Summary The spokesperson for the Defence Headquarters, Chris Olukolade, on Monday said the Nigerian military was preparing to embark on actions that would enable it to regain the Damboa area of Borno State, which it lost to the extremist Boko Haram sect. In his speech, Mr. Omeri advised Nigerians to disregard alleged threats by some Kano lawyers who warned non-northerners to move out of the area within two weeks or face consequences. "The citizens of Nigeria have right to live anywhere within the territory," Mr. Omeri said.
Summary LAGOS--The Nigerian Army yesterday in Lagos said it was undertaking a number of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency measures with a view to combating the security challenges confronting the country, saying it had adopted a new approach known as "Manoeuverist' approach to warfare." Commander, Corps of Engineers, Major-General Funsho Owonibi, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the 'Operations Planning Cadre', organised by the 81 Division, at 65 Battalion, Victoria Island, said some of the measures included the establishment of bomb disposal squadrons in all divisional headquarters, establishment of canine units as well as the establishment of the Lessons Learnt at Army headquarters and civil-military relations up to divisional levels. According to him, the response to the scourge of insecurity had been robust and holistic to match the fight against terrorism and other forms of security challenges in the country, noting "such measures have yielded apparent effectiveness as the operations of the various task forces all over the country are being complemented by the careful siting of Forward Operations Bases (FOB) and highly mobile Quick Reaction Groups (QRG) to deny terrorists freedom of action.
Summary The Nigerian Army has said some hotels and markets in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, were shut down because they failed to put in place counter-Improvised, Explosive Devices, IEDs, measures. It would be recalled that in the aftermath of the Banex Plaza bombing, which claimed scores of lives and damaged property, security agencies in the FCT directed business concerns, plazas, markets and shopping centres to put in place measures to counter such attacks. Reacting to the development, Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Olajide Laleye, said: "The Nigerian Army conducted a vulnerability survey of the Federal Capital Territory and asked certain high risk spots to emplace a series of counter-IED measures. "They refused and, as such, they have been shut until they comply.
Summary When Islamist militants raided the northeastern Nigerian village of Izghe in February, killing 90 people, some government troops dropped their weapons, stripped off their uniforms and fled, two soldiers who were there said. "Most people want jobs, and if that job is to join the army, fine, it's a source of employment. But when the reality of military service comes, he drops his rifle and runs away," Minimah said. The defence ministry said last month that the troops' pay was cut temporarily because of a delay in the release of funds by the finance ministry, and they would receive their full salaries.