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On Tuesday, the Senate asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs as a result of their failure to secure the country. The Senate decision is the third time that it would be passed this year. The motion was moved by Kashim Shettima following their reaction to the recent killings of 43 rice farmers in Borno State by the Boko Haram insurgents. The legislators asked Buhari to replace the security chiefs with the new...

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By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz, Regional Correspondent The minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has received the first batch of three training aircraft for the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, Zaria. Mr Sirika, who disclosed this on his Twitter handle (@handisirika) on Sunday, added that there was no better aviation safety than having well trained, proficient aviators. According to him, training will now be more efficient, faster and cheaper. “Our roadmap is yielding good result. We appreciate...

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By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz, Regional Correspondent The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in Yola, Kebbi, has acquired 10 heavy trucks from the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to enhance its operational efficiency. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar inaugurated the vehicles on Friday at the NAF base,Yola. Abubakar, represented by NAF Chief of Logistics, AVM Aminu Yakubu, said that the vehicles were procured from the NCS through auction. “The vehicles after the purchase...

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By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz, Regional Correspondent The Nigerian Army has inducted eight units of locally made combat vehicles Mine-Resistant, Ambush–Protected (MRAP), also called `EZUGWU’’ into Operations Lafiya Dole and Sahel Sanity. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai who made this known at the inauguration of the vehicles in Kaduna, said the equipment has aided military operations against bandits and Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the North East. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the...

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The Nigerian Air force is seeking for an increase in budgetary allocation to fund newly established units of the force. Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff who appeared before the House Committee on Air Force on Friday to present the 2020 budget performance demanded for an improved budgetary allocation in 2021. Defending the 2021 budget, the marshal noted that in spite of the expansion in the force with the creation of 11...

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The Nigerian Army has said the newly-launched Exercise Crocodile Smile VI has nothing to do with the ongoing ENDSARS protests across the country. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, indicated this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Musa emphasised that the exercise is a yearly event set out to train officers and men in its efforts to ensure safety and security of Nigeria and its citizens. “It is a yearly exercise...

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In August, jihadists in Niger killed six French aid workers and two Nigeriens just outside of the capital, Niamey. Terrorist attacks have increased by 250 percent over the last two years in Africa’s Sahel region, according to the State Department. To help counter the threat of terrorism and build the capacity of African militaries, the U.S. government spends over $1.5 billion a year on security assistance to the African continent. Does this support work? Reliable security cooperation and assistance data are...

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By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz, Regional Correspondent A Court-Martial sitting in 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, in Maiduguri has sentenced a soldier found guilty of assault and rape to five years in prison. He has also been dismissed as the second punishment for the two-count charges of defilement and assault for which he was arraigned. The soldier, identified as Corporal Aliyu Yakubu committed the offence on July 1, 2018, in Bama, where he was serving under...

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By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz, Regional Correspondent Governor Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir of Bauchi State has proposed to Nigerian Army to consider relocating the 33 Armour Brigade Bauchi to a different location along Ningi road in order to pave way for more township expansion in Bauchi. The governor said the current location of the Brigade within Bauchi metropolis has altered the State’s master plan and has blocked rapid expansion of the metropolis. He said the location of the...

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Recent media reports claim that a covert Kenyan paramilitary team is responsible for the unconstitutional killing of terror suspects in nighttime raids. The reports are based on interviews with US and Kenyan diplomatic and intelligence officials. The team was trained, armed and supported by US and British intelligence officers. It has been reported that since 2004, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) programme has been operational in Kenya without public scrutiny. For its part, the British...

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