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Nigerian Army retires, replaces 53 units’ colours, issues 28 new ones

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Nigerian Army retires, replaces 53 units’ colours, issues 28 new ones

Nigerian Army retires, replaces 53 units’ colours, issues 28 new ones

The Nigerian Army on Thursday conducted a historic trooping and presentation of colours parade, retiring and replacing 53 units’ regimental colours and issued 28 new ones for newly established units.

The ceremony was conducted by the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, in line with military tradition across the globe.

Historically, the British colonial authority was the first to issue the first colours to then Nigerian Recruitment Training Centre, now Depot Nigerian Army located in Zaria, which was established on Aug. 1, 1924, under the command of Maj. Hassar, then a British Officer.

According to the Nigerian history, there is difference between normal flags and military colours.

“Presentation of colours is a rallying point for troops and match location of the commanders in a better view.

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“Eligibility of units to receive colours is another milestone as colours are regarded with great reverence.

“Regimental colours are awarded to formations and units after their formation and are retired when the formation or unit becomes defunct as a result of organization or structural changes.

“Colours are retired ceremoniously where the entire parade will give a final compliment to the colours.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that trooping and presentation of colours parade is conducted when retiring the old colours of a regiment/unit and presenting the regiment/unit with a new one.

It entails marching/trooping the old colours past the formed up soldiers of the regiment/unit, retiring the colours, presenting the new colours to the regiment/unit and then consecrating the new colours.

It is usually conducted once in 15 to 20 years as desired by country’s armed forces but the last time such a parade was conducted in Nigeria was in 2007 when 32 units/regiments were issued with new colours.

While commenting on the event, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, who was is anchor of the event, said that colours of several units in the army had either been damaged or worn out since 2007.

Nwachukwu said that several units had also been established an operationalised and deserving of new colours.

According to him, these factors necessitated the approval by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, for the conduct of the 2023 trooping and presentation of colours parade.

NAN reports that the event involved trooping and retiring of old colours, presentation of new colours, march past, blessing of the colours by the spiritual leaders from the army and presentation of commemorative coin among others.

The event was also graced by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, members of the federal executive council, traditional rulers, services chiefs and members of the diplomatic community. 

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VIO Mayors Launch Safety Drive Against Reckless Driving

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) is launching “Operation Safety Drive” in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to curb reckless driving and reduce road accidents.

Dr. Yusuf Suberu, Squadron Leader of the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) Mayors of the Federation, announced this initiative in an interview with o24news on Sunday in Abuja. The program will enforce traffic regulations, conduct vehicle inspections, and educate motorists on safe driving practices.

Suberu stated that driver actions contribute to 94% of all Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs). The program aims to address this by focusing on drivers’ behaviors such as speeding and inattention.

As part of the safety drive, VIO mayors will deploy inspection teams to major highways and intersections to monitor traffic law compliance. Violating motorists will face penalties, including fines, license suspensions, and mandatory safety seminars.

The VIO mayors will collaborate with local communities and stakeholders to promote road safety awareness and encourage responsible driving habits. Suberu emphasized the collective responsibility for safety and urged motorists to support the initiative.

Running from August 1 to December 31, the initiative will be monitored and adjusted as needed. The aim is to significantly reduce road crashes and enhance safety for all FCT road users.

O24news reports that VIO mayors are volunteers assisting professional traffic managers in the 36 states and FCT to ease traffic challenges through a volunteerism approach.

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263 Boko Haram Terrorists, Families Surrender to Multinational Joint Task Force

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263 Boko Haram Terrorists, Families Surrender to Multinational Joint Task Force

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) combating insurgency in the Lake Chad region has announced that 263 Boko Haram terrorists and their families have surrendered to its troops. This information was disclosed in a statement by Lt.-Col. Abubakar Abdullahi, Chief Military Public Information Officer of MNJTF, based in N’djamena, Chad.

Lt.-Col. Abdullahi revealed that the surrenders occurred between July 11 and July 17, 2024, during the ongoing Operation Lake Sanity II. The wave of surrenders initially began on July 1, when five terrorists gave themselves up to MNJTF troops in Wulgo, located on the Nigeria-Cameroon border. Preliminary reports indicate these individuals originated from Tumbuma and Kutumgulla in Marte Local Government Area (LGA), Nigeria.

On the same day, 50-year-old Malum Kori Bukar escaped from the Jibilaram hideout and surrendered to the troops. Additionally, on July 11, 19 terrorists surrendered in the village of Madaya in extreme North Cameroon, and another 11 surrendered in Wulgo from the Tumbuma hideout in two waves.

The following day, July 12, 64 individuals, including 6 adult males, 20 women, and 38 children, surrendered in Bonderi, Cameroon. Moreover, on July 13, 27 terrorists surrendered.

Lt.-Col. Abdullahi noted that preliminary investigations revealed all surrendered individuals were from Nigerian communities. As a result, they have been handed over to the troops of Operation HADIN KAI for further action.

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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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