The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, has inaugurated a Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Delta Safe, code named Operation Octopus Grip, in Bayelsa, as part of efforts to tackle illegal activities of vandals in the Niger Delta region.
The inauguration held in Nembe Bassambiri NDDC jetty, in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa, on Wednesday.
In his address of welcome, Irabor, said the operations were aimed at curtailing numerous security threats currently bedeviling Nigeria and encumbering her national security.
Irabor, who was represented by Maj.-Gen. M.A Yekini, Chief of Defence Training and Operation, said “I came up with a vision which is to foster a professional armed forces capable of effectively meeting constitutional imperatives.
“So far, the DHQ is currently conducting several operations aimed at addressing identified security threats across the various geo-political zones of Nigeria.
“These operations are Operation WHIRL STROKE in the North Central, HADARIN DAJI in the North West, SAFE HAVEN in the North Central, AWATSE in the South West, HADIN KAI in the North East and DELTA SAFE in the South South.
“Operation Delta Safe is peculiar and was established in the Niger Delta to curb crude oil theft and other illegal activities in the region.
“Accordingly, the JTF Operation Delta Safe was mandated to protect oil and gas infrastructures, deter and prevent militancy, sea robbery, crude oil theft and other forms of criminality within the joint operations area that could impact negatively on the region’s economic activities.
“In achieving its mandate, JTF Operation Delta Safe had conducted several kinetic and non-kinetic operations which had yielded positive results in checkmating crude oil theft and illegal oil refineries in the Niger Delta.
“Operations conducted by the JTF Operation Delta Safe include Operations ACCORD I and ACCORD II, among others.
“This had contributed in no small measure to secure our oil and gas infrastructures towards maintaining a steady oil production from the region.
“These operations have also yielded positive results in curtailing the activities of pipeline vandals, kidnapping, sea piracy, communal violence and other criminal activities in the region.
“Notwithstanding the numerous achievements, there was need to build on successes achieved so far and persevere in the face of emerging security threats, through the conduct of fresh operations such as Operation Octopus Grip,” he said.
Irabor described Octopus Grip as a necessity to curtail the renewed activities of crude oil theft and illegal refineries affecting Nigeria’s oil production output.
In his remarks, Rear Adm. Aminu Hassan, the Commander JTF, Operation Delta Safe, said that the operation was aimed at creating safe and a secured environment for NNPC oil and gas exploration activities within the OPDS.
He described the objective of the operation as reinforcing and sustaining the successes recorded during Operation Accord two, as well as all other operations conducted by services and other security agencies to improve their operational efforts.
The JTF Commander said that they had recorded a successful conduct of Accord 1 and 2 with tremendous achievements, which could be attributed to the OPDS anti-crude oil theft efforts along with commitment of the IOCs as well as all other stakeholders.
He said that Operation Delta Safe remained resolute in ensuring a better level of protection for the pipelines.
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The Director General of State Services, Mr. Yusuf Bichi, says that the success of the ongoing operations to address insecurity across the country will require mutual cooperation and strong synergy from all stakeholders.
Bichi made the call at the closing of a three-day Defense Headquarters Inter-Agency Cooperation Workshop with the theme: "Strengthening Inter-Agency Cooperation for Sustainable National Security" on Thursday in Abuja.
The head of the DSS, who was represented at the Operation, Mr. Joseph Dashwep, said that concerted efforts between security actors and stakeholders were a key mechanism needed to address insecurity.
According to him, unfortunately, the problems of limits of responsibilities, mutual mistrust, suspicion, unhealthy competition and lack of cooperation, have continued to deal a heavy blow to the cohesion of the nation's security architecture.
“This will continue to have dire consequences for national security unless we become intentional and determined to confront the problem.
“In practical terms, inter-institutional cooperation is simply the joint work of the various components of a substructure towards a common vision and problem resolution.
“It requires, therefore, that the partners involved cooperate in the exchange of relevant information and resources in support of each other's objectives.
“I must state unambiguously that IAC is a vital need of this time.
"This is because it is a foundation on which our National Security Architecture can prevent, mitigate and contain the myriad of threats facing the nation," he said.
Bichi said that positive and productive results can only be guaranteed if the various agencies work together, adding that the complexity and transnational nature of the crimes have made inter-institutional cooperation necessary.
It recommended, among other things, that there should be a positive perception of complementary agencies, cooperation and mutual trust, coherence, as well as a feedback system and constructive criticism.
Bichi also recommended the inclusion of inter-agency cooperation in the core curriculum at all levels of security personnel training on its importance.
He expressed his confidence that the workshop had presented a series of resolutions that could develop institutional frameworks for inter-institutional cooperation.
According to him, the workshop should also have fueled evolving collaborations among security agencies to combat the nation's contemporary security challenges.
Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, said the prevailing security challenges facing the nation require the entire government and the entire society to come together to address them.
Irabor, who was represented by Policies and Defense Plans, AVM Ayo Jolasimi, urged the participants to encourage their organizations to start implementing the recommendations of the workshop.
He promised that the various recommendations will be followed to ensure their implementation within the armed forces and urged all security agencies to show greater commitment to promoting inter-agency cooperation.
In a statement issued at the end of the workshop, the participants recommended that the government must ensure that local government areas can function effectively through official autonomy.
This, according to the statement, will help create a local economy and reduce insecurity in the country.
Participants recommended that the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA) improve the coordination of the established National Fusion Center for effective command and control.
They also want ONSA to develop modalities to integrate the civilian component in joint and combined operations.
“ONSA should convene a special committee to produce a joint training doctrine for security agencies.
“ONSA must ensure that the various security and law enforcement agencies train and retrain their personnel in key competencies and capabilities.
“ONSA should establish a committee to review the NSS to clearly define roles and eliminate conflict, suspicion and mistrust between security agencies.
“DHQ should promote a culture of good civil-military relations, intelligence and information sharing between security agencies and civilians through seminars in national and geopolitical areas of Nigeria.
“ONSA should organize regular capacity-building workshops for members of security agencies to strengthen the knowledge and practice of effective interagency cooperation and create a national mechanism for joint training of security agencies.”
The Defense Headquarters, DHQ, said that the troops killed 49 terrorists and bandits in the theaters of operations, while 863 terrorists surrendered in the last two weeks.
The Director of Defense Media Operations, Gen.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko made this known while providing an update on the operations of the armed forces on Thursday in Abuja.
Onyeuko said that "Operation Hadin Kai" troops neutralized 37 terrorists, arrested 17 and recovered 21 assorted weapons and 117 rounds of ammunition of different calibers.
He added that four armed trucks were seized from the terrorists while 16 kidnapped civilians were rescued within the period.
Onyeuko said that the 863 terrorists and their families, 136 adult men, 251 adult women and 476 children, surrendered to the troops.
He said that they surrendered in different places including Banki, Bama, Dikwa, Gwoza and Gamboru villages in Borno within the period.
“The surrendered terrorists have been properly profiled and handed over to the proper authorities for necessary action.
“Relatively, the Air Component scored devastating hits on the terrorists' stronghold in the village of Arina Chiki in the Lake Chad Basin of Borno State.
“This resulted in the neutralization of dozens of terrorists, while several others escaped with varying degrees of injury.
“This feat was achieved on January 14, when, on the heels of credible intelligence, a NAF platform force package was dispatched to attack the identified location used by terrorists as a bi-weekly meeting place.
“Consequently, NAF platforms eliminated terrorists in successful turns of air strikes,” he said.
On Operation Hadarin Daji, Onyeuko said that the troops eliminated 12 bandits and arrested 15, including their collaborators, within the period.
He added that 16 assorted weapons and 136 ammunition cartridges of different calibers were recovered, as well as 114 stolen animals.
According to him, the troops recovered three extra AK-47 rifle magazines and four motorcycles from the hands of bandits, while in the course of the operations three kidnapped victims were rescued.
Mr. Onyeuko revealed that Operation Safe Haven troops arrested 27 criminal elements and rescued six kidnapped victims at various locations in Plateau and Kaduna states during the period.
He added that in the course of their operations they recovered five weapons and 69 ammunition of different calibers, among other elements of security concern.
The defense operation spokesman further said that Operation Whirl Stroke troops detained five criminals and held peace and security meetings with community and youth leaders and other critical stakeholders.
According to him, this is a non-kinetic means of addressing insecurity.
The Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General. Faruk Yahaya approved the dispatch and appointment of senior Nigerian Army officers in an attempt to revitalize the service.
In a statement from the Director of Public Relations of the Army, Brigadier General. Onyema Nwachukwu in Abuja, those affected in the exercise include commanding general officers and other senior officers.
Mr. Nwachukwu revealed that Major General. Godwin Umelo had been transferred from the Defense Simulation Center to the Defense Headquarters, DHQ, and was appointed Director General of the Office of Defense Research and Development.
He also revealed that Major General. V Ebhaleme was appointed Director of Support Services in the Defense Space Administration while Major General. GB Audu moves to the Nigerian Army Resource Center as Principal Investigator.
Others, according to him, include the former Commander of Army War College Nigeria, Maj.-Gen. Solomon Udounwa, who had been appointed Chief of Special Services / Programs, Army, in the newly established Department of Special Services and Programs at Army Headquarters.
According to him, the major general. MT Durowaiye from the Department of Policies and Plans of the Army Headquarters moves to the Department of Administration of the Army Headquarters (Army) and is appointed Director of the Directorate of Veterans Affairs.
"Major-Gen. AE Attu moved from the Department of Policies and Plans of the Army Headquarters to Training and Defense Operations and was appointed Director of Peacekeeping Operations while Major General. UT Musa moves to Division 81 Headquarters as Commanding General Officer.
"Major-Gen. CU Onwunle had been appointed Director of DHQ Communications; Major-Gen. OO Oluyede moves to 6th Division Headquarters as Commanding General Officer and Major General. LT Omoniyi is moving to the Operations Department of the Army Headquarters as Director of Campaign Planning, ”he said.
Mr. Nwachukwu further revealed that Major General. OJ Akpor had been transferred from the Nigerian Defense Academy to Defense Headquarters as Director of Defense Information while Major General. Abdulwahab Eyitayo moved from the 7th Division to Defense Headquarters as Director of Campaign Planning.
He also said that while Major General. LA Fejokwu had been appointed Director of DHQ Standards and Evaluation, Maj.-Gen. JAL Jimoh was reassigned from the Nigerian Army Artillery School to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command, TRADOC, as Head of Training.
According to him, the major general. HT Wesley is transferred from the Office of the Army Chief of Staff to the Defense Intelligence Agency Headquarters and is appointed Director of Administration and General General. JO Ochai transfers to the Nigerian Army School of Armor as a Commander.
He added that Div. Gral. SG Mohammed was transferred from the 6th Division to the Department of Policies and Plans of the Army Headquarters as Deputy Chief of Policies and Plans, among others.
Other senior officers affected in the reorganization include; Brigadier General. AS Maikano, moving from the Nigerian Army Welfare Insurance Plan to Division 82 and as Division Finance and Accounts Commander.
"Brigadier General. LA Lebo has been appointed Acting Deputy Chief of Training (Links / Integration) while Brigadier General. MO Ihanuwaze was appointed Director of Budget and Accounts (AHQ) and Brig.-Gen. Ojogbane Adegbe was appointed Director of Psychological Operations, AHQ Department of Civil and Military Affairs, ”added Nwachukwu.
The Army spokesman revealed that the Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General. Faruk Yahaya had commissioned all newly appointed senior officers to justify the trust placed in them and to redouble their commitment to duty.
According to him, the COAS also urged the newly appointed senior officers to ensure the addition of value in their respective commands.
Operation Hadin Kai troops, OPHK, eliminated 950 Boko Haram / ISWAP terrorists in the northeast between May 20, 2021 and January 6, 2022, according to Defense Headquarters, DHQ.
The acting director, Defense Media Operations, Major General. Bernard Onyeuko made this known when reviewing the progress of operations on Thursday in Abuja.
Onyeuko said troops eliminated several high-profile commanders and amir (leaders) of the terror groups during the period.
It said 24,059 terrorists and their families, comprising 5,326 adult men, 7,550 adult women and 11,183 children, had so far surrendered to troops in the region.
The spokesperson said that all the items delivered had been duly profiled and handed over to the corresponding authorities for the necessary actions.
Onyeuko further revealed that 79 terrorists were arrested while 113 abducted civilians were rescued by troops within the period.
“Along the same lines, a total of 195 assorted weapons, including AK-47 rifles, GPMGs, PKT weapons and locally manufactured weapons, were recovered from the terrorists in the course of operations.
“In addition, a total of 2,385 cartridges of different ammunition calibers and 253 cross cattle were recovered.
"In addition, a total of 14 armed trucks of the terrorists were destroyed in the course of operations, while 16 armed trucks were captured by troops within the period," he said.
By Victor Okoye
The Chief of the Defense Staff, General Leo Irabor, said the Sahel military games were a way to strengthen camaraderie between the armed forces of African countries.
Irabor made these remarks during the closing ceremony of the first military games of the CDS OSMA Sahel countries for peace and solidarity, in Abuja.
He said he was delighted with the organization of the games, adding that his goal went beyond simply winning medals.
“I am delighted and grateful to Almighty God for allowing DHQ and OSMA to run the games without a hitch.
“I am reliably informed that all the participants saw themselves well in the respective events in which they participated throughout the games.
“Without a doubt, the games were worth it and I am impressed by the exceptional commitment shown by all participants in the competition. I want to stress, however, that the focus of the Sahel games is not to win medals or trophies.
“Its aim is to build comradeship through a forum where the armed forces of African countries can embrace our differences and strengthen our similarities for peace and solidarity,” he said.
He congratulated the OSMA president, the organizing committee, the sponsors and all who helped make the games a huge success, adding: “With the standard on display throughout these games, I consider you all. like winners ”.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the 42km marathon race, which marked the games' highlight, saw Tanzanian Michael Sanga finish in an impressive time of 2:19:39 seconds to clinch gold at men's.
Ezekiel Ngimba, also from Tanzania, won the silver medal in 2:26:09 seconds, while Cameroonian Foima Justulin with 2:26:43 seconds settled for bronze.
Fabino Joseph of Tanzania was fourth in 2:30:25 seconds, while Nigerian Husamatu Sanusi was fifth in 2:34:24 seconds. His compatriots Dauda Solomon and Nuhu Mohammed finished sixth and tenth respectively.
It was another double for Tanzania in the women's category as the duo of Jacqueline Sakilu (2:43:35) and Sisilia Ginoka (2:44:35) took home gold and silver, while Ossou Wakaye from Congo Brazzaville settled for bronze.
Badmus M from Nigeria, Inah. C and Johnson F, were respectively seventh, eighth and ninth.
also reports that the Republic of Chad finished victorious in the overall games standings, while Cameroon and Nigeria finished second and third respectively. The games, which began on October 9, ended on Saturday.
By Sumaila Ogbaje
The Minister of Defense, the retired Major-General. Bashir Magashi, inaugurated a 24-man advisory / implementation committee to lead the implementation of the recommendations of the reform committee on the reforms of the armed forces.
Magashi said the committee has a mandate to facilitate the swift implementation of the recommendations contained in the reform committee report submitted to it in April.
He said this was in line with the government's desire to reposition the defense sector by filling worrying gaps in the structure and operations of the country's armed forces.
According to him, the interface between the defense ministry and the armed forces also had a negative impact on the efficiency of this sensitive institution.
“At the Ministry of Defense, we have identified the need to effectively and efficiently articulate policies and think strategically, as well as to be able to oversee the armed forces and the Defense Headquarters.
“It is gratifying to mention that the Reform Committee has made far-reaching proposals which, if implemented, would significantly address the inherent challenges that militate against the effective functioning of the ministry and the armed forces,” a- he declared.
The minister urged the committee to cooperate with relevant stakeholders and enforce compliance where necessary without deviating from its approved mandate.
He said the committee would review the recommendations in the reform committee report and rank them in immediate, short, medium and long terms, as appropriate.
They must institute the necessary mechanisms to facilitate the implementation of recommendations that are within the threshold of approval of the Minister of Defense and take the necessary measures for their implementation.
The committee will also identify recommendations that require liaison with other ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and embark on an advocacy campaign to gain their support and take the necessary steps for their implementation.
“He will produce draft acts / letters concerning recommendations that require the attention of the President through decrees or bills of the National Assembly.
“It will also monitor the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations by the MOD, DHQ and service headquarters and develop strategies to address any delays / bottlenecks envisaged in the implementation of the recommendations.
The committee will perform such other functions as may be assigned to it by the convening authority from time to time and make other suggestions that will assist in the effective implementation of the reform committee report, ”he said.
Magashi said the committee would be chaired by the retired Major-General. Alwali Kazir, a former army chief of staff made up of "the country's well-informed elderly".
He urged the committee to complete its deliberations and submit its report within 6 weeks of today.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense, Mr. Istifanus Musa, urged the committee to deploy its wealth if the experience to endure while carrying out the mission.
Musa said such reform is seriously needed given the current security situation in the country.
In response, the chairman of the committee, Kazir, pledged the committee's commitment to carry out its duties in accordance with the terms of reference.
Kazir said the committee will ensure the nation has armed forces that will function effectively in today's volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment.
He said the enlisted members were aware of the will to achieve results that would strengthen Nigeria's national security, protect its democracy and above all serve the national political will.
According to him, it bears repeating that the military, as an instrument of national power, is not designed to simply win wars for the sole purpose of perpetuating violence, but rather to work in concert with d other instruments of national power.
By Sumaila Ogbaje
Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS) Gen. Lucky Irabor said the Nigerian armed forces are committed to deepening defense collaboration with Tanzania to address the security challenges facing the two countries are facing.
Irabor said this during the visit of participants in the ninth class of 2020/2021 of the Tanzanian National Defense College (TNDC) to Defense Headquarters on Tuesday in Abuja, according to a statement from the Acting Director of Defense Information. , Brig.-General. Onyema Nwachukwu.
The CDS who was represented by the Director of Policy, DHQ, Major-Gen. Mainasara Masanawa, said there is a need for the armed forces of Nigeria and Tanzania to strengthen the existing defense collaboration.
He said the two armies should cooperate in the area of knowledge sharing and modalities to address various security challenges and promote peace and security in Africa.
He said participants from the Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Staff College have always visited Tanzania as part of their regional tour.
Previously, head of the TNDC delegation, Brig. Marianus Mhagama, thanked the leaders of the Nigerian military for facilitating their trip to the country even during the critical period of the global pandemic
He also thanked the Nigerian army for the cordial and warm welcome extended to him and his team.
Mhagama, also head of the TNDC, revealed that Tanzania has enjoyed harmonious relations with Nigeria over the years.
He congratulated the Nigerian army for its participation in several peace support operations and the stabilization of democracy in some African countries.
The TNDC leader said Nigeria, Ghana and the Republic of Congo were chosen for the tour due to their geographic location as strategic neighbors.
He said the five-day study tour exposed them to history, politics, defense capabilities, foreign diplomacy as well as the cultural, economic and social behavior of the people.
He revealed that two Nigerian army officers were among the foreign participants and argued for more slots for Tanzanian army personnel at National Defense College Nigeria. (NOPE)(NAN)
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says recent media reports that motorists had abandoned the Abuja-Kaduna highway because of insecurity is misleading.
DHQ had on Saturday led journalists on tour of the road from Abuja to Kaduna to ascertain the validity of the claim.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there was normal movement of various types of vehicles on the road from Zuba to Kaduna.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said the tour was to enable the journalists have first hand information on the security situation on the road.
Enenche said the tour was to also correct the purported desertion of the road and assure motorists of their safety.
“People are being misinformed and there is no truth whatsoever that the road is deserted.
“We are telling the general public that they should have confidence in the armed forces and the operation that is going on here and go about their normal business.
“We are there to protect you and to continue to take the criminals out of their enclaves and just be waiting for them on the road,” he said.
Maj.-Gen. Usman Mohammed, General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, said that the troops of Operation Thunder Strike had continued to provide security on the highway.
Mohammed, who also doubled as the Commander of the Defence Headquarters led Operation Thunder Strike, said that successes have been recorded in the fight against kidnapping in spite of the recent incident.
“Quite alright there is threat on this road sometimes as you are aware of the incident that happened here last Sunday.
“Even though some people were kidnapped, some were rescued while efforts are on to rescue the remaining ones,” he said.
The GOC said the operation was organised into six sectors covering the entire stretch of the road from Zuba to Kaduna to carry out mobile patrol and respond to security threats on the road.
He said the troops also carry out clearance operations to identified hideouts of the criminals with minimal presence of the troops on the highway.
He said that the strategy was for the troops to go after the criminals in their enclaves so as not to allow them have any opportunity of coming out to the road in the first place.
Mohammed said the military had put in place adequate measures to keep the road safe and free for traffic flow.
“After the last incidence, we have increased the number of troops on this road and we have added additional logistics so that people can be seeing their presence on the road.
“We are going to also police the hot spots and I want to use this opportunity to reassure members of the public that we are doing our best.
“Contrary to the report that the security were not on the road, we are doing our best to ensure that there is peace and security on the road,” he said.
Mr Umar Jere, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Jere Branch, said the security agencies had been doing their best to secure the road.
Jere said that his members had confidence in the ability of the military and other security agencies to keep the road safe and secure from criminals.
He called on the security agencies to sustain the tempo of their operation to deny the criminals any freedom of action.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ismail Abdulaziz
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin has called on the Ministry of Defence to consider developing a unified headquarters complex that would house both the ministry and all the armed services in one location, to facilitate synergy as well as comply with global best practice.
Olonisakin made the call when he received the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Mr Babangida Hussaini, who was on a familiaation visit to the Defence Headquarters on Wednesday in Abuja.
He noted that such an arrangement had obtained in the past, and that reverting to it will reduce delays in the dispatch of important operational issues to the ministry, whilst enhancing productivity.
The CDS said that the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) was looking forward to a seamless working relationship with the ministry, because its support and partnership were important for the services to execute their Constitutional mandate of ensuring peace and stability of the nation.
Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Hussaini, said his visit was based on the need to convey and reaffirm the ministry’s vision and mission, as well as consolidate on the existing cordial relationship it enjoys with the Defence Headquarters.
He said the objective of the visit was also to foster effective coordination in policy formulation, implementation and delivery of the ministry’s mandate, adding that it was also to improve synergy between the military and the civilian organ for effective discharge of the military’s Constitutional mandate.
“On my assumption on duty, I noticed some gaps both horizontally and vertically, and this should not be so. We should work together as a team to ensure that the mandate of the armed forces is actualized.
“Also, it is to reaffirm our commitment to do our best to ensure that the services perform their constitutionally assigned mandates efficiently and without distractions,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary assured that the ministry would create the right policy environment for the operational success of the armed forces, while pledging to push for a unified headquarters for the ministry and all the defence services, similar to what obtained at the U.S Pentagon.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that besides visiting the DHQ, the permanent Secretary also visited the headquarters of the Army, Navy and Air Force, where he met with the Service Chiefs.
Edited By: Mouktar Adamu