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Buratai reacts to protests, says army legally acquires land in FCT

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The Nigerian Army says it legally acquired its landed property in parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and advised indigenes protesting alleged land grab to channel their complaints to the appropriate quarters.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai stated this on Tuesday in reaction to protest by some indigenes, who barricaded the Air Port road, alleging the army grabbed their land.

Buratai spoke at the foundation laying ceremony for construction of the “Army Command Estate and Headquarters, Directorate of Army Legal Services’’ at Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment at Giri on the air port road.

It said their action would not yield any result.

“This particular estate (land) was granted to the Nigerian army in 1979.

“However, we got the official allocation with the Right of Occupancy (C of O) in 1997 by the Federal Capital Administration.

“In 2011, when all land in the territory were revoked and owners of land were directed to re-certify their land, the Nigerian army along with other services, Navy and Air Force, we due apply for the re-certification.

“We paid the dues that was meant for the re-certification and got our acknowledgment. That is to say that we have legally and timely certify this particular land,’’ Buratai said.

He said that all the documents of the land were with the Abuja Geographical Information Service – AGIS, of the FCT.

“So, any move to disrupt our activities here (ongoing construction work on the land) is going to be fruitless. We have all the legal backing,’’ the army chief said.

Buratai advised those alleging the army grabbed their land to channel to their complaint to the appropriate quarters rather than protesting and barricading highways.

“They – protesters, should not allow themselves to be deceived and take the laws into their hands,’’ he said.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that construction of structures are already ongoing in the over 4,000 hectares of land to accommodate newly established Headquarters of Army Aviation corps, Women corps, Space Command, as well as officers and soldiers quarters.

Also located in the land is headquarters of the Nigerian army’s Farms and Ranches Ltd.

A coalition of FCT indigenous associations had recently been accusing the army of grabbing their land and protested to the National Assembly over the issue.

They had also protested to the office of the Minister of FCT, calling for his intervention.

They alleged that the army wanted to collect their land located at Zuba, Iddo, Sabo and Tuga Maje, all on Airport Road.

NNN also reports that Buratai used the occasion to charged officers and men on the need to make sure the country was kept safe and secured, and continued support for the administration.

He reminded them of the strategic importance of the military in democratic dispensation, adding that they “must defend democracy.’’

“We are much, much better in democracy than any other system. We must ensure that we perform our constitutional responsibilities with all the seriousness it deserves.

“We must all ensure that all our ongoing operations are stepped up.

“The insecurity that we are facing in the North East and other parts of the country require more initiative and require us to think of the box to get the right solution,’’ he said.

 

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Buratai inspects local construction of combat vehicles in Maiduguri

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has inspected ongoing manufacture and repairs/overhaul of combat vehicles including Armoured Personnel Carriers and mine resistant anti Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) by Army Engineers in Maiduguri.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, said this in a statement on Saturday.
Musa said that the work was being carried out at the 107 Division Equipment Support in Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri.
He said that Buratai has been in the North East Theatre of Operation since April leading the fight against terrorism.
He said That Buratai was accompanied by the Chief of Training and Operations (Army), Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Chief of Logistics (Army), Chief of Military Intelligence and Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division among others.

Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Buratai inaugurates 195 family units accommodation for troops in Kaduna

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday  inaugurated 195 tastefully furnished family units accommodation for troops in Kaduna.

The News Agency of Nigeria report that out of the 195 buildings, 180 one-bedroom flats were for Corporals and below, while 15 two-bedroom flats were for Senior Non Commissioned officers.

The COAS was represented at the inauguration of the remodeled and renovated soldiers accommodation at Ribadu cantonment in Kaduna by Commandant, Nigeria Defence Academy (NBA), Maj.-Gen Jamil Sarhan.

Buratai restated that the Nigerian Army, under his leadership, places high premium on the welfare of troops and their families.

He added that the Army would spare no effort or resources in making sure personnel are not only provided the right tools for the job, but also provided a convenient environment for their families.

“This commitment to troop’s welfare has led to a series of initiatives we have embarked upon to impact directly on troops and their families

” The Barracks Investment Initiative that l lunched, has continued to provide the barrack communities with entrepreneurial opportunities.

“Our schools upgrade programmes are also geared towards improving the quality of education and creating conducive learning environment for our children.

“We have also vigorously pursued our hospital modification programmes which have significantly improved access and healthcare delivery to troops and their families,” the COAS said.

Buratai noted that the depth of commitment to troop’s welfare was demonstrated by the fact that the buildings are not only renovated, but also tastefully furnished.

He explained that the evolving face of the barracks was to, among other initiatives, motivate officers and men to greater productivity and improved efficiency.

The COAS thanked the Federal Government for enabling the Army to meet its needs despite competing demands and challenging economic situation in the country.

“As  a result of this support, the NA is today better equipped than at any other time in its history,” he said.

He explained that the gesture is manifesting in the improved operational efficiency of the troops in the northeast and other theaters of operation across the country.

Buratai, however, urged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the kind gesture of the government by maintaining the buildings and promoting environmental sanitation of the barracks.

He also called on the soldiers to take advantage of all the facilities and conducive environment provided for them to give their children the best care and upbringing.

“This will enable the children to compete and have a place in the future of this country,” he said.

Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigeria Army, Maj.-Gen Usman Muhammad said accommodation in any organisation is one of the factors that boosts the morale of the workforce.

Muhammad noted  that the Army has made it imperative for all personnel to be centrally accommodated in its cantonments and barracks in order to ensure the safety and security of the personnel and their families.  

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

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Buhari condoles with Chief of Army Staff, Buratai, over mother’s death

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday had a telephone conversation with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Yusuf Buratai, commiserating with him over the passing of his mother, Hajiya Hauwa Yusuf Buratai.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, quoted the President to have condoled with all members of the family, praying that the almighty God would receive the soul of the departed matriarch, who lived a pious, prayerful and generous life.

President Buhari also prayed that the almighty God would comfort Lt.-Gen. Buratai, who has been at the epicentre of war against terrorists in North East, urging the family to find solace in Hajiya Hauwa’s good works.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Globacom, Dr Mike Adenuga Jnr, has also sent condolences to the President over the death of Malam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President.

Adenuga described the deceased as a “great patriot whose love and self-sacrificing dedication to the interest and progress of our country remained noble and intense until his death.’’

In the condolence letter, Adenuga said:

“Although Malam Abba Kyari is no longer with us, his brilliant contributions and impeccable legacy will last forever and continue to remind us all of the need to do our best for family and country during our brief sojourn on earth.’’

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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Buratai continues operational tour of troops’ locations in NE

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has continued with his operational tour of troops’ locations in the North East.

This is in continuation of the efforts at ensuring the final defeat of terrorists Boko Haram/ISWAP in the region.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buratai has been in the theatre for over three weeks visiting different front lines.

His visit is to ensure that troops are well positioned in terms of the right equipment and platforms to unleash final onslaught against the terrorists.

He had on April 15 charged the troops to go all out on final showdown to stop and eliminate the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists from the country.

He called on the troops to be brave and committed to achieving the set objective of the mission, adding that it was time to flush out the terrorists.

According to him, we are right here right now to carry out our solemn and righteous constitutional duties.

“We are here to flush out these criminals who have been terrorizing and killing innocent and law abiding Nigerians.”

At the Theatre Command Setup Headquarter, Buni Gari in Yobe on Saturday, the message was not different.

While inspecting the platforms, the Army Chief urged the troops to handle the artillery weapons properly in line with all laid down principles.

He also tasked the handlers of the weapons to ensure they hit the target at once as well as proper handling of all other fighting equipment.

In recent time, the Nigerian army troops have recorded successes against the terrorists in different locations such as the Buni Gari where over 105 terrorists were eliminated on April 18.

Similarly, an attempt by the terrorists to invade Geidam town also in Yobe on Monday was thwarted by the troops leading to killing of over 13 terrorists and recovery of two gun trucks and six AK47 rifles among others.

All these encounters are devoid of serious casualties on the side of the troops.

Edited By: Mustapha Lamidi/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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NYCN says Buratai’s relocation to N/East will bring victory in insurgency fight

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National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) says war against Boko Haram has recorded tremendous boost following relocation of  Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to the Northeast.

President of NYCN, Mr Solomon Adodo, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said Nigerian youths received with ecstatic jubilation, the news of the massacre of 105 guerrilla fighters of the dreaded Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist group.

It would be recalled that Buratai on Sunday, visited and hailed the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their gallantry in an encounter that led to the killing of the terrorists at Buni Gari in Yobe state on Saturday.

The visit was a follow-up to the successes recorded by the troops in neutralising many of the terrorists that attempted to attack Buni Gari Village in Gujba Local Government Area.

Adodo, however, said the relocation of Buratai to the northeast was all the soldiers needed to neutralise the remnants of Boko Haram fighters.

“It should be recalled that we expressed commendation for the chief of army staff on his relocation to take direct command and control of the theater of war in the northeast.

“Our confidence was further strengthened and with the strategic move, the end is in sight for the terrorist group.

“This lethal blow is definitely one in the series of sequential defeats Boko Haram will suffer till they are totally obliterated.

“We herein salute the courage and sacrifices of the troops of the Nigerian army and urge them not to relent as our fervent prayers and total support is with them,” Adodo said.

He however called on Nigerians to desist from denigrating and casting aspersions on the Nigerian army and on the pristine image of the Nigerian military.

The NYCN boss noted that the Nigerian military needed all the support from Nigerians to prosecute the war on terrorism to the finish successfully.

“The successes being recorded by the military further gives credence that President Muhammadu Buhari relied on the best security/military intelligence in extending the tenure of the current Service Chiefs.

“The NYCN therefore uses this medium to pass a resounding Vote of Confidence on the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces – President  Buhari and the entirety of the Military Chiefs.

“The end of Boko Haram is here and with the fine experience of the current crop of Military Chiefs, total victory is closer than hitherto anticipated,” Adodo added.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Buni Gari attack: Buratai hails troops for gallantry, successes against

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has hailed the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their gallantry in an encounter that led to the killing of 105 terrorists at Buni Gari in Yobe state on Saturday.

Buratai gave the commendation when he visited the troops at the Field Ambulance Logistics Base 3 Damaturu and Special Forces School in Buni Yadi on Sunday.

The visit was a follow-up to the successes recorded by the troops in neutralising many of the terrorists that attempted to attack Buni Gari Village in Gujba Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

He visited the two soldiers who were wounded in action and other soldiers already on admission at the medical facility in Damaturu before proceeding to the Special Forces’ School in Buni Yadi.

He was briefed on the incident by the Commander, Sector 2 OPLD, Brig.-Gen. Lawrence Araba.

Araba informed him that the recent success was as a result of intelligence report which revealed plan by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists to attack the village.

He said that the troops swiftly intercepted and engaged the criminals in fierce battle that led to the killing of 105 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists as well as recovery of several equipment from the terrorists.

The Commander disclosed that the number of those terrorists that were neutralized was confirmed following exploitation operation conducted.

The exploitation, according to him, also confirmed the following items were captured from the insurgents which include five AK-47 Rifles, three GPMG, one Duska Anti Aircraft Gun, one PKT Gun, while one terrorists’ gun truck was destroyed.

He added that several ammunition and ammunition links, two hand grenades, two handheld radios, two magazines with ammunition and assorted hard drugs were also recovered.

While assuring the troops of his support, he charged them to double their efforts to ensure speedy defeat of terrorism in Nigeria.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Buratai charges troops on final onslaught on Boko Haram/ISWAP

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has charged the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) to go all out on final showdown with the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists from the country.

Buratai gave the charge in his message to the officers and men of OPLD on the Final Clearance of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists on Thursday in Ngamdu, Borno.

He called on the troops to be brave and committed to achieving the set objective of the mission, adding that there was no better time than now.

According to him, we are right here right now to carry out our solemn and righteous constitutional duties.

“We are here to flush out these criminals who have been terrorizing and killing innocent and law abiding Nigerians!

“Officers and men of the Nigerian Army owe it a duty to save our country from the menace of terrorists, bandits and all forms of criminalities.

“We owe it a duty to the Nigerian people and to President Muhammadu Buhari, for the confidence he has reposed in us to achieve the mandate the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has given us.

“We owe it a duty to serve our fatherland and protect our fellow country men and women.

“Ours is a professional calling, a call to serve our dear country; a call to defend the territorial integrity of our fatherland, which we must all be proud of.

“We must also be proud of our calling as professional soldiers and patriots,” he said.

Buratai, however warned the troops that there was no room for the chicken-hearted, adding that the Nigerian Army of today was for the committed, disciplined, patriotic and selfless officers and soldiers.

He added that “there is no room for cowardice and no room for the lily-livered ones.

“From now on, it is forward ever backward never! The sacrifices of our fallen heroes must never be in vain! Nigerian Army officers and soldiers have no cause to despair as ours is a noble and patriotic cause.

“It is a cause we must all be proud of.

“Gentlemen gallant commanders all levels, you must hold firmly to your officers and men and you must instill confidence through your words and actions. In order to win the trust and confidence of their subordinates, commanders must never show fear or fatigue.

“If they do that, they will lose all moral authority to lead and command their men. You cannot and must not take men and equipment into battle without situating it, without putting yourself through the whole course and playing out all the likely scenarios you may encounter and diligently working out all possible options.

“We must be committed and fastidious. We must consider and workout the minutest details, factors and all possible outcomes in all our operations.

“Let me reiterate and restate here that I have confidence in all my officers. I have confidence in all my commanders and I have confidence in you gallant soldiers of the Nigerian Army,” he said.

The army chief urged all officers to always think out of the box and beyond the box.

He charged them to move out and bring the war to a positive end, saying that victory is from God alone.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Buratai hosts troops to Easter luncheon in frontline

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The Chief Of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has hosted the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to Easter lunch at the Special Super Camp, Ngamdu, Borno.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the luncheon was in keeping with the tradition of feasting with the troops in the frontline during festivities by the Chief of Army Staff.

While addressing the troops on Monday, Buratai said: “We are here today to have special lunch in respect of 2020 Easter celebration.

“This morning, our Christian brothers had special prayers for all of us and we appreciate that.

“This afternoon, we are also coming to have this lunch, to thank Almighty God for bringing us to this point alive as soldiers, as a country, and of course in this our counter-insurgency operation.”

He assured the troops that the army would soon crush the terrorists in the North East, while pointing out the complex nature of counter-terrorism operations.

“You may wonder why this counter-terrorism operation lingered for too long but we all know globally that counter-terrorism is very complex.

“There are some countries that have fought insurgency for close to 50 years. Well, we are not going to wait until 50 years to end this.

“As such, we are here, we will not leave this camp until we substantially degrade these criminals God’s willing,” he said.

Earlier, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD), Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, thanked Buratai for his continuous support for the troops at the frontline.

Yahaya also stated that the presence of the COAS in the frontline was a morale booster for the troops.

He, however, pledged the commitment of the troops to prosecuting the war against insurgency to its logical end.

According to him, the Easter luncheon is in recognition of the gallant contribution of the troops to the war against terrorism.

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Insurgency: Buratai relocates to North East

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has relocated to the North East to oversee and direct the overall operation in the theatre of operation.

Buratai would also oversee and other army operations across the country.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement.

He said that Buratai disclosed this while addressing the troops of Special Super Camp Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno on Thursday.

According to him, the COAS had been on operational tour to troops’ locations in the North East Theatre of Operation since April 4.

“During the tour, he was at the Army Super Camp 1 at Molai and the Special Forces Super Camp 12 at Chabbal near Maiduguri on April 8 where he interacted with the officers and addressed the troops respectively.

“COAS was also at the Forward Operations Base at Alau Dam, and also personally led the troops on patrol round Mairimari and Maigilari Forests.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to reassure Nigerians that it is highly committed to protecting all law abiding citizens and defending our territorial integrity.

“Members of the public are requested to note that there is no any form of insecurity that can not be surmounted, and the Boko Haram/ISWAP’s terrorism will also end in the nearest future,” he said.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has relocated to the North East to oversee and direct the overall operation in the theatre of operation.

Buratai would also oversee and other army operations across the country.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement.

He said that Buratai disclosed this while addressing the troops of Special Super Camp Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno on Thursday.

According to him, the COAS had been on operational tour to troops’ locations in the North East Theatre of Operation since April 4.

“During the tour, he was at the Army Super Camp 1 at Molai and the Special Forces Super Camp 12 at Chabbal near Maiduguri on April 8 where he interacted with the officers and addressed the troops respectively.

“COAS was also at the Forward Operations Base at Alau Dam, and also personally led the troops on patrol round Mairimari and Maigilari Forests.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to reassure Nigerians that it is highly committed to protecting all law abiding citizens and defending our territorial integrity.

“Members of the public are requested to note that there is no any form of insecurity that can not be surmounted, and the Boko Haram/ISWAP’s terrorism will also end in the nearest future,” he said.

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