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Army war college graduates 66 officers in course 3



The Army War College Nigeria (AWCN) on Friday graduated 66 officers from its Course 3/2019 after eight months of intensive military and strategic training.

The participants comprise 51 colonels and two Lieutenant colonels of Nigerian Army, one Navy Commodore, and two wing commanders of Nigerian Air force as well as one lieutenant colonel each from the Republic of Cameroon and Congo.

Other participants include two each from the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Nigeria News Agencyn reports that the Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, presented the certificate for the award of Fellowship of the Nigerian Army War College to the participants.

The Minister, while congratulating the participants, said that the college had trained over 100 participants from across armed forces and other security agencies since its establishment in 2017.

He said that AWCN had contributed immensely to building capacity of senior officers at operational level for the arms forces of Nigeria.

Magashi said that current volatile security environment required knowledge and strategic approach in order to articulate workable solutions.

He said that the participation of Cameroon and Congo in the course was a testimony of the spirit of African brotherhood that the military institutions had promoted over the years.

“Furthermore, the inclusion of security agencies such as the police, FRSC, NSCDC, EFCC and Immigration service will allow for a seamless operation in a volatile, complex and ambitious operational environment that we currently have.

“It is therefore heartwarming to note that AWCN is not only impacting the armed forces of Nigeria but the entire Nigerian security infrastructure thereby achieving the objectives for which it was established.

“As you are all aware, our dear country Nigeria is going through a trying time which has necessitated the army and indeed the armed forces to be deployed for internal security operations in almost all states of the federation.

“In spite of this, the Nigerian army has continued to play a pivotal role in ensuring security of our dear nation as well as protecting its territorial integrity.

“It is important to note that professionalism and training for purposeful leadership at all levels has contributed to this feat,” he said.

The Commandant of AWCN, Maj.-Gen. Charles Ofoche, said that the course was designed to equip participants with requisite skills and knowledge to function effectively at the military, strategic and operational levels.

Ofoche explained that the war course was conceptualised to bridge the training gap between the strategic and tactical levels of warfare.

“The current security environment around the world can be described as volatile, complex and it is a very changing time which require new thinking tools as well as a cognitive ability to articulate measures to address these threats.

“This underscores the importance of critical thinking, systems thinking and creative thinking in professional military education which is offered at the college.

“This is an indispensable and valuable resource to proffering solutions to the numerous global security challenges,” he said.

The commandant urged the graduands to match the knowledge they acquired with their performances on the field, adding that government had invested heavily in their education.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz


Nigerian Army troops neutralise more Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, rescue women, children in Borno



The Nigerian Army says it has neutralised a number of Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in different encounters in parts of Borno and rescued 12 women and four children from their hideouts.

The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliysu, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Iliyasu disclosed that the terrorists fell to the superior fire power of the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in an encounter at Mafa Local Government Area of the state on Dec. 1.

He said that after the encounter which lasted for about 40 minutes, the terrorists suffered heavy casualties in both men and equipment.

According to him, the dogged troops of the Unit embarked on a hot pursuit of the scampering insurgents and exploited their withdrawal route.

“During the exploitation, troops recovered three Boko Haram bodies of which two of them were strapped with suicide vests.

“Additionally, one Boko Haram criminals’ Gun Truck, one motorcycle, one Anti-Aircraft Gun, one PKT Gun, one Rocket Propelled Gun Tube were captured by the troops.

“Other items that were equally captured by the troops include two Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, two AK 47 Rifles, 25 Rounds of Anti-Aircraft Gun, 723 Rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 51 Rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition and 52 Rounds of 7.62X54mmR (PKT) ammunition.

“Other recovered items are, surgical kits, Boko Haram terrorists uniforms and warm clothing were also captured by the gallant troops,” he said.

Iliyasu also disclosed that two female suicide bombers attempted to infiltrate the Defence Company of 26 Task Force Brigade Garrison location at Gwoza in another encounter on the same date.

He said that the soldiers deployed on sentry duty identified the criminal intruders and neutralized them before they could detonate their suicide vests.

Iliyasu said that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had commended the troops for their exceptional display of patriotism, professionalism and responsiveness.

“He, however admonishes them to remain resilient and continue to be steadfast in the fight against criminal elements across the nation,” he said.

Edited & Vetted By: Tukur Muntari.

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Fire Service rescues one from fire disaster, while 2 others injured in Lagos



The Lagos State Fire Service has confirmed that one of the victims of the  fire disaster  that happened at Iyana Odo Bus Stop, in Idimu area of Lagos State on Dec. 5 had been rescued.

The Chief Public Affairs of the service, Mr Dosunmu Jamiu, who confirmed the development, added that  two other victims sustained  various degrees of burnt.

“The rescued victim has been taken to the Alimosho General Hospital where he is receiving treatment,” Jamiu said in a  statement.

It said, “Two people were trapped in a fire disaster at Iyana Odo Bus Stop in  Idimu Local Council Development Area of Lagos state on Thursday.

Jamiu in the statement  also quoted the Acting Head of Lagos State Fire Service, Mrs  Adeseye Margaret, as saying  that the agency would continue to serve the people of Lagos State .

Adeseye was also quoted to have  said that the state fire service was  determined to ensure that fire incidents were contained to the barest minimum in the state.

She said that the organisation would continue  to guarantee  the safety of  the lives and property of the residents of the state .

The statement by the PRO said that  preliminary investigation had  revealed that a cleric was performing a spiritual bath for a man.

It stated  that the cleric had  attempted  to light a candle and the spark from it  ignited a fire from an oil spillage caused by pipeline vandalism .

It said that  men from Ikotun Fire Station were drafted to the scene and were supported by their counterparts from Abesan Fire Station.

The spokesman in the statement also said that men from the Agege Fire Station carried out a rescue operation at No. 16, Oladimeji Oladipupo St., Enilolobo Bus Stop, Iju Ishaga.

” The rescue operation was carried  out on a 24-year- old boy, Yusuf Olajide,  who accidentally fell into a well.

” Olajide suspected to have died in the well was, however, rescued alive by the men of the  fire service, ” the statement said.

Edited & Vetted By: Peter Dada

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NDLEA, Lagos Command, gets new boss



The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos Command,  now has a new boss.

He is Commander of Narcotic (CN) Ralph Igwenagu, who took over from CN Frederick Ezeorah.

The Lagos state command’s spokesman of the NDLEA, Superintendent of Narcotics (SN) Malum Musa, confirmed the resumption of Igwenagu at the command to the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Lagos.

Musa added that Ezeorah  had  been deployed to Citadel of Counter Narcotics Nigeria (CCNN) at Jos Training Academy.

According to Musa, the new Lagos NDLEA commander officially assumed duty on Dec. 2.

The PRO said that  the  new NDLEA  boss will  oversee the workings of the agency in the state in line with the  act that set it up by  the Federal Government.

“Upon resumption, Igwenagu had begun to  undertake necessary tasks aimed at  building  a friendly environment in the state,” Musa said.


Edited & Vetted By: Peter Dada

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NSCDC arrests 10 suspected illegal LPG operators in Akwa Ibom



The Nigeria Security and Civil Corps (NSCDC) in Akwa Ibom said it had arrested 10 suspected illegal Liquified Petroleum Gas operators in the state.

The State Commandant of the corps, Mr Adeyinka Ayinla, made the disclosure while addressing newsmen at the end of a routine surveillance in Uyo on Thursday.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the routine surveillance was in conjunction with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in the state.

He said that the corps was in collaboration with DPR to fish out illegal LPG refilling points in the state.

“We are going to investigate the matter and after thorough investigation, we will take them to court or to pay some penalties to DPR.

“We have been pleading with the people of the state not to engage in illegal business. This kind of business can kill and that is why we are telling them to desist from it,” Ayinla said.

He advised gas operators to stop the illegal business, saying that anyone caught would face the wrath of the law.

Responding, Mr Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye, Operations Controller of DPR, said that the department was against illegal LPG refilling points in the state.

“We went on joint action with NSCDC to ensure that we dismantle the illegal LPG refilling points in the state.

“This process is not allowed, they are not facilities, people converted residential houses and commercial areas to gas plants, where they turned cylinders to become vessels.

“This process we will continue to say that the mode is not known to any known standard in oil and gas industry not only in Nigeria and to the World,” he said.

He noted that the department would continue to sensitise and create awareness on the dangers of the illegal business.

Kingsley-Sundaye said that the objective was to save lives and property in the state, adding that the department would not wait until the incident happens.

The controller said that the sister agency would continue close monitoring of the LPG refilling points across the state.

He advised the operators to desist from the business as it was dangerous even to the operators’ lives.

“Refilling in the process end with gas refilling plants, you cannot refill any cylinder at this point, what is allowed is gas resellers.

Edited & Vetted By: Joseph Edeh/Ismail Abdulaziz

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NSCDC arrest 2 for selling gas in Calabar carnival village



The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Cross River has arrested two suspects for selling gas at the Calabar carnival village.

Commandant of NSCDC in the state, Mr Danjuma Elisha, who paraded the suspects on Thursday in Calabar, said they were arrested on Dec. 4.

Elisha said it was wrong to dispense cooking gas at the carnival village were cooking of all sorts and other activities were taking place.

According to him, fun seekers should be allowed to have their leisure time at the village in peace without running for safety over any emergency disaster.

“You know that when fire disaster starts, it would go round and kill so many people. At this time where people are coming into the state for the festival, we need to be cautious.

“It is wrong to sell gas at the carnival village because that area is a densely populated place where people are selling many things; roasting of fish, cooking of all sorts and some are smoking.

“Gas is highly inflammable and when such disaster occurs, it will affect many people. We want a situation where people will come and enjoy the carnival and go back peacefully.

“I belief in preventive measures; that is why we are taking this action. We are working with the Department of Petroleum Resources to ensure safety in gas dispensing in the state,” he said.

The Commandant said that gas operators have specific places where they have been licensed to operate by the DPR, adding that the carnival village was not safe for such business.

He further said that the Command had issued warning in collaboration with the DPR, urging gas operators to site their businesses far from residential areas.

“We are going to prosecute them to serve as a deterrent to others; else these people will still go back there”, he said.

One of the suspects and a sales representative of Namnomi Nigeria Limited, said she was unaware of the implications of selling gas in the carnival village.

She told Nigeria News Agency that she was deployed by her boss (name withheld) to the carnival village.

NAN reports that at the time of parading the suspects, the management of the gas company were yet to honour the invitation of NSCDC to give further explanation on the matter.

Edited & Vetted By: Ismail Abdulaziz

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CNS commends NOWA’s empowerment initiative to widows, orphans



The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, on Thursday commended the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for organising empowerment programmes for widows and orphans.

The CNS who was represented by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Oladele Daji; gave the commendation at the empowerment programme held at the Navy Town, Ojo , for 25 widows and orphans.

He said that such empowerment would help the beneficiaries to become self reliant and live a better life.

The CNS then implored NOWA to reach out to philanthropists to support its skill acquisition and empowerment programme.

“I want to enjoin NOWA to keep up the wonderful work as well as reach out to well-to-do and well-meaning individuals and organisations to support this laudable programme.

“Through that, it will be sustained accordingly.’’

He also felicitated with NOWA for the noble programme.

“I will like to say that the theme of this event is very apt as most of us are aware that a large number of Nigerians are living in extreme poverty.

“Widows as well as orphans make a great percentage of this figure; we know the challenges that widows face in the society as well as orphans in losing their loved ones at any age.

“And this has severe impact on their well being and psychology. This event, I believe will go a long way to reassure the widows and orphans that NOWA cares for them.

“It will also ameliorate the feeling of loneliness, social isolation, exclusion and hardship they are forced into due to the losses of their loved ones.

“ It is, therefore, a most welcomed development,” he said.

Ibas said that NOWA should not relent in the good work of reassuring the widows, orphans and less privileged that they were not alone.

The CNS also acknowledged the past efforts by NOWA which he said had led to building support network with love, empathy around widows, orphans and the less privileged.

He also urged the beneficiaries to judiciously make use of whatever they got from the empowerment programme.

He said that they should use them as a stepping stone toward improving their lots instead of always waiting for handouts every time.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme has as its theme: ‘Navigating the storm, sailing forward’.

NOWA under the arrangement empowered 25 beneficiaries who received: gas cookers, bags of rice, groundnut oil and fabrics.

In her welcome address, the NOWA President, Mrs Theresa Ibas, said that the association would continue to help the widows and orphans who lost their loved ones.

She said that this was part of the efforts by the association to make life easier for widows and orphans.

Edited & Vetted By: Peter Dada

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