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Court order against COAS, others, invitation to chaos – Coalition

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Court order against COAS, others, invitation to chaos – Coalition

The Coalition for Truth and Justice has slammed court orders against the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Yahaya Faruk, and other heads of security agencies, warning that the trend is an invitation to chaos.

The group, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja, said the trend, if not checked, will distract the security agencies from their constitutional duties.

According to Barrister Timothy Charles, National president of the Coalition, the speed with which these pronouncements are made is suspicious and a reason to tread carefully at this critical point of the country’s existence.

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“A situation where various courts in the country would issue orders remanding heads of security agencies in prison custody is indeed a mockery of our judicial system.

“The judicial arm of government must come to terms with the reality on the ground to understand that such actions can heat the polity and make the country a laughing stock before the international community.

“We recall that the Inspector General of Police and the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ere ordered to be remanded in prison custody for failing to obey court orders even though the reason for the declaration defeats common sense.

“The recent order for the arrest of the Chief of Army Staff by a Federal High Court sitting in Minna, Niger state, again brings to the fore the attempt at undermining heads of security agencies in the country.

“It is more worrisome that the court ordered that the Chief of Army Staff be kept in Minna correctional custody for contentions of court order on October 12, 2022, meaning that the COAS is to remain in custody till he has been purged of the contempt,” he said.

Charles further noted that considering that the charge could be an invitation for chaos, this is he more reason why the judicial arm of government must be circumspect in issuing orders that amount to a systematic humiliation of the Office of the Chief of Army Staff.

“As incredible as this might sound, we might be tempted to think that the court has now become a medium with which the enemies of Nigeria intend to use to distract the head of security agencies in the country from the onerous task at hand.

“A peep into the activities of the Chief of Army Staff would reveal that such distractions do not augur well for the efforts at addressing the security challenges in the country.

“This is also on the heels that the Nigerian Army is actively involved in internal security operations across the country and prosecuting the war against terrorism in parts of the country.

“This is indeed an act of judicial reckless behaviour that stakeholders must discourage due to the consequences of such actions in the polity.

“The Judiciary must wake up from this slumber at the risk of being accused of assisting criminal elements to distract and destabilize our security agencies,” Charles said.

The group, therefore, said that the actions of the judiciary were not only well thought but counterproductive, especially in the face of security threats capable of bringing the country to its knees.

“As a group, we expect the Judiciary to initiate processes that would see to the speedy conviction of criminal elements that are standing trial and not look for avenues to undermine the efforts of security agencies at addressing the security challenges in the country.

“Therefore, we condemn in its entirety, this new passion of the Judiciary as it does not augur well for the overarching interest of the country.

“The Judiciary must retrace its steps and not engage in unwholesome practices that demean the security agencies in Nigeria,” the statement added.

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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.

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