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How Gallant Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole Killed Scores of Boko Haram/Iswap Terrorists and Recaptured New Marte

Gallant troops of Sector1 and 402 Special Forces Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole, Tuesday afternoon re-captured New Marte from the Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists.

The operations to free the town from the grip of terrorist was clinical even though it met a lot of resistance from the criminals who implanted several Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) along the troops’ axis of advance, especially on the fringes of New Marte. The troops moved in professionally and safely detonated all IEDs implanted by the terrorists.

At the fringes of New Marte, troops encountered very stiff resistance from the terrorists who took vantage positions including on tree-tops. However with superior fire power, acting professionally and decisively, the gallant troops destroyed the terrorists’ resistance and dealt a decisive blow on their positions and inflicted heavy casualty on the criminals.

Consequently, 14 of the terrorists were neutralized while two gun trucks and Vehicle-Born Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) were destroyed and several high calibres of arms, ammunition and other equipment were captured.

Recall that the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, had on Sunday 21 February 2021 visited Dikwa and gave the troops marching orders to re-capture New Marte within 48 hours.

The gallant troops immediately mobilized and commenced advance to the objective culminating in the successful recapture of New Marte today.

The Chief of Army Staff has commended and congratulated the troops and urged them to keep up the momentum, pursue the terrorists and smoke them out of their hideouts and enclaves.

You are please requested to disseminate this information to the general public through your medium.

Mohammed Yerima
Brigadier General
Director Army Public Relations

23 February 2021

Army Has No Powers To Arrest, Detain Or Investigate Crimes, Federal High Court Rules

*Says It Usurps Police Powers

It was relief and jubilation in Abuja today as Mr Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court put an end to the protracted Fundamental Rights Enforcement suit brought by Miss Grace Anita Paul against the Chief of Army Staff, the Nigeria Army, Inspector General of Police and the Nigerian Police Force.

Miss Paul alleged that officers of the Nigerian Army invaded her residence and abducted her to Mambilla Barracks in Abuja on October 24th 2019 where she was subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment, and untold hardship. She was kept in a guardroom with other male inmates. She was later transferred to the SARS where she was kept for more than 2 months without charge or trial.

During the period of her incarceration, her small business collapsed as her customers disappeared. Miss Paul produces hand woven and plastic bags used by market women.

In the judgment delivered on the 17th day of February, 2021, Justice Taiwo held that the Nigerian Army lacks the power to arrest, investigate and hold in custody, anyone who is not subject to the Armed Forces Act or any other military law.

While dismissing the objections of A.A. Mohammed, SAN, who appeared for Nigeria Army, Justice Taiwo held that the Military should not usurp the powers of the Nigerian Police under Sections 4 and 84 of the Police Act which empowers the Police to detect and investigate crime.

Akpomiemie Akpomiemie of Abdul Oroh and Co, Counsel to the Applicant had argued that the Military lacks the power under S217 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to arrest, detain and investigate anyone not subject to Military law.

Akpomiemie also argued that the detention of the Applicant by the defunct SARS of the Nigeria Police is illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

In his considered ruling, Justice Taiwo held that for democracy to thrive, all agencies of government should act within the law. He awarded damages of 5 Million Naira against the 1st and 2nd Respondents (the chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army) and 10 Million Naira against the Inspector General of Police and the Nigerian Police Force sued as 3rd and 4th Respondent. The police did not defend the petition.

Justice Taiwo also made an order or perpetual injunction restraining the Nigeria Army and the Nigeria Police from further violation of her rights. He also ordered the police to return all her seized items within 7 days.

Akpomiemie commended the court for the erudite judgment and for restating the true position of the law irrespective of the powers involved.

Miss Paul said she was relieved that justice has finally been served considering the humiliation and the indignity she went through. She said her family in Akwanga, Nasarawa State tried to prevail on her to withdraw the case because they were afraid of the army but “if I remember what they did to me, I felt it is better to die than to tolerate it.”

Her elder brother, Emmanuel said he now believed that the judiciary is the last hope of the common man and woman.

SHAKE-UP: Nigerian Army redeploys Generals, appoints new Officers •Full list of affected Generals

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday effected a shake-up, releasing the postings and appointments of some affected senior officers.

The posting which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen TY Buratai is a routine/normal exercise intended to reinvigorate the system for greater professional effectiveness and efficiency,” Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, said in a statement.

He further said: “The major highlight of the posting includes – the posting and appointment of Maj Gen ACC Agundu from Special Task Force (STF) Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos to Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) Abuja as Senior Research Fellow, Major General HI Bature from Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Defence Liaison Office National Assembly Abuja to Army Headquarters Department of Civil Military Affairs and appointed Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj Gen UM Mohammed from Nigerian Army Property Limited (NAPL) to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu/Deputy Chairman Board of Trustees NAPL, while the erstwhile Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu Maj Gen CC Okonkwo now redeployed to STF Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos and appointed Commander, Maj Gen F Yahaya from Headquarters 1 Division Kaduna to Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) Maiduguri and appointed Commander, while Maj Gen OG Adeniyi is redeployed from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to NARC as Senior Research Fellow, Maj Gen S Idris from Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu-Yobe State redeployed to DHQ Abuja and appointed Director Liaison.

“Others affected include – Maj General AA Adesope from Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management to NAPL and appointed Group Managing Director, Maj Gen MG Ali from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to Headquarters 4 Special Forces Command Doma, Nasarawa State as Commander while the erstwhile Chief of Civil-Military Affairs AHQ Abuja Maj Gen US Mohammed has been redeployed to 1 Division Kaduna and appointed General Officer Commanding.

“Similarly, Brig Gen HI Daniel from the Defunct Army Special Forces Command Maiduguri to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command Minna and appointed Director Army Training Support, Brig Gen BE Onyeuko is to remain in DHQ Abuja as Acting Director Defence Media Operation, Brig Gen NM Jega from Training and Doctrine Command Minna to Infantry Corps Centre Jaji and appointed Chief of Staff, Brig Gen LA Araba from Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty Abuja now redeployed to Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu, Yobe State as Ag Commander, Brig Gen VO Ita from DHQ, Abuja to Headquarters 402 Special Forces Brigade Azare and appointed Commander while Brig Gen JAL Jimoh from Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno to Headquarters 31 Brigade Minna and appointed Commander and Brig Gen GTO Ajetunmobi has been redeployed from 31 Brigade Minna to Nigeria Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty, Abuja as Executive Director Operation.

“Others are – Brig Gen LG Lepdung from Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre Jaji to DHQ Abuja and appointed Deputy Director Procurement (Logistics), Brig Gen MO Ihanuwaze to remain in Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management as Acting Director, Brig Gen EC Obi-Osang from the defunct Headquarters 707 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi to Headquarters 401 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi as Commander while Brig Gen GM Mutkut is redeployed from the Defunct Nigerian Army Amphibious Command OPLD Baga to Headquarters 403 Amphibious Brigade Baga and appointed Commander and Brig Gen JR Lar from Nigerian Army School of Artillery Kachia to Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno as Commander.

“Also, Colonel DJ Abdullahi from the defunct Headquarters Nigerian Army Special Forces’ Command Maiduguri to Headquarters 4 Special Forces’ Command Doma Nasarawa State and appointed Acting Chief of Staff, Colonel EC Emere from Nigerian Army Archives to Nigerian Military School Zaria as Deputy Commandant and Col MO Agi is to remain in Headquarters Nigerian Army Armour Corps Bauchi as Acting Chief of Staff among others.

“All the postings and appointments take effect from the 1st of April 2020.

“While wishing all the officers well in their respective appointments, the Chief of Army Staff enjoins them to take their new responsibilities/appointments seriously and discharge all duties professionally with utmost loyalty to the Nation and the Service.”

Zulum shouts at army commander over killing of 30 by fresh Boko Haram

Governor Zulum at the scene of the incident at Auno

Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno, has accused soldiers of leaving some residents of the state at the mercy of Boko Haram insurgents.

Speaking when he visited Auno, a town 20 kilometres from Maiduguri, Borno state capital, the governor alleged that soldiers meant to secure the community desert the people around 5pm on a daily basis.

At least 30 persons were killed when Boko Haram insurgents attacked travellers in Auno on Sunday night.

Addressing Sunday Igbinomwanhia, garrison commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, at the scene of the incident on Monday, Zulum expressed concern that the army has not established a military base in Auno.

“We have to be brutal in telling the truth. I am pushed to the wall to say the truth. Since I was inaugurated as governor of Borno state, Boko Haram has attacked Auno six times. Another thing is that the military has withdrawn from Auno town,” he said raising his voice.

“I am not undermining the capacity of the military but we have made repeated appeal for the military to establish their unit in Auno. They are here but as soon as it is 5 pm, they close the gate and lock the people and go back to Maiduguri. This is not right.”

The crowd which gathered at the scene cheered the governor as he spoke.

In his response, the army commander said the military is committed to the protection of lives and property in the state.

He said the troops were conducting clearance operation at other locations when the attack happened.

Igbinomwanhia said the military will not deliberately allow the people to be killed by insurgents, urging residents of the community to provide credible information to the troops in order to secure them.

In January, Zulum came down hard on soldiers manning Damaturu-Maiduguri road in the state, over alleged case of extortion at a checkpoint.

He had accused them of exploiting the people they were meant to protect from Boko Haram.

“I’m going to report all of you in this unit… nobody can tolerate this. Boko Haram is attacking people and you are here collecting N1000 per car,” he had shouted at the top of his voice.

Army in control of Maiduguri-Damaturu road-Col Sagir

*Says Boko Haram never blocked any part on Friday

By Kingsley Omonobi

The Nigerian Army has allayed fears of motorists plying the Maiduguri-Damaturu road over false rumours that Boko Haram blocked a section of the road thereby making commuters and other road users to scamper for safety.

News of the alleged blockade came to many users of the road as a surprise particularly when a team of journalists who are in Borno on tour of the state to ascertain the level of restoration of normalcy, spent considerable time plying the road, visiting Auno and IDP camps without witnessing any such blockade.

From close observation by Journalists, the presence of agile Nigerian Army troops checkpoints within a short radius from each other and regular patrols would have made it highly unlikely that Boko Haram would dare to block the road.

When contacted on the allegation, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa said no such blockade ever took place on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road.

Col Sagir said, “Soldiers are on the road ensuring that Nigerians move safely. You saw the situation of the road on Friday. Nothing like that happened on that road”.

There had been unsubstantiated insinuations that travellers were running on foot back to Maiduguri for their dear lives following blockade of the road.