• We don’t need mercenaries to fight Boko Haram – DHQ

    We don’t need mercenaries to fight Boko Haram – DHQ

    According to reports, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has described Wednesday 9 November 2016 edition of Thisday Newspaper claiming that foreign mercenaries would be used to fight Boko Haram as not only mischievous and unfounded but lacks merit and far from the truth.

    The DHQ, in a statement by Rabe Abubakar, Brigadier General and Acting Director Defence Information, stated that the Nigerian Armed Forces has the capacity and capability to clear the remnants of the terrorists from our land and that is […]

  • Military will end attacks by herdsmen soon – DHQ assures

    Military will end attacks by herdsmen soon – DHQ assures

    According to reports, the Nigerian military has assured that it would soon combat Fulani herdsmen unleashing terror on the citizens across the nation.

    The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin, while speaking on the successes recorded by the military in crushing Boko Haram insurgents, said it has become necessary to end the activities of the herdsmen and other criminal gangs nationwide.

    Olonishakin, who was represented by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Abubakar Rabe, addressed journalists in Kaduna at […]

  • No disquiet in the military over Chibok girls’ release – DHQ

    No disquiet in the military over Chibok girls’ release – DHQ

    Nigerian military has debunked claims widely publicised on some national dailies and some online media that the military said it has no knowledge of the release of 21 Chibok girls by the Boko Haram sect.

    In a release made available to newsmen on Saturday, the military said it is working in harmony with sister security agencies to ensure the freedom of the remaining girls as well as rid the country totally of the terrorist group. It however said negotiations for the […]

  • Boko Haram video diversionary, says DHQ

    Boko Haram video diversionary, says DHQ

    According to reports, the Nigerian Armed Forces says while it would have allowed the ranting of the Boko Haram in its latest video clip to go without formal reaction, it becomes necessary to make some comments to douse the apprehension of the Nigerian citizens concerning the outburst in the video clip.

    In a statement by Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, Acting Director Defence Information, the army said that the video clip is diversionary and a desperate attempt by the dying Boko Haram […]

  • Boko Haram: We didn’t kill Chibok girls during air strikes – DHQ

    Boko Haram: We didn’t kill Chibok girls during air strikes – DHQ

    The Defence Headquarters on Sunday said it had started examining the latest video from the Boko Haram group purporting to show some of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.

    Some girls wearing headscarves, in the video, were seen behind a Boko Haram militant who demanded the release of fighters in return for freeing the girls.

    The militant also claimed that some of the girls have been killed in air strikes by the Nigerian military.

    In response to the claim, the Director of Defence Information, Brigadier […]

  • The announcement of new leader for Boko Haram is irrelevant – DHQ

    The announcement of new leader for Boko Haram is irrelevant – DHQ

    The Defence Headquarters says the announcement of a new Boko Haram leader is irrelevant and inconsequential to the military’s operation in the North East.

    The Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, told NAN in Abuja on Wednesday that the military remained focused on its operation in the North East despite this development.

    Abubakar said the announcement of a new leader for the group was only aimed at seeking attention and relevance. A magazine published by ISIS had on Wednesday said former […]

  • Boko Haram militants now disguise as vigilantes, says DHQ

    Boko Haram militants now disguise as vigilantes, says DHQ

    The Defence Headquarters on Monday said Boko Haram militants now disguise as vigilante members and hunters to evade the military.

    The Defence Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said the military discovered the Boko Haram militants’ latest antics during a coordinated offensive against remnants of the terrorists in Sambisa forest.

    He said, “The fleeing terrorists now disguise as vigilantes or hunters to evade easy detection. The terrorists, after they have been smoked out of Sambisa forest and in their desperation to wreak havoc […]

  • Military not plotting to overthrow Buhari’s government – DHQ

    Military not plotting to overthrow Buhari’s government – DHQ

    Hours after the Nigerian Army denied teaming up with any group to topple the democratically-elected government of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Defence Headquarters has distanced itself from such plans, stressing that the online report which alleged so is not only diversionary but a complete propaganda.

    “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to another campaign of calumny and distraction by faceless criminal gang of economic saboteurs that hide under the aegis of Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) alleging […]

  • DHQ denies granting amnesty to Boko Haram members

    DHQ denies granting amnesty to Boko Haram members

    The Defence Headquarters had condemned online reports that 800 Boko Haram members had been granted amnesty. It said the story was false and called on the public to disregard it, stressing that it would not tolerate acts of terrorism or criminality by any group.

    It said its decision to rehabilitate repentant members of Boko Haram was based on a United Nations convention and could not be considered as amnesty.

    A statement by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, in response […]

  • How Boko Haram insurgents bait youths with loans to recruit – DHQ explains

    How Boko Haram insurgents bait youths with loans to recruit – DHQ explains

    The authorities of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday disclosed that the Boko Haram group is using monetary loans as bait to recruit unsuspecting youths, especially those in the North-East.

    A statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said the group had adopted this new strategy to attract new members to their fold having lost a substantial number to the recent onslaught by troops of the Nigerian military.

    He said that the loan is usually given to […]

  • DHQ confirms arrest of Boko Haram terrorist commander Khalid al-Barnawi, others

    DHQ confirms arrest of Boko Haram terrorist commander Khalid al-Barnawi, others

    The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has confirmed the arrest of Khalid al-Barnawi, the leader of Ansaru terrorist group in Lokoja, Kogi State.

    The Director Defence information, Brigadier Rabe Abubakar, who confirmed the arrest, also disclosed that more terrorists have been arrested while other Boko Haram members have also surrendered to the security agencies.

    “With ongoing aggressive military operations in the North-East, some Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to the Nigerian troops just as some top commanders were arrested while fleeing from the theatre […]