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NASAC in Sambisa indicates end of insurgency – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the conduct of the 2017 NigerianArmy Small Arms Championship, (NASAC) inside the notorious Sambisa forest, former enclave of the Boko Haram insurgents, had signified the end of the terrorist group.

Buhari, who made the declaration yesterday, while declaring open the five-day NASAC 2017 championship in Sambisa forest, in Borno State, said the citing of event in the former terrorists, camp was also a clear testimony that the violent campaigns being waged by insurgent were over.

Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, restated the determination of the Federal Government to ensure the elimination of all kinds of terrorism in the North-East and the country at large.

“This championship is a showcase of the clear defeat and degradation of the Boko Haram terrorists group, with the destruction of camp Zero here in hitherto Sambisa forest.

It will also mark the commencement of our plan to move speedily to make Sambisa and the entire North-East safe again for law abiding citizens”, he added.

“I can categorically say that never again will Boko Haram terrorists occupy any of the Nigerian land.

It is an affirmation to the resolve of this government to stamp out all activaties and operations of Boko Haram insurgency in our territory.”

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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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INEC ad-hoc staff to take oath in Cross River

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River State yesterday said all ad-hoc staff to be used for the conduct of the 2019 general election will have to swear to an oath of neutrality. This was disclosed by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Frankland Briyai, during the monthly meeting of federal establishments in the state. He said it was necessary to remind them that they would be used by the commission as Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) during the elections and appealed to them to ensure neutrality during the election.

“All ad-hoc staff will swear to an oath of office and this is because we want to ensure that the coming elections are different in every respect. INEC uses staff of federal establishments because they are believed to be more neutral and have broader horizon, having come from other states of the federation,” he said. “I am appealing to all election officials, including the federal government staff not to compromise in carrying out their election duties.

They should respect all the ground rules so that there can be outcomes that represent the will of the people. This is INEC’s main objective for using unbiased officials like you to conduct elections,” the REC said. Briyai, who used the forum to give a rundown of activities of the commission in the state, said about 78,539 voters had so far been registered, while 16, 6944 PVCs had been distributed and 5,344 PVCs were yet to be collected since 2015. Earlier, Chairman of federal establishments in the state, Dr. Fred Chucks Okoli of the Federal Character Commission, said the purpose of the meeting was to unite members and to work for the progress of the country and the state in particular.

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