Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai has charged personnel of the Nigerian Army to remain vigilant despite its defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.
Buratai gave the charge when he led officers and men on a new year 10 kilometres route match exercise in Abuja today.
He congratulated the officers and men for their effort in 2016, and urged them to remain loyal and committed to the highest standard of discipline this year.
According to him, with the defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists, the troops must take care of all its operational responsibilities to ensure that no ugly incident arises again.
Buratai, who emphasized the need for regular exercise and training, urged the personnel to brace for the challenges that may arise in 2017.
The chief of army staff also directed formations to begin preparation for the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship slated to hold in October.
The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed six of its men over involvement in unethical practices during the Rivers parliamentary re-run election.
Force Public Relations Officer Don Awunah speaking at a news conference in Abuja said the men engaged in unprofessional and overzealous conduct when they were in the convoy of Rivers state Governor, Niyesom Wike on the day of elections.
The affected officers are Inspector Eyong Victor, Sergeants Peter Ekpo and Oguni Goodluck, Orji Nwoke, Okpe Ezekiel and Tanko Akor.
Awunah said after conclusion of investigations into their misconduct, they were subjected to internal disciplinary measures, found guilty, and consequently dismissed.
The force spokesman added that the dismissed officers will be prosecuted under the Electoral Act to serve as a deterrent to others.
Japan has temporarily withdrawn its ambassador to South Korea, amid an escalating row over a statue representing wartime sex slaves.
The statue was installed by activists outside the Japanese consulate in the South Korean city of Busan last month.
South Korea has long called for reparations for "comfort women", who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War Two.
Japan says the statue violates a previous agreement on the issue.
Russia is starting to withdraw forces from Syria and its aircraft carrier group will be the first to leave, the Russian armed forces chief says.
General Valery Gera-simov said the Russian defence ministry is beginning to reduce its armed forces deployment in Syria.
The Russian naval flotilla is led by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuz-net-sov.
The UN says a ceasefire in Syria is largely holding but Russian bombers have carried out heavy air strikes on anti-government rebels.
The Nigerian Army says it has found another one of the Chibok girls, who were abducted in April 2014 from their hostel.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, confirmed this to reporters on Thursday.
Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez has won the 2016 CAF African Footballer of the Year.
He received the award at a gala in Abuja, on Thursday.
The Leicester City wide man, beat off competition from last year’s winner, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.
It is the first time Mahrez has been nominated for the prize; after he helped the Foxes win the 2015/2016 Premier League title, despite the 5,000-1 odds against them.
Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho emerged Africa’s Most Promising Player, Alex Iwobi won the 2016 Youth Player of the Year award while Asisat Oshoala who scored six goals at the last Women’s AFCON emerged Africa’s Women Footballer of the Year.
Super Falcons of Nigeria were crowned as the Best Women National Team to cap their impressive performance as winners of the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroun.
The Nigerian Army has approved that two battalions be stationed in southern Kaduna to stop the killings in the area following a directive of President Muhammadu Buhari.
General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Kaduna, Maj. Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade who disclosed this to newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday, also said that the Army had mopped up arms and ammunition from Fulani herdsmen and villagers in the area, as part of efforts to end the crisis in the area.
Oyebade noted that, as a result of the peace in the area, people had started returning to their villages.