Sabotage: Nabbed Boko Haram Commander Exposes Activities of NGOs in North-East
The Nigerian Army (NA), through the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, has once again received disturbing reports indicating that the war against Boko Haram terrorists is being sabotaged by some stakeholders operating in the North East.
This unfortunate development came to the fore with the arrest of a high profile Boko Haram Terrorist Commander one Mohammed Modu, – (an Amir in the Abubakar Shekau’s faction) by troops of 251Task Force Battalion Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Sunday the 26 of May 2019.
Preliminary investigations conducted so far, have revealed that the Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram has been receiving so called “humanitarian support” of food and drugs supplies from some Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating in the North East Theatre.
In the light of these disturbing disclosures, especially as it pertains to serious security breaches by NGOs providing logistics support to terrorists, the NA strongly warns the affected agencies to desist from compromising Nigeria’s national security and war efforts against terrorism and operate in accordance with the extant rules and regulations guiding the operations of humanitarian aid workers, and in line with the guidelines and procedures of International Humanitarian Laws as well as the Laws of Armed Conflict.
The NA wishes to remind the NGOs in the North East and members of the public at large that similar concerns were raised on this same issue previously. Thus, the NA will no longer tolerate such acts of sabotage inimical to the fight against terrorism by any organisation or agency, and will not hesitate to sanction any such recalcitrant organization as appropriate.
Acting Director Public Relations
29 May 2019
Nigerian Army, Rivers University Partner on Innovation
In line with the year 2019 Nigerian Army Forecast of Events, the Chief of Transformation and Innovation (Army), Major General FO Agugo, has concluded a Sensitization visit to 6 Division NA between the 20th to 25th of May 2019. He used the opportunity to visit some educational/research institutions in the South-South geo-politcal zone, including a visit to Federal University Otuoke in Bayelsa State and the Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO) of the Rivers State University, Port-Harcourt.
During his visit to the Rivers State University, Maj Gen Agugo briefed the Vice Chancellor Professor BC Didia that the visit is in line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen TY Buratai, especially as it relates to compliance and adherence to local content policy in all aspects of procurement and execution of projects in the NA. Hence, the Department of Tranformation and Innovation went on a scheduled innovation drive visit to interact with intellectuals in the South South geo-politcal zone.
He expressed the COAS desire to ensure that most of NA equipment, rations and products are locally produced and supplied in line with the Local Content Policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Maj Gen Agugo also solicited for the University’s cooperation and collaboration in research efforts so that his department could be granted access to technical products the NA could adapt for military purposes.
In his response, the Vice Chancellor Prof Didia welcomed the NA delegates and declared that a formal channel of relationship and communication has therefore been established.
He went further to grant the Director IPTTO of the University, Prof (Mrs) Eme Orlu- authority to share knowledge in any area of interest with the NA representatives.
Acting Director Army Public Relations
29 May 2019