Lagos APC Dissociates Self From Campaign Violence

The Lagos State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has disassociated itself from the mayhem that marred the launch of campaign rally of the party in Ikeja, Lagos.

Addressing newsmen at the APC Secretariat in Acme,the Publicity Secretary, Mr Joe Igbokwe, regretted that the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) members took their crises to the campaign ground of the ruling party, despite the security arrangements in place.

He said in as much members of the NURTW, like other professional bodies were recognized as members of the APC, the party does not in anyway tolerate or promote violence.

Mr Igbokwe apologised on behalf of the APC to lagosians and the media over the incident,while sympathizing with the family of Mr Afeez Ismail aka Legacy,who lost his life in the mayhem.

Mr Igbokwe commended the Nigeria Police for demonstrating high sense of professionalism by avoiding use of maximum force, which prevented an escalation of the incident and high number of casualties.

The Lagos APC spokesman further lauded the police for the manhunt of those responsible for the violence, demanding that the law should take its full course,so to exonerate the party as peace – loving.

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Vice President Osinbajo Tasks Media On Fake News

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, says the media has the sole responsibility of cross checking information before disseminating to the public.

Professor Osinbajo made the assertion at a conference organised by the BBC world Service on countering fake news as Nigeria prepares for this year’s general election.

The Vice President said the Nigerian media had a stake in sustaining the nation’s democracy and national unity by display of professionalism in gate keeping.

Osinbajo said he had also been affected by fake news.

“I am also one of the very many targets of fake news. And it isn’t just for money, sometimes it may also cause you marital peace.

“I got a call in the office from my wife about three weeks ago or four weeks ago and she said Yemi, what were you doing with strippers? I said, ‘what to do you mean strippers?’ ”

He added that there had been a story on a very famous blog that said “Osinbajo Caught With Strippers” and there was a photograph of him standing between two perfectly clothed ladies, but just underneath it, the same ladies were not wearing much cloths.

Osinbajo added that as it turned out, he had in fact taken photographs with the two ladies at an entertainment event when they were perfectly clothed, saying by the time the story was put out, it was as though he had also taken the photograph with them when they were not clothed at all.

Osinbajo concluded that the capacity of fake news to cause great harm was not in doubt.

He also said frequently, particularly every day, he saw news that affected his work in one way or the other that were fake.

He said if nothing was done to halt the menace, a time will come when nothing will be believable.

“I think that if we discredit public information in that way, it is a massive danger for society itself aside from the capacity of fake news to cause physical harm and all that,” Osinbajo said.

Osinbajo, however, said it will be impossible to regulate the social media without substantially infringing on the fundamental human rights, especially freedom of expression.

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Lagos Airport Police Command Arrest 165 Persons In 2018

The Lagos Airport Police Command says over 165 persons were charged to court last year for committing various offences at the Lagos Airport.

The offences are assault, stealing, obtaining by false pretenses as well as unlawful entry and touting, which contravene the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) bye Laws.

According to the command Spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Joseph Alabi, in a chat with newsmen in Lagos,the command made 257 arrests and secured 46 convictions  within the period under review.

He said 32 persons were still under investigation while 60 others were awaiting trial.

DSP Alabi stressed that the newly appointed Commissioner, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Police Command, Mr Joseph Mukan was committed to making the airport and its environs safe and secure for travellers, airline operators and other airport users.

He said Mr. Mukan, was the former Police Commissioner Bayelsa state before his  transfer to the Lagos airport to replace AIG Aminchi Baraya.

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BMO Hails Military, Solicits More Local Support For War Against Insurgency

The Buhari Media Organization (BMO)has commended the military authorities for ensuring that the Boko Haram insurgency did not get to the 2013/2014 LEVEL, not only in Borno State but also in many parts of the country

This, it says, is contrary to the impression given by opposition elements that the insurgents have had more successes under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration

BMO said in a statement signed by the Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that the Armed Forces deserve accolades from every patriotic Nigerian rather than condemnation.

It added that: “We had a situation where the insurgents had firm control of 20 out of 27 local government areas between 2013 and 2014, during which, according to Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima, the state suffered its worst times.

“The insurgents were then known to have carved out an Islamic Caliphate that covered three North-Eastern states and opted to use Gwoza, the biggest town under its control, with a population of 265,000, as the capital.

“Boko Haram was so audacious that it targeted churches in various states on three Sundays in a row as well as launched bomb and gun attacks on the Kano Central Mosque, killing no fewer than 120 people.

“This is just part of the security situation that the insurgents created before 2015 that has now been reduced to hit-and run attacks on military outposts

“In all these, the military rank and file deserve praises for degrading the insurgent’s fighting ability even as the faction loyal to ISWAP has now stepped up its attempt to hold territory as a result of the much-publicised deadline handed down by the parent terror group

BMO also hailed the Buhari administration for showing political will in ensuring that the troops on the front lines get the required support, rather than being distracted by the upcoming elections 

“We now know, based on testimonies from court sessions that just before the 2015 elections, billions of naira meant for arms purchase for the war against insurgency were shared to leading members of the then ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by  the then National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki

“These were funds that could have improved the troops’ capacity and capability to deal a telling blow on the terrorists

“But under this administration, there has been more transparency in the purchase of military hardware including 31 aircraft in recent times, while 13 were reactivated and are back in the air in order to ensure that the armed forces have the necessary air power to wipe out the insurgents” 

 It also solicited local support for the military authorities to enable them tackle the resurgence of Boko Haram in parts of  Borno State that were earlier liberated

“We have nothing but praises for Governor Shettima for taking the bold step of inviting all stakeholders ranging from traditional rulers to artisan groups to an extra-ordinary security meeting.

“The outcome of that meeting, which the governor tagged ten-point demand, has now been presented to President Buhari who reassured the delegation of his administration’s support to overcome the insurgency in the North East”

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NRC Generates Over N80m From Abuja-Kaduna Train Service In 2018

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) says it generated over N80 million monthly from the Abuja-Kaduna train service in 2018.

Mr Fidet Okhiria, the Managing Director of the corporation disclosed this in Abuja.

He said that the figure was higher than the N16 million generated monthly in 2017.

Okhiria however said that in spite of the increase in revenue, the corporation is yet to break even as it still spends over N100 million monthly as running cost.

We are close to breaking even on the Abuja-Kaduna train, we have made progress because of the efforts we made

“When we started, we were earning about N16 million and spending about N56 million, but right now, we can comfortably say we earn over N80 million although we still spend over N100 million, which is closer to breaking even.

“By the time we have more coaches and run more trains, I think the expenses will reduce and more patronage will come in.

‘The issue we have now is that we only run passenger trains; we don’t have freight to move from Kaduna to Abuja,’’ he said.

The NRC boss attributed the high expenses to the purchase of diesel for generators at the train stations.

“If we are able to link up with some people to move freight, we will be able to break even because presently, by the time we inject power from the public power supply, I think our expenses will also come down.

“Right now, all our station is still powered by generator 24/7, we buy about 99,000 liters every months to power those generators; so, it eats deep into our expenses.

“But by the time we are able to connect to the public power supply which we hope by this month will be done, the cost of buying diesel will drastically reduce and then, we can break even.”

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Air Force Strikes Boko Haram In Auno, Borno

The Air Task Force Of “Operation Lafia Dole” says it has destroyed some gun trucks belonging to terrorists in an attack at Auno, in Borno State.

The terrorists had launched an attack on Monday night in Auno at the Army Base in the community.

An Air Force alpha jet and MI-35 helicopter gunship were deployed to provide close air support to the ground troops.

Three gun trucks were completely destroyed, and several members of the sect were neutralized.

Survivors trying to flee the location were also taken out in follow-up attacks by the helicopter gunship.

The Air Force has been providing close air support to ground troops in the recent spike in the attack on their locations by terrorists in the North East.

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Kwara’s Education Sector Deteriorates Despite Huge Govt Funding, APC Guber Candidate Says

The continued decay in Kwara education sector has again been brought to the limelight by the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Mr. Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq.

A support group of the candidate called “AA4Kwara” had on Tuesday, revealed that despite the billions of naira allocated to the education sector by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, the resources have since failed to achieved desired outcomes.

According to the group, Governor Fatai budgeted N24.1 billion to education in 2015 (representing 20% of the budget), N30.4 billion in 2016 (representing 26.2% of the budget), N29 billion in 2017 (representing 24% of the budget), and another N12.6 billion in 2018 (representing 11.8% of the entire budget), yet the sector deteriorated to a state of shame.

The support group said the survey reports on the education sector in the state was far from the state government claims about building schools, revolutionizing the sector, implementing many structural reforms & policies.

While huge funding has been allocated to the sector, the group said dilapidated and deteriotating structures are seen in almost institution of learning in the state.

It listed many abandoned projects at “Akerebiata LGEA School, Kwara Polytechnic Permanent site, another abandoned projects at Kwara Polytechnic, abandoned block of classroom at Community Secondary school, Oke-Oye Oja.

“Abandoned hostel at Sheik Abdulkudir Secondary school, uncompleted block of classroom at Kwara Poly secondary school, uncompleted block of classroom at Otefon LGEA School in Moro Local government, dilapidated Schools/classrooms in Ekiti Local Government Area of the state, and another dilapidated school structures in SHARE town of Ifelodun Government Area.”

The many dilapidated academic structures in the state has affected the quality of students been turned out by the state, the group said.

“The WAEC ratings of Kwara State performance also added more credence to the fact the present Government in Kwara state is stagnant on the way forward to chart a new course.

In 2018, WAEC rated Kwara 18th position, in 2017 it was rated same 18th position; in 2016, it was also rated 18th position. In 2015, the state was again rated 16th in 2015 and then 2014, showing no record of academic improvement from the state.

“A year ago, recall that a photo went viral on social media that showed some primary school pupils in Mancha village, Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State sleeping outside. Till today the status quo hasn’t change. it is saddening for our dear state.

“Teachers in both Primary & secondary schools are being owed more than five months salaries which have lowered their motivation to carry out their responsibilities. Few cases of death were reported among the teachers who couldn’t buy drugs for their upkeep,” the group said.

The group however noted that the APC candidate’s “objective is to deliver qualitative, affordable and accessible education for all.”

It said that Mr. AbdulRazaq has promised that his administration will tackle the problems by declaring “a state of Emergency” in the education sector at the takeoff of his administration.”

“AbdulRazaq’s resuscitation plans to revolutionize the sector are re-designing, rehabilitating & ensuring standard educational infrastructure for all Public schools in Kwara state; human resources mapping to determine the specific areas of needed specializations; ending the pilfering of funds and ensuring that allocations to the sector are appropriately applied to the last kobo; ensuring prompt payment of salaries and allowances to all teachers in public schools.

“Resuscitating the inspectorate division of the education sector; placing a premium on relevant skills, competence and professionalism in the recruitment and selection processes; pursuing a deliberate policy of training and retraining to enhance teachers’ capacity; enforcing strict compliance with the approved educational curriculum at all times, and teaching of entrepreneurship skills in secondary schools.”

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PDP Stalwart And INEC Accredited Observer Reveals His Party’s Secret Dealings With Electoral Officials Including Amina Zakari

A stalwart of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who also doubles as an accredited observer with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Amadi Chima has revealed some top secrets dealings of his party, the PDP with some officials of the electoral commission.

An obviously angry Amadi who couldn’t hide his disappointment with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took to his twitter account Tuesday to reveal what he described as party’s connivance with some officials of the electoral umpire with the intent of rigging the 2019 presidential election.

A knowledgeable source close to Amadi reveals that he had expected that the PDP will hire him as a consultant to do the dirty job of liasing with any willing INEC officials who will help the party to do the dirty job that would help the opposition party in her quest to wrestle power from the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).

Amadi’s confidence of securing the job was predicated on the strength of his observer status with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and his closeness with the commission’s boss, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu during his sojourn as the Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

The PDP however disappointed Amadi by appointing a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Maurice Iwu as the consultant who will handle the party’s relationship with the electoral commission.

In a series of tweet on his twitter account, Amadi expressed disappointment with the action of his party by revealing the PDP systemic control of some officials of INEC which also includes the controversial Amina Zakari.

Amina Zakari, who was served as the acting chairman of the commission following the exit of the former chairman, Attahiru Jega has been in the news of late. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged that she is a niece to President Muhammadu and her recent appointment as the chairman and oversee the management of the electoral centre for the 2019 elections were seen by the party as a ploy by the president to rig the election.

The presidency has roundly refuted this allegation saying that Mrs Zakari is a it a niece to President Buhari neither does the president plan to rig the election.

Amadi however seems to share a different view. Though he maintained that Mrs Zakari is an indirect niece to President Buhari, her position at the electoral commission has never been to the benefit of the president. Instead, she has played the script of the PDP since her appointment by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010, he said.

According to Amadi, who said he was speaking based on his membership of the PDP since 1998 and his over 25 years participation in elections as an observer and expert commentator on democracy, further said that “Amina’s action in the INEC has not served any purpose for the president but has benefited my party, the PDP, to the detriment of the integrity of the elections until the current helmsman in INEC came on board to restore sanity to the commission.

He cited several instances to buttress his point one of which includes the campaign against the use of PVC by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections.

“When in 2014 it became clear to the PDP that the technological innovations that Jega was introducing were going to be a bulwark against the tradition of votes allocation, a massive campaign was kickstarted to do away with the PVC and Smart Card Reader technology. This campaign played out in the media. Unbeknownst to many, the battle was not restricted to shaping opinions against the use of the PVC and SCR, it extended into the Commission. The arrowhead of those who called for the abandonment of the innovation was Amina Zakari.”

Continuing, he said, “Amina Zakari, Prince Adedeji Soyebi, and another National Commissioner, Ambassador Lawrence Nwuruku, a card-carrying member of the PDP, led the groundswell of opposition against the deployment of technology in the 2015 elections which created a sharp divide in the Commission.”

“In fact, Jega had to beat a retreat in implementing full use of technology in the transmission of results because of the opposition mounted by these Commissioners who were apparently carrying out the instructions of external forces.”

“I was therefore amused that the same party raised hell when PMB wrongly rejected the Electoral Act Amendment on account of the electronic transmission of results clauses in the Bill.”

“One of the issues the PDP raised against president Buhari’s ill-advised and very vexatious withholding of assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is related to the use of incident forms during elections.”

“However, not many Nigerians may know that these forms were first muted by Amina Zakari to the Commission under Jega as a way of cushioning the effect of the SCR. We now know that the PDP were the biggest beneficiaries of the extensive use of incident forms introduced by Zakari.”

To further buttress his claim that the PDP benefited more from the use of incidence form in the 2015 elections, Amadi brought in figures where he compared the percentage of use of incidence form in  areas where President Muhammadu scored more votes than his closest challenger, former President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice versa.

“In Kano and Katsina, out of the 3,943,080 that were accredited to vote in both States in 2015, 851,062 used incident forms, representing about 22% of the total votes cast. Comparatively, in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, out of the 2,717,479 persons that were accredited to vote, a whopping 2,525,460 used incident forms, representing an outrageous 93%. Amina’s ‘ingenious’ contribution to democracy in Nigeria came through for the PDP.”

Amadi also used the Bayelsa governorship election held in 2016 as another instance where Amina Zakari while serving as acting chairman of the commission played the script of the PDP by allowing over one hundred thousand ghost voters to vote in the election.

“As Acting Chairman of the INEC, following Jega’s departure, Amina almost bungled the Bayelsa elections. Under her watch, over one hundred thousand ghost voters, many with almanack pictures as identification were introduced into the Bayelsa Voters Register.”

“It was not until the appointment of Prof.Yakubu as the INEC chairman that this anomaly was corrected through the deployment of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System(AFIS).Many of these ghost registrants were in areas that were considered the PDP’s stronghold in Bayelsa.”

He also wrote on the role Amina Zakari played in the 2015 governorship election held in Kogi state where late Prince Abubakar AUDU was coasting home to victory until his death before the final declaration of the election results.

According to him, “while many were too eager to lampoon the INEC for the Kogi debacle in 2015, only a handful may be aware that the needless quagmire would have been avoided if Amina did not try to save the PDP from crushing defeat in the hands of the APC under late Abubakar Audu.”

“The Kogi election was to be won at first ballot when Amina surprisingly decided to proceed to Kogi rather than remain in the INEC Headquarters as Head of the Elections Operations Committee. Amina drafted to the field another PDP appointee and someone she relentlessly lobbied to continue as national commissioner, Prince Soyebi. Amina would move to Dekina local government area which is the home of the PDP candidate, Idris Wada. It was the crises in Dekina that led to the declaration of the election as inconclusive.”

After also revealing the role Amina Zakari played in the Osun election which brought in Alhaji Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the new governor, having defeated his strongest challenger, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in an election that went into supplementary polls, Amadi said “not too many followers of events at the INEC were surprised when the INEC chairman announced changes in the Headship of committees within the Commission, a move that effectively brought Amina’s reign and influence over elections to an abrupt end.”

He had earlier explained how the then INEC chairman, Jega, whom he said is very much aware of “Amina’s unwholesome affinity with politicians and waited” had waited patiently until the last minute where just a few days to the 2015 elections, was removed as the Head of the Elections and Party Monitoring Committee of the INEC and moved to the Planning Committee which had basically finished all its elections planning.

He said “Perhaps this deployment was instrumental to the success of the 2015 elections.

Amadi wondered why the PDP is now washing its hands off Amina since “she is their creation and has paid back adequately.”

He said, “Instructively, Amina Zakari was the Head of the Collation Centre sub-Committee in 2015, the same sub-Committee that the PDP is now rejecting, there is no record of the party objecting to that appointment since she was related to a man that would be on the ballot with the party’s candidate.”

Amadi describes the PDP’s Press Release on the announcement of Amina’s Headship of the Collation Centre sub-Committee citing conflict of interest as its reason for rejecting her appointment as hogwash.

He said “A party that had no qualms in nominating card-carry members of her party into the Commission cannot now lecture the nation on ethics and propriety. I was disgustingly amused when I sighted Ambassador Lawrence Nwuruku, a former INEC National Commissioner, and Mr Nasir Ayilara, former INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner representing Kwara State, at the last PDP National Delegate Convention in Port Harcourt, proudly hanging their delegate cards on their necks.

“It is not also hidden that the former Governor of Abia State, Ochendo Theodore Orji was once an INEC Administrative Secretary. The current governor of Bauchi State was an INEC Commissioner appointed by the PDP. In all these, where was the party’s sense of propriety?”

“If the PDP takes a critical introspective look at its position on Amina, they would realise that they are inadvertently conceding that President Mohammadu Buhari and by extension the APC are better character judges than the PDP ever was.”

“Out of the 12 serving National Commissioners of INEC, only Amina and Prince Adedeji Soyebi were original appointees of the PDP. In castigating Amina, the PDP has tacitly admitted that the 10 National Commissioners appointed by Buhari have better character traits than appointees it sponsored initially to the Commission.”

“The PDP cannot distance itself from Amina, they created her and turned her into what she has become today. She is their baggage, and they must embrace her. Perhaps, the improvements in elections management have ensured that the Party is no longer getting value for money from Amina leading the bigwigs to conclude that she has become a rogue agent.  That the party would think that out of the 12 National Commissioners, 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners, 38 Returning Officers, and the hundreds of people that would be in the ICC, one woman has the powers to determine the outcome of elections tells Nigerians all they need to know about the quality of opposition in Nigeria.”

Amadi’s apparent anger for the selection of former INEC boss, Maurice Iwu against persons like him later came to bear on his tweet as he said the “PDP is still holed up in the past and is refusing to ask some of us within its fold that engage with the process to enlighten its apparatchiks on current trends in elections management. Why would they not have this medieval mentality when rumours have it that they have engaged the discredited Maurice Iwu as one of their elections consultants.”

He wondered why the PDP is chasing shadows and engaging in irrelevant distractions rather than run an aggressive issues-based campaign to present a credible alternatives to voters.

He said “the end game will perhaps be to have an excuse for a defeat if its lacklustre campaigns come back to haunt it.”

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Buhari’s Aide Releases Full Tape Of Amaechi’s Speech

Presidential aide on Digital Media, Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi, on Sunday, reacted to the doctored audio tape released by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi was said to have allegedly spoke ill of the President Muhammadu Buhari government.

Ogunlesi, in a series of tweets on Sunday evening stressed that the leaked audio was clinically edited. He noted that the area where Amaechi spoke about corruption was ‘edited out’.

He further released the full version of what Amaechi originally said via his twitter handle @toluogunlesi.

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Why We Invaded Media Trust Offices- Army

The Nigerian Army says its personnel with elements of the police and other security agencies were at Abuja and Maiduguri offices of Media Trust to invite staff of the company over its lead story of yesterday’s publication, which divulged classified military Information.

Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman disclosed this in a press statement made available to newsmen.

Brigadier General Sani Usman explained that the newspaper disclosed planned military operations against Boko Haram terrorists, which amounts to a breach of national security and run contrary to sections One and Two of the official secrets act.

He maintained that the publication afforded the terrorists, prior notice of the Army’s plans and giving them early warning to prepare against the military, thus sabotaging the planned operations and putting the lives of troops in imminent and clear danger.

The statement stressed that the invitation of those responsible for divulging military plans was done with the best of intention in order to make them realise the import of such acts to national security, and advised journalists to engage in responsive reportage and be professional as the Army has no intention of muzzling press freedom.

It warned that it would not tolerate a situation where a publication would consistently side with terrorists and undermine national institutions.

The statement appealed to collaborate with the military and security forces to end terrorism and insurgency in the country, assuring that the invitation is for further investigation, and if need be, all those culpable of jeopardising operations security will be prosecuted by relevant law enforcement agency.

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Ogun Police Command Arrest Four Suspects For Robbing Churches

Men of the Ogun State police command have arrested four suspected robbers who specialise in robbing churches and places of worship in Ijebu area of the state.

The suspects, Akinniyi Moses 43, Ogunfowoke Kayode 23, Michael Idogun 35, and Izunna Odah 29, were arrested following series of complaints from different churches that had fallen victims to their activities, the police said in Abeokuta, the state capital yesterday.

According to a statement issued by the command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were arrested based on a tip-off. “On interrogation, they confessed being responsible for the attacks on churches in the area.

Among the churches they confessed they had robbed are Methodist Church Oru ijebu, Love of Epistles Church Ago iwoye and a building at Ajebo in Oru ijebu,” the statement indicated.

Oyeyemi further disclosed: “Recovered from them are a double-barrel locally-made pistol, 17.62mm live ammunition, five DBSG live cartridges, six handsets, three Ox fans, one big speaker, two VSO identity cards, one plasma TV, two gas cylinders, one bullet proof vest, five stabilizers, one church bell, two pistol purse and one jack knife.”

All the items, he said had been identified by their owners.

The statement noted that the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, had ordered that the suspects be transferred to FSARS for discreet investigation. He warned that the command will not rest on its oars in its efforts to make Ogun a crime-free state.

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Air Force Strikes Boko-Haram In Damasak

The Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole, has repelled an attack
on a military base in Damasak, Borno State, by the Iswap faction of Boko Haram terrorists.

An assessment video showed that several gun trucks belonging to the terrorists were destroyed in the air strikes in the location north of Borno State.

The attacks were executed whilst providing close air support for the ground troops at Damasak who were in pursuit of the terrorists after they had attempted to attack their location.

The Nigerian Air Force MI-35m helicopter gunship engaged the group of terrorists’ gun trucks in successive waves of attacks as they retreated, destroying and immobilizing some of them, and killing several of the terrorists.

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