Nigerian troops prevent suicide bombers from IDPS as Theater commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Hassan Umaru visit Dalori Village after Boko Haram attacks.
It has come to the notice of the Defence Headquarters that Boko Haram, in their desperation to cause colossal havoc, have now devised a new method where they dress like mad persons to gain unsuspecting access to public areas to detonate bombs.
However, the aircraft could not be deployed to the theatre of operation before now due to the inherent weapon delivery deficiency hence its limited use for training purposes. The urgent need, in recent times, to commit more NAF platforms to OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE to enhance the success of the counter insurgency operation necessitated the Service to look inward to seek ways of achieving its drive for self reliance through research and development.
The public will recall our earlier warning of this type of campaign of calumny against the Nigerian Army and the Chief of Army Staff. This has again reared its ugly head again. Unfortunately, the movement could not get their facts right as has always been the case with people with dubious intents. Contrary to their mischief, it should be noted that General Buratai was Director of Procurement at Defence Headquarters from March 2014 to May 2015, not from 2012 to 2015 as they wished to mislead the public. Furthermore, there is the need to educate the ignorant group that, Defence Procurement in Nigeria is decentralised; each Service is responsible for its procurement. It is advisable for the group to look elsewhere if they want to attack the Chief of Army Staff. For the avoidance of doubt, the Chief of Army Staff has never been involved in any questionable act throughout his career as military officer let alone when he was at the DHQ.
In the application, Dasuki is praying for an order of court prohibiting the Federal Government from further prosecuting him on the N19 billion alleged fraud or any other charge or seeking any form of indulgence before any court in the country, until the order admitting him to bail is obeyed. He also wants an order discharging him of all the offenses contained in the charge on ground that the charge cannot not lawfully prosecuted by a government that is in brazen disobedient of a lawful court order. Alternatively, the ex NSA prays for an order staying further proceedings in the charge until he has exhausted the remedies available to him in law for the enforcement of his right to liberty as preserved by the bail order granted him.
He reiterated that the Nigeria Police Force places a high value on the preservation of human life and believed that the prevention of crime is its number one operational priority and will therefore involve the community in the delivery of these services. He added that Police operational response will result to an improved quality of life for citizens.
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has directed all officers of the Nigerian Army who have not declared their assets to do so immediately.
The trial judge said: "I am worried that the accused is not here. I do not want to set a bad precedent. Except the court gives express order for the defendant not to be in court, the accused must be brought to court from wherever he is. The accused must be here because I am not sure if what I am doing right now in the absence of the accused is not an illegality.@ "Government and whoever is concerned must endeavour to do the necessary thing. The accused having been formally charged in court, must be produced in court for trial on the appointed days in compliance with provisions of the law."
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has observed with dismay the unpatriotic attacks on the nation’s economic lifeline in the Niger Delta. These attacks were carried out by some criminal elements who are bent on destroying the nation’s strategic assets which will no longer be tolerated.
Widows of Nigerian soldiers who larmy-cap-bootost their lives while fighting Boko Haram terrorists, have called on wives of Service Chiefs to impress on their husbands and the government to intervene in prompts payment of salaries and allowances of their deceased husbands.