The Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria has cautioned prospective recruits seeking enlistment into the Nigerian Army to beware of fraudsters.
Maj. Sydney Nbaneme, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Depot Nigerian Army, gave the warning in a statement made available to Nigeria News Agency in Zaria on Thursday.
“The attention of the Depot Nigerian Army has been drawn to the activities of some unscrupulous persons parading themselves as agent of Depot Nigerian Army to defraud members of the public.
“These individuals fraudulently extort money from unsuspecting members of the public who are desperately ready to enlist into the Nigerian Army.
“Investigation reveals that the fraudsters promise their victims to replace recruits found with credentials and Bank Verification Number (BVN) irregularity with their names,” he said.
Mbaneme said that consequently, it was imperative to again alert members of the public that Depot Nigerian Army “does not have agents for recruitment.”
He said that such arrangement “does not exist in the revered army training institution’’, adding that recruitment had since been concluded for 78 Regular Recruit Intake who were presently on training.
“Headquarters Depot Nigerian Army is therefore using this medium to call on the general public to shun these unscrupulous individuals and report same to the nearest security agencies when noticed.
“Meanwhile, efforts are in progress to nab the fraudsters for proper investigation and prosecution,” he said.
Troops overcome another ambush by Boko Haram terrorist in Dikwa – Army
The Nigerian Army says its troops have overcome another ambush by the Boko Haram terrorist in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno.
The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Iliyasu said that the encounter took place on Monday when troops of 153 Task Force Battalion deployed at New Marte embarked on fighting patrol to Dikwa to hunt and destroy remnants of the insurgents.
According to him, the troops encountered an ambush staged against them by some remnants of the criminal Boko Haram insurgents along the patrol route at Ala Village, 7 km away from New Marte.
“The ambush was reinforced with a crudely prepared Improvised Explosive Device planted by them against the troops.
“In a rare display of boldness, resilience and faithful service to their fatherland, the troops, turned around the initial setback and dealt a devastating blow on the criminals.
“Having so clearly asserted their superiority in the ensuing fire fight, the criminal insurgents were forced to flee in disarray.
The gallant troops then embarked on a relentless pursuit of the scampering insurgents who abandoned some of their fighting equipment in utter confusion,” he said.
Iliyasu disclosed that the troops recovered two Gun Trucks, two Anti-Air Craft Guns, 2,080 Rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition and 26 Rounds of 12.7 mm Armour Piercing Incendiary ammunition at end of the pursuit and exploitation.
He added that three AK 47 Rifles, six Rounds of 12.7 mm (Belted), one AOJOE motorcycle, some clothes, food stuffs and mechanical tools belonging to the criminals were also captured by the troops.
According to him, most of the Boko Haram criminal elements were believed to have escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.
“However, troops continue to dominate the area with patrols to deny the criminal insurgents freedom of action.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has commended the troops for their gallantry and reiterate the commitment of the Nigerian Army to accomplish its constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a secured Nigeria.
“He also thanks all well-meaning Nigerians for their unalloyed support, goodwill and understanding towards officers and men of the Nigerian Army as they tackle the myriad of security challenges confronting our dear country,” he said.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
Police confirm killing of Sen. Mantu’s relative in Plateau
The Plateau state Police Command has confirmed the killing of Alhaji Hashimu Mantu, a relation of Sen. Ibrahim Mantu in Chanso Village in Gindiri, Mangu Local Government.
A statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Terna Tyopev said that efforts were ongoing to arrest the suspects to face the full wrath of the law.
“On November 16, 2019, at about 06:30 a.m. the Plateau State Police Command received an information that a corpse was seen at a bush near Chanso Village in Gindiri District of Mangu LGA.
“The Police upon the receipt of the information, immediately mobilised detectives to the scene of crime. On arrival, one Alh. Hashimu Mantu, male, aged 42 years was found motionless.
“He was rushed to JUTH (Jos University Teaching Hospital) in Gindiri and was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty,” Tyopev said.
He said that the victim’s handset and a stick were recovered at the scene of crime.
Tyopev said that the corpse was thereafter released to the family for burial in accordance with the Islamic rites.
The Command calls on members of the public to volunteer information that would lead to the apprehensions of the perpetrators in good time.
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz
Ebonyi Acting Governor urges Nigerians to support armed forces in tackling insecurity
The Acting Governor of Ebonyi, Dr Kelechi Igwe has urged Nigerians to support the armed forces in their efforts to protect the nation from the current security challenges.
According to him, the military is invaluable to any nation’s existence.
The acting governor said that any nation that did not accord its military friendly and accommodating reception had planned to fail.
“The engagement of the military in civil and military operations has guaranteed security, peace and sovereignty of nations.
“Any nation that has not put its military together has always failed not only in terms of external aggression but in implosion within the country,” he said.
He welcomed the study tour team to the state, assuring them that the Local Government council chairmen would guide it in its research and interactions in the state.
“You should take particular notice of our yam and rice and use the rice as a signpost that you have the best rice in the country.
“ you conclude your sojourn in the state, the state governor must have been around to ask you questions on how you fared.
“We will then enrich your knowledge more on things you have seen because we are a people with rich cultural heritage, economic and social potentials,” he said.
Brig.-Gen. Victor Ebhaleme, the Study Team Leader expressed its happiness to be in Ebonyi whicg was known for its rich rice potentials and infrastructural developmental strides.
“The team visiting Ebonyi consists of 51 members who include four members of the teaching and administrative staff and 29 student officers.
“We also have a directing staff from Ghana on exchange programme, one international student from Gambia and students from the Nigerian Customs Service, among others,” he said,
He said that the tour would enable the team members have knowledge of Ebonyi, carry out on-the- spot assessment, research into its theme and proffer workable solutions in relation to the state.
“The team will also know about the state’s history, geography, culture and socio-economic development that have made it outstanding in the area of governance in the country,” he said.
Edited by Maureen Atuonwu
Rep assures of improved welfare for military personnel
Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye, Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Army, has assured that his committee will give priority to the welfare of military personnel.
Adefisoye stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Super Camp, in Okitipupa on Monday.
The lawmaker, representing Idanre/Ifedore Constituency, said that his committee would work tirelessly to ensure that soldiers were well catered for in the discharge of their duties.
He also promised to foster robust relationship between the military and the civilian populace in the country.
“I am most impressed with the functional facilities that are available in the Super Camp, particularly the helipad.
“The Brigade Commander, Brig.-Gen. Zakari Abubakar, also deserves commendation for the humanitarian services being rendered by the military to residents of the host communities.
“Provision of potable water, distribution of sports wears and computers to students in the Ondo South Senatorial District by the military are undoubtedly deserving of commendation,” he said.
The lawmaker also thanked Abubakar for doing a great job to curb crime and criminality in the state.
Adefisoye also commended the traditional rulers of the host communities for supporting community policing.
He lauded the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for making funds available to run the camp, thereby ensuring peace in the southern zone of the state.
Responding, the brigade commander said that the ongoing clearance activities of ‘Operation Crocodile Smile IV’ had been yielding the desired results in the state and across the country.
Abubakar urged the public, particularly the host communities, to take advantage of the hot lines provided by the Nigerian Army to provide useful information to attain success in clearance operation.
The commander later conducted Adefisoye round the camp and explained to him its strategic security importance.
Although Abubakar said that the camp was a military barrack, he, however, added that it also housed the police and other paramilitary agencies like DSS, Immigration, NDLEA and the NSCDC.
Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Nigerian Army offers free medical services to Kogi residents
The Nigerian Army on Monday offered free medical services to the residents of Irepene and Idodenge communities in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi.
Maj. Gen. Bamidele Ogunkale, the Commander, Command Army Records (CARs), while monitoring the exercise at Irepene, told journalists that the gesture was part of activities for the ongoing Field Training Exercise, tagged ” Ayem Akpatuma 11,” in the state.
Ogunkale commended the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for the initiative and for giving the needed support since the exercise began on Nov. 1, saying the military had recorded an appreciable success.
The commander, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, CARs, Brig.-Gen. Ayobambo Orukotan, said that the medical service was a civil- military cooperation to assist the residents of the neighbouring communities where the military Super Camps were sited.
”In that spirit, the Nigerian Army Women’s Corps (NAWC) were sent down here to participate in the exercise in collaboration with CARs to offer free medical treatment and give free drugs to patients,” he said.
The commander noted that the exercise “Ayem Akpatuma 11” had recorded a huge success, noting that the military were able to flush out criminals from their hideouts and rid some areas of bandits across Kogi.
He added that the military had also helped to curtail violence during the last Saturday election, while reaffirming the determination of the military to curtail and reduce criminality to the barest minimum in the state.
Also speaking, Lt. Col. Susan Dibal, the Coordinator, Women Special Operations Battalion, NAWC, Giri, said the women corps was collaborating with headquarters CARs for civil-military relations to offer free medical treatment to people.
”We have to say thank you to our peculiar father, the COAS, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who had built women corps and for making women what they are today in the Army.
”The women corps is here to support the medical outreach for the vulnerable women and children including men,” she said.
Dibal also thanked the Commander CARs for making it possible for the NAWC to work together to have the medical outreach.
On his part, the Medical Officer, CARs, Capt. Nurudeen Saka, said doctors would check blood pressure, random blood sugar for diabetes, immunisation for children, mosquito net to pregnant women and free drugs as the case may be.
He noted those that could be treated would be counseled appropriately to go the nearest hospital or come down to the military hospital for treatment.
He said that malaria and malnutrition were common ailments among the residents, and the pregnant women also lacked antenatal care.
A physically challenged mother, Mrs Ife Azeez, whose child was diagnosed of a chronic jaundice, thanked the army for promising to take the child for treatment.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the residents of Irepene and some neighboring communities, trooped out in their large numbers to benefit from the free medical services.
Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi and Abdullahi Yusuf
Bandits attack Zamfara community kill 14, injure 10
Zamfara Police Command on Monday confirmed the killing of 14 persons and injuring of 10 others by bandits in Karaye village of Gummi Local Government Area.
A statement issued to newsmen in Gusau by the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Muhammad Shehu said the attack occured on Sunday.
According to him, a total of 14 persons were killed, 10 others sustained gun shot injuries while some houses were set ablaze.
Shehu recalled that on Nov. 3, some meembers of local vigilantes, known as “Yan sakai in Bardoki village, attacked and killed nine Fulanis under the suspicion that they were bandits.
He said on receiving the report, the command arrested 11 members of the vigilantes suspected of actively participating in the killing of the fulanis.
The command’s spokesman said Sunday’s attack might have been a reprisal of the Nov. 3 incident.
“The incident is being investigated by the State CID Gusau and all the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution in order to serve as deterrent to others.
“However, combined teams attached to Operation puff Adder, men of Operation Hadarin-Daji and vigilantes led by the DPO Gummi mobilised to the scene and embarked on extensive bush combing with a view to trailing and arresting the perpetrators.
“Corpses and injured victims were conveyed to the General Hospital Gummi for autopsy and treatment, ” he explained.
He added that discreet investigation into the incident was ongoing and whoever was involved will be prosecuted.
“The command calls on members of the public to desist from taking laws into their hands as it will not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of person that tries to sabotage the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the state”, he said.
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed
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