Taraba killings: Troops allegedly withdraw over rumours of attack  

The Taraba State government on Saturday expressed shock over the sudden withdrawal of troops deployed in the state to enforce peace and security. In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan-Abu, the Taraba State government lamented what they described as  unceremonious withdrawal of the troops from the operations. “The surprise is that no reason was given for the withdrawal and government was not aware. “At the moment the reason for the withdrawal of the soldiers is not known to us,”…

Dapchi Schoolgirl: We Were Flown In Planes and Taken Over Rivers In Boats

More curious details about how the Dapchi schoolgirls were returned to their town by Boko Haram on Wednesday morning have emerged, with one of the girls telling a British newspaper, The Guardian, that they were flown in planes, and taken over rivers in boat by the terrorists. Hafsat Abdullahi phoned the British newspaper on Wednesday afternoon to say her 16-year-old sister Fatima, who had been taken, had been dropped off in Dapchi. She puts her sister on the phone. “It took us three days to get back to Dapchi,” said…

Military Court Sentences Soldier to Death, Others to Jail Terms

The General Court Martial (GOC) sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State has sentenced a soldier serving in Operation LAFIYA DOLE to death for murder. Other soldiers also bagged jail sentences for various offences ranging from manslaughter to illegal possession of fire arms and ammunitions. The soldier, Lance Corporal John Godwin, was charged with murder, which is punishable under Section 106 (a) of Armed Forces Acts (Cap A20), Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, for killing five rescued civilians in Yamteke town of Borno State. The civilians were earlier rescued…

Nigerian Army Introduces New Language Policy

The Nigerian Army has introduced a new Language Policy. The study of foreign and local languages is world-wide practice among armies, in which officers and soldiers are encouraged to be multi-lingual. According to Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations, the Policy will foster espirit-de-corps and better communication with the populace to enhance information gathering, civil-military relations, increase understanding between militaries when operating abroad and assist officers and soldiers to perform their duties professionally. “It is to be noted that English remains the official language in the Nigerian…