Fighting Insecurity: Nigerian Army Recruits 5,890 Soldiers

The military in Nigeria is insisting that it will continue to increase its mental and physical capacity, in order to effectively fight insecurity in the country.

In its bid to shore up its manpower, the Nigerian Army has injected 5,890 recruits into the force.

During their Passing Out Parade at the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, Kaduna State, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika, told the new soldiers that the Boko-Haram threat in the North-Eastern part of the country demands that the Armed Forces maintain a well-trained and disciplined force.

Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika said: “Nigerian Army’s mission to win all land battles, defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria, protect and advance her national interest as may be assigned in aid to civil authority, remains a task we must never fail to accomplish no matter the odds.

“Therefore, I urge you to remain selfless, disciplined, loyal and determined. As you are aware, the contemporary security challenges in our country demands that the army maintain a well-trained and disciplined force to provide appropriate response.

“Let me emphasise that our constitutional responsibilities demands that we defend the nation from external aggression, maintain its territorial integrity and secure the border from violation by land, sea and air.

“Remember that the military profession has no place for the weak and feeble minded. You must understand that the military service is all about sacrifice, honour, discipline, loyalty, perseverance and valour.

He further reminded the soildiers, “by the taking of oath of allegiance today, you are now subject to both civil and military laws. You must therefore avoid anything that has the propensity to tarnish your image, the army and the nation”,

Ihejirika also assured the new recruits of being exposed to further training in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operation.

5,890 is the highest number of soldiers to be trained at once, since the inception of the Nigerian ArmyDepot , Zaria in 1924.

Army Embarks On Training Competition To Combat Terrorism

As part of efforts to face the terrorism challenges facing the country, the Nigerian Army has organized a training competition in weapon handling, combat swimming, map reading and physical fitness.

The 3-day training competition which involves 165 warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers from five divisions is also aimed at transforming the army into a force, better able to meet contemporary challenges.

According to the General Officer Commanding, 2 division Ibadan, General Abubakar Jibrin, the training competition will afford the soldiers the opportunity of preparing to face current challenges facing the country, especially terrorism.

The officers will take part in arms handling, map reading, courage and stamina building to further equip them as agents of the Federal Government and motivate them on the need to defend the nation’s territorial integrity.

The annual training competition is taking place at the Sobi Cantonment Ilorin, of the 22 Armoured Brigade.

Lagos doctors begin 3-day warning strike over welfare

Doctors working for the Lagos State Government made good their threat to go on a 3-day warning strike issues.

Channels television visited some of the government hospitals where out-patients clinics were almost deserted and skeleton services renered at the emergency units.

NCAA Proposed Rules:Airlines asked to review schedules to delays

In the area of flight delays from airlines,the NCAA decided to step in as passengers can begin to heave a sigh of relief.

The Nigerian Civial Aviation Authority asked airlines to reduce their frequencies when necessary to avoid this recurring situation.

Governor Obi commissions Ebenebe bridge

Residents of Ebenebe in Anambra State can now beam with smiles as the Governor Peter Obi bridged the gap between Ebenebe and other environs with a bridge which the residents pleaded for from the Governor Peter Obi administration.

The residents cross over the Izu river with canoes for a longtime but the Governor ended their worries.

Oil Pipeline Vandalism:Senate asks FG to curb menace

Magnus Abbey the Chairman of the petroleum downstream sector has warned that as government is fighting pipeline vandalisation,any further investment into the sector will be a waste of money.

This he said when the committee went on an inspection of pipelines

Traditional Medicine:Sector has been neglected-Maurice iwu

Former Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC);Professor Maurice Iwu hinted that the traditional Medicine can be a huge source of foreign exchange for the Nation Nigeria if only the Federal Government can produce a conducive environment for the practitioners.

He made this point in Minna the Niger State capital during National Stakeholders Forum for the review of the draft legal document on the protection of the traditional medicine knowledge and biological resources in Nigeria.

Jos Bombing:Dr.Dakwat reacts to reports on casualties

The Plateau Sate Commissioner for Health;Dr.Sati Dakwat was interviewed on phone live  on the News At Ten.

On the report making the rounds over number of casualties from the St.Finbarr’s Catholic Church bombing as Dr.Dakwat denied speaking to any news agency on the number of casualties.

Farouk Lawan Interview on Probe Report Delay

Four weeks and 27 days after the fuel subsidy probe into the oil subsidy management ended, the report nor the outcome of the probe is yet to be made public.

Whether it would go down like other probes that has been staged in the country or it would come out different to prosecute  offenders is question yet to be answered.

Channels Television had a live interview from our Lagos headquarters to our Abuja office where the Chairman House committee on Fuel Subsidy Management Probe; Farouk Lawan was on seat to comment on the delay.

More Facts on the Pension Scheme Fraud

On the Pension scheme fraud update,more facts came to the fore as investigations continue.

The Chairmen of the pension recovery task team;Mr. Meina Abdulrasheed said 44,320 retirees never received pensions for once in their lives while some committed fraud by receiving pensions from up to three different organisations.

Hoodlums Vandalise 40 vehicles at Ebute Metta

Hoodlums went on rampage at the Ebute Metta, Market street  part of Lagos State after a lawmaker representing Lagos Mainland Federal Constituency; Mr.Monsuru Owolabi was harrassed at a party around the area.

The attack which left 40 vehicles damaged and several people injured.

Resident of the area said the hoddlums descended on the area in a reprisal attack, Mr. owolabi however denied the allegation that those behind the attack were his supporters.