127 soldiers tender resignation from Nigerian Army

A total of 127 soldiers have tendered their resignation from the Nigerian Army, This is despite the worsening security challenges the military is currently combating in some parts of the country.

The soldiers, drawn from various formations of the army across the country, are all of the junior cadres who are mostly at the forefront in the field.

Their resignation may not be unconnected to the dwindling morale within the rank and file of the officers which has caused a lot of disaffection between high ranking officers and low ranking officers.

Also, the inability of military funding to translate to actual weapons of engagement for the troops against the insurgents, may be responsible for this latest round of resignation. This is despite the defense sector taking a large chunk of Nigeria’s budget.

This latest round of disengagement is coming barely seven months after a mass resignation took place last year.

The soldiers who tendered their resignation are one Master Warrant Officer, three Warrant Officers, 22 Staff Sergeants, 29 Sergeants, 64 Corporals, seven Lance Corporals and one Private, will disengage in May.

The Chief of Army Staff, lieutenant general Tukur Buratai, is said to have approved their formal resignation, according to PremiumTimes.

According to a memo signed by brigadier general T.A Gagariga, all the 127 soldiers who tendered their resignation are to submit all military properties in their possession.

“In compliance with the provisions of section A, the COAS vide reference B has approved the voluntary discharge of the above named NWO and 126 others listed in annex A. The soldiers are to proceed on terminal leave WEF 26th April, 21 while their disengagement date takes effect from 26th May 21 in accordance with the NA administrative policies and procedures No. 27 paragraphs 3 and 4,” the memo addressing the soldiers read.

“Accordingly, I am directed to request you relate to their respective units to release the affected soldiers to report to HQ CAR with their unit service documents for documentation NLT 5th January 21 and ensure that:”

“a. All forms of military controlled items, arms, ammunition and items of combat kits are recovered from the soldiers prior to their disengagement date and certified that they are properly de-kitted.”

“b. They complete all necessary documentation for withdrawal from: 1. NAWIS contributions 2. DENFUND contribution 3. National Mortgage Contributions,” the memo read.

File Photo of the Nigerian Army logo.

The Nigerian Army has redeployed 210 generals and over a thousand of its officers to various new positions in a major shakeup.

In a list obtained by Channels Television on Saturday, a total of 1,546 officers were redeployed.

Besides the generals that were redeployed, 450 Colonels, 309 Majors, 251 Captains and 322 Lieutenants were also affected.

According to the communication signed by Major-General GAT Ochigbano, all affected officers must take over from the effective dates.

“It is the responsibility of all formation/unit commanders whose officers are affected by this posting to implement accordingly,” the statement read.

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate cases of police brutality and the incident at the Lekki tollgate area of the state has resumed its sitting with the Nigerian Army continuing its testimony.The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate cases of police brutality and the incident at the Lekki tollgate area of the state has resumed its sitting with the Nigerian Army continuing its testimony.

Commander 81 military intelligence brigade, Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo, speaking before the panel on Saturday, claimed that the events that culminated in the incident of October 20 at the Lekki Toll Gate had its remote causes in the wider EndSARS protest and its immediate causes in the lawlessness that ensued from October 18.

Brigadier Taiwo explained that the attack made the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to call on the army to interfere in the crisis and due to the urgency of the situation, the governor imposed a 24-hour curfew which was to commence at 4:00 pm on October 20 but was later shifted to 9:00 pm.

According to him, the time was not communicated to the Nigerian Army, and troops were deployed immediately upon receipt of the signal to activate phase 4, meaning immediate deployment of soldiers outside the barrack to help control the crisis of internal security.

He insists that the troops were not only deployed to the Lekki tollgate, but to other areas like Badagry, Ikorodu, Apapa, Alimosho, Epe, Lagos Island and the entire state to restore normalcy.

Brigadier Taiwo added that the army were shooting into the air at the Lekki tollgate and not at the protesters, backing his statement up with several video clips of what he says transpired that night.

Furthermore, he claimed that after the soldiers left the area, hoodlums went on to destroy the toll gate plaza.

He also insisted that the troops used blank bullets that contain gun powder, and cannot cause any damage to the flesh, and if real bullets were used one bullet would have killed three persons per shot.

Aisha Yesufu became popular after she was seen in numerous protest fronts, protesting to End SARS and End Police Brutality.

She was seen in so many locations protesting, voicing out for Nigerians, to the government against all forms of bad governance and infringement of rights of citizens.

Aisha Yesufu was first known, though by few after she contributed to the rescue of some of the abducted Chibok girls who were kidnapped by the Boko Haram insurgency. She has then been seen on various protest grounds during the End SARS and End Police Brutality protest.

See some of her pictures below.

Aisha Yesufu was seen to have taken to her Twitter account to respond to a news that the popular Boko Haram terrorist boss, Shekau and 84 other members have been declared wanted.

Aisha Yesufu responded to the tweet which was made by the Punch Newspapers’ Official Twitter account. In the post as made by Punch Newspapers, it wrote:

“Army declares Shekau, Al-Barnawi, 84 other B’Haram terrorists wanted”

Aisha Yesufu, in her response to the tweet asked a very important question. She asked whether the #EndSARS protesters’ case has been treated, as she wrote:

“Are they done with #EndSARS protesters?”

After Aisha Yesufu asked this question, lots of Nigerians took to the comments section to react to the post.

Below are some of the comments from people.

What can you say to this?

Finally, Nigerian Army reveals names of officers at Lekki shootings

The Nigerian Army has submitted an affidavit to the Lagos State Judicial Panel on police brutality set up by the state government to probe the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

Brigadier General Ibrahim Taiwo, representing the army authorities had been summoned and was already seated.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">In the statement already before the panel, he confirmed that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos had requested the intervention of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai to suppress the already brewing violence within some parts of the state.In the statement already before the panel, he confirmed that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos had requested the intervention of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai to suppress the already brewing violence within some parts of the state.

According to the affidavit, Lieutenant Colonel Salisu Ovada Bello, the Commander of the 65 Battalion was at the Lekki Tollgate and had fired blank bullets into the air in order to disperse the protesters. The commander explained that no one had died, adding that only two people fainted.

The affidavit also explained that Brigadier General Francis Omata, who was also at the Lekki tollgate, confirmed later that evening that there were no fatalities. Omata noted that live ammunition was not used.

Meanwhile, the panel failed to sit on Saturday after members could not form a quorum. Chairman of the panel and retired Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Doris Okuwobi said the youth representatives did not show up for today’s sitting.

Their absence may not be unconnected to the freezing of the accounts of 19 individuals and a public affairs company linked to the #EndSARS protests in which one of them, Rinu Odulala, a member of the panel is said to have been affected.

A source close to the panel confirmed to Channels Television that it views this as a direct attack on the sitting. This comes a day after a Federal High Court in Abuja granted the request of the Central Bank of Nigeria to freeze the said accounts as filed by the apex bank on October 20.

The court order directed the affected banks to freeze all transactions on the accounts for a period of 180 days pending the outcome of an investigation currently being conducted by the CBN.

Doctor Kemi Olunloyo calls out for Lanre Agunbiade’s dead body. In her actual words:

“#BREAKING People DIED in the #LekkiMassacre They have a name.

This Lanre Agunbiade a car dealership owner native of llesha, lived with his wife & kids in Lagos. A source at MRS hospital in Bonny

camp told me that his body was dumped there with 7 others on October 20th 2020 I’m appealing to you to pls RELEASE Lanre’s camp MRS hospital after the shot at protesters. Lanre fell, he was a The least you could do is to release his body.

Governor @jidesanwoolu #DefenceHQ #Nigerian Army you have now admitted showing up at Lekki but still deny shooting.

body for burial. He was shot dead by soldiers. We need his body. He died at Bonny

#LekkiMassacre As a global Community & Gun Violence Activist, I speak for the voiceless in our communities. Nigerian Army

patriot just visiting the #EndSARS protest for a better Nigeria for his children. They think he’s traveled. He’s never coming back

He has been identified by my source in Bonny Camp MRS hospital. The soldiers from the 81st Battalion brought him in. Pls RELEASE

Mr Lanre Agunbiade’s body to his family.

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Tension Mounts As Buhari, Army Gets 15-day Ultimatum To Expose Lekki Massacre Soldiers, 4 More Death Recorded
Lekki: Right groups give FG, Army 15-day ultimatum to fish out ‘killer’ soldiers

A coalition of four civil society groups- Campaign for Democracy (CD), Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE), Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) and Igbo Elders Forum (IEF) – yesterday, gave 15-day ultimatum to the Federal Government and the Army to fish out soldiers that shot peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, to avert another protest.

The groups berated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for what they termed “double standard” of allegedly inviting soldiers, denying knowledge of who invited them and setting up panel to probe killings.

This is as the Amnesty International (AI) insisted that soldiers carried out the Lekki shootings.

On Tuesday, October 20, suspected soldiers opened fire at the Lekki tollgate where young protesters had been converging in Lagos.

While the army initially denied having a hand in the incident, it said on Tuesday that it got involved because the Lagos government invited it to restore order.

Speaking on behalf of the groups, Publicity Secretary of CD and Chairman CD, South East Zone, Dede Uzor A.Uzor, said if the ultimatum expired without meeting the demands it would be an invitation to “another mother of all protests that will shake the foundation of Nigeria.”

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The groups berated <strong>Lagos government</strong> and the Army for pretending not to know the people behind the shooting when in actual sense they were united in sending troops to Lekki toll gate, a fact the soldiers themselves cannot deny.The groups berated Lagos government and the Army for pretending not to know the people behind the shooting when in actual sense they were united in sending troops to Lekki toll gate, a fact the soldiers themselves cannot deny.

In a new development, the Governor of Lagos State, Sanwo — Olu made a Statement on Twitter according to Vanguard Newspapers.

He said “We have to be very careful in making a careless statement. It is a very sensitive issue. That’s all I can say for now.”

This statement comes after the Governor informed the public that the military came on their own accord and that he has no power to summon the military which the military denied saying they were invited by him as the situation got a bit tough.

Below are Screenshot from Twitter and how Nigerians are reacting to the Governor’s statement –

How do you relate with the Governor’s statement and what does it mean to you?

Source: The Sun News

Don’t get too excited, Buhari will never approve state, LGA police – Fani-Kayode

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to a statement by the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army on the shootings at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos State.

The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a series of tweets on his official Twitter page on Tuesday said that the statement by the Nigerian Army has a grave implication on the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

According to the politician, Sanwo-Olu was thrown under the bus by the Army.

He wrote: “The @HQNigerianArmy claim it was the LASG that asked for soldiers to be deployed at Lekki. The implications of this for @jidesanwoolu are grave. He has been thrown under the bus by the military.”

The Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 81 Division, Maj. Osoba Olaniyi, had disclosed in a statement, that the troops were requested to restore law and order 24 hours after the curfew was declared.

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Olaniyi insisted that the soldiers did not shoot at the#EndSARS protesters, adding that the personnel acted within “the confines of the Rules of Engagement for Internal Security operations.”Olaniyi insisted that the soldiers did not shoot at the#EndSARS protesters, adding that the personnel acted within “the confines of the Rules of Engagement for Internal Security operations.”

The issue of EndSARS Protest which turned bloody has been generating concern in the mind of most Nigerians.

October 20, 2020 will forever be a day Nigerians will never forget due to the number of lives that was lost on that day after some armed people in Uniform suspected to be Men of the Nigerian Army Allegedly opened fire at peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate thereby claiming the lives of over 70 people as reported in the media.

After that incident happened, many wye witness at the scene recount therm terrible moment by showing bullets which were picked on the floor at the Lekki toll gate. However, after the incident there have been different reaction from the Nigerian Army, Lagos state governor and the Federal Government.

While the Nigerian Army denied the allegation that their men opened fire at peaceful protesters saying the video was photoshopped, Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu also claimed that no life was lost and this made people angry thereby hurling all sort of abuse against the Governor.

As days goes by, people kept on asking, who then ordered the shooting?

As the question kept rolling in the air, there was another revelation this evening.

However, Lagos Governor Babjide Sanwo Olu while featuring on a live interview on CNN this evening made revelations that the video clip he saw showed that the Military Men carried out the massacre stating that the men who shot the peaceful Protesters were in uniform meaning Nigeria Army ordered the shooting.

Also, Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu admitted that the video being Circulated is valid and revealed that CCTV cameras were present at the location where it happened.

Furthermore, when asked about his commitment to ensuring full investigation into the matter, the governor said although he is not the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces but he will provide the evidence to Judicial panel of enquiry for review starting from monday and will do everything in his power to make sure that everyone found culpable will be held accountable for the act.

He also promised to copy all outcome of the inquiry to all relevant authorities for further action.

He promised that in his own capacity, he will do everything possible to make sure that those involved in the Lekki shooting will certainly be held accountable.

Watch Video From CNN Interview Here👇🏼

A Nigerian Army colonel, SB Onifade, who was abducted along Abuja-Kaduna Highway, has been reportedly killed by his abductors after collecting N10million ransom from his friends and family.

Onifade, a consultant gynaecologist, was abducted near Olam Farms area of the highway while traveling on September 27, 2020. 

Sources who confirmed the development to Daily Nigerian, said that Onifade was killed on Saturday, despite payment of the N10million ransom. 

It was gathered that the Nigerian Army had launched massive rescue operation for the officer, while ransom negotiation was ongoing.