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Nigerian Army Fetes 62 Retired Generals

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Nigerian Army Fetes 62 Retired Generals

Nigerian Army Fetes 62 Retired Generals

The Nigerian Army on Saturday, treated 62 retired and retiring generals to a regimental dinner and awards to honour them for their 35 years of meritorious service to the nation.

The senior officers comprising 24 major generals and 38 brigadier generals are those who retired or due for retirement within 2022.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. lucky Irabor, said the event signified the beginning of a process for the retired and retiring senior officers who would transit into another phase of life that would be slightly differently from what they were used to.

Irabor said the officers deserved to be appreciated and honoured by the nation, adding that the event was a representation of national honors to them.

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He said that a lot of changes had occurred in the context of welfare and administration in the armed forces, urging them to ensure that they make themselves happy in retirement

“So let me on that note, wish everyone of you the very best in retirement.

“We want to hear good testimonies about you and we will also appreciate that you do not forget the constituency that made you this past three and half decades.

“Like I said to you guys there is no engagement that would take your time and energy for as long as you live that will be demanding of you the way the armed forces have demanded of you, and of course the army in particular.

“And so it behooves on you to be the ambassadors of the armed forces, to change the orientation of many who do not know us.

“Remain our testifiers as to the uniqueness of the value that we bring to bear within the defence and security architecture of this nation.

“I would like to urge you to please keep up that spirit so that together we will continue to add value to our work,” he said.

Irabor commended the Army Headquarters for honouring its retired personnel for their services to the nation and the armed forces in particular.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, said the regimental dinner was organised to acknowledge and appreciate the contributions and sacrifices of the senior officers to their fatherland in the past 35 years.

Yahaya said the officers had operated and traversed the gamut of the country and theatres of operations, as well as other countries where they had contributed to peace and security.

According to him, this is a celebration of life to appreciate and thank them, having served the noble profession of the arms and retiring in one piece after 35 years.

He urged them to be good ambassadors of the army and be ready to continue to be useful to the nation, adding that they were better positioned to help propagate and sell the army in good light.

He urged them to continue to deploy their expertise and competences in support of the service, adding that the army had opened avenues to engage retired officers willing to deliver their skills and competencies.

“As we speak, we have some of the retired officers at Army Resource Center, Nigerian Defence Academy, Nigerian Army School of Artillery, School of Infantry and across board.

“We are willing and ready to engage you because we know the quality of what was invested in you and what you can deliver and what you have delivered when you were serving,” he said.

Yahaya also appreciated the spouses of the retired officers for the support and sacrifices they made while their husbands were busy serving the nation.

He also advised them to continue make themselves useful by getting themselves engaged in profitable ventures in retirement.

The Chief of Administration (Army) Maj.-Gen. Ogbe Ali, said the event was first held in 2021 to appreciate retired and retiring generals, adding that similar events were being organised at formations level for colonels and below, as well as soldiers.

Ali said the 2022 ooccasion was a continuation of that innovation and the 2nd in the series to celebrate 62 generals of the Nigerian army that retired during the year.

According to him, the ceremony is equally unique as it ushers them into the end of the year and the Christmas season.

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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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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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