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Troops recover large cache of ammunition following tip-off

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Troops on Operation LAFIYA DOLE have recovered a large cache of ammunition at a residential area of Bulabulin Ngarnam, Borno State, today morning.

*As army holds military-journalist workshop

Troops on Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed in the outskirts of Maiduguri following a tip off from the Civilian JTF in the area have recovered a large cache of ammunition at a residential area of Bulabulin Ngarnam, Borno State, today morning.

The information was made known in a statement by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.

The recovered ammunition include 3 sealed boxes of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 3 jerry cans containing various calibres of ammunition, 2 sacks containing 5,998 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and 1, 760 rounds of 5.56mm SS109 calibre of ammunitions.

In addition, they recovered 5 empty magazines of AK-47 rifle and a magazine of Fabrique Nationale rifle.

The Nigerian Army wishes to once more commend the patriotic zeal and efforts of the Civilian JTF.

They also called on all to be more security conscious and report any suspicious person or group of persons.

The army believed there could be more of such arms and ammunitions hidden or dumped by the Boko Haram terrorists in other parts especially in the north east.

7 DIVISION NIGERIAN ARMY HELD MILITARY-JOURNALIST WORKSHOP

Troops on Operation LAFIYA DOLE have recovered a large cache of ammunition at a residential area of Bulabulin Ngarnam, Borno State, today morning.

In another event, Headquarters 7 Division Nigerian Army in collaboration with Nigeria Union of Journalists (Borno State Council) held a one day Military-Journalists Workshop for Media and Military personnels in Maiduguri.

The Executive Governor of Borno State Hon Kashim Shettima spoke at the event.

He stated that “this workshop of synergy between the media and the military is one of the best steps ever adopted by the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Union of Journalists in the ongoing effort to finish the fight against Boko Haram”.

He therefore called on the journalists to see themselves as important stakeholders in national security; as individuals who have a role to play in discouraging the propaganda of Boko Haram”.

One of the guest speakers, a seasoned Military-Media practitioner Major General Chris Olukolade (Rtd) said:

“While it is true that terrorism must be reported, it has become necessary for the media to prove its patriotism by re-evaluating and changing its rhetoric when covering terrorism related news and stories”.

In the same vein, the President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Comrade Abdulwaheed Odusile commended the 7 Division Nigerian Army.

He gave special commendations to the Acting General Officer Commanding Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu for the brilliant idea of hosting a joint workshop with journalists.

He stressed that “Journalists should also be granted access to information in the course of performing their duties.

“However, they should also use such information responsibly to ensure peace, promote growth, development and national unity.”

The workshop was chaired by Major General Paul Tarfa (Rtd) and in attendance were seasoned political leaders, media moguls and several commanders and personnel from all security agencies within Borno State.

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