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•••Army regrets information on oil workers

Nigerian Army has expressed regret over ambush of some staff of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and staff of University of Maiduguri on oil exploration in Borno Yesu District of Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno state terrorists. Th e army also expressed regret over its earlier statement about the rescue of all NNPC Staff […]

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NNPC ambush: Shettima donates N.5m, land to each 14 civilian JTF

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Borno state government has donated N500,000 cash to each of the 14 Civilian JTF from Magumeri local government area of the state that were killed during the recent ambush of staff of University of Maiduguri on oil exploration. Th e state government also donated full plot of land to each of […]

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Kaura to train community police volunteers

Th e administrator of Kaura local government area of Kaduna state, Mr. Zitung Basahuwa Agog, has revealed plans that members of the Community Security Dialogue (CSAD) to trained people as community police volunteers to complement police roles of securing lives and property through constructive community dialogue surveillance and reporting. Agog stated this during the farewell […]

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Towards a UN multinational peacekeeping centre for Nigeria

Nigerian Army authorities, on Saturday, renamed the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre, located in the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, after the former Chief of Defence Staff , Gen. Martin Luther Agwai, for his contribution to global peace and security; and to upgrade the centre to meet global standard. MUSA UMAR BOLOGI reports […]

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NGO targets culture, language preservation for tourism devt

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna A non-governmental organisation, Cultural Educative Innovation (CEI), has launched a campaign to re-orientate Nigerians on the need to preserve their cultures and languages as tools for tourism development. CEI said it had mapped out strategies to support and boost the tourism business in the country that would create massive employment for […]

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Army cautions Nigerians on fraudsters

By Moh Bello Habib Zaria Authorities of the Depot, Nigerian Army, Zaria, have cautioned members of the public against activities of fraudsters, criminally parading themselves as relatives of the formation’s commandant, Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, thereby defrauding some candidates who were not successful in just concluded 76 Regular Recruits Exercise. Th is aws contained in a […]

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Insurgency: NAF establishes quick response units at Daura borders

By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inaugurated Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Katsina, as well as a Quick Response Wing (QRW) in Daura, Katsina state. Th e 213 FOB is structured to shorten the air force response time in supporting air operations to deal with threats along the border area, according […]

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Public complaints: Police copter drops leaflets in Kano

By Bashir Mohammed Kano A police helicopter yesterday dropped thousands of leafl ets containing hot lines to be contacted by the general public for their grievances to be forwarded in the way they were dealing with the police in their day-to-day aff airs. Speaking to newsmen on the need to drop the leafl ets in […]

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Attacks on NNPC, UniMaid staff tragic setback – Shettima

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima, has described Boko Haram’s violent attacks on geologists and exploration workers from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the University of Maiduguri as “a tragic setback in the fi ght against Boko Haram and in eff orts to boost Nigeria’s economic fortunes.” In a statement […]

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Boko Haram: Osinbajo orders return of command centre in Maiduguri

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has ordered the return of Military Command Centre (MCC) in Maiduguri, Borno state, in order to checkmate the activities of Book Haram. Osinbajo gave the directive at a close-door meeting with Service Chiefs, shortly after his return from Port Harcourt, where he inaugurated a new world-class […]

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NOA seeks youth grand alliance against corruption

By Ibrahim Ramalan Abuja Th e Director General of the National Orientation Agency, (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari has called for a youth alliance against all forms of corruption in the country saying that imbibing the right attitude as embedded in our national core values will help to eradicate corruption for national development. In a statement […]

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‘Boko Haram’ abducts scientists exploring oil at Lake Chad

Some Nigerian scientists searching for crude in Lake Chad have been kidnapped. Although the exact number of victims has not been confi rmed, a spokesperson of the state oil fi rm, NNPC, confi rmed the kidnap to our correspondent. Sources in Borno state had earlier told Premium Times that the victims were abducted on Tuesday […]

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NAF inaugurates electronic range in Bauchi

By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday inaugurated Electronic Range at the NAF Base, Bauchi, as part of eff orts to enhancing capacity of its personnel in weapons handling and marksmanship. Th is brings to two the number of electronic ranges inaugurated by the service in under the current leadership. Th e […]

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Troops rescue kidnapped oil workers, others

By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Troops of Nigerian military yesterday rescued the 10 staff of National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) kidnapped on Tuesday by the Boko Haram terrorists along Barno Yasu, Magumeri local government area of Borno state. Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Sai Usman said in a statement that the troops also recovered the corpses of […]

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Boko Haram: 2 soldiers jailed 23 years for stealing arms

By Najib Sani Bauchi A military court martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno state yesterday sentenced two Nigerian soldiers to 23 years each in prison for stealing ammunition meant for combating Boko Haram insurgency. Th e court also sentenced one Garba Saidu, a corporal, to 10 years behind bars for a similar off ence. Th e […]

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Troops kill 8 suicide bombers in one week – Offi cial

Troops of Operation Lafi ya Dole fi ghting insurgency in the Northeast have neutralised not less than eight suspected female suicide bombers in the last one week, according to an offi cial. Deputy Director, Army Public Relations Department, Kingsley Samuel, said this in a statement issued to journalists yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. […]

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Troops arrest 4 insurgents, robbery suspects in Yobe

By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Troops of 233 Battalion, 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army and members of vigilance group on have arrested four fl eeing terrorists at Kurnari village and Nayinawa, outskirts of Damaturu, Yobe state. Th e arrests were made on Monday, according to Army spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, in a […]

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42 escaped Chibok girls graduate from Plateau, Katsina schools

.. Why we concealed schools’ identity – ShettimaBy Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Th e 42 girls who escaped from Boko Haram after their abduction at Government Secondary School, Chibok, on April 14, 2014, have graduated from private schools in Plateau and Katsina states through a joint sponsorship by the Borno state government and a non-profi t […]

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Herders deny stockpiling arms in Plateau village

By Muhammad Tanko Shittu Jos Herders in Riyom local government area of Plateau state have said it was not true that they were stockpiling arms and ammunition at Mahanga community. Th ey rather urged the security agencies to arrest the journalist, who reported that they were using helicopters to stockpile arms to carry out attacks […]

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Army promotes 6,199 Boko Haram-fi ghting soldiers

By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, yesterday approved special promotion for 6,199 soldiers serving in Operation Lafi ya Dole to various ranks between Lance Corporals and Warrant Offi cers in the Nigerian Army. Benefi ciaries of the special promotion, according to Army spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, in […]

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Katsina, Niger Republic state partner on transborder activities

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja A signifi cant milestone was yesterday reached in the advancement of peaceful coexistence between Nigeria and the neighbouring Niger Republic with the signing of a bilateral agreement on cross-border transhumance between Katsina state and Maradi state. Th e documents were signed by Governor Aminu Bello Masari and Governor Malam Zakari […]

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4 killed, 15 injured in Borno IDPs camps suicide attacks – NEMA

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confi rmed the death of four people after suicide bombers attacked two Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri. Blueprint gathered that the attacks on Dalori 1 and 2 IDPs camps by four diff erent suicide bombers happened between late Sunday and early Monday morning. […]

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Northern youths to review stance on Igbo quit notice

Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), a coalition of northern youth groups that gave Igbo resident in Northern Nigeria three months ultimatum to vacate the region, has said it is reviewing its stand on the notice. According to its coordinator, Yerima Shettima, the AYCF was prompted to review its stand considering the way South-east governors, the […]

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‘Bring Shekau, others to justice for sexually violating women’

Stories by Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has urged the United Nations to bring the leadership of the Boko Haram terror group to book for sexually violating women and young girls in the post confl ict period. The commander said Boko Haram terrorists group has total disregard […]

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Troops arrest Chadian terrorist in Yobe

Th e troops of 159 Battalion of the Nigerian Army at the weekend arrested one Chadian terrorist, Hassan Yusuf. Yusuf, 43, is a suspected logistics supplier to Boko Haram terrorists, according to army spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman. He said, Yusuf who hailed from Dangana in Chad Republic, was intercepted while attempting to cross over to […]