Kuje kidnapping: Police hunt suspects, nab 2, recover arms

July 10, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The FCT Police Command has launched an operation to rescue victims kidnapped in the early hours of Thursday in Abaji, a suburb of the FCT. A press statement by Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Anjugiri Manzah, Thursday in Abuja said: “The Command wishes to assure FCT residents of its commitment to rescue the victims unhurt and arrest the suspects.” Read More

FG set to announce when airports ‘ll reopen

June 28, 2020 Suleiman Idris 0

After a three months lull in domestic commercial flight operations following the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has expressed satisfaction with the arrangements and level of preparedness exhibited by agencies in the aviation industry for the restart of domestic flights operations into select airports across Read More

COVID-19 guidelines: Local airlines want FG to reopen airspace for certified airlines

June 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Local airlines have urged the federal government and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to reopen the airspace for airlines and airports that have satisfied safety protocol to begin operations. The carriers, under the aegis of Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON), said more days were bound to be wasted and revenues lost should the system wait for every stakeholder to Read More

No plan no sack port workers despite Covid-19: Abe

June 17, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Capt. Marvin Abe is the Managing Director, Apapa Bulk Terminal Limited, a subsidiary of Flour Mill Nigeria Plc. In this interview, he speaks on why the company won’t sack its workers despite the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses among other sundry issues. How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted your operations and is there any plan by the company to Read More

Anambra: Obiano, wife reward Police operatives with N2m, bags of rice for foiling Bank Robbery

June 9, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, Tuesday, rewarded eight police officers with the total sum of N2m for foiling an armed robbery attack at the popular Regina Caeli Junction, Awka. The officers including three Inspectors, four sergeants and one constable attached to department of operations and MOPOL 29 PMF Awka, equally received four bags of 50kg rice from the governor’s Read More

Buratai to Buhari: We neutralised 1,429 insurgents, arrested 116 in 2 months

June 9, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

                     Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-General Tukur Buratai has said not less than 1,429 Boko Haram terrorists were eliminated in the last two months of his physical presence during the operations in the North-east. The COAS spoke to State House correspondents after an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja Monday. He said some 116 Read More

Fighting unconventional enemies not a piece of cake

June 8, 2020 Ayo Akanji 0

“National security is a serious matter and I do not think it is proper to discuss such details in a public forum.”—Indian PM Narendra Modi Asymmetric warfare against terrorism is one of the most difficult, challenging and complex wars of modern times. Fighting unconventional enemies conventionally is not a piece of cake. It’s not the kind of war that can be Read More

Zulum commends COAS for establishing hospital in Maiduguri

June 1, 2020 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Governor Babagama Umara Zulum of Borno state has commended the gallantry of officers and men of the Nigerian Army for their efforts, sacrifices and doggedness in the counter insurgency operations. He also commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, for the ultra modern reference hospital for the Nigerian Army and host communities, which he described as Read More

The North’s insecurity siege

May 31, 2020 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

  The northern part of this country has suffered the protracted war against terrorism for a good 10 years. This war, with its theatre’s centre in the heart of the North-east, has taken well over 25,000 Nigerian lives. The PMB administration inherited this war against insurgency when it was six years old. In the last four years, the Nigerian military Read More

Defence Ministry goes tough on Bandits, set to launch ‘Operation Accord’ in Niger, Sokoto, Katsina, other North West, North Central states

May 20, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Ministry of Defence has concluded plans for the commencement of “Operation Accord,” a major military exercise aimed at flushing out insurgents from the contiguous states of Kaduna, Niger, Katsina,Zamfara, Sokoto and parts of Kebbi state.A Presidency source said Tuesday that while Tuesday’s Senate resolution is perfectly in order, “it is important to state that in his duty as Commander-in-Chief, Read More

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Chevron takes precautions against COVID-19

April 16, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation/CNL Joint Venture (NNPC/CNL JV), has promised to operate safely, and without any coronavirus (COVID-19) related incident in its operations. A statement by the company’s General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn, said that as a responsible organisation, one of the precautionary safeguards put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Read More

Police nab female armourer, gang members in Sokoto, recover arms, ammunitions

April 14, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

  The Nigeria Police Special Tactical Squad (STS) has arrested a 28 year old female armourer Fatima Garba alongside her gang of alleged kidnappers and armed robbers reportedly notorious for attacking innocent Nigerians around Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna and Niger states.A press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, Tuesday in Abuja, said as an armourer, Fatima Read More

Local airlines quit operations over massive slump in passenger traffic, others

April 1, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

Local airlines have shutdown scheduled services over massive slump in passenger traffic and inability to cover the cost of operation. Some of the airlines though cited solidarity with the government’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic; the business is not sustainable with about 30 per cent load factor recorded on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Experts observed that the Read More

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COVID-19: NAFDAC issues regulatory control to curtail spread, provides access to website

March 25, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said it put up control measures for its operations to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This was contained in a statement by the director-general of the agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, Tuesday in Abuja. According to Adeyeye, the measures are aimed at ensuring adequate protection of staff and Read More

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Nigeria’s Women league postponed by a week

March 18, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) has announced the postponement of the 2020 NWFL Premiership scheduled to kick off tomorrow, Wednesday. In a statement released and made available to Blueprint Sport by the league management and signed by the Chief Operating Officer, Ayo Abdulrahman, the postponement was caused by failure of some clubs to register adequately. According to the statement, Read More

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Fayemi signs Amotekun bill into law in Ekiti state

March 16, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The governor of Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Monday, signed the Ekiti state Security Network Agency Bill, called Amotekun Corps  into Law. Also, he warned criminals to steer clear of Ekiti, boasting that “Amotekun Corps  will get you wherever you hide”. Fayemi, who spoke at the signing of ceremony in Ado Ekiti,  said the assent will give  legal backing Read More

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Ferrari shutting down operations in Italy

March 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Ferrari has confirmed that it is shutting down all operations in Italy with immediate effect until at least March 29 because of the worldwide spread of coronavirus. As well as the F1 operation in Maranello, the shut-down also includes facilities at Modena and the production of its range of top-of-the-line road cars. The company said that up to now it Read More

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Yoruba coalition alleges hijack of Amotekun

March 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

…Petitions Buhari, NASS, IGP, others (1)  A coalition of Yoruba groups, under the aegis of Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF) has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari; Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the leadership of the National Assembly and the Service Chiefs over alleged hijack of the newly launched South-west security outfit, popularly called Amotekun. The forum alleged that some individuals hijacked the security Read More

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Finance Act crippling NIPOST – PMG

March 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

….Says N40bn-making agency remains analogue     The Post Master General of the Federation, Dr Ismail Adebayo Adewusi cried out the Finance Act is crippling the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST). Adewusi’s alarm is coinciding with the very day President Muhamnadu Buhari wrote the National Assembly for amendments to the Act.  The PMG, who raised the alarm on Tuesday when members of Read More

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Give us gun permit, private security practitioners beg interior minister

March 9, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN) has called on the federal government to grant its members permission to carry arms in order to help solve the lingering security challenges in the country. ALPSPN has over 1000 licensed security companies with operations and members across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The national president Read More

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Insecurity: OPWS disagrees with Ortom, says we’re not over-stretched

March 3, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Force Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, Tuesday, said his troops are neither overwhelmed nor overstretched by the security challenges in the three states of their operation. Governor Samuel Ortom had while briefing newsmen after a meeting with civil society organizations, Monday at the Government House, said OPWS though is doing its best but was being Read More

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Bandits kill monarch, one other in Zamfara

March 3, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Zamfara state police command has confirmed killing of a village head and one other person following an attack launched by suspected bandits on Kujemi village in  Dansadau emirate of Maru local government area of the state.  This is contained in a statement signed by the command public relations officer, Sp. Muhammad Shehu and made available to Blueprint in Gusau Monday.  “Yesterday, being Read More