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‘Fight Criminality, Terrorism In S’West And S-East’ – Buratai Orders Soldiers |RN

by Ifeoma Okereke

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has charged Commanding Officers of Army units within the South South, South East and South West zones of the country to work towards tackling crimes and criminality within their areas of responsibilities. General Buratai spoke at the Nigerian Army First Commanding Officers workshop for 2019, urging the Commanding Officers to tackle kidnapping, smuggling, pipeline vandalism and terrorism.

He tasked them to work close with the authorities within their areas of responsibilities to be able to gather intelligence and ensure that they nip crisis rocking these areas in the bud. The Army Chief, who was represented by the Commander, Nigerian Army Signals Corps, Major General Mohammed Mohammed, urged the commanding officers to refresh their minds on how to confront criminality within the areas they are deployed to.

He said that all operations in which the Army was involved in across the country was to sharpen the knowledge of the commanding officers and make them perform optimally, adding that the workshop was put together to ensure that they share knowledge with other Commanding Officers participating in the workshop.

He said: “We have informed the commanding officers to understand that workshops like this are intended to refresh their minds, their experiences and for them to share knowledge with their colleagues from other regions.

“Like you understand, the commanding officers here are from the South South, South East and South West and there is rich knowledge of activities going on in these areas. So, bringing them together here is for them to share knowledge and to understand also the new directive and policies that will guide their conduct and understand the need to integrate with the societies where they are working.”

General Brutai tasked the officers to learn from their contemporaries on how to apply leadership skills in their various units, adding that the workshop was aimed at improving the skills of the Commanding Officers towards developing a more professional and efficient approach to the performance of their statutory roles in both peace and war times.

“I am highly delighted to be in this occasion of the first Commanding Officers workshop, which is highly necessary in line with our vision to the security challenges confronting us on daily basis, and also to find a solution to those challenges,” he said.

Earlier, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Major General Musa Yusuf, said the training activities were designed by the Army Headquarters to enhance and build the capacity of the Commanding Officers.

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Gen. Buratai,CoAS, Allegedly Awarded $444,000 Contract To His Girlfriend, Maryam – US Journalist

A US-based Nigerian journalist, Jackson Ude, has fingered the Chief of Army Staff, Gen T. Buratai in an alleged fraud, which

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In a tweet he made on his official handle, he stated how the Chief of Army Staff, awarded a $444k (N160m) contract to his girlfriend.

Read his post below..

Chief of Army Staff, Gen T. Buratai awarded a contract of $444k to his girlfriend, Maryam. Funds paid thru the Nigerian Army Ordnance Tailoring Factory to one 313 Bureau De Change in Wuse Zone 4 Abuja. 313 wired the $444k to a Bank account in Dubai linked to Gen Burutai.

Mr Jackson has prior to the election revealed how the presidency cabal, namely Abba Kyari, Alhaji Funtua, Lawal Daura and Maman Daura have connived to defraud the DSS of N5 billion out of the N10 billion national budget for DSS to cover its national election budget.

BREAKING: N5bn Loot In DSS By Buhari’s Relatives Bursted, Whistblower Goes Public |RN

All these revelations meant nothing to President Buhari, who is purportedly fighting his own definition of corruption in his own terms, irrespective of the odds against such despicable charade.

 

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Python Dance 2 Drove Away Nnamdi Kanu From South East, Says Buratai |RN

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Monday attributed the escape of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu as one of the major successes of Exercise Egwu Eke II.

The Army Chief who spoke at the flag off of the third edition of the military maneuver Exerciser Egwu Eke III in Lagos said: “One of the important achievement of the Exercise held in 2016 was the escape of Nnamdi Kanu; let him come and face the battle if he wishes.”

General Buratai said if Nnamdi Kanu dared, the python would have swallowed him, warning other criminal elements and those planning to cause trouble in Lagos and Ogun states to stay clear or “the python will swallow them.”

He explained that the objective of the military maneuver was to reinvigorate all existing operations in the country with additional manpower, equipment and resources to address the lingering security problems in the country.

His words: Nigerians should be assured that at the end of the exercise which is also conducted simultaneously by other divisions in the army; the python must have swallowed all the bandits, rustlers, terrorists, kidnappers, robbers and militants in the country. The python will also swallow thugs and other miscreants that may raise their heads to disturb the peace in the country.”

General Buratai warned criminals within Lagos and Ogun states to flee or would be crushed by troops of the Exercise Egwu Eke 111.

He said: “The exercise is a realistic training package in internal security operations, clearance operations, emergency management, rescue operations, roadblocks, cordon-and-search as well as anti-kidnapping and anti-cultism.

“It is necessary to draw the attention of well-meaning Nigerians that while reporting issues of defense and security, they must have at the back of their minds, the importance of national security. Just as mentioned earlier, defense and national security are not all comer’s affairs. No one is permitted to divulge any information that is injurious to national security.

“This is contained in the Official Secret Act 1962. “Section 1(3) of this Act states that a person who transmits any classified matter to a person to whom is not authorised on behalf of the government to transmit it; or obtains, reproduces or retains any classified matter which he is not authorised on behalf of the government to obtain, reproduce or retain, as the case may be, is guilty of an offence.”

“l enjoined Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that this is the only country that we have and all efforts should be focused to save it from the claws of unpatriotic elements fighting to pull the country down. Giving out official information or spreading fake news is inimical to national security.”

General Buratai said that prior to EX EGWU EKE III, the Operation AWATSE had intensified operations to crack down the activities of illegal oil bunkering, pipeline vandalism, kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism among others, adding that the operations conducted against economic sabotage by pipeline vandals and cultists as well as other criminals had achieved commendable successes. He said several vandals had been apprehended while other criminal elements especially cultists were on the run.

General Buratai said the momentum of the Operation Awatse must be sustained, pointing out that the military must continue to display professionalism in the discharge of its constitutional roles while acting in aid to civil authority.

“Do not provide any opportunity for criminal elements to infiltrate your ranks. You must also embark on civil-military relations activities like medical outreach and others.

“Let me use this opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the Nigerian Army and our mandate in aid to civil authority. Accordingly, EX EGWU EKE III has the mandate to provide adequate protection and security for the good people of Nigeria.

“I am also calling on all law-abiding citizens to provide troops adequate support and cooperation, especially timely information to enable them to accomplish their task. I assure you of adequate logistic and operational support throughout the conduct of this exercise.

“You must deal decisively with the criminals and ensure that the right of law-abiding citizens is protected. I wish you good luck as we commence EX EGWU EKE III in 81 Div AOR and Nigeria.”  (The Sun)

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BREAKING: COAS, Buratai Decorates 44 Generals In Borno|The Republican News

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Chief of Army Staff, Gen. T.Y. Buratai

 

From: Timothy Olanrewaju, Mauduguri

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has decorated 44 senior officers from the rank of Brigadier Generals to Major Generals.

The decoration was held in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

It was the first time such event had been held, in Maiduguri, the epicentre of Boko Haram insurgency.

The decoration was taken place at the Army Command Guest House adjacent the Theatre Command Headquarters, Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

It is also the biggest promotion of senior officers to two-star general in the history of the Nigerian Army, army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman said.    (The Sun)

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Biafra: U.S. Lawyers Announce Collection Of Evidence To Prosecute Buhari, Buratai In ICC For Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity |RN

 

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President Buhari and Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai

 

 

The press statement released by The United States law firms Bruce Fein, and Bruce Delvalle states on the collection of evidence in a suit against President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Turkur Buratai for genocide and crime against humanity in the International Criminal Court ICC in the Hague.

Many who thought the Biafran agitators were playing with propaganda about a suit against Buhari and Buratai in the ICC in the Hague could now see that it is after all not a joke but a real case that could see both appear in court someday in the International Criminal Court to answer for these charges.

The press release is here:

Press Release

October 12, 2017

CONTACT: FEIN & DELVALLE PLLC, bruce@feinpoints.com, brucedelvalle@gmail.com

American Lawyers Announce Collection of Evidence to Prosecute Nigeria’s President Buhari and Lt. General Buratai in the International Criminal Court for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

WASHINGTON, D.C.– On behalf of Biafrans who covet justice—the dead, the living, and those yet to be born—the law firm of Fein & DelValle PLLC is drafting a criminal indictment against Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, for genocide and crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Buhari and Buratai are criminally culpable because of their command responsibility for security forces operating under their direction or control and who are terrorizing tens of millions of Biafrans specifically because of their Christianity and ethnicity. The crimes include extrajudicial killings, torture, and sister unspeakable horrors. They are the grisly signature of Buhari’s and Buratai’s ongoing military campaign in the South East region with the euphemistic moniker “Operation Python Dance II.

The indictment being drafted by Fein & DelValle will be presented to Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda. It will be modelled after the genocide or crimes against humanity indictments returned against Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic, Sudan’s Omar Bashir, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, Chad’s Hissen Habre, and Cambodia’s Comrade Duch.

The overwhelming majority of Biafrans cannot speak for themselves without risking lethal retaliation by President Buhari or Lt. General Buratai. That fear explains the reason the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the motion of Fein & DelValle to reference their ten (10) Biafran plaintiffs anonymously in their Torture Victims Protection Act suit against sixteen (16) individual Nigerian defendants in Doe, et al. v. Buratai, et al., Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-0133.

Fein & Delvalle are gathering photographic, video, and testimonial evidence of the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity perpetrated by Buhari and Buratai against Igbos not only in the South East region but also in northern Nigeria and elsewhere. There is no safe haven in Nigeria for them. Last June, Hausa Fulani youths in northern Nigeria (AREWA) with impunity threated to evict eleven million Igbos from their homes and businesses in northern Nigeria by force and violence if they did not quit the area by October 1, 2017.

Mr Fein stated: “We are confident that 50 million Igbos in Nigeria were not born with saddles on their backs ready to be ridden by booted and spurred Hausa-Fulani with the grace of God. Criminal prosecutions of Buhari and Buratai before the International Criminal Court are the best way of teaching that gospel.”

Mr Fein and Mr DelValle voiced optimism that the prosecutions of Buhari and Buratai will prompt the United Nations Security Council to task the United Nations Electoral Unit to conduct a referendum on Biafran independence in the South East region; and, to operate a transitional government for a six-month period prior to the balloting to avoid any intimidation of the voters. It is no accident that South Sudan achieved independence on the heels of President Bashir’s ICC indictment for genocide in Darfur.

Nigeria’s current borders were drawn by a racist British colonial master more than a century ago with no reference to the inhabitants. The boundaries are moral, legal, and politically indefensible. The Government of Nigeria does not reflect popular will on that score. It rules under a 1999 Constitution that was decreed by a military dictator for the purpose, among other things, of holding Igbos in bondage to Hausa-Fulani terrorists.

Britain defaulted on its decolonization obligation to permit self-determination referenda by each of the separate and distinct peoples of Nigeria. United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1514, Dec. 14, 1960, provides:
“All peoples have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”

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Operation Python Dance: Court Orders Speedy Hearing Of Case Against Buhari, Buratai By ADF

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President Buhari and COAS, Tukur Buratai

A Federal High Court sitting in Enugu has ordered the accelerated hearing of the case instituted against President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Yusuf Buratai and the Nigerian Army by Ala Igbo Development Foundation(ADF).

Justice A.M Liman, who presided, in granting leave to the plaintiff to serve the defendants by substituted means, also ordered the accelerated hearing of the case.
It is expected that when the plaintiff has complied with the order of the court for substituted service, the court will then fix a definite date for the hearing.

Recall that the ADF had on September 14, 2017, sued the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Nigerian army, and the chief of army staff.

Related: BREAKING: Python Dance: ADF Sues Buhari, Buratai, Army, Seeks Withdrawal Of Soldiers

In the originating summons, the ADF, through its team of lawyers, were basically asking the court to determine four questions and to grant four reliefs.

They asked the court to, first of all, determine if it was not illegal for the first defendant (the president) to call out, operationally engage, use and or deploy the Armed Forces of the Federation in circumstances not envisaged in the constitution. The ADF made reference to the provisions of Sections 217 and 218 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 199 as amended, wondering if it is not illegal and unconstitutional to engage the army in such circumstances.

In its second plea, it also asked the court to determine the clear and unambiguous meaning of the provisions above, for the 2nd defendant, which is the Armed Forces to engage in a military operation it termed ‘Operation Egwu Eke'(Python Dance) in the five states of the South East, including Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and the Imo States.

The suit also wanted the court to determine “if the first defendant can unilaterally make a proclamation calling out, operationally engaging, using and or deploying the armed forces of the Federation to the southeastern part of the country without recourse to the National Assembly as envisaged under Section 217 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended”.

Related: Operation Python Dance: Forceful Military Occupation Of Igbo Land – ADF |RN

The fourth prayer was to determine whether “there is a situation of external aggression, threat to territorial integrity or violation of the borders of Nigeria and or insurrection in the southeastern part of the country, as contemplated under section 217 of the constitution, to warrant the deployment of armed forces in the military operation, Egwu Eke”.

In seeking relief, the plaintiff requested that the court declare that the action of the defendants, especially the first(the president of Nigeria), in engaging the army in the south-east is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

It also sought an order of the court to restrain the defendants especially the 1st defendant from deploying and or further engaging the army against the southeastern Nigeria with its ‘Operation Python Dance or Egwu Eke.

It equally asked for an order compelling the defendants to “recall forthwith all soldiers, men and officers of the armed forces already deployed to the south-east in furtherance of operation Egwu Eke.

Related: Biafra: Igbo Delegation Visits UN, US Congress |The Republican News

In the proceedings today, the plaintiff obtained a leave of court to serve the defendants by substituted means, by publishing the summons in a nationally circulating newspaper.

The ADF was represented at the court yesterday by Barristers Max Ozoaka, and Chinedu Okeke.

Others who represented ADF President, Prof T.U. Nwala included its financial secretary, Dr Jerry Chukwuokolo, and Dr Arinze Nwosu, Council member of the organization.

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IPOB Sues Buratai, Demands Kanu’s Whereabout |The Republican News

 

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IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

By Ike A. Offor

The last may not have been heard of the rift between the Nigerian Army and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as the group has dragged Chief of Army Staff, Lt- Gen Tukur Buratai, to the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, asking the court to compel the army chief to produce its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

IPOB lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in the suit, filed, today, Wednesday 27th Sept, said Kanu’s known whereabouts was with the military personnel who attacked his premises in the course of their Operation PYTHON DANCE II, on September 14.

There have been speculations that Nnamdi Kanu and his parents might have been arrested and dumped in some undisclosed prison in the North, in order to remove them from the eye of the public and to silence him.

This also will set his bail condition squarely on the shoulder of the federal government, whose duty it is now to produce him.

This will now put the federal government on the defensive, by either producing Kanu or tell the public what happened to him during the invasion of his family home on that fateful day

Both Nnamdi Kanu and his father, who is a traditional ruler of his autonomous community, and his mother have not been heard from or seen since after the attack on their home. Their family dog was killed during the attack on their family home, and wanton destruction of their home and his father’s palace.

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