After Boko Haram attack on oil workers, Nigeria’s military chiefs to relocate to Borno

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Two days after Boko Haram ambushed oil workers killing at least 27 people, the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has asked military chiefs to move to Borno State.

Mr. Osinbajo met with military chiefs on Thursday, few hours after the Minster of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, told journalists that the government would suspend oil exploration in the Lake Chad Basin after oil workers on the exploration team and their security details were killed by Boko Haram.

PREMIUM TIMES reported the kidnap and death of the oil workers and their security details, with lecturers at the University of Maiduguri saying on Thursday that five staff of the university were among the dead while four others are still missing.

After the meeting with the military chiefs on Thursday, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali said the Service Chiefs are to move back to command centre of the ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgency with a view to consolidating the gains being recorded in the battle fields.

Mr. Dan-Ali, made this known while answering questions from State House correspondents after the closed-door meeting with Mr. Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the meeting was also attended by General Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS; Lt. General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff; Vice Admiral Ekwe Ite-Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff CAS.

According to the minister, the meeting agreed to get more surveillance devices, cameras and other vital security gadgets that will be able to see distant attackers coming to the position of the Nigerian troops.

“We just finished a meeting with the Acting President and the three Service Chiefs.

“We agreed that they should move back to the Command Centre again and see what are the things happening there.

“We have also agreed that we should get more surveillance devices, cameras that will be able to see distant attackers coming to the position of our troops.

“The period of the raining season is a difficult moment for us.

“We cannot dominate the environment like what we do during the dry season but effort is geared towards regaining back our areas,’’ he added.

Mr. Dan-Ali reassured that “all these ambushes that are happening regularly would be stopped.’’


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  • George

    Please Tokenism Yoruba man fake pastor who worship in Tinubu shrine as against Jehovah he claims to be worship relocate them all and permanently in the Sabisa forest as boko haram has long be defeated.

    All hay the Yoruba man this is good as they are planning against you not to take full control of power you are indirectly sending them to their graves so that the road will be clear for you. Yorubas evil.

    • Adekoya Adeite Sunday

      You will soon experience the visit of God’s wrath on your head.

      • Isaac B. Boroh

        @adekoyaadeitesunday:disqus

        I will like to call on the Senate to hold a public hearing on the disaster that befell Nigeria yesterday
        when Boko Haram ambushed Nigerian soldiers and killed them alongside Professors of Geology
        hired as Consultants by state-owned NNPC to conduct exploratory findings for crude oil in the
        desert of Borno state. A public hearing is warranted by the scale of the tragedy because no
        soldier, professor, driver, child, woman or anyone in the exploration entourage escaped alive.
        We need to know the basis of the exploration finding in a terror-infested territory of Borno.
        We will like to know who authorized the exploratory finding and who deployed soldiers.
        It is only then we can know if any thinking leads government directives under Buhari.

        • Gary

          Too bad nobody will take your thoughtful and patriotic call seriously for the NASS to publicly examine this totally needless loss of lives.
          Because those who should were the same folks who politicized Islam via Sharia and caused the plague of Boko Haram.
          Then in their desire to find oil by all means in their region, put the lives of troops and innocent civilians at risk in a war zone.

          Wait a while and Lai Mohammed will resume his bleating that Boko Haram has been “technically defeated”. While the body count grows in the Northeast.

  • Frank Bassey

    Too bad. What then did we negotiate with Boko Haram – just for instalmental release of Chibok girls? Maybe we should hold another round of negotiation for temporary halt of attacks. This is really unfortunate. When our President said an attack on Boko Haram was an attack on the North, he apparently did not understand the implications of that statement.

  • dan

    So the much celebrated defeat of bokoharam is a lie after all.

    • dan

      Clean up the oil pollution in Niger Delta.

  • CleanUP POLLUTION in N-DELTA

    Oil spills and pollution is killing the Niger Delta people. It is a pure case of environmental terrorism carried out by the Nigerian state with her European and American collaborators.

    Despite the billions of Dollars sold from oil the Niger Delta remains without federal presence. Not a single airport in the whole of Niger Delta has been built by Nigerian government at the center. Maritime University has been technically and deliberately forgotten. This systemic policy to make Niger Delta perpetually underdeveloped why monies from the region is used to provide infrastructure elsewhere in Abuja, Lagos etc must be resisted. Its got to stop.

    Secession from Nigeria is the only sure way to achieving absolute RESOURCE control or we stop the flow of oil money. Nigeria is irredeemable. At least not a country where the terminally ill remain commander in Chief even in death. It has happened before. It is called
    precedence. It is happening and can happen again and again. Only thieves and chronic parasites who believe in one Nigeria or the so called unity nonsense. My grand Pa was not born a Nigerian. Only 2- 3 generations have been Nigerians what about the about our ancestors? Sure they were not Nigerians. To heeeeelllllll with Nigeria!

    We demand our sovereign state of Niger DELTA

  • Concerned

    Clean up the oil pollution in Niger Delta but Nigerian govt says there is no money but there is money to prospect for oil in the North. Niger Delta people really surprise me. I just dont know why they refused to shut down the economy. Stop Nigeria from selling your oil UNTIL they clean up the spills. Simple.

    #No_OIL_sales_UNTIL_CleanUP

  • The Rt. or Lft. Hon NinjaK

    And I thought these same Military Chiefs publicly presented a “flag of defeat” to one thin, tall, somebody inside the villa…..sometime last year?
    Please where is that Town Crier again o……to shed more light on this latest reverse gear?

    • I dey hear

      @disqus_M5JqVh2dSp:disqus;

      How NOT to rescue Boko Haram captives

      “We were first elated when we heard that the military
      rescued the victims. But to our dismay we discovered that they were all
      killed. Our initial hope to see them alive was dashed. The soldiers brought
      only dead bodies. Four other staff are still missing and we are seriously
      concerned about their safety as we do not know their whereabouts.”

      …………….Danny Manmam

      (ASUU chairman in the university of Maiduguri)

    • I dey hear

      @disqus_M5JqVh2dSp:disqus;

      How NOT to rescue Boko Haram captives

      “We were first elated when we heard that the military
      rescued the victims. But to our dismay we discovered that they were all
      killed. Our initial hope to see them alive was dashed. The soldiers brought
      only dead bodies. Four other staff are still missing and we are seriously
      concerned about their safety as we do not know their whereabouts.”

      …………….Danny Manmam

      (ASUU chairman in the university of Maiduguri)

      • Concerned Citizens

        @disqus_M5JqVh2dSp:disqus

        Muhamadu Buhari is sick to death and incapacitated after he traveled out on 7th of May
        following initial treatment by blood transfusion. He is not in a physical or mental shape to
        run his personal affairs, to speak more of running the affairs of a village. He does not
        have requisite knowledge – even in good health – to perform the role of a president.

        Anything to the contrary is hogwash. No medical doctor can intern a fully fit and
        conscious patient or sequester such healthy and functional person from duty.
        Muhamadu Buhari is not adjudged by medical experts as able to perform.

        • Ike

          @innocentibhaluobe:disqus

          “What is the core vision for governance, now and into Nigeria’s future,
          by President Buhari? Only one year ago, he was, literarily, canonized as
          the second coming of a strict “miracle worker” by his teeming supporters
          and a jaded country.

          Today, the same country is divided into those who are awaiting the long-in-coming
          fruits of hopeful change versus those who insist they have seen the Buhari movie before,
          and it did not end well; they swear the leopard has not changed its ways…Worse, they predict
          he will drown in his mechanized ethnoreligious zealotry and end as a catastrophic failure! No!”

          ……………Dr. Chido Nwangwu

          [May 26th, 2016]

          • Pubik Interest

            @innocentibhaluobe:disqus

            Between May 29th 2015 and now President Buhari spent over EIGHT (8) TRILLION NAIRA.

            Where is the impact? And if there’s no impact, where is the money? That’s the real question.

            Buhari strikes poses for the camera inside his London house whilst his country sinks in a mess.

            What sort of presidency is this? Not one thing made better but instead made worse in a year!

      • 360°

        DID MUHAMADU BUHARI HAVE ANY SINGLE IDEA IN HIS HEAD SINCE 2003 WHEN HE FIRST RAN

        FOR PRESIDENT – SINCE NOTHING SO FAR, AFTER HIS TWO YEARS IN OFFICE, SHOWS ANY IDEA?

    • Man_Enough

      just as general effiong of biafra surrendered to obasanjo of the nigerian army and 50 years on, the biafrans are still kicking. nothing is new!

  • laleli

    I thought the first thing that Buhari did when he took office was to relocate military chiefs to Borno to fight Boko Haram. So, which Borno again now? On the other hand, so Arewa are serious about finding their own oil in Lake Chat. Let them find it, and leave Delta alone.

    • Bros Kande

      @disqus_M5JqVh2dSp:disqus

      Look, my brother, relocate don overtake relocate inside the dunce government of Muhamadu Buhari. When Washington Post newspaper in America was shouting in November 2015 that Muhamadu Buhari has no
      credible military strategy to fight Boko Haram, Nigerians did not listen to the Americans. Even our own
      Premium Times did not publish what Washington Post was saying. Now we can see the truth clearly.
      President Buhari relocated command and control centre to Borno state in June 2015 and since
      that time the command and control centre has been there. After Boko Haram killed all soldiers
      and all Professors of Geology in the University of Maiduguri three days ago Yemi Osinbajo
      started speaking in tongues, as the Acting President, and told the army to relocate to the
      same place they’ve been since 2015. What sort of nonsense government is this now?
      I am on my bed now. Can somebody tell me to relocate to my bed? What’s all this?

    • Jacobus James

      When they do , if they do, they still have to pipe it along hundreds of kilometers out through the south south; there is the ambush point. Or maybe it could be piped to the sea through Cameroons, Sudan to the Red Sea. There will be no air-lifting.

    • thusspokez

      I thought the first thing that Buhari did when he took office was to relocate military chiefs to Borno

      I was asking myself this question too. And wasn’t the infamous Marilyn Ogar of the SSS also relocated to Borno state? BTW, I wonder what she is up to, these days.

  • FreeNigeria

    Incompetence and corruption won’t let this terrorists be defeated. The military see it as their cash cow at the expense of human lives. Nigerians are utterly wicked.

  • thusspokez

    Two days after Boko Haram ambushed oil workers killing at least 27 people, the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has asked military chiefs to move to Borno State.

    This is not enough; Borno state should be flooded with army and state security personnel and manned checkpoints everywhere for the next decade or more.

    Of course, this will be inconvenient to the locals, hence the government needs to persuade and convince them that it is a small price to pay for their protection and security.

    • CleanUP POLLUTION in N-DELTA

      Oil spills and pollution is killing the Niger Delta people. It is a pure case of environmental terrorism carried out by the Nigerian state with her European and American collaborators.

      Despite the billions of Dollars sold from oil the Niger Delta remains without federal presence. Not a single airport in the whole of Niger Delta has been built by Nigerian government at the center. Maritime University has been technically and deliberately forgotten. This systemic policy to make Niger Delta perpetually underdeveloped why monies from the region is used to provide infrastructure elsewhere in Abuja, Lagos etc must be resisted. Its got to stop.

      Secession from Nigeria is the only sure way to achieving absolute RESOURCE control or we stop the flow of oil money. Nigeria is irredeemable. At least not a country where the terminally ill remain commander in Chief even in death. It has happened before. It is called
      precedence. It is happening and can happen again and again. Only thieves and chronic parasites who believe in one Nigeria or the so called unity nonsense. My grand Pa was not born a Nigerian. Only 2- 3 generations have been Nigerians what about the about our ancestors? Sure they were not Nigerians. To heeeeelllllll with Nigeria!

      We demand our sovereign state of Niger DELTA

      • thusspokez

        Please Note: This is an insult free thread!!!

        … environmental terrorism carried out by the Nigerian state with her European and American collaborators.

        I don’t believe that any government would collaborate with foreign oil conglomerate to terrorise its own people.

        These conglomerates have an enormous wealth, power and influence around the world. Even President Barack Obama had to fight hard with Shell BP to clean up their own spillages in the US. Obama’s response turned some British press against him for, as they saw it, picking on a British company.

        The truth of the matter is that all Nigeria governments have been cowardly, and unable to stand up to these conglomerates as President Obama did for the American people. Further, these conglomerates often use their enormous wealth to bribe government officials and even blackmail governments to get their own way.

        Maritime University has been technically and deliberately forgotten

        Pardon me, but I don’t quite understanding your thinking with regard to this university: Is the Maritime University exclusively for the Deltans or for all Nigerians? If the latter, why do you see it as a loss to the Deltans and not Nigeria. It wouldn’t be a commercial venture that will create lots of local jobs; its teaching and administrative staff will come from all over Nigeria and the rest of the world. Maybe, it is the mere bragging right that you are are after – which is understandable!

        Secession from Nigeria is the only sure way to achieving absolute RESOURCE control or we stop the flow of oil money

        Not true, but have you heard of Adaka Boro (Bless him!) ? Well check him out on the Internet. He tried that — even before the biafrans — but his Niger Delta Republic didn’t last. Gowon subsequently, promised him and others minorities their own states–And Rivers state and Cross Rivers state are the results.

        I support an evangelist for the unification of West Africa. No doubt, I am biased against any succession. But consider this: If the USA as big and powerful as it is, and had to fight hard with these giant conglomerates, what chance would your Niger Delta Republic have to stand up to these multinationals?

        For sure, they will enslave your governments and people; pay no taxes; pay slave wages, deny workers any right to protest etc. Just ask any small country around the world how they are treated by big business.

        Only thieves and chronic parasites who believe in one Nigeria or the so called unity nonsense.

        Don’t insult me-o! I am neither a thief nor parasite-o! 🙂 You have already heard my argument above, but read on.

        Your Niger Delta wouldn’t get anywhere unless you spoke with one voice. Deltans (and by extension, Nigerians) create banana nation this, banana nation that! and try to fight for their needs in isolation. For example when Ken Saro Wiwa was fighting oil pollution, the Rivers state government and the other ethnic groups in the Niger Delta saw his struggle as Ogoniland problems. Further, since democracy, the civilian legislators and governors from the south-south still don’t see the fight for resource control and against environmental pollution as their responsibilities — being the representative of their people in government.

        The Hausas and Fulanis seem to be more organised and doing a better job representing the interest of their voters. So stop blaming Nigeria and the Nigerian government.

        You should be coming together; and speak in one voice to lobby the federal government to serve you — not creating small banana nation and deluding yourself that threats of succession will give you what you want from the federal government. In politics, it is all about lobbying to get what you want.

        The Niger Deltans are very resource (land and sea) rich. Commercial fishing only can bring in $billions of income annually. They have history of trading with Europeans long before any part of Africa was colonised. Before petroleum, they were the wealthiest people in what is now called Nigeria, And they made their money trading mainly in palm-oil –the petroleum of its day.

  • George

    Watch out Nigerians either one of these two elements maybe catch by one side of the coin.

    Its either Shakua boko haram leader Buhari associate get hold of Buratiase or Burataise get hold of him before August ending.

    I have a feeling that something is going on that God will use to open our eyes very soon.

  • ed

    President Buhari moved the military headquarters to Maduguri after few months in power. President Buhari official declared that Boko Haram terrorist had been defeated. He was congratulated by world leaders for the great accomplishment. Weeks and months after Boko Haram continue business as usual killing and Bombing in the north east with impunity.
    Can somebody tell us when the military headquarters was moved back to Abuja.
    Acting President Osinbajo now ordered the heads of the military to move back to the location that they are supposed to be in the first place.
    This country o.

    • Bros Kande

      @disqus_zicFb9uJk6:disqus: After Boko Haram killed all soldiers
      and all Professors of Geology in the University of Maiduguri three days ago Yemi Osinbajo
      started speaking in tongues, as the Acting President, and told the army to relocate to the
      same place they’ve been since 2015. What sort of nonsense government is this now?
      I am on my bed now. Can somebody tell me to relocate to my bed? What’s all this?

      • joe

        Of course you can continue to pretend you are a donkey. You of course know what the truth is, but anything at all to lash out at the government, even it means playing and looking like a f00l.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Nigeria has completely lost its priorities! What is the significance of prospecting for oil NOW? Has Nigeria’s oil reserves run dry? Or is Nigeria just engaging in nothingness in order to show and prove political correctness? Alright, if Nigeria should strike oil in commercial quantities in Borno, would that add to what? Maybe it would only add to a smug and vainglorious feeling of a ‘me too’, that the North now has oil reserves and nothing more!

    Imagine the amount of money that is being splurged on this exercise; money that could have been channelled to other human purposes that beg for attention all around the country. And Nigeria is feverishly searching for this oil as if Nigeria has never discovered oil reserves in other parts of the country! At the last count we are aware that the Anambra Basin has a tremendous oil reserve; so what has happened to that? Nothing! Rather, political and social correctness are making the nation to go in search of oil in Borno State; and this would not be the first time this oil search had been conducted there, albeit with little success.

    And then, one can imagine the foolhardiness behind this venture when the authorities know full well the security situation of the place they are searching for this petroleum. Would the authorities claim that it could not have been foreseeable that this kind of ghastly and dastardly incident could happen one time or the other as this oil prospecting continued? Maybe the authorities are relying on the made-up and self-serving report that that part of Nigeria had been made Boko Haram free! Now, the true situation, occasioned by these avoidable deaths and associated catastrophes, has dawned on the entire nation. The nation has now come to realize that the Boko Haram is still very much around. At the least, the Boko Haram is like a festering sore under a rumbling and unstable scar that could implode to expose the sore at any time.

    We do hope the authorities permanently suspend this ill-fated and unnecessary oil prospecting in that part of Nigeria. It is time the authorities realized that it should have to do one thing at a time; and not to run before it could walk. The first thing the authorities should concentrate on is to permanently defeat the Boko Haram and declare that part of Nigeria completely free of insurgents, rebels and secessionists.

    No need playing with words and trying to deceive or pull the wool over people’s eyes by coming out every day to tell the nation ‘sweet stories’ of the Boko Haram defeat, when actually the reverse has always been the case. At least the Boko Haram leader, Shekau, has always come out to debunk any claims of military gain by the Nigerian authority. It now seems Nigeria should begin to believe Shekau’s account rather than that of the Nigerian authorities.

    Nigeria needs nothing less than permanent peace in that part of Nigeria. Anything short of this is no environment for any other ventures, including the political correctness venture of oil prospecting in that part of Nigeria.