Nigerian Army approves new Brigade for Bayelsa


The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has said the Nigerian Army Council has approved the establishment of a new brigade headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa.

Mr. Buratai said this when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Seriake Dickson in Yenagoa on Thursday.

He said the new army formation would be known as the 61 Brigade, Nigerian Army.

Mr. Buratai said a commander had been appointed for the brigade while operations at the new formation would take off as soon as possible.

The Army Chief said the establishment of the new brigade was in furtherance of government’s strategic plan of reinforcing security in the state and by extension, the Niger Delta region.

According to Mr. Buratai, the Niger Delta is very important to the security and economy of the nation due to its closeness to the Gulf of Guinea and its status as an oil rich territory.

On the ongoing `Exercise Crocodile Smile’, Mr. Buratai said troops had been directed to conduct themselves in the most professional manner.

He assured residents of the region that the Army was out to protect their interest as well and is committed to their defence against external aggressors at all times.

“Exercise Crocodile Smile as you are aware is an exercise aimed at training our men on amphibious warfare because of the peculiarity of the terrain that requires special training.

“This exercise is also important because of the need to build the capacity of our men which has been neglected for a very long time.

“We have also integrated civil relations activities such as the medical outreach in communities in the region to enable us win their confidence as we carry on with our training.’’

He said that the Army had planned to expand the scope of its civil-military relations to include educational assistance in various communities, especially by supporting teaching in primary and secondary schools.

Mr. Buratai said plans were underway to get engineers involved in road maintenance works in the various communities where the army would hold similar exercises.

The army chief disclosed that more than 3,000 personnel with the relevant equipment and logistics were involved in the `Exercise Crocodile Smile’ in the Niger Delta.

He said more troops and logistics would be mobilised in the 2017 amphibious field training exercise.

“We hope to expand this in next year’s exercise; we will be mobilising more than 10,000 troops comprising officers and soldiers.

“This is to reassure all Nigerians that the army was committed to securing their lives and property at all times.’’

In his remarks, the Governor Dickson condemned the killing of innocent people, especially service personnel in this state.

He commended the efforts and sacrifices of soldiers for keeping this nation secured and strong while calling on citizens to cooperate with them in the interest of development.

“In the exercise that you are conducting in this region, we believe that it is for the good of our society and want to call on our people to cooperate and show understanding with the military.

“I want to call on our people not to panic, these officers and soldiers are not from any other country, these people who have the mandate to ensure your safety in your communities and along our waterways.

“Security cannot be conducted properly without efficient collaboration; this means you understand the role of collaboration as a cornerstone for the provision of security in any area.”

Mr. Dickson called for more dialogue with stakeholders in the Niger Delta in order to solve the current security challenges and as a road map for the development of the region.

He said the government and people of Bayelsa were fully in support of the military and would want improved military presence in the state to guarantee safety of lives and property.

According to Mr. Dickson, there is nothing anyone can do to bring development without first fixing security.

“We are ready to work with you in the establishment of a brigade headquarters here in Yenagoa and two battalions, one in Sagbama and the other in Nembe.

“The government of Bayelsa, which understands the imperative of security, will work with you to ensure the military improves its presence in the Niger Delta.

“More than security, the Army has been a partner for development; so, for us the military is an essential partner not just for security, but for development,’’ he said.

Mr. Buratai visited sector headquarters and other units in Bayelsa as part of his tour of exercise areas of the `Exercise Crocodile Smile’.



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  • amazing2012

    Another milestone achievement to Nigeria army and C-N-C of the arm forces !
    Congratulations Nigeria army !!

    • Iskacountryman

      this is captured territory…this time we are going to impregnate the natives…5000 nigerian children would be born next year…

      • S. Colonel Mariam

        ignorant ranting of a lunatic.

        • Iskacountryman

          okay prove me wrong…

          • Colonel Mariam

            you must tell me where you reside so that i may present my proof in person.

          • Iskacountryman

            nyamiri…you can never see my harem…

          • Colonel Mariam

            why are you scared? what is the matter with you that you refuse to disclose our abode?
            didn’t know you were such a coward.

          • Iskacountryman

            talk is cheap…go and ask aguiyi…

          • Colonel Mariam

            I see that you are very scared right this moment. … simply communicate your abode to me is all I am asking you to do….rather easy thing to do…. coward!

          • Iskacountryman

            nyamiri kidnapper like you…come for kano…ask for me at the hisbah authority office…

          • Colonel Mariam

            too bad that one of the numerous earth tremors hitting the north may bury you before I get to you… all those clay houses in the north stand no chance again the quaking earth.. there’d be nothing left of you to kidnap.

          • Iskacountryman

            my child…we would rebuild…that technology is earthquake proof…

          • Colonel Mariam

            earthquake proof mud house abi?.. go sidon for ground like the craze man you be.

  • wally

    Kudos to Bruatai for this timely decision. It is very surprising that the region that produces ninety percent of our resources had been left open for so long without rapid response brigades, apart from the internal security breach by MEND and Tompolo warlords which happened from time to time any small army can easily bye pass the Navy undetected from neighbouring countries to destroy our oil installations and put the whole country in total darkness. Niger Delta is very vital to Nigeria economy as of today and must be protected with the best facilities available in the country.

    • Ijaw manu

      There will always be people like your type———-possessed by the Luciferic spirit of Bingo Buhari—-who celebrate at the pain–tears and sorrows of others– even in places where people are in mourning–We see your likes dance——————–so your evil regional joy does not come to the Ijaw nation as a shock———-it has been on since the end of the Biafran debacle

  • vagabonds in power

    Another lie they’ve come up with is that GEJ caused our current economic woes by allowing those who served under him loot the treasury.

    This is a very big lie and here is why: Corruption alone don’t kill an economy. Else, our economy would have died a long time ago because they’ve always been corruption in the system right from the very first post-independence govt of Nnamdi Azikiwe and Tafawa Balewa. Leaders of every military coup have always cited corruption as the reason for their intervention. There was systemic corruption during GEJ’s era just as there has always been systemic corruption but the big question is:

    How come the only two times Nigeria has gone into recession was in 1984 when Muhammadu Buhari was in power and 2016 when the same Muhammadu Buhari is in power again?? Despite all the looting in Abacha govt, Nigeria didn’t go into recession. Despite all the looting by all the other military rulers, we didn’t go into recession. The only two times was 3 decades ago and now… all under the same Buhari. Haba! Even if you are incapable of any sort of intelligent reasoning, you should be able to figure this one out at least

    Let’s even look at the two reasons advanced by IMF as the reasons for the recession:

    1) Plunging oil revenue as a result of the crises in the Niger Delta which is the location of the oil the economy is heavily depended on

    2) Weakened investors confidence in the country/economy.

    It is on record that barely two weeks after being sworn in as president, Buhari resurrected the Niger Delta crises by bombing the region, cutting the amnesty budget drastically and terminating the oil pipeline given to the ex-militants. The rush with which those actions were taken tend to suggest that public interest was the last thing on the president’s mind. In addition, Buhari went to America and made it clear he would discriminate against those who didn’t give him 97% of their vote.

    Whatever lies we chose to believe, we must not for

  • vagabonds in power

    The Nigerian army cannot on its own create another army command in Bayelsa state without the approval of the Senate and House of Rep—–If not every Local government council in Nigeria can be made an army post–How many army barracks do we have in Sokoto—-or Katsina state? -Did we not have army barracks in Enugu before the soldiers supplied the Fulani cowhands with guns to kill Ibos————Buratai is just fighting for his pocket———to cover tjhe stealing of my oil revenue–After 60 years of oil exploaration what Bayelsa state got was–army Barracks—–what a shame!!!!!!!!!!!!———Again where is the money to erect the so-called barracks-?–Is this what the said dialogue has come to mean to us in the creeks—–of the Niger delta———–I laughed my head off when some said Bingo Buhari will dialogue with militants–such will never happen–they the ijaw elites are wasting time–No sane Fulani–Yoruba or Ibo man in APC will dialogue with militants–The oil belongs to them–tripod–they own Nigeria–that is what the Ijaws do not seems to understand–they are slaves to the tripod–

  • IZON Redeemer

    Bingo Buhari once said said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government under Jonathan, that Boko Haram Fulani fighters were being killed and their houses demolished by government in the North East.

    Alhaji Bingo Buhari later asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed. Sadly we now have the father of Tompolo murdered in cold blood by the Fulani and Yoruba army of occupation.

    Buhari who aired his satanic views on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants under Tompolo get special treatment. Separation is the answer–not the rule of the Fulnis and Yorubas ati—-their Ibo surrogates now at large in APC

    • Bakanridi

      Imagine what a drunkard is saying. I hope you will get over from your hangover. Buhari has done what his predecessor has failed to provide to the N/E.

  • Fantastically

    What for? Is Nigeria at war? Rubbish!

  • Netanyahu

    Oh yeah, development has come to Bayelsa. I think this is the development you have been yearning for? Kudos to imam buhari.

  • emmanuel anizoba

    Good job, valiant General! The time maybe ripe to appreciate the wisdom behind the creation of Nigeria’s Marine Commandos, with its epochal achievements under our unsung hero, the Black Scorpion (Col. Adekunle). Cheers!