Connect with us

Defence and Security

Insecurity: Nigerian Army tasks officers, soldiers on critical thinking



Nigerian Army

The Chief of Training (Army), Maj.-Gen. Abubakar Ndalolo, has tasked officers and soldiers on evolving critical thinking in managing security operations in the contemporary security environment.

Ndalolo stated this while addressing participants, who graduated from the Leadership Skills Development Course 1/2021, at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Abuja on Friday.

He said that the course, prepared for middle and junior cadre officers and soldiers, was aimed at enhancing their creativity and critical thinking skills to enable them to adapt to the evolving security environment.

According to him, the course would further help them in developing result-oriented emotional intelligence to tackle real and emerging security challenges as they emanate amongst troops and citizenry in their areas of responsibility and the country at large.

“We want to develop a critical thinking capacity and emotional intelligence which will help them to perform their tasks diligently in line with the contemporary operating environment.

“As a leader at your level, your ability to think fast and exercise command and control of troops placed under you is paramount to the success and growth of the Nigerian Army and the country.

“With the training given to you, it is expected that you imbibe the Chief of Army Staff’s Command Philosophy which rest on four pillars of Professionalism borne from knowledge and performance, Readiness from training and empowerment, Administration and Cooperation with other security elements within the system, which you must implement at your level.

“This is in line with and are actually the drivers of COAS’ vision which is to develop “a Professional Nigerian Army Ready to accomplish Assigned Mission within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria,” he said.

Ndalolo, therefore, commended the NARC and its resource persons for bringing the personnel development policy initiative to reality.

He also admonished the participants to see their certification as the beginning of the learning process towards becoming good leaders and followers wherever they are deployed for the benefit of the Nigerian Army and the nation in general.

“I am, therefore, convinced that you have all benefited from this important leadership development programme, for your individual benefit and that of the system as a whole,” he said.

Speaking, the Director-General, NARC, retired Maj.-Gen. Garba Wahab, said the course was borne out of the desire to proffer a solution to the myriad of security challenges bedeviling the country.

Wahab said that the nation was currently facing serious security challenges of which everybody must be able to play their parts in addressing them.

He expressed confidence that the participants had developed capacities to contribute their quota towards addressing the prevailing security challenges.

He thanked the COAS for approving the course and providing the resources for its realisation and urged participants to deploy the knowledge they had acquired in their future operations.

Also, the Director of Human Resources, NARC, Brig. -Gen. Usman Bello, while presenting the course highlights, said the pilot course on Leadership Skills Development was conducted for 60 participants, comprising 30 officers and 30 soldiers.

Bello disclosed that the participants were loaded with five-course modules on critical thinking, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship, leadership and mentorship.

He said that the objective of the course was to increase creativity and critical thinking skills amongst participants for optimal performance and introduce adaptive leadership for innovative and creative change among others.

“It is to also develop emotional intelligence, decision making and entrepreneurship skill and enable participants, particularly junior officers, to understand the significance of mentorship for successful career development,” he said. (NAN)

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Defence and Security




Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu


COAS in Lagos to launch new security operations

•Governor seeks military cooperation on traffic, environmental enforcements

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has hailed the Nigerian Army for committing to the rules of engagement and professionalism in its peace mission across the country.

The Governor said the Army had continued to live up to the expectations of their roles as provided by the constitution, stressing that the sacrifice paid by soldiers to keep the territorial integrity and peace of the country would not go unappreciated.

Sanwo-Olu spoke when he received the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, at Lagos House in Marina, on Monday, in a courtesy visit.
Lagbaja was in Lagos for the clearance of Unexploded Ordinance (UXO) at the 9 Brigade Military Cantonment, Ikeja.

The Army, the Governor said, has earned the citizens’ confidence and respect as a member of the nation’s armed forces, given its sense of commitment, dedication and patriotism.
Sanwo-Olu said: “We are grateful to the Army and its men for their dedication to the country at this difficult time in different parts of the country. You have continued to uphold the constitution, maintain high integrity and stick to the best rules of engagement to protect the sovereignty of our country.

The Army is well respected by the citizens, given the commitment, dedication and sense of patriotism in discharging its statutory roles.

“The 2002 Ikeja bomb explosion was a trying moment for the Army, given the magnitude of the damage. But the event never weakened the resolve of the military. The Army has continued to live up to their responsibilities provided by the constitution and the sacrifice paid by soldiers to keep the territorial integrity and peace of our country would not go unappreciated. Lagos State Government is committed to ensuring that the Army gets all the necessary support for your security operations.”

The Governor assured the Army boss that the State Government would rebuild a military primary school in Orile demolished for the construction of Lagos-Badagry Expressway. He sought for the cooperation of the military personnel in restoring sanity back to the Lagos-Badagry corridor, where the State Government has been clearing illegal shanties built along the expressway.

Sanwo-Olu also appealed for cooperation among military personnel in the ongoing enforcement across Lagos, including Okada ban enforcement. He noted that the ongoing enforcements were geared towards bringing sanity back to the State and preserving public assets.

The Governor said: “We have collective responsibility to keep Lagos safe for commercial activities. It is important to acknowledge the complementary effort of the 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in supporting our security architecture in Lagos, with OP Mesa operatives working with the police to ensure our safety.

That synergy among all security agencies is all that is required to maintain security.”

Lagbaja used the occasion to express his appreciation for the “tremendous support” the people and State Government accorded to the Army units and formations.

The Army boss acknowledged the infrastructure renewal programme of the Lagos Government, stressing that improved infrastructure would go a long way in helping the military respond rapidly to security situations requiring quick interventions.

He said military personnel will be major beneficiaries of the Lagos’ Blue and Red Line rail projects, as the trains would aid personnel’s commuting.

Lagbaja said his visit was to inform the Governor about the Army’s activities to be conducted in Lagos, noting that the exercises were designed to further entrench the peace and stability we have enjoyed in Lagos.

He said: “The Nigerian Army has put together a ceremony to remove unexploded ordnances at the site of the 2002 Bomb Explosion in Ikeja cantonment. The objective is to make the area safe and securely remove unexploded ordnances to a safe location in Ajilete area of Ogun State.

“We are ushering in the last three months of the year where citizens travel across the country for festivities. We need to provide safe and secure passage for the people travelling. We have put together three security exercises to prevent any form of breaches and these will be flagged off on Tuesday in Lagos.”

Continue Reading

Defence and Security

NAF Airstrike Kills 8 Terrorists In Borno




Airstrike undertaken by the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai has killed eight terrorists in Borno State, North-East Nigeria.

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Cdre Edward Gabkwet, said the aircraft was on armed reconnaissance mission on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 when it took out a guntruck with about eight terrorists at Baranga village in Marte local government area of the State.

He said the strike was carried out when two armed terrorists on a motorcycle along an active track were sighted and trailed to the location.

He said the terrorists after sighting the aircraft, took cover under a thick vegetation.

“Upon engaging the vegetation cover, a gun truck with eight terrorists suddenly appeared, speeding off to evade the attack.

“Subsequently, the gun truck was engaged and destroyed, thus eliminating the terrorists,” he said.

The statement reiterated that remnants of terrorists in the North-East have continued to seek the covers of thick forests and vegetation to evade being detected by the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies.

He said the strike was yet again a clear indication of the commitment of the AFN towards ensuring terrorists find it difficult to randomly roam about freely attacking law-abiding Nigerians.


Continue Reading

Defence and Security

Police kill 3 IPOB Members, Recover Arms In Enugu



Nigeria Police Force
Nigeria Police Force

The operatives of the Enugu State Police Command have neutralised three members of the Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) in their hideouts in Ezioha Mgbowo, Awgu Local Government Area of the state.

The police officers also recovered three pump-action guns, 10 machetes, and other incriminating exhibits.

The command’s spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, who made the disclosure via a statement, said the gunmen were killed at about 2:15 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2023.

Ndukwe stated: “A joint security team, comprising police operatives of the Enugu State Command, NPF Special Forces, and Troops of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu, acting on credible intelligence, busted the criminal hideout of IPOB/ESN subversive criminal elements.

“The criminal elements were already perfecting plans to enforce the illegal sit-at-home order in the state.

“Three of the hoodlums, who opened fire on the joint team upon sighting them, were neutralised, while several others escaped with severe degrees of gunshot wounds in the ensuing gunfight.

“There has been an intense manhunt for those on the run.”

He quoted the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Kanayo Uzuegbu, as commending the joint team, assuring the security and safety of citizens and urging them to go about their lawful businesses in the state.

The commissioner reiterated the commitment of the police and other security forces to sustain the onslaught against unrepentant violent criminals operating under any guise, urging the people of Enugu State to report individuals sighted with gunshot wounds to the nearest police station.

“The good people of Enugu State should remain law-abiding and continue to provide the police with actionable security information and intelligence,” Uzuegbu said.


Continue Reading