PROFILE OF NIGERIA’S NEW DIRECTOR OF DEFENCE INFORMATION, COLONEL RABE ABUBAKAR

Colonel Rabe Abubakar was born on 7 April 1965. He hails from Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State. On completion of his secondary education, he proceeded to obtain his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and was later commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a Second Lieutenant in 1989.

Since commissioning, the senior officer has held several Command and Staff appointments some of which include; Coordinator Joint Media Centre at the Headquarters of the Joint Task Force Operation in the Niger Delta, Commandant Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information (NASPRI) Lagos and the Executive Director Corporate Affairs, Nigerian Army Welfare Limited.

He has also attended several courses including Company Amphibious Course and National Defence College, China.

His hobbies include Jogging, Badminton and reading.

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FIELD IMAGERY: NIGERIAN SOLDIERS SURROUND & BURN A TERRORISTS’ CAMP

PHOTO CREDIT: POST-NIGERIA

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FIELD IMAGERY: A CHINESE-BUILT BIGFOOT MRAP OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY ARMED WITH TWIN W85 12.7MM MACHINE GUNS

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WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND THIS MYSTERY HELICOPTER SEEN ACTIVE AT YOLA LAST NOVEMBER?

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HOPES HIGH FOR BETTER US-NIGERIA TIES AHEAD OF BUHARI VISIT – VOICE OF AMERICA REPORT

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

VOICE OF AMERICA
9 July, 2015
by Chris Stein

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to visit Washington later this month. The visit comes after years of strained relations between the U.S. and Nigeria under former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Officials from Jonathan’s administration were openly critical of American policy towards Nigeria. The country’s ambassador to Washington complained the United States was not doing enough to help Abuja fight the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency that has ravaged the country’s northeast.

That relationship may change under Buhari. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attended the new president’s inauguration in May, and Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Abuja this week.

While giving few specifics, Blinken said President Barack Obama would listen to Buhari when they meet on July 20. “Any ideas that Nigeria has, any requests it makes, we will sit down, and we will talk about it and work through it,” said Blinken.

Jamestown Foundation African affairs analyst Jacob Zenn says the meeting will likely focus on smoothing over relations between the two countries, with Obama expected to show support for Buhari’s agenda, particularly his stated focus on combating corruption and insecurity.“The U.S. side is optimistic about the prospect of President Buhari focusing on prioritizing the issues that the U.S.
considers key concerns,” said Zenn.

That, analysts believe, does not mean the United States will take a greater role in the fight against Boko Haram. In the past, the United States trained Nigerian troops and provided non-lethal equipment like vehicles and uniforms, but turned down Nigerian requests for weapons.

Zenn says President Buhari is unlikely to leave Washington with much more than commitments for further training and intelligence sharing.“The fight against Boko Haram will continue to be a Nigeria-led initiative,” he said.

Nigeria is working with neighbors Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin to put together a joint task force to combat the group.

http://m.voanews.com/a/nigeria-buhari-us-visit/2855453.html

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INDIA PLEDGES MILITARY COOPERATION WITH NIGERIA

Nigeria special forces commandos training in India

CAJ NEWS
8 July, 2015
Abuja

A delegation of the composite Indian Defence Industry has visited the Nigeria Defence Headquarters in Abuja to establish a defence relationship between the two countries. The visit by the 15-man delegation was a follow-up to the Joint Defence Co-operation Committee meeting (JDCC) held last year.

CAJ News established that there were presentations that gave insight into the capabilities of the Indian Defence Industry and its benefits to the Nigerian military during the visit.

Speaking at the visit, the leader of the delegation,Ravin Kulshrestha, thanked the Nigerian military for its warm reception. He noted that the two countries needed to take a step to a higher level of defence production through various institutional mechanism of defence co-operation in the various areas of mutual interest.

In their presentations, the delegates, who are representatives of different indigenous member industries of the Indian Defence Industry, presented a variety of defence products that showcased the country’s indigenization of the industry.

This included state of the art,mature and obsolescent defence systems, design, development, repair, overhaul and manufacture of aircraft, helicopters, ships, missiles, vehicle armour, special applications, engines, simulators, defence construction,sensors and bridging systems.

The Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, expressed appreciation for the presentation and encouraged them to interact more closely with the three arms of the Armed Forces in their area of interest.

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NIGERIAN ARMED FORCES RADIO DEBUTS ON SHORTWAVE RADIO FREQUENCIES FOR A GLOBAL REACH

Major General Chris Olukolade, Director Defence Information of the Nigerian Armed Forces..making things happen.

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG
4 July, 2015

Woke up this morning and decided to tune into Shortwave Radio.Fortuituously, starting from where the dial of my radio set sat last time I tuned in, I heard a most pleasant call sign as follows, ‘THIS IS THE NIGERIAN ARMED FORCES RADIO’

The station were broadcasting local Nigerian martial music and also airing their identification signals and frequencies.

Unlike the new DEFENCE RADIO 107.7FM which came on stream in May 2015 and airs in Abuja and environs only, the all-new Nigerian Armed Forces Radio broadcasts on the following SHORTWAVE RADIO FREQUENCIES

11.825 KHZ (25M BAND) and
13.775KHZ (21M BAND)

What this means is that the radio station’s signals can now be received across Nigeria and around the world. It is a very good step towards challenging the useless, foreign-inspired narratives which are mostly broad on generalisation and short on specifics.

SMS NUMBER: +234 814 8366 886

Yours truly was a first-time listener and I monitored the station’s output between 0702hrs and 0758hrs Nigerian Time this morning, Saturday 4th July 2015. My measured guess is that their broadcast time (or is it morning broadcast time?) is 0700-0800hrs Nigerian Time (GMT+1)

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