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Rules of Engagement: Olonisakin inaugurates 12-man c’ttee



The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) on Thursday pledged to protect the rights of citizens and law abiding members of the public during operations.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, gave the pledge on Thursday when he inaugurated a 12-man committee to produce Rules of Engagement for the armed forces

According to a statement by the Acting Director of Defence Information (DDI), Olonisakin was represented at the occasion by the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans (CDPP), Air Vice Marshall Balogun.

The CDS said the AFN “must carry out its constitutionally assigned tasks to the best of its ability and training with the mindset that the fundamental human rights of citizens are sacrosanct.’’

He said the inauguration of the committee was a step to holistically review existing rules of engagements and trainings to ensure they conform to international best practices during operations.

Earlier, the Chief of Defence Training and Operations (CDTOPS), Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, had said the committee was a pointer to the untiring effort of the CDS to produce a comprehensive rules of engagement manual.

“So, what we intend to do is to look at the existing rules vis-à-vis different operations with a view to producing a blueprint fit for all operations and exercises,’’ Irabor said.

Also speaking, Jean Queguiner, the Deputy Head of Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), commended the AFN for the step taken to produce and harmonise the rule of engagement.

Quiguiner said that when produced, it would help foreclose any speculation about the existence or accuracy of the current ROE being applied by the AFN during operations.

He pledged the cooperation of the ICRC to producing a comprehensive document, describing the task of the committee as sensitive and critical to the successes of military operations.

Mr Benedict Agu, who represented the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), said the committee was a significant milestone.

Agu said the commission would continue to dialogue with the military on the need to strike a balance between necessity and human rights protection during operations.

He also said that the commission would continue to collaborate with the AFN to ensure protection of human rights during operations, adding that past collaborations had yielded several positive results.

According to him, one of such collaborative efforts is the advocacy for the adoption of the National Policy on Protection of Civilians and Civilian Harm Mitigation being championed by the NHRC, AFN and Centre for Civilians in Conflict.

The committee is headed by Maj.-Gen. Benjamin Ahanotu, the Director of Campaign Planning, Defence Headquarters, with members drawn from the Army, Navy, Air Force, National Defence College, ICRC and NHRC.

(Edited by Mufutau Ojo)


Robbers attack Nasarawa Deputy Governor’s convoy, kill 3 policemen



Robbers attack Nasarawa Deputy Governor’s convoy, kill 3 policemen

Suspected armed robbers on Tuesday attacked the convoy of Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, killing three policemen and a civilian.

Akabe was on his way to Abuja on an official engagement when the convoy ran into the robbers who were operating few kilometres away from Akwanga at about 6pm.

ASP Usman Samaila, Police Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command confirmed the incident to the Nigeria News Agency in Lafia.

Samaila however did not give details, saying the commissioner of Police, Bola Longe had led a team of officers to the scene to asssess the situation.

“As I speak with you now, the Commissioner of Police, the Deputy Commissioner Operations and other high ranking officers of the command have gone to the scene of the incident,” Samaila said.

Meanwhile, one of those in the convoy, said the armed robbers opened fire on the convoy before fleeing.

According to him, three policemen and a driver were shot and killed by the armed robbers and their corpses have been deposited at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia.

The deputy governor who was unhurt but looking shaky, was at the hospital but did not speak to journalists on the incident.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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Nigerian Army takes medical outreach to Zamfara village



The Nigerian Army has taken medical outreach to Wantodo Daji community, in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara as part of its civil military relations activities.

The medical outreach is part of the activities to mark the 2019 Combat Service Support Training Week of the Nigerian Army, holding in Gusau.

The outreach, which was organised by the Nigerian Army Medical Corps, includes the provision of free medical treatment for different cases, free drugs, eye glasses, wheel chairs and other medical needs for the people.

The event was graced by the Governor, Mr Bello Matawalle, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, and top army officers and state government functionaries.

Adama said that the activity was part of the activities to enhance civil military cooperation, between the army and the civilians, in their areas of operations.

He said, “ at a time like this, we want to give back to the society, especially to our host communities, because improving this will help us to collaborate in what we are doing.

“The community we are in today has once been involved in the recent happenings and it is not out of place that we are here.

“For the activities today, we are offering free medical services, free drugs, free eye screening service, with reading glasses.

“We have also brought mosquito nets, we are doing laboratory tests and we are also giving our physically challenged persons wheelchairs as well as dental services.

“We want to thank the Chief of Army Staff for giving us the wherewithal to do what we are doing,’’ he said.

Matawalle, while presenting the wheelchairs to the beneficiaries, commended the army for the gesture and urged the beneficiaries to use them well.

Some of the beneficiaries who expressed their happiness in Hausa language, commended the army for the gesture.

Osama Abubakar, 15 years old, said he was happy that God had used the army to put a smile on his face and prayed that God should reward the army and Nigeria.

Abubakar said he was not born a cripple but could not disclose how long he had faced the challenge.

Another beneficiary, Sadiya Bala, 22 years, said that she was grateful to God and the army for remembering her, adding that she had been delivered from being a burden henceforth.

More than 1,000 villagers benefited from the medical outreach, some of whom went home with different medical items; such as mosquito nets, eye glasses, wheelchairs  and medicines.  


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Nigeria calls for closer military ties with Bangladesh



The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, on Tuesday called for closer military cooperation between Nigeria and Bangladesh.

A statement by Commodore Suleiman Dahun, the Navy’s Director of Information, on Tuesday in Abuja, said Ibas made the call when he received Mr Shameem Ahsan, the Bangladesh High Commissioner to Nigeria in Abuja.

Ibas said that Nigeria valued its relationship with friendly countries like Bangladesh, noting that many Nigerian officers have trained in that country.

He informed Ahsan of the establishment of aNaval War College in Nigeria and the proposed International Maritime Conference to be hosted by the Nigerian Navy in 2020.

The naval chief therefore invited Bangladesh to consider sending their officers to the College, urging the Bangladeshi CNS to attend the Conference.

Ibas stressed the readiness of the Nigerian Armed Forces to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh on military cooperation.

The CNS canvassed for more visits and information sharing between the two nations for mutual benefits.

He also stressed  the need for international cooperation through avenues such as the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium for a common approach to containing maritime threats.

Ahsan noted the giant strides made by Bangladesh in peace keeping operations, agriculture and the garment industry.

He equally acknowledged that Nigeria and Bangladesh had a lot in common in areas of cooperation that was beneficial to the two countries.


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Nigerian Army donates books to schools in Zamfara



The Nigerian Army on Tuesday donated 10,000 exercise books to secondary school students in Zamfara as part of activities marking the army’s 21st Combat Service Support training week.

Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, who made the donation during the opening ceremony in Gusau, said it was part of Army’s gesture to complement the peace process in the state.

He congratulated the state government for the attainment of peace, adding that the army would sustain the effort in the interest of residents of the state.

Gov. Bello Mattawalle of Zamfara, thanked the Nigerian Army for choosing the state to host the event towards improving the state’s security situation.

He said that the state government would continue to support the army and other security agencies to achieve lasting peace in the state.

“The priority of my administration is peace and security because that form the basis for any development,” he said.

The governor also commended the foresight of the Nigerian Army for engaging local industries in providing military logistics and other equipments.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that other activities at the event included exhibition of locally made military wears, medical outreach and paper presentations.

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Police arrest 6 vigilantes over alleged killing of suspected kidnappers in Kebbi



The Police in Kebbi State has arrested six vigilante members for allegedly killing suspected kidnappers.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Danjuma, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi.

Danjuma said vigilante groups from Kanji village, Mahuta district, Fakai Local Government Area of the state, arrested two men – Muhammad Dankarami and Muhammadu Buda of Maidangwami village, alleged to be kidnappers.

He said the alleged suspects were not given opportunity to explain themselves but were killed by the vigilantes and their bodies subsequently set ablaze.

According to him, the suspected vigilantes were arrested and had owned up to the alleged crime.

Danjuma said: “You will agree with me it is an-extra judicial killing and inhuman on the part of the suspects. Such an act is condemnable and can’t be tolerated in the country.”

He however appealed to the members of the public to see fighting crime as a collective responsibility, adding “we should continue to partner to maintain our status as the safest state in Nigeria”.

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