NAF’s Locally Produced Ventilators Ready For Use – CAS Abubakar


The Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar on Monday announced that ventilators locally produced by the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) are now ready for use and will soon be unveiled.

The ventilators will be used in the treatment of COVID-19 and other respiratory-related diseases.

Abubakar, said the ventilators were jointly fabricated by NAF engineers and experts from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

He made this announcement while hosting a Sallah luncheon for frontline troops of the NAF at the headquarters of Air Task Force Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

“While sustaining the fight against the seen enemy, NAF personnel must also maintain vigilance and ensure strict adherence to the guidelines and protocols to overcome COVID-19, which is the invisible enemy of humanity,” he said.

The CAS adds that the NAF in support of COVID-19 fight had also distributed reusable face masks to all personnel and provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and ventilators to the NAF Hospital in Maiduguri,

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum who was also at the event appreciated the contributions and sacrifices of NAF in securing the territorial integrity of the country.

He notes that the tremendous efforts of the NAF in general, and the Air Task Force (ATF) in particular, in the fight against insurgency had degraded the abilities of the insurgents and gradually facilitated a return to normalcy for the people of Borno State.



Buhari Condoles With Sheik Lemu Over Death Of His Son, Abubakar

Buhari Condoles With Nasarawa Govt Over Gas Explosion
President Muhammadu Buhari (file)


President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Sheik Ahmed Lemu over the death of his son, Abubakar Shehu Lemu.

The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity described the death of Abubakar Lemu as an irreparable loss.

President Buhari told Sheikh Lemu that he “deeply felt the family’s pain,” adding that “I know what you must be feeling having lost the most senior of your children.”

He also condoled with the entire people of Niger State.

President Buhari prayed to Allah to ease the pain of the Lemu family and grant His mercy and forgiveness to the late Abubakar Lemu.

The late Abubakar, a retired Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, died following a protracted illness.

Creation Of Jobs Panacea To Illegal Migration – Atiku


Former Vice President , Atiku Abubakar , has said that creating better opportunities will help check the rise in illegal migration of Nigerians.

He stated this in Abuja while marking the United Nations International Migrants Day on December 18, 2017.

“The chances of a young person with a job and opportunity at home taking a suicidal flight in search of a better life will become an exception and not the rule,” Atiku said.

Using the recent case of slave trading in Libya as an example, where over 400 Nigerians were subjected to inhumane treatments, Atiku in a statement from his media office, called on African leaders to create an environment conducive for economic progress and employment generation.

He, therefore, stated that to prevent a recurrence of such, the Federal and state governments ought to discourage potential migrants through public enlightenment about the implications of illegal overseas travels.

In achieving this, the PDP chief also urged the international community to ensure that the international code of treatment of migrants is strictly adhered to.

Abubakar Inaugurates Air Force Hospital In Rivers

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has visited Rivers State alongside the Chairman, Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Duro Faseyi.

Both men arrived in Port Harcourt on Saturday to inaugurate the 115 Special Operation’s Group Medical Centre which has been upgraded to the Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital.

They were joined by other security chiefs in the state at the commissioning ceremony of the facility which is now one of NAF’s major reference hospitals in the country.

Air Marshal Abubakar hinted that the Air Force was embarking on a massive upgrade of its medical facilities across the country to meet the health demands of its personnel, especially for those in the theatre of operation.

He was optimistic that the war against insurgency in the North East, which he said was in the mopping up stage, has been successful.

The Air Chief attributed the progress made in the region to the selfless service of officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the field of operation.

Abdulsalami Abubakar Speaks On Need To Sustain Peace

AbubakarChairman of the 2015 Elections Peace Committee, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, says he has a responsibility to ensure that the peace Nigeria got following the presidential elections is sustained especially in those states where elections have been declared inconclusive.

General Abubakar, who spoke in the Presidential Villa after meeting with the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, said that he was grateful to President Goodluck Jonathan and the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, for their statesmanship and toning down of the celebrations following the elections.

He also described as mischievous, stories making the rounds that he has been interacting with the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Deziani Allison-Madueke.

He said that he has been meeting with many of the ministers and other people and there was nothing strange.

President Jonathan Restates Commitment To Peaceful Elections

jonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday in Abuja, reiterated his total commitment to ensuring peaceful, free, fair and credible elections come Saturday March 28 and April 11.

Speaking at an audience with a delegation of the National Committee on Peaceful Elections led by former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, President Jonathan urged all political parties, their candidates and supporters to approach the elections with more patriotism and a greater willingness to place the larger interest of the country above personal ambitions.

The President said that the Federal Government had worked very hard over the years to promote strong democratic institutions that will sustain the country’s democracy and will not tolerate any form of violence during or after the polls that could reverse the gains of the present democratic dispensation in the country.

“My cardinal principle has always been, and still remains that the ambition of any Nigerian is not worth the blood of anybody. I am not a violent person and I don’t tolerate violence in any form. I don’t believe that violence can be used to achieve anything meaningful in life.

“I am giving my total commitment to peaceful elections in the country, not because I am persuaded to do so, but because I believe in it,” President Jonathan said.

The President called on religious and political leaders, community heads and other senior citizens in the country to be vociferous in condemning incidences of electoral violence in the country, such as the stoning of opponents.

President Jonathan also said that he would be quite willing to meet and sign another peace accord with the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, to further emphasize his total commitment to a violence-free poll on Saturday.

The Chairman of the National Committee on Peaceful Elections, Gen. Abubakar commended the President for his consistency in insisting on peaceful, free and fair elections in the country at all levels.

Other members of the delegation were Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd.), Cardinal John Onaiyekan, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, Prof. Zainab Alkali, Sam Amuka-Pem, Mrs. Priscilla Kuye  and Justice Rose Ukeje.

At another meeting with a group of international election monitors, President Jonathan gave an assurance that the coming elections would not generate the type of violence that followed the 2011 elections.

The international observers were from the African Union Group led by Dr. Amos Sawyer, the Commonwealth Group led by Dr. Bakili Muluzi, the European Parliament and the Republican Institute.

Military Announces Arrest Of Suspect In Bomb Attack On Buhari

Nigerian Army BoardThe military, on Friday afternoon, announced the arrest of one of those behind the attack on the convoy of former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari.

The Defence Headquarters’ statement uploaded on their official website did not disclose the identity of the person taken into captivity but says troops are holding a man suspected to be connected with the explosion.

According to the military, “the young man who was apprehended by the military patrol team that swooped into the area immediately after the explosion, disguised as a woman clad in female garb” to avoid arrest.

“Youths in the area attempted to mob him while he was being arrested but were restrained by troops who quickly whisked him away in an armoured personnel carrier”, it explained.

The suspect is currently being interrogated by security agencies in a bid to ascertain his links.

Twin bomb explosions left at least 72 people dead in Kaduna, Kaduna State, North Central Nigeria on Wednesday. The first bomb exploded in a car at Alkali road, while the second exploded in Kawo area, close to the 1 Division of the Nigeria Army.

Former Head of State, General Mohammadu Buhari and a respected Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi narrowly escaped unhurt.

General Buhari (Rtd) has described the bomb attack as an assassination attempt.

Kaduna Bombing: IGP Sets Up High-Powered Investigation Team

abubakar 1The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has instituted a high-powered investigation team made up of seasoned investigators to unearth the perpetrators of the recent bomb attack in Kaduna.

The team of investigators, which is expected to work in close collaboration with other security agencies, is headed by the Commissioner of Police in charge of Legal Department, DCP Nwodibo Ekechukwu.

Other members of the team include: DCP Chris Ezike of the Federal SARS, DCP Dan Mallam of the Monitoring Unit and DCP Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi of the Interpol Unit and others.

39 people reportedly lost their lives while 37 others got injured. Former Head of State, General Mohammadu Buhari and a respected Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi narrowly escaped unhurt.

Meanwhile, on the orders of the IGP, security has been tightened in all states of the federation, particularly in the states perceived to be more vulnerable to terror attacks.

The IGP has appealed to all Nigerians, particularly Kaduna residents, to remain calm and cooperate with the security agencies by providing them with relevant information to solve the crime.


Police council confirms Abubakar as IGP

The National Police Council on Thursday in Abuja confirmed Mohammed D. Abubakar as susbstantive Inspector-General of Police.

The council comprises President Good luck Jonathan, the 36 Governors and the chairman of the Police Service Commission.

Addressing a press conference after the confirmation, the Inspector General of Police reassured Nigerians that he will put everything humanly possible to ensure the improvement of safety and security management in the country, and that justice and fair play takes place.

Mr Abubakar was appointed Acting Inspector General of Police on 25 January 2012 by the federal goverment following the terminal leave of  former IG,  Hafiz Ringim.

Born on May 5, 1958, Mr. Abubakar enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on July 30, 1979. He was the AIG in charge of Zone 12 Headquarters in Bauchi, before he became the Acting IG.