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Thursday, 31 March 2016

MY LAST RESPECT AND SINCERE EULOGY TO ONE OF THE FINEST BRIGHTEST STAR OF HIS GENERATION; OUR DEAR LATE COMRADE TUNJI BRAITHWAITE

The death of Comrade Dr Tunji Braithwaite came to me as a shock. But it was not unexpected because I know for years now; one of our great leaders of the Yoruba Nation had not been finding it easy with having a regular condition of good health. 

Although, Baba will be said to had lived well into relatively an old age, but one of this great scion of Africa and a deep contributor to Pan-Africanism left us when we needed his elderly courageous advise and sound moral supports for the liberation of all indigenous Nations in Africa. He was one of the best of his generation. This great identifier of revolutionary fighters and indefatigable intellectual conscience and mirror of Society, laid some solid foundation which we, their heirs, will continue to hold sacrosanct and uppermost in all our engagements with the oppressors in all manifestations and struggle Contestation. 

OPINION: Politicians in my country

Politicians in my country fool you to believe they respect the ballot. Whereas, Bayelsa/Rivers' killing spree is replicated, to a large extent, everywhere in this country. It is the power of bullets , monetary inducement, so THE PEOPLE are conquered.

The struggling masses can only enjoy those functions outlined in our constitution; security of lives and welfare, by staying alert to beat the politicians at their own game. We must be rebellious to all forms of injustice, including fuel scarcity.

AMBODE ORDERS EXTENSIVE REPAIR OF LAGOS-BADAGRY EXPRESSWAY

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered the State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) to immediately embark on extensive repair on the ever busy Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

Listed roads earmarked for repairs to include Iyana Ishasi - Ribamu Bus Stop (both sides), Ketu Bus Stop - Cele Nica, FGC Ijanikan - Iyana Era, ACOED Pedestrian Bridge - Alafia Bus Stop, Former Toll Gate – Ibiye/Morogbo and Pure Water Bus Stop – Magbon (both sides).

Ghost Workers: Kwara State Begins Schools Verification

The Kwara State government has commenced the verification of schools across the state in its on-going authentication of workers and pensioners. The exercise follows the completion of the first phase which involved the use of Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) to verify workers and pensioners.

According to a statement issued in Ilorin on Tuesday by the Kwara State Committee on Personnel Database Development and signed by its alternate Chairman, Alhaji Sola Isiaka Gold, the verification of schools' location across the State started on Wednesday and will end on Friday, April 1, 2016.

RIVERS RERUN: INEC RELEASES 4 FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY AND 11 STATE CONSTITUENCY RESULTS

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has released results of Federal and State Constituency elections that were successfully conducted, collated and announced by the various Returning Officers in the Saturday 19th March 2016 Rivers State court ordered re-run elections.


In a statement signed and issued by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), for Rivers State, Aniedi Abasi Ikoiwak, the Commission released the results of four (4) Federal Constituencies and that of eleven (11) State Constituencies.



A breakdown of the results released are as follows:

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

LAFIA DOLE: NIGERIAN TROOPS CLEAR BOKO HARAM AMBUSH AND CLEAR GARE

Military Troops of 155 Task Force Battalion of 29 Task Force Brigade while on clearance patrol along Banki junction on Monday encountered a Boko Haram terrorists ambush at Bolungu village which was successfully cleared.

According to the Army Public Relations' Acting Director, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the troops killed all the 3 attackers and also recovered 1 Fabrique Nationale rifle with registration number UE16A86257 and 1G3 rifle with registration number 10f995, as well as 19 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition.

Similarly, some element of the unit stationed in Mayanti encountered 2 fleeing Boko Haram terrorists from the villages cleared yesterday and killed 1 while trying to shot the troops and arrested the other.

EgyptAir: Hijacker surrenders at Larnaca airport

A hijacking that diverted a domestic Egyptian flight to Cyprus has ended with all hostages released and the hijacker surrendering.

EgyptAir Flight MS181 was taken over by a passenger claiming to be wearing a suicide explosive belt.

Airline officials later said they had been told by Cypriot authorities that the belt was fake.

The hijacker's motives remain unclear but the Cypriot president said the incident was not terrorism-related.

No-one was injured in the hijacking, Cypriot government spokesman Nikos Christodulides tweeted.



NIGERIAN TROOPS RECOVERED 1,304 LIVESTOCK AND ARRESTED 15 SUSPECTED CATTLE RUSTLERS

A statement rreleased by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman who is the Acting Director of Army Public Relations confirmed that Nigerian Troops of 1 Division of Nigerian Army in conjunction with other security agencies within the last one week have recorded tremendous success in the fight against cattle rustling, armed banditry and criminality particularly in the north west under the auspices of Operation SHARAN DAJI.

In Kaduna State, the Division’s Internal Security Force (DISFORCE) has recovered 108 Livestock and killed 1 armed bandit and recovered 1 AK-47 Rifle and 30 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.

In Zamfara State, which is 1 Brigade’s area of operation, the troops recovered 419 livestock and arrested 1 bandit and recovered a locally made pistol from him.

UPDATE ON KIDNAP OF COLONEL SAMAILA INUSA

The Nigerian Army has regrettably inform the public that Colonel Samaila Inusa who was kidnapped on Sunday 27th March 2016, was found dead yesterday at about 6.00pm.


Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said preliminary investigation revealed that most likely the late senior officer was killed same day he was kidnapped by his abductors.

"This is because the body was found already decomposing around Ajyaita village off Eastern Bypass Kaduna, Kaduna State."


"We wish to state in unmistakeable terms that whoever is behind his abduction and murder would be fished out to face the full wrath of the law". Said Colonel Usman in a statement released today.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

EgyptAir passenger plane hijacked, forced to Cyprus, Hijacker in suicide vest

Three more uniformed individuals run out of EgyptAir plane: Cypriot TV

Passengers released from plane that was forced to divert to Cyprus, amid reports that hijacker has personal motive.

Negotiations with the Hijacker result in the release of all the passengers, except the crew and four foreigners - EGYPTAIR

EgyptAir passenger flight MS181 hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus - An EgyptAir domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo in Egypt has been hijacked and landed in Cyprus.

EgyptAir confirmed flight MS181 had 55 passengers and seven crew on board and that negotiations with the hijacker have so far led to the release of all the passengers except the cabin crew and four foreigners.

EgyptAir flight MS181 to Cairo departed Alexandria at 8am local time
* Pilot was forced to land at Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus
* There were 56 passengers, seven crew and a security officer on board the A320 aircraft
* Four crew members and three passengers still held hostage, while all others have been released
* The hijacker, Egyptian citizen Seif El Din Mustafa, reportedly wanted to deliver a letter to his ex-wife

Super Eagles land in Alexandria, Ready for Battle!


Nigeria Eagles arrive for Battle of Alexandria in Egypt! Nigeria’s delegation to Tuesday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt has arrived in Alexandria, venue of the match. 


Why Chad withdraws from Afcon qualifiers

In a statement written by the Chad Football Association secretary general Moctar Mahamoud on Sunday read, “As part of our participation in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers for Gabon 2017 and particularly the return match against Tanzania, we bring to your attention that our national team has failed to make it to the return leg game in Dar el Salaam scheduled for March 28.”
“Indeed, our country has been affected by the global economic conditions and because of this, our participation in various competitions has taken a serious blow due to financial constraints.” “We wish you all the best and we apologise for this situation which is basically independent of our will.”

Monday, 28 March 2016

Aregbesola partners Chinese firm on wealth creation, job opportunities through cocoa production

Having been branded the poorest state of the federation in terms of Federal Allocations and Internally-Generated ‎Revenue (IGR), Osun State government has made frantic effort to resuscitate moribund Osun Cocoa Product Industry in Ede, established in 1982 to create wealth and job opportunities for teeming jobless indigenes of the state. 

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WAR AGAINST INSURGENCY: NIGERIAN TROOPS, VIGILANTES CLEAR MORE TERRORISTS OUT OF MADUBE, CIKIN NJUBUL AND MANY OTHERS

Troops of 114 Task Force Battalion, 28 Task Force Brigade, in conjunction with some vigilantes in their area of operation, have carried out clearance operation of reported remnants of Boko Haram terrorists along Bita-Madube Ciki-Njubul axis.

During the advance, 2 soldiers unfortunately stepped on a buried Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that seriously injured one of the soldiers. Nevertheless, the troops continued the advance and had contact with the terrorists and cleared them out of Madube Cikin, killing 4 insurgents, destroying 2 vehicles and 2 motorcycles belonging to the terrorists.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Thugs, Police And Soldiers Of The 19th Battalion Unleash Terror On Ekpan Community Of Delta State


Terror was unleashed last week on the Ekpan community in Koko, Warri North Local Government Area (LGA), Delta State by a team of policemen from the State Command, soldiers from the 19th Battalion, and armed thugs suspected to be Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's men. The destruction left several people wounded and damaged millions of naira worth of property.

According the SaharaReporters, Nigeria police team was allegedly led by the State Commissioner of Police, Usman Akhali, while one Lawrence Ngozi Ijei, the Special Assistant to Governor Okowa, led the group of thugs.

The attack was targeting supporters and loyalists of Henry Baro, the former Chairman of the Uvwie Local Government Council, who has been engaged in a political battle with Mr. Okowa and the State House of Assembly Speaker, Monday Igbuya.

Economic Policies, Reasons For My Foreign Rrips - PMB

The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has given reasons behind his foreign trips, saying it is for the sake of “presenting economic policies” to Nigeria’s partners and neighbours.

President Buhari said this on Thursday while addressing members of the All Progressives Congress, APC National Executive Committee, NEC, at its formal NEC meeting since the party assumed office on May 29, 2015.

Buhari appealed to the NEC mem to continue to make sacrifices as his administration seeks to revive the nation’s economy. He said he was aware that a lot of them are under pressure from Nigerians especially with regards to the difficult economic situation.

NO SAFE HAVEN FOR TERRORISTS - DHQ

The Nigerian Army has reacted to the purported online vedio clips acrredited to the boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau asking for forgiveness. The defense Headquarters has vowed not to relent in its fight and total offensive agains the insurgents in the North East.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin commends all officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces for their sacrifices, determination and courage to degrade the terrorists and task them to complete the good job they have started soonest in line with our rules of engagement.

See the DHQ statement below:

NIGERIAN TROOPS CLEAR REMNANTS OF BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS IN KALA BALGE

In furtherance of efforts to make the North East safe and secure from the nefarious and criminal activities of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists, troops of newly inducted 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade, in conjunction with Army Headquarters Strike Group (AHQ SG) and the Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF), carried out a spectacular clearance operation on Tuesday, 22nd March 2016.

The gallant troops cleared the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in Kala Balge general area.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations confirmed the developement. He said the triumphant Nigerian troops apart from killing 22 terrorists cleared pockets of the terrorists in Wumbi, Tunish, Tilem and Malawaji. Others are Makaudari, Daima, Buduli, Sadigumo, Jiwe, Sidigeri and Kala villages. 

According to him, the troops also rescued 309 persons held captives by the terrorists.

They also discovered and destroyed the terrorists training camp, factory, locally made weapons and warehouse at Tilem and then secured Rann, the headquarters of Kala Balge Local Government Area.

PRESS STATEMENT: PRESIDENCY DISSOCIATES ITSELF FROM ‪#‎ISTANDWITHBUHARI‬GROUP

The Presidency formally dissociates itself from the #Istandwithbuhari advocacy group and demands that the group should immediately stop claiming any alliance with the Buhari Administration.

The Presidency also demands that the persons behind the controversial #Istandwithbuhari group should stop using President Muhammadu Buhari's name and that of his wife, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari to promote themselves and their activities.


Among other reasons, we have found it necessary to distance the Presidency from the #Istandwithbuhari group because its premature and ostentatious celebration of the present administration's achievements is totally inconsistent with President Buhari's philosophy of service with humility.

PRESS RELEASE - PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE INDICTS OVER 300 ONSA CONTRACTORS, RECOVERS OVER N7 BILLION AND MANY MORE

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE - PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE INDICTS OVER 300 ONSA CONTRACTORS, RECOVERS OVER N7 BILLION, ASKS FOR THE REFUND OF N41 BILLION, RECOMMENDS FURTHER INVESTIGATION OF CONTRACTS VALUED AT OVER N75 BILLION
A committee set up to probe contracts awarded by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) from 2011 to 2015 has indicted more than 300 companies and prominent citizens including serving and retired officers of the armed forces.
Over N7 Billion has been recovered so far from the indicted companies and individuals.
Another N41 Billion is to be refunded by the indicted companies while further investigation by the EFCC has been ordered to determine whether another N75 Billion should be recovered from some of the companies for unexecuted or partially executed contracts.
The committee further established that one of the indicted companies, Societe D'Equipment International was overpaid to the tune of 7.9 Million Euros and $7.09 Million.
The committee which is different from the committee that is investigating the Defence Arms and Equipment Procurement, discovered that there was a total disregard of salient provisions of the Public Procurement Act in the award of contracts by ONSA.
Several contractors were apparently over paid, while others were given full upfront payments contrary to their contract terms and agreements in force.

No More Funding Of Political Parties By Govt, APC NEC Decides

The National Executive Council of APC decided today that no longer will the party be funded by government both at the state and the national level.

At a meeting attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, his Vice President Prof Yemi OSIBAJO and other party leaders it was decided that henceforth the party will funded by membership dues.


Other sources of financing identified by the parties financial secretary are dues and levies by elected and appointed members; sales of membership cards to every member of the party; compulsory and regular subscription payment as the criteria for eligibility for appointment as well as sales of party constitution and other publicity items.

Osun House of Assembly to pass a bill to curb street hawking and illegal market set up

The Speaker of the state of Osun House of Assembly, Najeem Folasayo Salaam,  said the state House of Assembly is ready to put an end to street trading and illegal markets in the state. 

This was disclosed during the consideration of a bill on street trading and illegal markets set up on Thursday, March 24, at Osogbo, the Osun capital. 

Salaam stressed that it would be an offence for any person or group of persons to engage in street hawking or operate in illegal markets in the state once the bill becomes law. He said the law would promote the cleanliness of the state stating that this was one of the major aims of the government. 

Thursday, 24 March 2016

CCT Dismisses Saraki's Application, Trial begins April 5th.

Code of Conduct Tribunal has againg dismissed an application by the senate president, Bukola Saraki, for false asset declaration charges against him to be dropped.

The lawyer to the Senate President, Barrister Kanu Agabi, had argued that the 13-count charge was invalid procedurally because the Code of Conduct Bureau which filed the charges, failed to allow Mr. Saraki explain discrepancies in his assets declaration forms as required by law.

However, the chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, in his ruling Thursday said there was no breach of law as the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, 1989, still allows the senate president raise his clarifications at the level of the tribunal. Mr. Danladi said by law, the CCB could receive complaints of breach of the Act and refer such complaints to the Tribunal, provided that it will allow the person involved to give a statement affirming or denying the said misconduct.

Also, upholding the argument made by the prosecution, Mr. Umar said Section 3 (e) of the 3rd schedule of the 1999 Constitution gives the bureau the right to receive complaints of such nature and where necessary refer such matter to the tribunal.

According to Mr. Danladi, Section 174 of the Constitution also gives the Attorney General of the Federation the prerogative to file criminal proceedings and does not owe any explanations to any one on how to go about it.

He therefore ordered the continuation of the trial. 

Seizure Report from Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Custom Service


1. On 7th of March 2016, a DAF 85 Truck with reg. no. LSR 933 XB was intercepted along Osogbo axis coveying 400 (50kg) bags of smuggled rice and 290 (25 ltrs) of vegetable oil.

2. On 18th March 2016, a Toyota Dyna Truck suspected to have been smuggled into the country without payment of duty was impounded along Fiditi, Oyo State.


3. On 20th & 21st March 2016, 50 (50kg) bags of smuggled rice were intercepted along Igboho/Adafila and Igbeti axis respectively.

4. A Volvo Truck with reg. no. KWL 777 AH conveying used tyres and other uncustoms goods was also intercepted

The Command has made total of 30 detentions and 10 seizures so far in the month of March with a Duty Paid Value of N19,744,965.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

PHOTOS: President Buhari receives Officials of NUPENG and PENGASSAN in Statehouse


President Buhari with R-L: Mr Oladiti Salimon PTD Chairman NUPENG, Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, Mr Igwe Achese ,President NUPENG, Mr Olabode Johnson ,President PENGASSAN and Mr Ndukaku Ohaeri ,National Industrial Relation Officer.



BREAKING!!! Akpabio, Six ex-Governors, others to lose loot kept in Dubai

...EFCC chair, minister off to retrieve cash


All seems set for the repatriation of over $200billion stashed away by some former governors, ex-ministers and other public officers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), The Nation reports yesterday.

Some mansions belonging to some former Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and their cronies or fronts may also be seized, a source said.

Under the searchlight for stashing away cash or acquiring properties in the UAE are seven former governors, six former ministers, a fleeing presidential aide implicated in the $2.1billion arms deals, ex-military chiefs under probe, agents / fronts of some of these public officers and five chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

OYO ASSEMBLY PASSES N173BN APPROPRIATION BILL INTO LAW

The Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed N173billion appropriation bill into law.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi had presented the budget for the 2016 fiscal year to the state legislature a few weeks ago.

The total figure was put at N173,769,404,444 billion by the state lawmakers.

The breakdown shows that N100,651,599,183 billion is for recurrent expenditure, while N73,117,805,261 billion is budgeted for capital expenditure.

The initial amount presented by the governor was N165,097,845,486 , but the recurrent expenditure now has an upward review of 8.7 per cent, capital expenditure 0.05 per cent and the budget size has a total increase of 5.2 per cent.

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian Senate finally pass 2016 budget

The senate has passed the 2016 budget into law after weeks of delay.

Presenting a report on the budget, on Wednesday, Danjuma Goje, chairman senate committee on appropriation, said that the budget was “full of controversy”, but that the senate would not want to delay its passage by adding more controversies to it.


He said that there were lapses in the budget, but that the committee had to work around them. He said that the delay in the passage of the budget had already been given a political hue, hence Nigerians would blame the legislature for any further delay.

PHOTOS: A portrait for President Muhammadu Buhari


Omotola Jalade Celebrates Her 20th Marriage Anniversary


Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, MFR celebrates her 20th marriage anniversay with her husband today - 23rd March, 2016.
See her facebook updats - And... ‪#‎happyanniversary‬ to us. It is a pleasure experiencing life with you. I might just be the luckiest girl in the World ! Our‪#‎20yearsmarriageanniversary‬ ‪#‎march23rd‬ ‪#‎thecaptainandI‬ 

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THE SMELL OF TRIVIA - Garba Shehu

A good number of the reactions to President Muhammadu Buhari’s announcement that Nigeria has joined the Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism, show quite clearly that many Nigerians do not fully understand the president’s motives for this decision. With the rise of the Boko Haram Terrorist group of the past few years, Nigeria faces a threat such as no other in its entire history and existence. Desperate times require desperate, unusual, measures.

The girls in Gwoza who were raped by militants do not care where the help comes from as far as they will eventually be able to move about freely without fear of being kidnapped and used as sex slaves. The mothers in Bama whose sons were slaughtered before their eyes do not worry whether Boko Haram is defeated by a Christian or Muslim coalition. The hundreds of thousands in IDP camps are concerned simply about when they can safely return to their homes and resume their normal lives. For these ones most hard hit by the Boko Haram terrorists, whether the help they so desperately need comes from the United States of America or from Saudi Arabia does not matter.

NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS



Theme: Nigerian States: Multiple Centres of Prosperity

The following are highlights of the just concluded NEC Retreat:

1. Agreement reached for concerted and consistent efforts to diversify revenue sources
2. Expand compliance on VAT, adopting a gradual plan for rate increase
3. Increase expenditure through borrowing, which should be invested in infrastructure
4. Federal and State Governments to focus on fiscal responsibility as a critical element in macro-economic balance
5. Increase investment in infrastructure through public private partnership (PPP)
6.Develop financial inclusion strategies to cater for the poor and vulnerable population
7. Maintain a minimum level of capital expenditure of 30% in the budget

Thematic Areas

Agriculture
1. The Federal Government to re-position Bank of Agriculture to enhance its capacity to finance agriculture.

2. Funding for Agricultural sector is considered critical and sources of intervention funding from the Central Bank of Nigeria should be considered

3. A single digit interest rate for agricultural loans should be considered while duties and taxes for Agricultural products and equipment should be waived

4. Develop strategic partnerships between Federal and State government. Each State should make specific commitments to crops in which it has comparative advantage and request Federal Government intervention.

PHOTOS: President Muhammadu Buhari presides over APC National Caucus Meeting at Statehouse

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over APC National Caucus Meeting in at the Statehouse,yesterday


Najim Laachraoui 'arrested by special forces' - reports, Belgium hold minute's silence

Najim Laachraoui, the third bombing suspect who fled the airport on Monday, has been arrested by special forces operatives in the southwestern suburb of Anderlecht, according to RTL. 



Earlier, senior intelligence sources have told the news website Politco that they believe the following men are, from left to right: Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui, Najim Laachraoui.

Several Belgian newspapers including HLM have already reported that Laachraoui, wearing a hat in this image, is believed to be the bombmaker. He did not detonate his bomb at the airport, fled the scene and is still at large.

FAAC: FG States, LGs share N345bn as February revenue

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, on Tuesday in Abuja, said that N345 billion was shared among the federal, states and local governments as revenue for February 2015.


Mrs Adeosun, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mahmoud Isa Dutse, announced this when she addressed newsmen on the outcome of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting.


She said that the shared amount comprised the month’s statutory revenue of N270.5 billion.


“Also, there is the exchange gain of N3.49 billion which is proposed for distribution.

Brussels attacks: Two suspects identified, manhunt under way for third man

Belgian media on Wednesday identified two suspects in the Brussels airport attack and said police are “actively searching” for a third. At least one of those identified is believed to have links to Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam.

Investigators released a CCTV image of three men at the airport pushing trolleys hours after Tuesday’s attacks. Two of the men are believed to have detonated explosives in their luggage. Belgian officials believe the third man’s explosives did not go off and he is on the run.

The two suicide bombers were identified as Khalid and Brahim El-Bakraoui, Belgian state broadcaster RTBF reported Wednesday, quoting unnamed police sources. The men are brothers and have criminal records but have not been linked to terrorism until now.

The third man was seen in CCTV footage wearing a light overcoat and a hat. Belgian officials say he may have escaped after his explosive device failed to detonate.

PHOTOS: Buhari Osibanjo Youth support movement visit Adesina

BUHARI OSIBANJO YOUTH SUPPORT MOVEMENT VISIT MR FEMI ADESINA, SA MEDIA & PUBLICITY TO PRESIDENT.March 23, 2016


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

WHO IS YOUR HERO(INE)?


Ask me who in Nigeria today represents one of the best we can offer. My straight answer will be this (young) 'hairless' woman in the picture below. I refer to her as young not because I know how old she is but she isn't a shrunken old woman that she couldn't choose other careers like many. I don't begrudge career people but simply saying there are multitudes of more financially rewarding options available and staring at her. But she instead sold herself to service to humanity.

I don't know what has drawn this beautiful human being into the assignment she willingly threw herself into - caring for the abandoned and handicapped children in our midst. Only a few days ago she was called to pick up another vulnerable one in our midst who was abandoned in the bush by whoever her family may be. There are many amongst us who can't even care for their own able-bodied children, leaving the job to househelps. There are many that God sent into homes without mothers/fathers as stepmothers or stepfathers, who rather than care and invest in their stepchildren would rather make their lives hellish. There are many who rather than offer help to others would deny and dispossess them of the little.

BREAKING: Obama in Cuba, tells Cubans they should be free to speak without fear

A policy of isolation designed for the cold war had no place in the 21st century - Obama

'I have come to bury the last remnant of the cold war'  says President Barak Obama.

Obama then quotes José Martí: “I’m growing a white rose.” He then says he comes with a word of peace. “Havana is only 90 miles from Florida but to get here we had to travel a great distance, over barriers of history, of ideology, barriers of pain and separation,” he says.

He says that American battleships crossed those waters “to liberate but also to exert control over Cuba,” and “that short distance has been crossed by hundreds and thousands of Cuban exiles.”

Obama then describes the long and tortured history between nations: the Cuban missile crisis, the cold war, the history of colonialism.

“One constant was the conflict between the United States and Cuba. I have come here to bury the last remnant of the cold war in the Americas.”

MILITARY STATEMENT: 29 TASK FORCE BRIGADE CLEARANCE OPERATIONS


The 29 Task Force Brigade troops have also been busy conducting clearing operations on the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in their area of operations with remarkable success.

Within the last two days the units under the Brigade cleared the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in the following areas; Abukarti, Baradili, Borgozo, Gaijaribul Abukar, kolomi, Marguba, Umarumi and Yasori 1 and 2.

The gallant troops also recovered several items including 1 single barrel gun, motorcycles, drums and bags of millet and dead cattle that ran into Improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried by the Boko Haram terrorists.

MILITARY TROOPS KILL BOKO HARAM KINGPIN IN DALORE, RESCUE 67 HOSTAGES

Elements of 22 Brigade Garrison carried out clearing operation at Dalore camp on Sunday in which they killed 19 Boko Haram terrorists among whom was Ameer of Dalore.


The troops also captured 2 AK-47 Rifles, 1 Small Machine Gun and 1 Hand Grenade and recovered 4 pickup vehicles.


According to the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Nigerian Military troops also rescued 67 hostages from the terrorists. The freed hostages are undergoing screening at Internally Displaced Persons in Dikwa.


He however said, unfortunately, during the operation the troops Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle ran into an Improvised Explosive Device and had a damaged tyre.


Colonel Usman also thanks Nigerians for usual and kind cooperation as the Nigerian Militry have vitually end the insurgency war.

OTHER STATEMENTS FROM ACTING DIRECTOR , ARMY PUBLIC RELATIONS, COL. SANI KUKASHEKA USMAN 

TROOPS AMBUSH BOKO HARAM SUICIDE BOMBER

MILITARY STATEMENT: Troops Clear More Terrorists Hideout

In continuation with the clearance of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 153 Task Force Brigade, 5 Brigade on Monday had an encounter with terrorists at Musari village on Monday.

During the clearance operations, a soldier paid the supreme price, while the troops killed 58 terrorist and recovered 2 hand grenades, 52 motorcycles, several bags of foodstuffs such as beans, onions, sweet potatoes and guinea corn, as well as cartons of fish.

Thank you for your usual and kind cooperation.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman
Acting Director, Army Public Relations

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