President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday unveiled locally produced mine resistant ambush protected vehicles named Ezugwu and other armoured vehicles designed to carry out insertion and extraction of troops, assault, counter-terrorism, delivery of high fire power and urban warfare.
The vehicles were unveiled during the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Kaduna.
Other primary and secondary armaments unveiled at the event included anti-aircraft guns that also carry a crew of twelve commanders, driver, two gunners and eight soldiers.
“These armoured vehicles that were produced by DICON are testimonies that government’s effort is yielding positive results.
“It is encouraging to note that the Nigerian army as a critical element of national power is involved in innovative and inventive ventures to become an army to be proud of in the future by all Nigerians.
“There is no doubt that a lot has been achieved by the army since my assumption into office.
“Our administration has continued to provide resources for the execution of transformational projects with the aim of modernising the army to be better positioned to perform its constitutional roles,” the president said.
Buhari noted the collaborative efforts of the command engineering depot with relevant indigenous organisations to promote local content towards developing Nigeria’s Military Industrial Complex.
“In this regard, it is pertinent to acknowledge the establishment of the Army University, Biu, the Army Resource Center in the Army War College to further boost intellectual capacities in the forces,” he said.
The president further lauded the Nigerian army for the establishment of Army Cyber Warfare Command, Fifty Space Command and the Land Forces Segregation Center.
He said they were laudable efforts aimed at repositioning the army to address emerging and future threats to national security.
Buhari described the Nigerian Army Conference as an avenue for strategic leaders and operational commanders to appraise, assess and evaluate the army’s activities for the year 2019 as well as make projections for improved engagements in 2020 and beyond.
“This kind of self-assessment is being sustained because it is critical for the professional development of the Nigerian army. One of the cardinal pillars of our government is the provision of security,” he stressed.
The president appreciated men and officers of Nigerian army for their relentless effort in securing the country, noting that “many personnel have lost their lives, some have sustained injuries and a significant number have been away from their families for a long time.”
Gov. Nasiru el-Rufai in a goodwill message said Kaduna State was privileged to play host to many military formations which bring various benefits to the state.
“We are proud of the leadership of the Nigerian army. Here in Kaduna, we cannot forget the role the Nigerian army plays in encouraging peace and security across the state in the last four years.”
He said the army had helped to restore peace and stability in the Southern Kaduna by establishing an operational base.
“We appreciate the initiative, innovative and investments undertaken by the army which by extension benefit our people.”
El-Rufai disclosed that, the assembling of automotive vehicles for the use of the army has begun in Kaduna, in addition to the Peugeot Automobile Assembly plant.
“DICON is also starting garment for the armed forces and para military agencies.
“We are establishing a cluster garmenting that will produce not only military and paramilitary uniforms, but also civilian clothing for domestic and export.
“We are going to take advantage of that and we are very grateful to the army for being that catalyst for development,” El-Rufai said.
BREAKING: DSS Bar Journalists From Premises Of Magu’s Probe
Men of the Department of State Service (DSS) on Monday barred journalists from gaining access to Conference Centre of the State House where the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was being grilled.
News broke on Monday of the alleged arrest of Magu by the DSS.
However, State House Correspondents went over to the Conference Centre to ascertain the state of the development.
Men of the DSS, many of whom had been stationed within the premises of the Conference Centre, however, asked the journalists to leave the premises.
“They said you people should excuse the use of this place for today,” a security official detailed to the venue, politely told reporters.
JUST IN: DSS Arrests EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu
The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
It was that DSS operatives arrived the EFCC headquarters in Abuja Monday afternoon and quietly whisked him away without creating any scene.
His arrest comes a few days after Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), accused the anti-graft czar of gross infractions.
The AGF asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Magu over some “weighty” allegations, including the diversion of recovered loot.
In addition to allegedly re-looting the recovered loot, Malami accused the acting EFCC chairman of insubordination and misconduct.
It was also learnt that the EFCC chief travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates without the authorisation of the president during the COVID-19 lockdown.
And when he was questioned, he said he went for an investigation.
He is also alleged to be living above his means.
In 2016, the senate declined to confirm the appointment of Magu as EFCC chairman after a DSS report indicted him of corruption.
The report read: “Magu is currently occupying a residence rented for N40m at N20m per annum. This accommodation was not paid [for] from the commission’s finances, but by one Umar Mohammed, air commodore retired, a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the secret service.
“For the furnishing of the residence, Magu enlisted the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed, to furnish the residence at the cost of N43m.”
Buhari Condemns Boko Haram’s Attack On UN Helicopter In Northeast
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned what he called “the dastardly attack on UN aid helicopter in the Northeast on Saturday by the Boko Haram terrorists.”
In a reaction to the reports of the incident, President Buhari said:
“This latest cowardly attack on the UN humanitarian helicopter is yet another desperate rear guard action by the Boko Haram terrorists who have been under intense pressure from the Nigerian military.”
“Let me reassure the international community and Nigerians that this latest cowardly attack on a UN helicopter which claimed the lives of two people, including a five year old baby, would not go without severe consequences.”
“Boko Haram terrorists are clearly on the back foot and their increasing attacks on innocent civilians, including UN humanitarian workers, was part of their desperation to prove that they are strong in order to cover up their dwindling fortunes.”
President Buhari said “the security of foreigners and Nigerians remain the top priority of this administration, and we shall leave no stone unturned until we eliminate these remorseless enemies of humanity.”
The President also underscored the need for all humanitarian and other aid workers in the region to, at all times, properly coordinate movements — air or land, with the Theatre Commander and other military authorities.
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