Just In; Counterinsugency; Senate Committee on Army interfaces with Operation Hadin Kai Hqtrs

By; Adamu Aliyu Ngulde; Maiduguri. The Senate Committee on Army led by the chairman, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume is in Maiduguri, where the North East Command and Control Center for ongoing counterinsurgency campaign against Boko Haram is headquartered, for an operational tour. The team was received at the theatre command headquarters by Major General Christopher Musa, the commander of the theatre along with other senior officers of the Nigerian Army. The Senate committee was first hosted by Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum, at the government house, upon their arrival. Liberty…

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AFCON 2021: Nigeria’s Super Eagles defeat Egypt in its opening match, tops Group

The Super Eagles yesterday defeated seven-time champions, Egyptian Pharaohs, 1-0, to begin their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), campaign at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua, in Cameroon. Leicester forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored the only goal of the match in the 30th minute to put Nigeria on top of the log in Group ‘D’, with three points. The Eagles have not only neutralised Pharaohs of Egypt’s danger man, Mohammed Salah, but have also so far outplayed the seven-time African champions. From the onset of the match, Moses Simon was a…

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2023: Osinbajo camp reacts to Tinubu’s presidential ambition

One of the groups supporting the calls for Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to contest the 2023 presidential election, the Progressive Project, (TPP), has said they remain unruffled by the decision of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to throw his hat in the ring for the 2023 presidency. The chairman of the Public Opinion Leaders Group, a unit of the TPP, one of the groups rooting for Osinbajo presidency in 2023, Shettima Umar Abba Gana, in a reaction, said it is the beauty of democracy for many aspirants to show interest in a…

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2023: Ebonyi Governor, Umahi, joins presidential race, visits Buhari

Barely 24 hours after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, declared his ambition to contest for the presidential ticket of the APC, Governor Dave Umahi, of Ebonyi State, has met with President Muhammadu Buhari to also apprise him of his ambition. Emerging from the president’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, he confirmed that he discussed the issue with the president, who told him to go and seek the support of the people. He said he was not…

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Buhari, Babangida, Jonathan, others mourn Nigeria’s ex ING Head, Chief Ernest Shonekan

…FG orders National Flag to fly at half-mast Eminent Nigerian leaders have continued to express sadness over the news of the passing on of former head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, who died in Lagos yesterday, at the age of 85. President Muhammadu Buhari, who expressed profound sadness over the news of his death, in an issued statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, extended his deepest condolences to Chief Shonekan’s wife, Margaret, his loved ones, as well as the government and people of Ogun State. The President…

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Nigeria has only 100,000 lecturers for 2.1 million varsity students – NUC

The National Universities Commission, (NUC), has said that 100,000 academic staff members were attending to 2.1 million students in Nigerian universities. The NUC disclosed this in its latest bulletin, which was made available to newsmen, in Abuja. The Commission also stated that universities should be isolated from the Federal Government’s circular on new employment owing to the shortage of lecturers. The Deputy Executive Secretary, Administration, NUC, Chris Maiyaki, who was quoted in the bulletin, explained that the Commission was supervising over 200 universities, consisting of 48 belonging to the Federal…

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‘North is not bleeding but healing’, Protesters declare in Kaduna

Some concerned northerners took to the street in Kaduna on Monday, protesting what they described as negative proclamation against the region, insisting that the North is not bleeding but rather, it is healing. The protesters, under the auspices of the ‘Coalition of Northern Activists for Peace’, (CNAP), declared that, “As much as they are not unaware that, thousands of lives have been lost to insecurity in the North, they can see frantic efforts of the security agencies in curtailing the activities of bandits, terrorists and cyber-propagandas that have been terrorising…

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‘No invitation from DSS to Kukah’, Says Sokoto Diocese spokesman

The alleged invitation extended to the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah, by the Department of State Service, (DSS), has been described as fake news. The Director, Social Communication Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Rev. Father Christopher Omotosho, who disclosed this on Monday, while speaking to newsmen, urged members of the public to ignore the statement describing it as fake news. Omotosho further explained that the news that the Bishop was summoned for questioning by the DSS regarding his Christmas message was not true because the Bishop is yet…

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Delta: 10 dead, many others trapped as church building collapses during first service

A building housing the Salvation Ministry, Okpanam, Oshimili-North local government area, Delta State, has collapsed, trapping an unspecified number of worshippers, with over 10 deaths recorded. The building, which is being used for the first time, reportedly collapsed during yesterday’s evening service, at about 5:55 p.m. About eight persons have been rescued unhurt, while four persons have been rushed to the Asaba Specialist Hospital. At the time of filing this report, Secretary to the State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah; the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ononye Mordi, a team of…

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