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Buhari to visit Sambisa

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President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to declare open this year’s Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship in Sambisa forest in Borno. Maj.-Gen. David Ahmad, the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army headquarters, disclosed this at a news conference on the championship in Maiduguri.

Ahmadu said the event was slated for March 27 to 31 at the former stronghold of the Boko Haram insurgents. He said that the championship was part of the training activities of the Nigerian Army aimed at sharpening marksmanship of its personal.

“The Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship otherwise known as NASAC is part of the training activities scheduled for 2017.

“It is a championship among the formations of the Nigerian Army, the objective of the event is to sharpen the marksmanship skills of the army personnel,’’ Ahmadu said, adding that “all formations of the Nigerian Army will be competing with the best carting away the prestigious Chief of Army Staff trophy.’’

Ahmadu stated that the championship was aimed at consolidating on the total defeat and routing out of Boko Haram terrorists from their operational headquarters in camp zero in Sambisa forest.

“Furthermore, the championship will also mark the commencement of the ongoing plan to move speedily and make the Sambisa forest general area safe for habitation.

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Attack: My men acted in self-defence, says NSCDC Commandant

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Bayelsa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), yesterday said its officials deployed to protect oil facilities in Ikarama community shot in self-defence when attacked by community youths. NSCDC Commandant in the state, Godwin Nwachukwu, said the operation was within the rules of engagement of the corps. He added that the command had acted in response to reports of increased sabotage of oil facilities and deployed men to arrest suspects behind the vandalism.

He said members of the community had ambushed men of the NSCDC, who were on their legitimate duties at the oilfields. “My men acted in selfdefence, and it is our mandate to protect oil facilities, they were attacked and the metal bridge that serves as exit was demobilised to trap my men.

“In an effort to escape, my men fired some shots in the air to scare them away, no one was shot,” he declared. Reacting to reports that NSCDC operatives allegedly shot a neighbourhood watch member in Ikarama, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa, Nwachukwu said the command arrested and questioned a woman who was with a suspect. “My men went to arrest a suspect who escaped, so they arrested the woman who was with him, we interrogated her and released her,” he said It will be recalled that the incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday.

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Ex-IGP, Onovo, lauds Ugwuanyi’s visionary leadership

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Former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo has extolled leadership virtues of Enugu state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, describing him as a visionary and “wonderful” leader, whose style of politics was sincere, inclusive and resultoriented. Speaking at a flag off ceremony of the construction work on the all-important Ogonogoeji- Ndiagu-Akpugo rural road, from Atavu Bailey Bridge to Afor Onovo, which had attracted many leaders of “Nkanuland”, Onovo expressed delight that after years of neglect by past administrations, Ugwuanyi was able to remember the people of the area by commencing work on the road.

The former IGP, who applauded Ugwuanyi for keeping faith with his promise to construct the road shortly after he inspected it, regretted that the road had not witnessed any development in the past. Besides, he commended the governor for his commitment to good governance, transparency, accountability, peace, justice and fair play, noting that the governor was able to utilize the lean resources of the state to pay workers’ salaries and retirees’ pensions and still execute massive development projects across the three senatorial districts of the state, especially in the rural areas.

This, Onovo among others said had earned Enugu state the enviable status of “the safest state in the country”, saying “I am happy to be here to identify with you, Your Excellency.” Also speaking, Chairman of Nkanu West Local Government Area, Hon. Henry Okenwa also thanked Ugwuanyi for numerous development projects his administration was executing in the council especially the Agbani- Amurri road, which was witnessing development for the first time in the past 100 years.

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Group upbraids Imo lawmakers for rejecting LG autonomy

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A group, APGA Mass Mobilization Movement (APGA3M) has condemned rejection of the local government autonomy by the Imo state House of Assembly. Speaking with newsmen in Owerri, Coordinator of the group, Comrade Ikedi Nwanwa described the lawmakers’ decision as shocking and unbelievable, wondering why a group of people who claimed to represent the people would take a decision which was completely at variance with the wishes and aspirations of the people.

A visibly angry Nwanwa, who called for protest and shut down of the House, lampooned the House members for turning themselves into choristers who gather to sing Okorocha’s praises with Speaker Acho Ihim leading the pack as choir master. According to him, “the decision of the Imo Assembly is shameful treacherous.

This is the height of sycophancy. We are compiling the names of the House members who voted against the people which we will make public for their constituencies to understand the kind of people they sent to the House.”

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