President is dead

November 10, 2020 AFP 0

Former President of Mali Amadou Toumani Toure is dead. Toure who led the Sahel nation for a decade before being ousted in a coup, died in Turkey, a family member and a doctor said on Tuesday. He was aged 72. “Amadou Toumani Toure died during the night of Monday to Tuesday in Turkey,” where he had been taken for health reasons, his nephew Read More

Lekki: Coalition absolves Army of blame, drums support for troops

November 2, 2020 Editor 0

The Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants (COD) have absolved the Nigerian Army of any wrongdoing at Lekki toll gate or any part of the country during the EndSARS protests.  In a statement signed by General Secretary, Kolawole Emmanuel, Monday, the Oduduwa group said the troops acted in the best interest of the nation.  According to the COD, the intervention of the Army was Read More

At last, Osinbajo opens up on Lekki shootings

October 22, 2020 Editor 0

Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has spoken more than 24 hours after Soldiers allegedly shot at some #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos state. Osinbajo who spoke early Thursday via his Twitter handle wrote, “My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost Read More

Happening now: Hoodlums set NPA house, BRT park on fire in Lagos

October 21, 2020 Editor 0

From Apapa in Lagos, Blueprint has been reliably informed that the office of the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) has become the latest place to be set ablaze on Wednesday. The raging fire was also triggered inside another government-owned facility where BRT buses are packed and operated from. Earlier, a privately-owned and managed television station Television Continental (TVC). No official statement Read More

Breaking: Pandemonium as Soldiers open fire on #EndSARS protesters, 1 feared dead, many injured

October 20, 2020 Editor 0

Soldiers manning Lekki toll gate area in Lagos state reportedly fired heavy gunshots at #EndSARS protesters Monday evening. The troops who were part of those deployed for Operation Crocodile Smile allegedly shot several times at the protesters who sat down peacefully. An eyewitness who spoke to Blueprint said one person was seen lying dead on the floor while many others Read More

#EndSARS: Coalition cautions against blackmailing Army on Exercise Crocodile Smile

October 19, 2020 Editor 0

The Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) has warned human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, and others against blackmailing the Nigerian Army’s operation ‘Crocodile Smile’.  According to the group, insinuation by Falana that soldiers will be used to quell the #EndSARS protests across the country was totally false.  The army announced on Friday that its annual exercise will commence on Tuesday to identify, Read More

Breaking: Residents stranded, groan as #EndSARS protesters block airport road in Abuja, troops deployed

October 19, 2020 Editor 0

#EndSARS protesters early Monday blocked popular airport road in Abuja for the second time in three days. Residents from Kuje axis are the worst hit as the protesters barricaded the area. On Friday, Abuja residents had similar experience as the protesters intensified their movement on the same airport road, a situation that forced many to sleep on the road. Some Read More

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Fallen heroes: Minister unfolds activities for 2021 AFRDC

October 17, 2020 Samson Benjamin 0

The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd.), has assured Armed Forces Personnel of the continuous payment of their insurance cover under the Group Life Assurance Scheme (GLAS). He said ministry demonstrated its commitment to the scheme in February, this year, when it presented cheques to one hundred and eighty four (184) next-of-kin of some deceased officers and men Read More

Breaking – Zulum convoy attack: Death toll rises

September 26, 2020 Editor 0

Day after the convoy of Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum was attacked by Boko Haram, the death toll has risen to 30, AFP reports. According AFP soures, the number of fatalities from the attack Friday had doubled as more bodies were found and now included 12 policemen, five soldiers, four members of a government-backed militia, and nine civilians. Details loading…

Global Peace Index and Nigeria’s resilience against all odds

September 24, 2020 Lawrence Audu 0

There have been insinuations in some quarters discrediting the efforts of the Nigerian government towards addressing the various security challenges in the country. This trend in recent times has assumed a pronounced dimension with an avalanche of reports by various organizations indicating government’s failure towards addressing the various security challenges in the country. Some concerned stakeholders have indeed voiced concern Read More

Revealed! How Gana’s gang members caused his death – Eye witness account

September 20, 2020 Editor 0

New facts have emerged on the circumstances that led to the death of Terwase Akwaza popularly known as Gana, the notorious militia leader that terrorised Benue state and environs for several years. According to information gathered from reliable sources, Gana died when members of his gang attempted to release him forcefully from the captivity of troops of Operation Ayem Akpatuma Read More

In Yobe, NHRC trains military on civilian protection

September 14, 2020 Editor 0

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has engaged key officers and soldiers of Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole in Yobe state in a training to reduce the high rate of infringement and violation against civilians. The training which was declared open at Summit Hotel in Damaturu, Yobe state capital by the Executive Secretary of the Commission represented by deputy director Investigations, Read More

Banditry: Matters arising as Buratai comes to the rescue

September 14, 2020 Idoko Ainoko 0

When service chiefs were appointed in July 2015, like many people with keen interest in the polity especially security. I went further to dig into the profile of the newly appointed chiefs. They all seem to be great choices made by Mr President. However one of them exceptionally caught my attention, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai. With a physically imposing Read More

AU condemns Mali president, MP’s arrest

August 19, 2020 Editorial III 0

The African Union has condemned the arrest of President Ibrahim Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse. Mutineering soldiers in Mali on Tuesday detained Keita and some members of his cabinet at his residence in Bamako, the country’s capital. “We can tell you that the president and the prime minister are under our control,” a top rank soldier, who requested anonymity, Read More

Military kills several bandits in Niger, loses 3 soldiers

August 17, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

The Defence Headquarters has disclosed that troops Operation WHIRL PUNCH have killed unidentified number of bandit’s Tashan kare in Niger state. Coordinator Defence Media Operations,  Maj.  Gen.  John Enenche said the operation was executed following credible intelligence on the activities of armed bandits attack in the area. He said: “Troops swiftly mobilised to the scene and made contact with the Read More

Fishing, livestock business allegations against soldiers baseless – DHQ

August 13, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

…Says we‘re leaving nothing to chance on US warning The Defence Headquarters has described the allegation that soldiers fighting Boko haram/ISWAP terrorists in Baga axis of Northern Borno of engaging in fishing and livestock business as “baseless”. Briefing journalists on update of military operations across the country at the Defence Headquarters Abuja Thursday, the coordinator Defence Media operations,  Maj.  Gen.  Read More

Army disowns soldiers arrested over Ebonyi bullion van robbery

August 6, 2020 Chuks Nweze 0

The 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, has distanced their personnel from any army formation under the division from the robbery of the bullion van in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, that took place on July 29, 2020. Deputy Director, Army Public Relations,  82 Division of the Nigerian  Army, Enugu,  Col Aliyu Yusuf made the clarification in a statement, saying those Read More

Soldiers kill 2 armed robbery suspects in Jos

July 3, 2020 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

Two suspected armed robbers were Thursday, killed by the troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), in Jos metropolis. Information and media officer of the OPSH, Major Ibrahim Shittu, said in press statement that following a tip off, the troops swiftly mobilized to the scene at Rock Haven, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state and chased the robbers in Read More

Be good ambassadors of Army, nation, Butatai tasks new intakes

June 27, 2020 Editorial III 0

No fewer than 4,918 recruits including 400 females on Saturday passed out after completion of six months training at the depot Nigerian Army, Zaria. Speaking  at the occasion,  the Reviewing officer and Special Guest of Honour at passing out parade of 79 Regular intake held on Saturday, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, tasked the young Read More

Breaking: Boko Haram invades checkpoint in Borno, opens fire on Soldiers

June 13, 2020 Editor 0

Boko Haram on Saturday stormed a Military checkpoint and opened fire on Soldiers on duty in Mongonu, Borno state. This is happening just after three days the dreaded terrorists killed at least 81 people in a Borno vilage with many kidnapped. According to TheCable, a security source revealed that the insurgents unleashed their firepower in the town around 12:30pm. Details Read More

Breaking: Army arrest Soldier threatening to rape women in viral video, launch investigation

April 3, 2020 Editor 0

Soldiers who threatened to rape women in Warri, Delta state have been arrested The Nigerian Army spokesperson, Colonel Sagir Musa, who disclosed this, Friday, said they were arrested at 9 Brigade Ikeja Military Cantonment in Lagos state after the video in which they made the threats went viral on social media. Musa said investigation had begun. The soldiers had threatened Read More

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Minister of defence presents cheques to families of fallen heroes

February 19, 2020 Editorial III 0

Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), on Tuesday presented cheques to next-of-kins of the deceased officers and men of the armed forces who died in battle front in 2019. Magashi who personally presented the cheques to all of the 184 beneficiaries of the group life assurance of the armed forces, said the token was for them to settle down, Read More

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Fear of Boko Haram attack sends residents away as Chad troops leave Nigeria

January 5, 2020 Editor 0

News of the Chad troops pullout from the fight against Boko Haram, coupled with a local report of Nigerian troops also leaving the vicinity, sparked concern among local people in Gajiganna, Borno State hundreds of whom promptly fled the area citing their fear of further attacks. Chad has ended a months-long mission fighting Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria and withdrawn Read More

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Insecurity: Soldiers, police need prayers from Nigerians – Yuguda

July 17, 2019 Editor 0

Former Governor of Bauchi state Mr Isa Yuguda said Tuesday that soldiers, policemen and other security personnel need special prayers from well-meaning Nigerians to enable them overcome the security challenges in l the country. Yuguda said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a close-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. He said Read More