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Illegal Retirement: General vs Army, Courts Fixes Hearing For March

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has slated March 15 for the hearing of two applications challenging the alleged illegal retirement of Major General Ibrahim Sani from the Nigerian Army. Before the retirement, General Sani was Chief of Transformation and Innovation Centre of the Nigerian Army A three-member panel of justices presided by Justice Abubakar Datti Yahaya on Wednesday adjourned to enable the new counsel to Sani, Magaji Mahmoud (SAN) to file the relevant processes. The court was billed to hear an application for an order compelling the…

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Police Discover Cocaine Smuggled In Fake Pineapples

Spanish and Portuguese police discovered an enormous shipment of cocaine hidden inside fake pineapples during a raid on shipping containers. Nine gang members alleged to have transported the drugs from Latin America were arrested. A video by police showed the skin of one “pineapple” being peeled off to reveal a layer of yellow wax and beneath that the cocaine. Police seized 745kg of the drug hidden in the fruit  along with €400 000 (£352,000) in cash, according to Reuters. A laboratory where the drug was cut with additives was also…

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SERAP To Buhari: Seek Justice, Reparation For Herdsmen Attacks Victims

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that “any efforts by his government to prevent and combat attacks by herdsmen across the country is grounded in the rights of victims of unlawful killings and their families. It’s important to ensure that any policy to tackle the problem is not used as a ploy to undercut the possibilities of meaningful justice and reparation for victims and their families.”   The National Assembly yesterday condemned the killings in Benue and other parts of the country, and…

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Suicide Bombers Kill 10, Injure 65 In Maiduguri, Borno

Not less than 10 people were killed and 65 injured when suicide bombers attacked a busy area of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Emergency Response Team (ERT) from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Borno State Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA) and Red Cross have responded to a suicide bombing incident which occurred around Muna Garage along Mafa Dikwa road in Maiduguri, Borno State. The Team has responded to 65 injured people who were given first aid and transported to hospitals while 10 others lost their lives. Preliminary reports indicate that…

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Herdsmen Attacks: Senate Holds Security Summit Next Week

The Senate says it suspends plenary next Wednesday and Thursday to hold a summit on the security situation in some parts of the country. The red chamber also called for a high powered delegation in conjunction with State Governments to resolve the conflict for harmonious existence. It also urged the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel to the affected areas. These resolutions were sequel to a motion sponsored by Sen. Shuaibu Lau (PDP-Taraba) on the conflict between herdsmen and farmers in parts of Taraba. Lau said the conflict which…

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Nigerian Army, MNJTF Collaborate To Crush Boko Haram

 The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, has reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to cooperate with the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency. Nicholas gave the assurance when the Task Force Commander MNJTF, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabo, visited the Military Command and Control Centre, Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri. Rogers said that the command was working in collaboration with the MNJTF in the ongoing clearance operation to root out remnant of Boko Haram insurgents in North-East and Lake Chad region. “The meeting…

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Reps Reject Motion To Grant Camerounian Refugees Full Protection

The House of Representatives at plenary rejected a motion urging the Federal Government to grant full protection to Cameroonian refugees and asylum seekers crossing into Nigeria. The motion by Representative Sani Zorro (Jigawa-APC), also urged states and federal authorities to allow for the construction of refugee camps. Zorro noted that there had been an influx of tens of thousands of asylum seekers and refugees fleeing Cameroon into Nigeria since the last quarter of 2017 He said that the refugees had continued to cross the Nigerian borders through Rivers, Benue and…

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Army Releases 244 ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Suspects

Nigeria military says it has released 244 “repentant” Boko Haram suspects who have undergone rehabilitation. The authorities say they have been de-radicalised and can re-enter society, but critics are sceptical about whether they have repented. The group, which includes women and children, has been handed over to the governor of Borno state, an area badly affected by Islamist violence. Some 20,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency. The army released the suspects as part of activities marking Armed Forces Remembrance Day. “The detainees have been de-radicalised for…

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No Land For Cattle Colony In Benue, Says Gov Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State says the state government has no land for the establishment of cattle colony as being advocated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Speaking while addressing State House correspondents after he led a delegation of Benue State stakeholders to a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday, Governor Ortom said that cattle ranching remained the only way out of the crisis. He explained that though the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh,…

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Army Acquires Innoson Vehicles For Military Operations

The Nigerian Army has started taking delivery of vehicles it ordered from Innoson Motor Manufacturing Company which were configured for deployment for Operation Lafiya Dole and other military operations. The Nigerian Army and Innoson Motors, an indigenous vehicle manufacturing company had recently signed agreement and partnership towards the manufacturing of locally made military equipment and vehicles for the army. In line with the the partnership, the army would acquire 100 variant of utility vehicles from the company to support its operations, especially in the North-East. The Chief of Army Staff,…

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