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Centre graduates 65 troops for peace keeping mission to Mali

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Centre graduates 65 troops for peace keeping mission to Mali

Centre graduates 65 troops for peace keeping mission to Mali

Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peace Keeping Centre (MLAILPKC) in Jaji, Kaduna State, has graduated 65 troops, to be deployed for peace keeping mission in Mali.

Newsmen reports that the troops form Nigerian Medical Contingent 9 Level II Hospital for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (NIMED 9 MINUSMA).

The Chief of Operations, Army Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Olufemi Akinjobi, said while addressing the troops on Friday in Jaji, that they should avoid conduct capable of tarnishing Nigeria’s image as they discharged their duties.

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He said the troops should avoid sexual exploitation, adhere to rules of engagement, observe human rights and respect for diversity in the operating environment.

Akinjobi, represented by Brig.-Gen. Bayode Adetoro, the Director, Peace Support Operations, Army Headquarters, said deployment of troops for peace keeping mission was part of Nigeria’s contributions to global peace and security.

He said it was also to ensure security and stability in Africa, especially the West African Sub-Region, through collective security and contributing to international peace and security.

“This is our central overall objective of National Defence Policy; therefore, participating in peace support operations is one specific task of the Armed Forces in realising the objectives,” he said.

Akinjobi noted that since 1960, Nigeria had deployed over 200,000 peacekeepers to 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa and across the world.

He explained that the peacekeepers, alongside others from around the world, helped to pursue the common course of humanity, assisted nations in distress, justified the presence and continuation of UN’s work as the most indispensable organisations.

Akinjobi further said that as a prerequisite, member states had the responsibility for the delivery of pre-deployment training for its personnel prior to UN operations.

He said the training was expected to provide the essential knowledge required by all peacekeeping personnel to function effectively in UN peacekeeping operations.

“The focus is to offer a shared understanding of the basic principles, guidelines and policies of UN peacekeeping to guide peacekeeping personnel as they carry out critical tasks to assist countries in the transition from conflict to peace,” he said.

Akinjobi urged them to deploy the skills they acquired during the pre-deployment training to save lives in the mission area, adding that the focus of contemporary UN peacekeeping was the comprehensive protection of civilians in conflict.

Earlier, the Commandant, of MLAILPKC, Maj.-Gen. Auwal Fagge, said the three weeks intensive training given to the troops was in line with the UN pre-deployment modules and guidelines.

He said the Centre’s mandate was to be responsible for providing quality training for troops earmarked for peace support operations, prepare them for the multidimensional challenges in contemporary peacekeeping environments which had become very dynamic and complex.

“The mission’s specific training received by the unit is meant to provide the troops with requisite skills to enable them to operate under the prevailing conditions in Mali in the most professional manner,” he said.

Fagge further said that troops went through phases of pre-deployment training which included training involving weapon trainings, basic military skills, protection of civilians, child protection and sexual exploitation and abuse.

He said at the final phase, the training involved the core medical and integrated training which brought together all the theoretical and practical lessons to enhance decision making within the unit and visualisation of the real mission conditions.

NAN reports that high point of the event was the practical demonstration of evacuating and treatment of wounded troops while in peacekeeping operations.

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Military making operational adjustment to protect farmers – DHQ

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Military making operational adjustment to protect farmers – DHQ

By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Defence Headquarters says operational adjustments have been made by the military to prioritise protection for farmers to ensure a successful rainy season farming.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, made this known on Friday in Abuja while giving updates on the operations of the armed forces.

Buba said the armed forces had intensified intelligence collection effort targeted at hunting terrorists and striking them where they may be hiding and hibernating.

He said the aim was to eliminate the terrorists and the infrastructure that supports their activities.

According to him, troops will continue to employ significant firepower to neutralise terrorists and disrupt their activities across the country.

“Winning the war against the terrorist is non-negotiable,” he said.

Buba said the troops had, in different operations, neutralised 220, apprehended 395 suspects and rescued 202 kidnapped hostages in the last one week.

He added that troops recovered 432 assorted weapons and 9,004 assorted ammunition comprising three PKT guns, one G3 rifle, 83 AK47 rifles and 18 locally-fabricated guns.

Also recovered were 16 dane guns, 14 RPG bombs, one RPG launcher, two tear gas launchers, 234 smoke grenades and one bandolier.

Others include 5,893 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 2,064 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 401 rounds of 9mm ammo, 200 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 154 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 195 live cartridges, and 17 magazines.

In the North-East, Buba said, the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 83 terrorists, arrested 98 suspects and rescued 61 kidnappers hostages.

Assorted arms were also recovered, he added.

In the North-Central, troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke neutralised 37 insurgents, arrested 102 violent extremists and rescued 113 kidnapped hostages, he said.

In the North-West, Buba said the troops of Operations Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch, neutralised 78 terrorists, arrested 103 terrorists and rescued 68 kidnapped hostages.

Buba said the troops of Operation Delta Safe in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 105 illegal refining sites with 51 dugout pits, 38 boats and 51 storage tanks.

He said the troops also recovered 215 cooking ovens, two speedboats, 44 drums, three tug boats, three barges, four wheelbarrows, one outboard engine, 15 vehicles, three motorcycles and six mobile phones.

According to him, troops recovered 1.09 million litres of stolen crude oil, 1.1 million litres of illegally refined AGO, 27,350 litres of DPK and 150 litres of PMS.

“Troops also arrested 55 perpetrators of oil theft and denied the oil thieves an estimated sum of N1.8 billion,” he said.

In the South-East, Buba said the troops of Operation UDO KA neutralised 22 terrorists, arrested 37 violent extremists, rescued 15 kidnapped hostages and also recovered a large cache of arms.

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NAF Set to Establish Permanent Base in Abia State, Boosting Security and Development

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NAF Set to Establish Permanent Base in Abia State, Boosting Security and Development

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is set to establish a permanent presence in Abia State, bolstering security and development in the region. This was announced after a meeting between Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, and Governor Alex Otti on June 7, 2024.

The NAF base will not only enhance airspace security but also provide support in emergency response, disaster management, and community development initiatives. The establishment of the base is timely, as the Federal Government has approved the construction of an air strip in the State, which will accommodate the NAF base.

Governor Otti praised the development, promising temporary facilities and resources for immediate operationalization. He also increased the bounty for information on those responsible for the killing of soldiers in May 2024 from N25 million to N30 million.

The presence of NAF in Abia State is expected to bolster the efforts of other security agencies, ensuring sustainable growth, development, and prosperity for the people of Abia State.

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Military restates commitment to defending Nigeria’s sovereignty, says its not involved in aiding terrorism

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The Armed Forces of Nigeria has restated its commitment to defend the sovereignty of Nigeria while protecting the lives and properties of the citizens against all odds. In a statement responding to a weighty allegation made by the Governor of Katsina State Governor Dikko Radda, the Defence Headquarters emphasized its subordination to elected government representatives and expressed utmost respect for the relationship between the military and civilian authorities while addressing the claims against the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN). Governor Radda alleged during an interview on the Channels television programme ‘Politics Today’ on April 5, 2024, that the military is aiding and profiting from terrorism activities in Katsina State.

Director Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba said, in light of Governor Radda’s accusations, the AFN chose not to engage in a public dispute but instead encouraged the Governor to present evidence to the military high command to substantiate his claims.

Led by Chief of Defence Staff General Christopher Musa OFR, the AFN has continued to reiterate its commitment to maintaining discipline and combating criminality during operations nationwide. The military stated that it maintains a zero-tolerance policy for indiscipline and misconduct, with standing court martials in place to address any misbehavior that reflects negatively on the military in the eyes of the public.

Despite the allegations, the AFN asserted its focus on its mission and vowed to continue operations and efforts in the fight against terrorism without being deterred. The military reassured the public that it remains steadfast in its duties and urged citizens to take ownership of the Armed Forces while reporting any observed misconduct within the ranks to the appropriate military justice system.

The AFN called upon media outlets to disseminate this information to raise awareness among the public, emphasizing the collaborative effort required to uphold the integrity and effectiveness of the Nigerian military.

Military restates commitment to defending Nigeria’s sovereignty, says its not involved in aiding terrorism

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