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  •  The Chief of Army Staff COAS Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya says the army is concerned over the frequent leakage of classified and secret army operational documents in the media Yahaya raised the concern at the Chief Clerk s Convention 2022 organised by the army in Port Harcourt on Tuesday to improve proficiency of its clerical personnel across hellip
    Army caution officers against leakage of classified, secret documents
     The Chief of Army Staff COAS Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya says the army is concerned over the frequent leakage of classified and secret army operational documents in the media Yahaya raised the concern at the Chief Clerk s Convention 2022 organised by the army in Port Harcourt on Tuesday to improve proficiency of its clerical personnel across hellip
    Army caution officers against leakage of classified, secret documents
    Defence/Security5 days ago

    Army caution officers against leakage of classified, secret documents

    The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya says the army is concerned over the frequent leakage of classified and secret army operational documents in the media.

    Yahaya raised the concern at the ‘Chief Clerk’s Convention 2022’ organised by the army in Port Harcourt on Tuesday to improve proficiency of its clerical personnel across the country.

    The training has its theme as “Enhancing the Responsiveness of the Nigeria Army for the Accomplishment of Missions in a Joint Environment: Roles of the Chief Clerks”.

    He said: “This seminar is designed to improve the productivity and capacity of Chief Clerks in the army, especially in the areas of clerical duties, document security; staff work and office management.

    “I am particularly disturbed by the recurring leakage of our (army) official documents in contravention of the Official Secrets Act.

    “More worrisome is the spate of violations of the Armed Forces Policy on the use of social media by personnel.

    “I’ve directed that all clerks and personnel handling sensitive documents be routinely vetted by appropriate corps and departments of the army,” Yahaya told the participants.

    Represented by Maj.-Gen. Usman Mohammed, the Chief of Administration (Army), Yahaya ordered senior clerical officers to detect and block all leakages, to ensure the matter was decisively addressed.

    He said the army must be vigilant to emerging threats from cyberspace as well as the impact of social media on its operations.

    “There have been sustained efforts by subversive elements and dissident groups to cast aspersions against the army, especially on the allegations of human rights violations using social media.

    “These among other situations demand that we all must be circumspect, adaptable and responsive.

    “To this end, this seminar will expose personnel to new and innovative techniques in data management, clerical duties, organisation and office management,” he said.

    Also speaking, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Olufemi Oluyede said that participants were drawn from army headquarters, formations and units across the country.

    According to him, the participants would be exposed to modern clerical and information trends by experts in the field.

    “Resource persons will deliver lectures aimed to equip participants with requisite knowledge, professional skills and capacity for optimal mission accomplishment,” he added.

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  •  The Chief of Army Staff COAS Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya has tasked 280 Armed Forces Command and Staff College s AFCSC graduands of Junior Course 93 to uphold the Armed Forces Acts Yahaya also charged them to uphold the standard operating procedures and rules of engagement in discharging their constitutional duties Addressing the graduands on Friday at the hellip
    COAS tasks 280 Command, Staff College Jaji graduands to uphold rules of engagement
     The Chief of Army Staff COAS Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya has tasked 280 Armed Forces Command and Staff College s AFCSC graduands of Junior Course 93 to uphold the Armed Forces Acts Yahaya also charged them to uphold the standard operating procedures and rules of engagement in discharging their constitutional duties Addressing the graduands on Friday at the hellip
    COAS tasks 280 Command, Staff College Jaji graduands to uphold rules of engagement
    Defence/Security1 week ago

    COAS tasks 280 Command, Staff College Jaji graduands to uphold rules of engagement

    The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, has tasked 280 Armed Forces Command and Staff College’s (AFCSC) graduands of Junior Course 93 to uphold the Armed Forces Acts.

    Yahaya also charged them to uphold the standard operating procedures and rules of engagement in discharging their constitutional duties.

    Addressing the graduands on Friday at the AFCSC, in Jaji, Kaduna State, the COAS said upholding the tenets is of utmost importance especially in the current electioneering season which is often characterised by controversies and must be avoided at all costs.

    He said the Junior Course was structured to lay solid foundation and prepare the officers for tactical level field and staff work.

    He noted that the Junior Course curriculum is constantly being reviewed to enable mid-career officers cope with the ever-changing nature of warfare which has recently witnessed manifestation such as insurgency, terrorism, militancy and banditry amongst others.

    Yahaya further said that the cyber space has become a formidable operational domain in which the Armed Forces must dominate to avert cyber terrorism and invasion of our national data bases.

    “In similar vein, the media has become a veritable platform used by dissident groups to propagate secessionist agenda and promote discord.

    “We must therefore apply the skills acquired to effectively counter false narratives, propaganda and fake news especially on social media,” he said.

    Yahaya urged them to apply the skills and knowledge acquired from packages such as estimate process, counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations, peace support operations, media awareness and disaster management for efficient service delivery.

    He also urge them to apply the skills obtained from practices in planning and execution of joint as well as combined operations at the tactical level which culminated in all their exercises in all operational tasks.

    Earlier, the Commandant of AFCSC, AVM Olurotimi Tuwase, said the Junior Course was characterised with intense field training and academic activities designed to develop the Command, analytical and communication skills of junior officers.

    He said, the essence was to equip them to efficiently operate during single service, joint, multi-agency and combined operations towards the accomplishment of their constitutional roles.

    He tasked them on building on the knowledge they gained, through practice, self-development, perseverance, tact and intuition to further reposition themselves for the tasks ahead.

    “You will require these attributes to effectively tackle the contemporary security challenges across the country in aid of civil authority to enhance national security,” Tuwase said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the officers who were from the rank of Captains and equivalent comprised of the Nigerian Armed Forces, armed forces of African nations as well as officers from paramilitary organizations, ministries, department and agencies.

    They comprised 129 from the Nigerian Army, 59 from the Navy, 75 from the Nigerian Air Force and eight international students from African countries which included; Benin Republic, Cameroon, Chad, Togo, Liberia, Ruwanda, Sierra Leone and Cote d’ Ivoire.

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  •  The Chief of Army Staff COAS Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya on Wednesday harped on maintenance of facility in army barracks and cantonments to encourage provision of more facilities in the barracks and cantonments Yahaya gave the advice at the Ekehuan Barrack while inaugurating the remodeled soldier s club as well as five blocks of seven flats for hellip
    COAS inaugurates soldier’s club, tasks troops on maintenance 
     The Chief of Army Staff COAS Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya on Wednesday harped on maintenance of facility in army barracks and cantonments to encourage provision of more facilities in the barracks and cantonments Yahaya gave the advice at the Ekehuan Barrack while inaugurating the remodeled soldier s club as well as five blocks of seven flats for hellip
    COAS inaugurates soldier’s club, tasks troops on maintenance 
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    COAS inaugurates soldier’s club, tasks troops on maintenance 

    The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, on Wednesday harped on maintenance of facility in army barracks and cantonments to encourage provision of more facilities in the barracks and cantonments.

    Yahaya gave the advice at the Ekehuan Barrack, while inaugurating the remodeled soldier’s club, as well as five blocks of seven flats for officers and soldiers in the cantonment.

    According to him, maintenance is essential to what is put there.

    He noted that it was in the overall effort of the Nigerian Army under his watch to improve the welfare and personal wellbeing of the personnel.

    “Administration is one of the key pillars of my command’s philosophy, and now it includes good accomodation and living quarters for the personnel.

    “That is what you have seen us do. All of us in the army are taking the drive everywhere to improve on the wellbeing of the personnel.

    “He said this also include the research and development training seminar which commenced in the Nigerian Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (NASEME), Auchi on Tuesday.

    The COAS stressed that the overall operational effectiveness of the troops were all encompassing, adding all the efforts by the army in terms of operations, training and welfare put together added up to the army’s improved effectiveness.

    “In all I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for all his support to the army and also providing the resources and wherewithal for us to do this.

    “And we also appeal to the troops to reciprocate this in their conduct, discipline, and operational effectiveness.

    “We are seeing the results already. We appreciate and commend them, while we continue to provide even more,” he said.

    Yahaya also advised that standard procedure in tandem with current happenings be adopted in the maintenance of the inaugurated facility.

    “At intervals, the command should have a system of checking the condition of the facilities inaugurated today.”

    Earlier, Maj.-Gen. Gold Chibuisi, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Division, Nigerian Army said the troops of the 4 Brigade have continued to sustain peace in Edo.

    Chibuisi noted that they were mainly quartered at the Ekehuan barracks, adding that using the newly inaugurated facilities for accomodation and recreation would serve as a moral booster.

    He commended the Brigade Commander, Brig.-Gen. Sani Abdullahi and his team, for the projects.

    He also commended the COAS for his intervention in prioritising the welfare and wellbeing of personnel, and pledged that the facilities would be judiciously and professionally used in tandem with the vision of the COAS.

    Similarly, Brig.-Gen. Abdullahi, in his opening remarks, said the importance of recreation and unwinding by troops could not be over emphasised.

    Abdullahi noted that the soldier’s club if fully utilised by residents in the Ekehuan barracks, would foster stronger bond among them.

    “It will also help in relaxation by the personnel after their daily activities,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the facilities inaugurated by the COAS at the Ekehuan barracks included two blocks of three bedroom flats for married officers, two blocks of four flats for single officers, as well as a block of flat completely furnished for the Regiment Sergeant Major (RSM).

    He also inaugurated a newly constructed Garrison quarter guard post at the barracks.

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  •  The Chief of Army Staff COAS Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has commended the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps NAIC and pledged to upgrade its technical capabilities for monitoring tracking and apprehension of criminals Yahaya said this at the opening of the Combat Support Arms Training COSAT Week 2022 organised by the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corp NAIC on hellip
    COAS hails intelligence corps’ upgraded capabilities
     The Chief of Army Staff COAS Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has commended the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps NAIC and pledged to upgrade its technical capabilities for monitoring tracking and apprehension of criminals Yahaya said this at the opening of the Combat Support Arms Training COSAT Week 2022 organised by the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corp NAIC on hellip
    COAS hails intelligence corps’ upgraded capabilities
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    COAS hails intelligence corps’ upgraded capabilities

    The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has commended the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps (NAIC) and pledged to upgrade its technical capabilities for monitoring, tracking and apprehension of criminals.

    Yahaya said this at the opening of the Combat Support Arms Training (COSAT) Week 2022, organised by the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corp (NAIC), on Monday in Abuja.

    He said the combat support arms had continued to employ their expertise and unique capabilities to complement the operational endeavours of the combat arms.

    According to him, the impact of their inputs remain evident in the successes recorded in the counter-insurgency operations in the North East as well as anti-banditry operations in the North West and North Central parts of the country.

    He said the combat arms would rarely achieve success in battle without adequate fire and engineer support as well as seamless communication and timely intelligence.

    “I must therefore, commend the leadership of the Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery, Nigerian Army Engineers, Nigerian Army Signals and Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps for their numerous innovations, acquisitions and training geared towards achieving the mission of the Nigerian Army.

    “I look forward to further enlightenment on some of these efforts which I have been informed would be showcased during this event.

    “I therefore, charge the Combat Support Arms to remain focused as they are major players in the Nigerian Army’s bid to completely defeat all non-state actors whose radical activities are instigating chaos across the country,” he said.

    The COAS said the contemporary security environment had witnessed a paradigm shift in which non-state actors had become the primary threats to the existence of the nation’s states.

    These threats according to him, have posed a serious challenge to developing armies which were originally established, trained and equipped to counter conventional threats whose pattern of operations were easily predictable.

    He said the Nigeria’s security landscape had radically evolved since 2009 with attendant manifestations such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and secessionist activities which are grave impediments to national security as well as development.

    Yahaya said it was in realisation of the contrast in the approaches required to combat modern asymmetric threats that Nigerian army had adapted its order of battle, training and doctrine to effectively address the challenges.

    According to him, the Nigerian army has recorded tremendous successes in its activities which would not have been possible without the contributions of the combat support arms.

    “It is therefore, expected that the outcome of this training week would further ensure greater professionalism, readiness, administration and cooperation in consonance with the pillars of my command.

    “Just like previous COSAT weeks, this year’s edition is coming at a time when the Nigerian army is exploring new frontiers and approaches so as to better achieve its constitutional mandate.

    “I am also glad to observe that significant progress has been made by the combat support arms especially in the areas of research and development.

    “I am pleased to state that several of the combat support arms are currently domesticating relevant technologies for the manufacture of cost-effective equipment needed to navigate the challenges posed by the difficult-to access international defence markets.

    “I will like to specifically congratulate the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps for the upgrades to its technical capabilities which is playing a key role in the monitoring, tracking and apprehension of key members of various criminal groups.

    “I therefore, charge the Combat Support Arms to remain focused as they are major players in the Nigerian Army’s bid to completely defeat all non-state actors whose radical activities are instigating chaos across the country,” he said.

    Yahaya reaffirmed his commitment to providing the resources and support needed to upgrade army standards in achievement of its vision.

    The Chief of Military Intelligence (Army), Maj.-Gen. Danladi Salihu, said the COSAT week provided the platform for personnel of the combat support arms to constructively engage, share ideas and experiences.

    Salihu said that the engagement was aimed at enhancing effective support to the Nigerian army in tackling the current hydra-headed security challenges.

    He said the nation had at no time since independence, been threatened by multiple threats across several fronts as it is today, apart from the Nigerian civil war that spanned 1967 to 1970.

    According to him, at no time in history also have the resources and capacity of the Nigerian army been so over tasked and stretched as is the case at the moment.

    “Therefore, these challenges require extraordinary measures entrenched in solid professional foundation to surmount.

    “We are not unaware of the complexities and the dynamics of the challenges, thus, the need for abilities and capabilities that transcend the normal thresholds in the combat support arms,” he said.

    Salihu said the week was also designed to adequately develop the necessary skill sets that would harness the COAS’ purposeful procurement and focused operational directives.

    He added that the week would be used to brainstorm on operational excellence to build capacities to respond and move through the decision cycle faster than the adversary, to produce successful outcomes in support of army operations.

    “We are aware of the enormity of the task ahead and the need for creative training and analytical ability to meet operational challenges.

    “The combat support arms have over the years supported the combat arms in achieving set objectives, but as the threats keep expanding and mutating, there is the need for faster adaptation.

    “Hence, we are here to jointly appraise our performances, rub minds and proffer solutions to our common and specific problems,” he added.


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  •  The Chief of Army Staff COAS Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has inaugurated tree planting campaign block of classrooms offices and other projects to strengthen training programmes at the Army School of Military Police Zaria He also inaugurated the new training centre locally sourced and trained dogs to be used by the school The News Agency of hellip
    COAS inaugurates tree planting campaign, projects at military school
     The Chief of Army Staff COAS Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has inaugurated tree planting campaign block of classrooms offices and other projects to strengthen training programmes at the Army School of Military Police Zaria He also inaugurated the new training centre locally sourced and trained dogs to be used by the school The News Agency of hellip
    COAS inaugurates tree planting campaign, projects at military school
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    COAS inaugurates tree planting campaign, projects at military school

    The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen Faruk Yahaya, has inaugurated tree planting campaign, block of classrooms, offices and other projects to strengthen training programmes at the Army School of Military Police, Zaria.

    He also inaugurated the new training centre locally sourced and trained dogs to be used by the school.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Yahaya was in Zaria on Saturday as a special guest of honor and reviewing officer for the passing out parade for the 82 Regular Recruit Intake (RRI) at Depot Nigeria Army Zaria.

    The COAS restated his commitment to provide additional support and welfare for the officers and men of the school to further strengthen the national security.

    Earlier, Sgt Saminu Aminu, while briefing the COAS, said the dogs were locally sourced from different parts of the country, adding that they were initiated into different K9 training by their handlers.

    He said the dogs were responding positively to different trainings.

    NAN also reports that 5,800 recruited soldiers passed out during the parade of the 82 RRI

    The COAS said the recruits would be posted at various theatre operations to tame persistent insecurity bedeviling some parts of the country

    (NAN)