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It was unthinkable to alleged Nigerian soldiers aborted 10,000 pregnancies- Former Theatre Commander

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It was unthinkable to alleged Nigerian soldiers aborted 10,000 pregnancies- Former Theatre Commander

By: Michael Mike

The former theatre Commander of Operation Lafia Dole in the North East, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi has refuted Reuters’ reports of abortion of 10,000 pregnancies, infanticide and other forms of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) against the Nigeria military, saying that it is thoughtless as a bunch of lies.

The witness who stated this in his oral testimony before the 7-Member panel Chaired by Justice Abdu Aboki (rtd) wondered why it is only Reuters as a media organisation that was privy to the said grave human rights violations and atrocious crimes allegedly committed by the Nigeria Armed Forces in the counter insurgency operations in the North East.

Adeniyi, who is presently the Director Directorate of Counter Terrorism at the Army Research Centre, said how possible is it that of all the various News Agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations, International Partners etc, it is only Reuters that publish this kind of report.

Responding to the first part of the three-tier report which focused on systematic, illegal and secret abortion programme in the North East by the military since 2013, the senior military officer said, “In Africa we don’t do such things, you will not say that because soldiers are keeping custody of these returning women you now give them injection so that the babies in their womb will be aborted.”

On the issue of Boko Haram children allegedly killing terminating pregnancies and “deleting children” believed to have been fathered by Boko Haram insurgents on the premise that they will grow into another generation of Boko Haram and carry arms against the State, Adeniyi rhetorically asked, “What is the meaning of Boko Haram babies?”

Testifying further, he disclosed that solders are not angry that they are fighting Boko Haram insurgency because they are doing their work otherwise let some of these girls whose pregnancies were reportedly terminated by soldiers come out clear and say so, that will help the panel and indeed everyone to know the truth.

According to the erstwhile Brigade Commander 37 artillery Brigade Maiduguri, Borno state it is sad that somebody clutching a cup of tea in his cozy and air-conditioned room will decide to write this kind of report that has no bearing with the situation on ground.

“The allegation that Nigerian military terminated women pregnancies is not true. Things don’t just happen in the Army. Before anything happens, resources are committed, directives are given and those asked to carry out some actions report back. Secondly if such things happen soldiers will talk among themselves or at least gossip about them. These women I hope they are alive let them come out and say this is what happened to me”, he stated..

He added that: “The military is open in what it does except in rare circumstances like operations and timing of operations, however, even the things that military is keeping open people will say it is secret. If the military buys ammunitions it is on the pages of newspapers even in the USA it is so. You will not coordinate any operation in the Army without the knowledge of the higher echelon. So the issue of troops acting outside the rules is not permitted in the Army otherwise they will be court martialled.”

Speaking further, he stated that such magnitude of infractions alleged against the military if they actually happened, they would have been in the government records and archives and people must know because there is nothing so secretive in the Nigerian Army.

“Since 1999 the military has been strictly subordinated by the democratic process therefore it will not be possible for anyone to do anything and nobody will know and administering 10,000 injections to this number of women to terminate pregnancies must be recorded somewhere.”

Besides, he recalled that even in the past most of the allegations against the Nigeria Armed Forces normally come up when the State is overpowering the insurgents, adding that it is treasonable for any soldier to commit such offences as claimed by Reuters.

He noted that: “An average Nigerian soldier is above 18 years and I did not see any Medical Officer risking his medical certificate by aborting pregnancies. These women are kidnapped after shooting and killing their family members by Boko Haram and thereafter keep them under forced protective custody even though it is wrong, so why will soldier now kill the children of such women or terminate their pregnancies.”

He said that the soldiers already know that marriage existing between the insurgents and the affected women is forced and illegal and as such would not want to subject them to further trauma by killing their children or terminating their pregnancies.

“Nobody is thinking that these women are in love with their so called Boko Haram husband and the soldiers know very well that this man is keeping these women with the use of gun thereby risking their lives because these women were not married legally”, he stated.

He, however, conceded that where there are a large number of people there will be bad eggs stressing there is no policy in the military that will permit killing of innocent civilians. “While I am not vouching for anyone there are processes that will make it impossible for you to commit such crimes”, he maintained.

The former Theatre Commander said that if the soldiers are interested in killing anyone from the camp of insurgents who are now in custody they would have started with the Boko Haram members in Army custody instead of women and children who were not bearing arms.

He said that many of the Boko Haram members who sustained injuries before they were captured are still receiving medical treatment from military hospitals and no soldier has harmed them because it is against the law to kill any combatant upon capture since he did not die in the frontline.

In furtherance of his oral evidence, he told the panel that Nigerian soldiers are not revengeful and are not wild or wired with wrong ideologies to act in such a manner that will undermine the rights of women and children in the course of military operations.

It was unthinkable to alleged Nigerian soldiers aborted 10,000 pregnancies- Former Theatre Commander

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Two Notorious Kidnappers Apprehended by Security Forces in Taraba

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Two Notorious Kidnappers Apprehended by Security Forces in Taraba

By: Zagazola Makama

In a major breakthrough, troops of the 6 Brigade of the Nigerian Army have arrested two kidnappers, known for their involvement in a string of high-profile abductions in the region.

Intelligence sources, told Zagazola Makama that the suspects, identified as Fankau Algaji Laulo and Ahmadu Buba Ango were taken into custody in a raid conducted by a joint team of military personnel and hunters at Garin Baka and Gongon Maliki in Ardo Kola and Yoro LGA in Taraba State.

According to sources, the duo had been on the radar of security agencies for months, following a series of kidnappings that had left families and communities in a state of fear.

The arrest was made possible through intelligence gathering and meticulous planning by the security forces. The suspects are currently being interrogated, and preliminary investigations have revealed their involvement in multiple kidnapping cases.

The suspects further revealed that they are in possession of Ak47 rifles and their camps is located in GADAWA in Zunguri village of Baisa I Kurmi LGA.

They also added that the members of their gangs were from Adamawa, Gombe, Plateau states and Cameroon.

The military sources said that the arrest of the two notorious kidnappers will significantly dismantle the kidnapping syndicate and ensure the safety of the community.

“The authorities have praised the efforts of the security personnel involved in the operation and have urged anyone with information on criminal activities to come forward.

“This development has brought relief to the families of the victims and the community at large, who have been living in fear of the kidnappers’ reign of terror.

“The suspects will face the full weight of the law, and their arrest serves as a warning to other criminal elements that the security forces will not tolerate such heinous crimes,”said the source.

Two Notorious Kidnappers Apprehended by Security Forces in Taraba

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Breaking News: Army Apprehends Mastermind Behind Deadly Attack on Taraba Community

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Breaking News: Army Apprehends Mastermind Behind Deadly Attack on Taraba Community

By: Zagazola Makama

In a significant breakthrough, the Nigerian army troops 6 Brigade Jalingo, Taraba State has arrested the mastermind behind the recent devastating attack on Mararaban Azagwa, Maihura in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The suspect was taken into custody in an intelligence-led Operation conducted by the troops on Wednesday June 19, 2024.

Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama that the apprehended individual was the brains behind the attack on the farming community that claimed the lives of six innocent civilians including a 90 years old Man.

According to military sources,
The army has been working tirelessly to track down the perpetrators, and this arrest is a major achievement in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations. The suspect is currently being interrogated, and further details are expected to emerge in the coming days.

The military has assured citizens that they will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of the nation, and that those responsible for the attack will be brought to justice.

This development has brought a sense of relief to the community, and the army’s efforts have been hailed as a significant success in the fight against terrorism.

Breaking News: Army Apprehends Mastermind Behind Deadly Attack on Taraba Community

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N’West: Troops of 1 DIV Guarantee Terror-free Sallah, Kill 1 Buharin Yadi Cohort

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N’West: Troops of 1 DIV Guarantee Terror-free Sallah, Kill 1 Buharin Yadi Cohort

By: Zagazola Makama

About a week after one of the most-notorious terrorists in the North-West, Buharin Yadi, was killed by troops of 1 Division, one of his powerful cohorts, Daushe, has also been felled by the bullets of troops.

Daushe met his Waterloo on Eid-el-Kabir day, Sunday, June 16 when troops of Sector 6 of the Nigerian Army, in its effort at ensuring terror-free Sallah celebrations across the bandits-troubled North-West, carried out a decisive operation across Giwa LGA, Kaduna State. 

To carry out the successful patrol, several platoons of the troops deployed across the general area on the security duty were married up at Sabon Layi, from where they advanced to Kidandan area. 

As they advanced closer to Kidandan, troops sighted the terrorist, who was later identified as Daushe, riding his motorcycle at a high speed, in his effort to flee from the patrolling troops.

As the troops gave him achit pursuit, Daushe abandoned his motorcycle and fled to nearby settlement at the outskirts of which troops killed him while trying to escape to the surrounding bush. 

Items recovered from the killed terrorist were two sacks of corn flour and one mobile phone. 

Troops, vibrating with a high morale, have scaled up and sustained the patrol to guarantee terror-free Sallah celebrations for the residents of the LGA.

N’West: Troops of 1 DIV Guarantee Terror-free Sallah, Kill 1 Buharin Yadi Cohort

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