Foiled Attack: Troops Kill 10 Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

nigerin-armyThe Nigerian Army (119 Battalion and 133 Special Forces Battalion of 7 Brigade), of the Operation Lafiya Dole in Kangarwa LGA of Borno State, have killed 10 Boko Haram Terrorists who attempted to attack their location on Friday.

This was revealed in a statement signed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman.

The futile attack which was launched by the terrorists group from the shores of the Lake Chad in the evening, was said to have lasted till late at night.

With the assistance of the Nigerian Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance planes, the planned attacks were however foiled.

 

“The resilient troops repelled the incursion and in the process, killed 10 insurgents and wounded several others,” the statement said.

Some items recovered from the armed terrorists include: 1 Pulemyot Kalashnkova Machine (PKM) Gun, with 67 rounds of ammunition, 1 AK-47 Riffle with 18 rounds of ammunition, 2 AK-Rifle top covers and 3 Dane Guns with 1 cartridge.

Others include: 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube with 3 bombs, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade charger and smoke grenade, 1 Hand Held (HH) Motorola Radio an antenna, 1 copy of a holy book and Boko Haram terrorists flag.

Unfortunately, three soldiers paid the supreme price in the course of the encounter, while 27 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries.

The bodies of the gallant soldiers and those injured have since been evacuated for treatment.

Meanwhile, the troops have continued to trail those terrorists that escaped with gunshot wounds.

They have also intensified vigilance and high level of alertness as they make concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists in various nooks and crannies.

Gaidam Advocates More Surveillance To End Insurgence

Ibrahim-GaidamThe Yobe state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has advocated intense surveillance as a measure to assist in ending the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents.

He said this during a meeting with the General Officer Commanding 3 Division of the Nigeria Army, Major General Peter Dauke, at the government House Damaturu.

Gaidam said, sequel to the capture of the camp zero in the heart of the Sambisa forest, there have been pockets of attacks by the dreaded Boko Haram group, hence the need for more vigilance.

“Following the recent attack on a military formation in Buniyadi, there is the need for intense surveillance and proactive measures to further allay fears in the minds of the people and fully restore socio-economic activities” the governor said.

He also called for maintenance of military presence at strategic locations, while stating that more military equipment should be provided even as the mop up exercise to clear the remnants of the insurgents is ongoing.

“The military need to provide adequate security at strategic locations, provide adequate military equipment, to help build the confidence of the people at this period of mop up, to clear the remnant of the terrorists group”the governor said.

While paying glorious tribute to officers and men who died in the course of ensuring peaceful co-existence, the governor thanked the military for their patriotism and dedication to the cooperate existence of the country.

He assured that his administration would continue to support the military with necessary assistance to achieve the desired objectives.

“I wish to assure the GOC of our resolve to continue to support and cooperate with relevant security agencies, to ensure a crime-free state and completely bring to an end the activities of the Boko Haram”.

While noting the receptive nature of the people of the state, the GOC also urged them to be more vigilant as the militants are presently on the run sequel to the capture of their stronghold.

Furthermore, he asked residents to report anyone with suspicious character to security agents.

“Yobe people are well known for hospitality but I wish to state clearly that people must be extra vigilant and ensure that strange and suspicious people are reported to security agents for prompt action.

“The runaway insurgents must not capitalized on your reception. The GOC said.

The military hierarchy has since moved the headquarters of the 3 Division of the Nigeria Army from Rukuba barracks in Jos the Plateau state capital to Damaturu, Yobe state, to add impetus to the fight against the activities of the terrorists in the troubled northeast.

Resident Doctors At FMC Lokoja Protest Poor Health Systems

Resident Doctors Threaten To Commence Strike Action In 2017The Association of Resident Doctors, (ARD) in Federal Medical Center, Lokoja, has joined the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), to register their displeasure with the management of Nigeria’s health system.

Briefing pressmen, the Lokoja ARD President, Dr. Obohwemu Kennedy, said that his members were part and parcel of the NARD and were duty bound to comply with the directive.

The doctors, were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions to press home thier demands from the Federal Government.

On December 19, 2016, NARD gave the Federal Government up to January 2, to implement the National Health Act, 2014, while asking it to also address the lingering issues affecting the health sector, especially as it affects resident doctors.

Explaining further about the reason for the protest, Obohwemu lamented the pitiable state of Nigeria’s health system, citing the need for the Federal Government to urgently intervene and prevent massive exodus of doctors to the outside world for greener pastures.

“Apart from the fact that we are following instructions from our national body, we believe it is time to take the bull by the horn and address these persistent problems once and for all.

“Let the whole world know what resident doctors are going through- Our patients deserve the best of healthcare delivery.

“We cannot do that when we, the healthcare providers, are not in the right frame of mind.

“The medical profession is going through the toughest of times in the recent years, our black jackets and black bands, symbolise the death of our healthcare delivery system.

“We asked for resurrection, a revamping of the system, such that the average Nigerians can confidently access quality healthcare at affordable rates.”

Speaking on behalf of the Medical Director, Dr. Taiwo Olaoluwa who calmed the protesters, said their demands were not out of place.

Although he explained that the hospital was mourning as a result of the death of a Chief Nursing Officer, he then assured them that the Federal Government was working out solutions to their demands.

Ijaw, Niger Delta Youths Protest Alleged Victimisation Of Leaders

Ijaw-Youth-CouncilA crowd of youths from Ijaw and other parts of the Niger Delta, took to the streets of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, to protest what they say is a calculated victimisation of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, and other leaders in the region.

The protesters took their grievances to the south-south zonal office of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the headquarters of the police command in the state.

They alleged that there was an attempt to subdue the region which according to them, would be resisted.

The aggrieved youths then called on the Federal Government to tell the EFCC and other security agencies to tread with caution.

Furthermore, they lamented what they described as a neglect and lack of development in their area.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Zonal Head of the EFCC, south-south, Usman Muktar, has disagreed with them, stating that the commission is not victimising anyone.

Imo Govt. Approves 2bn Naira For Infrastructural Development

Imo Govt. Approves 2bn Naira For Infrastructural Development The Imo state government has approved the sum of two billion Naira as take-off funds for the rehabilitation and construction of major infrastructure in the oil producing Ohaji Egbema and Oguta local government areas.

The state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, disclosed this at a meeting with the members of the Imo state Amnesty committee in Owerri, the state capital south east Nigeria.

The meeting is the first of its kind after the inauguration of the Imo amnesty committee in October 2016.

Weeks after granting the amnesty, the government set up the committee, to carry out specific tasks of consolidating on the success of the amnesty and ensuring that peace returns to the areas.

The committee which is headed by the wife of the Imo state Governor Nkechinyere Okorocha, is also saddled with the responsibility of developing and rehabilitating the areas.

3 months after its inauguration, the committee reported that about 2,800 ex-militants registered for the programme and were ready to seek peace in the region.

Mr Okoracha then explained that the funds were being released in order to sustain the success thus far.

In his words “If you can remember, we had amnesty to over 2,000 militants in Ohaji Egbema and Oguta last year and shortly after that, we inaugurated the amnesty committee headed by the First Lady.

“After 3 months, they are back to give their reports and as you can see, they have registered about 2,800 militants with their forms, and in order to meet up their demands, we are approving the sum of two billion Naira for the take off of rehabilitation works and construction in the area” the Governor said

Furthermore, he stated: “We also made available some funds as financial assistance to some of the ex-militants in order to start a business of their choice, this will go a long way to solving their problems”.

Excited about this development, the committee said they would move to the area as soon as possible, to commence the rehabilitation and construction of schools, hospitals and other meaningful projects that would restore the pride of the communities.

Aisha Buhari Presents Building Materials, Food Items To Yobe IDPs

Aisha Buhari, Yobe, IDPsIn continuous efforts to rebuild the northeast region, Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has presented some building materials and food items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Yobe state.

The items are also to be shared to other vulnerable groups in the insecurity prone north east state, to help cushion the hardships being faced.

Materials presented include: wood, facing boards, batting, as well as tying iron, ceilings, roofing sheets, nails, as well as several food items.

Presenting the materials to the Yobe state Government, the first lady represented by the Borno state Commissioner of Women Affairs Mrs Yabawa Kolo, said the Mrs Buhari, is always “saddened by the touching situation of vulnerable groups in the society, hence the need for the assistance”.

“The First Lady wants to use her good office to reach out to these IDPs and the vulnerable who must be the poorest among the poor and the vulnerable among the most vulnerable, with the hope that it will help them at this most trying period of their lives”.

She explained that the returning IDPs could use the building materials to erect destroyed structures, while the food items would help to fight hunger which according to her, is evident among them.

The Yobe State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, on the other hand, expressed appreciation while receiving the materials.

Describing the act as a “kind gesture”, he said it was very timely: as it would help the returning IDPs in the rebuilding of their ancestral homes which were destroyed by the insurgents.

“I want to place it on records that this is not the first time we are receiving relief materials from the First Lady.

“I wish to state categorically that we will transport these materials to the beneficiaries where ever they may be.”

Yobe state according to the Deputy Governor, has never been found wanting in the distribution of relief materials sent to the state.

Mr Aliyu, who is also the Chairman of the Resettlement of IDPs in the state, therefore assured the first lady that the materials received would serve the purpose for which it was intended.

The materials are currently under the custody of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), in preparation for distribution.

Nollywood Actor/Director Robert Peters Weds

Robert-Peters-Weds-August-2014-BN-Weddings-BellaNaija.com-08-499x600Nollywood actor turned producer/director, Robert Peters, tied the knot with his heartthrob,  in an intimate ceremony held on Saturday at the Lake Lanier Islands Resort, Atlanta, Georgia.

Robert who relocated to the US few years ago, recently directed AY Makun‘s movie – 30 Days in Atlanta starring Ramsey Nouah, Vivica A. Fox and Richard Mofe Damijo.

Guests at the event include Mercy Johnson and her daughter Purity, Daniel Adenimokun, Stella Damasus and Desmond Elliot who was part of the groomsmen.

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Beyoncé To Receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

MTV Base announced on Thursday, August 7,  that global international sensation, Beyoncé, would receive the legendary Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Beyoncé, who leads the pack this year with eight VMA nominations, will be presented with the highly coveted Video Vanguard Award, joining a prestigious list of past recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Britney Spears and JustinTimberlake.

Mrs Carter’s triumphant return to the MTV VMA stage marks her fourth time performing on the loudest, most influential annual live celebration of music in the world.

The event, which will take place in Inglewood, California, on Sunday August 24, would also have previously announced 2014 “MTV Video Music Award” performers like Usher, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.

Additional performers and presenters would be announced on a later date.

Nigeria Is Home Once Again – Jide Chord

Jide ChordUK based Nigerian Juju Musician, Jide Akinwunmi popularly known as Jide Chord has taken his music back to Nigeria.

He made this known while appearing as the ‘Guest of the Week’ on Channels Television’s Sunrise. He noted that he decided to take his trade to the United Kingdom because he felt the home turf was saturated and he had a better chance of making it abroad.

He admitted that the audience was smaller in the UK and he was aware of the risk in his decision but he was able to follow his heart because he had alternative skills like music production and entrepreneurial skills that would help him balance things out.

Jide noted that 40% of his audience were Nigerians and about 60% were other nationals. He revealed that the secret to his ability to capture a large non-Nigerian fan base could also be linked to his radio audience and his performances at Jazz events with predominantly non-Nigerian audiences.

Jide’s education and vast knowledge of the Nigerian and European cultures also contributed to his rise and ability to take his music to many countries of the world. He revealed that asides performances, he has also written and presented academic papers on African Music at tertiary institutions overseas.

He, however, revealed that his major challenge was not getting bookings but the staff that worked with him. He noted that the typical Nigerian attitude to time became a major issue as many Nigerians in UK has many career commitments and lacked the time managements skills to combine these jobs with their role as members of his band.

At what point did Jide decide to check out of Nigeria? The guitar maestro, who was trained as a journalist and also worked in banking, said that he left Nigeria to seek greener pastures in 1988.

Jide Chord, who once left home to live with renowned Nigerian Magician, the late Professor Pellar, also revealed that during his years of struggle he had once practiced Magic and shared fond memories of that part of his life.

Jide concluded by saying that he indeed found those greener pastures on his sojourn abroad but said that he was back in Nigeria because now the grass was greener in the country.

Toke Makinwa Bares It All

Rhythm FM’s On Air Personality; Toke Makinwa in a no holds barred interview on Rubbin’ Minds revealed all that her fans might be longing for.

She spoke about her reported intermittent love life, her controversial accent, her battle with blogger Linda Ikeji, her new vlogs series and her forth coming show on TV; VHS.

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