I’ll ensure well-resourced, fit-for-purpose military – Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu says he will do everything within his constitutional powers to ensure that the Nigerian military is well-resourced and fit-for-purpose in the duties of protecting the nation.

Tinubu, represented by Mohammed Badaru, minister of defence, spoke on Friday during the graduation of participants of the National Defence College (NDC) Course 31 in Abuja.

Tinubu said the Nigerian armed forces represent one of the finest institutions that the nation could be proud of.

He added that the government would continue to appreciate the sacrifice and patriotism of the gallant men and women of the military.

The president congratulated the commandant and college management team for working hard to grow and empower such a crop of strategic leaders.

He said the college has continued to produce military and civilian leaders who are intellectually sound, courageous, patriotic and of high integrity.

Tinubu added that the college’s unique style of consolidated knowledge through a broad thematic area has helped in finding sustainable solutions to national security and development problems in Africa and beyond.

He expressed confidence that the graduates of course 31 would bring the knowledge, expertise and skills acquired during the course to help in finding solutions to current and emerging security and developmental challenges in the country.

“Our dear country is faced with a plethora of challenges, including insecurity, social economic hiccups, climate change and migratory issues, ‘the so-called Japa syndrome,” NAN quotes Tinubu as saying.

“We are confronted by systematic corruption, crude oil theft, reduced national productivity, weak infrastructure, weak revenue base, and rising domestic and external debt among others.

“Those challenges demand creative and purposeful driving leadership to mitigate.

“Since coming into office, I have rolled up my sleeves myself to confront and address them frontally and we shall overcome with the special grace of God.

“I must admit that those challenges will require the deployment of knowledge and insight you have acquired from this college.”

The president said he rejigged the leadership of the armed forces and police among others to usher in a fresh perspective to deal with the security challenges in the country.

He asked the participants to go back to their respective services and agencies and align with the visions of the new leadership.

Tinubu said the world is currently faced with myriads of threats such as the disruptive effect of emerging technologies, cyber threats, and unconstitutional change of government in the African sub-region.

He called on the military to help the governments build resilience against the recent spate of the democratic recession in West Africa and build stronger assistance to mitigate all the challenges.

“I am banking on you to provide creative leadership solutions towards addressing those national, regional and global challenges,” he added.

The president also pledged to ensure the completion of the college’s permanent site before the end of his first term to enable the institution to conveniently transmute into a full-fledged defence university.


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Troops arrest terrorists’ logistics suppliers with N3m

Troops of the Nigerian Army in collaboration with Hybrid Force have killed three Boko Haram terrorists in Gwoza Local Government Areas of Borno state.

They were killed during offensive operations conducted on Thursday.

A statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Friday, also said troops arrested five terrorists’ logistic suppliers with 14 bags of rice, 11 bags of biscuits, 14 bags of rice, 46 bags of corn flour, and N3,186,000 among others.

It read, “In a separate sustained operation to rid the North East Nigeria of terrorism and insurgency, combined troops of 192 Battalion and 26 Task Force Brigade Garrison in conjunction with Hybrid Force, on Thursday 7 September 2023, conducted offensive operations within the general areas of Gobara, Ambaga and Madachi in Gwoza Local Government Areas of Borno State.

During the operations, troops neutralized 3 Boko Haram Terrorists and recovered one AK 47 rifle, one Beretta Pistol, 17 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition, 4 rounds of 9 mm Ammunition and a Dane Gun.

“Similarly, combined troops of 231 Battalion and 331 Artillery Regiment, while mounting a Stop and Search operation along Biu – Maiduguri road intercepted five BHT logistics suppliers and recovered two vehicles conveying 20 bags of maize, 11 bags of soya beans, 11 bags of biscuits, 14 bags of rice, 46 bags of corn flours and the sum of N3,186,000 only. Suspects are currently in custody helping with further investigation.”

He also said troops in collaboration with NSCDC and Tantita operatives raided and destroyed six illegal oil camps in Imo and Delta states.

The statement read, “Operatives of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp in synergy with TANTITA Security conducting Anti Oil Theft Operations in Southern Nigeria, have intensified the fight against criminals sabotaging Nigeria’s oil sector, as troops of 34 Artillery Brigade on Thursday 7 September 2023 uncovered and destroyed two revamped oil bunkering camps in Egbema West of Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

“The troops completely shut down the operation of the illegal refining site containing 44 drum ovens, three reservoirs of estimated 30,000 Litres capacity of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil and 53 sacks of AGO. ”

The statement added, “Additionally, troops of 3 Battalion in conjunction with members of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as TANTITA Security Services also destroyed 4 active illegal refining camps in Opumami Community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State. The anti-oil theft operatives destroyed three wooden boats, six ovens, six reservoirs, 11 drums containing illegally refined AGO, one large reservoir loaded with stolen crude oil, 38 sacks of stolen crude oil and two tapping hoses. “


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