• Boko Haram is gone forever, says CDS

    Boko Haram is gone forever, says CDS

    According to reports, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, declared yesterday that Boko Haram is gone forever whether its so-called leader, Abubakar Shekau, is alive or dead.

    Speaking with journalists through the acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, at a media parley in Kaduna, he said Boko Haram insurgency had been, “totally degraded, decimated and 100 per cent defeated”.

    He however cautioned the media against casting headlines that would create division in society and inflame conflict.

    “Today, I am […]

  • Burying 13 Generals was my greatest challenge as CDS, says Agwai

    Burying 13 Generals was my greatest challenge as CDS, says Agwai

    Former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant-General Martin-Luther Agwai, yesterday said the greatest challenge in his entire military career, was burying 13 Generals who died in the ill-fated Nigerian Air Force plane crash of September, 17, 2006, in Benue State.

    Agwai, who said their death created a huge vacuum in the army, noted that if they were to be alive today, perhaps most of the challenges facing the military in its counter insurgency operations in the Northeast would not have gotten […]

  • Exchange of Chibok girls with Boko Haram suspects, a political decision – CDS

    Exchange of Chibok girls with Boko Haram suspects, a political decision – CDS

    The decision to release Boko Haram suspects in exchange for abducted Chibok schoolgirls as being demanded by the terror sect will be a political decision.

    The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonishakin, stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a security meeting held in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.

    Olonisakin, however, said military operations against activities of the terrorist group would continue irrespective of any negotiation with the sect.

    He said: “That is a political decision to be […]

  • We won’t negotiate with Niger Delta Avengers and IPOB – CDS

    We won’t negotiate with Niger Delta Avengers and IPOB – CDS

    Following the destruction of oil pipelines and gas installations by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, has said the Armed Forces would not negotiate with them.

    Olonisakin spoke on Thursday at the inauguration of the procured 10 highlymilitarised Honker Scorpion vehicles, which were to be deployed to bases across the country in line with the Nigeria Air Force’s (NAF) new Base Defence Concept (BDC).

    The CDS, who spoke alongside the Chief of Air Staff […]