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Army will ensure personnel deployed for operations maintain rules of engagement – GOC

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The Nigeria Army has restated that it would maintain constant assessment of its operations in any State of the federation to ensure conformity with operational standards.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Nigeria Army, Kaduna, Maj.-Gen Usman Mohammed, restated the commitment in a statement on Friday, by Deputy Director, Army Public Relations,1 Division, Col Ezendu Idimah.

Mohammed gave the assurance when the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan paid him a visit.

The GOC said that the assessment would also ensure that personnel deployed for various operations act in line with the rules of engagement and best practice.

He commended Gov. Nasir El-Rufai for his support to the Division in its fight against bandits and other criminal elements.

The News Agency of NIgeria reports that  Aruwan  was in the Division to convey the State Government’s  goodwill message to Mohammed, who assumed leadership of the command recently.

Aruwan lauded the GOC for his cooperation with the government in the coordination of Joint Security Operations across the state.

He reassured the GOC of the State Government’s commitment to strengthening ongoing security operations in the state for improved performance.

The commissioner lauded officers and soldiers of the Division deployed on Operations THUNDER STRIKE,  WHIRL PUNCH and YAKI for their professionalism and dedication in the discharge of their duties.

He noted with satisfaction that troops deployed in the operations have stemmed the wave of armed robbery,  banditry,  kidnapping and other crimes that ravaged the state prior to the inception of  Gov. El-Rufai’s administration.

Aruwan also thanked the GOC for the role the Division played during the 2016/2017 Southern Kaduna crisis.

He also noted the role the Division played in the establishment of the Forward Operating Base in Kafanchan in Feb. 2017 to tackle security challenges in southern Kaduna.

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Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Nigerian Army Medical Corps gets new Acting Corps Commander

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The Nigerian Army Medical Corps gets a new Acting Corps Commander, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The handing and taking over ceremony was held on Monday at the Headquarters, Nigerian Army Medical Corps, Bonny Camp cantonment, Lagos.

The ceremony witnessed by Col. S. J. Adama, the outgoing Acting Corps Commander, who handed over to Col. I.B. Solebo.

The new Acting Corps Commander said that his vision was to have a highly regimented, professional and accountable Corps in the delivery of its services.

“You will agree with me that the amount of financial resources devoted to and already expended by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on healthcare infrastructure in our medical establishment is enormous.

“The Corps is unparalleled in the recent history of the Nigerian Army. As such, there is no gainsaying that to whom, much is given much is expected.

“By extension, performance, excellence and efficiency in the delivery of prompt and enviable healthcare to our officers, soldiers and their families is therefore not an exception, but the norm henceforth,” he said.

He said that regimentation was the bedrock of military indoctrination and panacea for victory at warfare and success in peacetime administration.

Solebo implored all personnel to reflect on the ethics, customs and tradition of the military and abide strictly by the rules therein, if we are to foster an enviable Corps for the future.

He urged all corps commanders to ensure that all military personnel in their various units engaged in physical activities as stipulated by the Nigerian Army to improve the performance at work.

According to him, to improve the performance at work, a physically fit body and mentally alert mind are essential.

“As such, all commanders are to ensure all military personnel of the Corps in their respective units actively participate in physical activities by way of morning physical training.

“And also evening games as stipulated by the NA except while on duty as the current COVID-19 pandemic settles.

“Participation in this activities are to be reflected in the PER’s of all personnel by their respective directors and commanders.

“All officers and soldiers of the Corps will also work to maintain their body mass index prescribed by the ASA.

“There would be special focus on health care deliver in the North East including the Reference hospital in the AOR.

“With the goal of reinforcing and bringing clinical, and surgical expertise closer to the location of injured amongst troops.

“Such that intervention is faster with the expected effect of further reduction in morbidity and mortality,” he said.

Solebo also said that all medical units would benefit from declaring their average drug usage on a monthly or quarterly basis.

According to him, drug availability on the NHIS in our hospitals and the scourge of fake drugs had become a topical issue.

“All medical units would benefit from declaring their average drug usage on a monthly or quarterly basis. This would aid budgeting and efficient use of primary funds including capitation and fee for service.

“A drive towards centralisation of drug procurement from a few validated sources would be urgently explored, whilst our drug manufacturing unit continue to explore capacity building and expansion to meet the drug consumption need of the NA,” he said.

Solebo, however, thanked the COAS for counting him worthy of steering the affairs of the Corps, saying that all his efforts would be channelled toward swiftly achieving the vision of the COAS.

He also thanked the outgoing Acting Corps Commander on the effort made to reposition the Corps thus far.

Present at the event include all Headquarters Directors, Commandants Nigerian Army School of Medical Science, Chief Medical Director 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Yaba.

The MD, Nigerian Army Drug Manufacturing Company Limited, the Ag Chief Medical Director Military Hospital Port Harcourt, Heads of Departments and Principal staff officers.


Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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Insecurity: Nigerian Army inaugurates ‘Operation Accord’

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The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), maintaining peace in Plateau and part of Kaduna and Bauchi States, on Monday inaugurated a special operation code name ‘Operation Accord.’

 

Inaugurating the operation in Gwantu, Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna state, Maj. Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, Commander of the Task Force, said the special operation aimed at address the spate of insecurity within its area of operation

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Operation Accord is an ongoing Defence Headquarters operation designed to neutralise and stem down banditry and other forms of insecurity in the North West and North Central zones of the country.

 

 

Okonkwo added that the operation was replicated by OPSH to block infiltration of fleeing bandits and militia groups into its area of operation.

 

He explained that the special operation aimed at identifying bandits and criminal hideouts, would last from till June 30.

 

The commander added that operation accord would facilitate the return of lasting peace within its area of operation, noting that it would also address all emerging security threats.

 

“Operation Accord is today being replicated for synergy of efforts in order to simultaneously conduct same operation within our area of operation from June 1 to 30.

 

“It will also identify bandits and criminal hideouts and neutralise them. The operation will be conducted concurrently with operation WHRL STROKE against banditry within North Central zone.

 

“It is aimed at facilitating the restoration of peace and security across our area of joint operation,” he said

 

Okonkwo assured members of the public that his men would be professional in carrying out the operation, adding that safety of lives and property would be prioritised.

 

“Let me assure members of the public that the military will professionally discharge it’s duties during the operation.

 

“Troops will observe rules of engagement and other best practices for the safety and security of civil populace,” he assured.

 

The Commander called on the general public to avail useful information to the military to enable it achieve the objectives of the operation

 

Okonkwo also cautioned his men against unprofessional practices, noting that one caught would be punished accordingly


Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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Buratai lays foundation for construction of Nigeria army reference hospital in Maiduguri

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS),Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday laid the foundation for construction of 200-bed-capacity Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Maiduguri.

Buratai said while commissioning the project that the establishment of the hospital would be of immense benefit, not only to the military, but also to the people of the Northeast.

He said that Nigerian army was committed to ensuring welfare of its personnel  and their families,  including families of deceased colleagues.

“We are gathered here today to give boost to our effort  by providing effective and efficient healthcare services to personnel, their families, as well as the  public within the northeast,”he said.

He explained that the evacuation of personnel  to military reference hospital in Kaduna had often resulted in loss of valuable time, especially in emergency cases, in addition to the stress the  patients went through during movement to access medical care.

“It is on this premise that the Nigerian Army decided to construct the 200 bed capacity hospital to provide tertiary level care to our troops ,as well as their families and the good people of the Northeast,” he said.

The COAS said that the hospital, when completed, would be adequately staffed and equipped to meet international standards..

“Let me use the medium to commend the officers and men of the Nigerian army for their gallantry in their various operations across the country.

“I must say that they have made remarkable progress in fight against ‘Boko Haram,’ISWAP, and other criminal elements in the country.

“I urged our gallant troops to keep it up and remain professional in performing our constitutional responsibilities,” he said.

The COAS urged relevant stakeholders to support the initiative to enable speedy completion of the projects.

Buratai commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued support to the Nigerian Army and Gov. Babagana  Zulum of Borno for approving  the land for siting of the project.

In his remarks,  Zulum said that establishment of the hospital would boost the health care requirements and welfare of troops and their families.

Represented by his Chief Of Staff, Alhaji Babagana Wakil,  Zulum said  the laudable project would not only meet the health needs of the troops but also that of members of the  public.

“It  will  also serve as a morale booster,as well as strengthen the civil-military relationship and add value to the development of the northeast,” he said.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma (NAN)

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Egypt’s army kills 19 “terrorists” in restive North Sinai

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Egyptian armed forces killed 19 “terrorists” in the country’s restive North Sinai province, a military spokesperson said on Sunday.

The forces obtained intelligence information about a number of terrorists hiding in several hideouts in Bir al-Abd, Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah cities of North Sinai, military spokesman Tamer al-Refai said in a statement.

The army troops carried out two raids on these hotbeds, killing three terrorists who had automatic rifles, the spokesman said.

Grenades and RPG rockets have been seized, al-Refai said, adding that five explosive devices that were planted to target the armed forces were detonated.

Al-Refai revealed that 16 other terrorists were also killed in several airstrikes in North Sinai, adding that two four-wheel drive vehicles and a warehouse of explosive devices were destroyed in the air raids.

The spokesman pointed out that two officers and two soldiers were killed or injured during these operations.

He did not mention when these military operations took place.

Egypt has been fighting a wave of terrorist activities that killed hundreds of policemen, soldiers and civilians since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Most terrorist attacks in Egypt over the past few years were claimed by a Sinai-based group loyal to the Islamic State regional terrorist group.

(XINHUA)

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Sudan summons Ethiopian charge d’affaires in protest over army-backed cross-border attack

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The Sudanese foreign ministry on Saturday summoned the Ethiopian charge d’affaires in the capital Khartoum in protest over a cross-border attack by Ethiopian militias on eastern Sudan.

The attack was “backed by the Ethiopian army” and killed a Sudanese army officer and injured a number of soldiers as well as civilians including children, according to a ministry statement.

The “sinful” attack came “at a time when preparations were underway in Khartoum to hold the second meeting of the high-level joint committee on border issues,” the statement noted.

This is the first time that Sudan accuses the Ethiopian army of supporting the country’s militias in attacking the Sudanese territories.

(XINHUA)

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20 killed in battles between Syrian army, IS in northern Syria

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Intense battles broke out between the Syrian army and the Islamic State (IS) group in the northern province of Raqqa, a war monitor reported on Thursday.

The intense battles raged on Wednesday when the IS militants launched a massive offensive against positions of the Syrian army in the desert region of Raqqa, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Britain-based watchdog group said eight Syrian soldiers and 11 IS militants were killed in the battles.

The IS offensive is the latest in a string of attacks the IS militants launched against the Syrian forces in the desert region of Raqqa and the eastern province of Deir al-Zour.

The observatory said 533 Syrian soldiers and pro-government fighters as well as 191 IS militants have been killed since March 2019 in battles in the desert region.

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Army officer killed in attack in eastern Sudan

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A Sudanese army officer was killed on Thursday and other soldiers were injured in an attack by “an Ethiopian militia” on a border area in eastern Sudan, official SUNA news agency reported.

An Ethiopian militia penetrated into the Sudanese territories in the border in Gedaref State, attacked some agricultural projects and clashed with the Sudanese military force at Baraka Norein camp in the state,” the report said.

It noted the clash resulted in the death of Karam-Eddin, commander of the army force, who was injured then died at a local hospital, while a number of soldiers and civilians were also wounded.

The report added that the Sudanese army had sent reinforcements to the area and expelled the militia out of the joint border.

The period of preparation for agricultural season in the border area between Sudan and Ethiopia usually witnesses attacks by militias.

(XINHUA)

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China’s PLA donates medical supplies to Lebanese army to help fight COVID-19

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The Chinese People‘s Liberation Army (PLA) on Thursday donated surgical face masks, goggles, protective clothing and other medical supplies to the Lebanese army to help combat COVID-19.

Speaking at the handover ceremony held here at Lebanon’s Defense Ministry, Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Wang Kejian said that when China was in the middle of its anti-epidemic fight, the Lebanese leader and people from all walks of life expressed their support for China.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the two countries have maintained close cooperation on exchanging expertise and information on epidemic prevention and control as well as the treatment of patients, said Wang, adding that China has actively coordinated resources and offered several batches of medical supplies to Lebanon.

The PLA is offering today equipment to the defense ministry in Lebanon, which reflects the great friendship between the two countries, armies and peoples,” Wang said.

China is willing to tide over the difficulties together with the Lebanese people and army, Wang added.

Expressing appreciation for the donation, Lebanese Army Commander General Joseph Aoun, who also attended the ceremony, said that it is not the first time that China supports Lebanon during difficult circumstances.

This donation, which marks a milestone in the friendly cooperation between the two countries, “will have a great impact on the efforts exerted by the (Lebanese) army to protect its members from COVID-19,” Aoun said.

“We are keen to continue cooperating with China in a way that serves the interests of both countries,” he added.

Lebanon reported its first COVID-19 case in Feb. 21. As of Wednesday, the country had registered a total of 1,161 cases, with 26 deaths.

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COVID-19: FCT enforcement team shuts bars, arrests 8 violators for impersonating army officers

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Ministerial Task Teamed on the Enforcement of COVID-19 Restrictions has arrested eight persons for impersonating army officers and for violating the 8p.m. to 6a.m. curfew imposed on the territory.

Chairman of the task team, Mr Ikharo Attah made this known while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

Attah explained that the violators who were arrested in Kubwa  and Dutse Alhaji Districts of the FCT would be arraigned in the Mobile Court.

He said that some of those arrested were in drinking bars and gardens, while a tricycle operators and a commercial motorcyclist were arrested for operating during the curfew hours.

He said that at the Second Gate, Dutse-Alhaji, the team accosted the operator of a drinking bar who claimed to be a soldier but upon interrogation he admitted that he lied in order to evade arrest.

He said the impersonator further confessed that he is a Chef who closes late from work and not a military personnel as claimed.

Similarly, Attah said that at Dutse Makaranta, the team shut a beer parlour which was fully in operation few minutes after 10pm.

He said that the manager of the place also claimed that it is owned by a serving Major in the Nigerian Army, adding that they decided to operate into the curfew hours because of the occupation of the owner.

The chairman, however, said that the level of compliance with the night curfew in Kubwa and Dutse area was very high.

Unlike Lugbe where we went few days ago, most of the known nightclubs and bars in Kubwa and Dutse-Alhaji are closed. Vehicular movement is very few and made up largely of those on the exemption list”, he stated.

” The level at which some residents of Dutse Alhaji and Makaranta parade themselves as military personnel even when they are not”.

The Chef claimed to be a soldier while the beer parlour Manager said the place belongs to a Major in the Army.

” This must stop forthwith. People should not drag the name and image of the military in the mud.”

“In spite of the high level of compliance in these areas, very few persons still seem not to fully understand the purpose of the curfew.

” Imagine we met a lady who claimed that she was going to visit her friend after 9p.m. during the curfew.

” Also suprising during the night operation we caught two bricklayers who were returning from Bauchi state despite the interstate travel ban and were going home to Bwari town, ” he said.

The chairman appealed to other enforcement officers across the country to close ranks and halt the interstate travelling which seems to be going on massively in spite of the Presidential ban.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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