Security challenges: A mixed bag of fortunes

As Nigeria marks her 58th Independence Anniversary, security experts and analysts have expressed divergent views in the midst of mounting security challenges in the country, with many calling on the Federal Government to take issues of security with seriousness, even as they worry about another outbreak of civil war, STANLEY IHEDIGBO reports   For many Nigerians, October 1 means different things. For some, it is a time to celebrate in recollection of Nigeria’s emancipation from the strangulating hold of colonial masters, for others, it is a time for sober reflection.…

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Defence spokesman: Soldiers didn’t beg for food, sleep in classrooms

Director Defence Information (DDI), Brigadier General, John Agim, yesterday described as untrue a trending video clip and story alleging that soldiers fighting Boko Haram terrorists begged for food and slept in classrooms. He noted that there was nothing farther from the truth than the story. In a statement signed by Agim, the Defence headquarters noted that the act, “was the activities of fifth columnists whose only objective is to collaborate with enemies of our nation to prolong their own organisational interests. The story/ video is one of their many strategies…

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Troops intercept 15-year-old who fled Boko Haram custody

Soldiers deployed in the Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State have intercepted a teenager, Zainab Mohammed, who escaped from the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists. The Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Texas Chukwu revealed this in a statement on Sunday. He said the troops of 28 Task Force Brigade intercepted the 15-year-old at Gubla area of the state in North-East Nigeria. Brigadier General Chukwu added that the hostage would be handed over to the appropriate authority after they conclude their investigation. Similarly, the soldiers successfully repelled an attack by…

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Soldiers arrest robbery suspects in Kogi

Troops have arrested a gang of suspected armed robbers from Benue State caught in military uniform in Kogi State. The suspects were paraded by the spokesperson for the Command Army Record (CAR), Lokoja, Captain Nick Ejeh, at the Government House in the Kogi State capital. Captain Ejeh told reporters and the state governor, Mr Yahaya Bello, while parading the suspects on Saturday evening that they were apprehended along Felele axis in the state. He added that on sighting the military patrol team, the suspects engaged the soldiers in a gunfight…

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Soldiers, naval rating, others arrested for robbery, rape, abduction

Suspect: We rape, record video for fun Police in Oyo State yesterday paraded two military personnel and another, who deserted the Army, for criminal activities at the Police Command Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, Oyo State. They were among 49 suspects paraded by the Police Commissioner, Mr. Abiodun Odude. Private Azeez Olaide (22) serving in 202 Battalion, Bama, Maiduguri, Borno State and Ibrahim Lawal (22), who deserted from the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, Kaduna State in 2004 were nabbed for kidnapping, robbery and rape. But a naval rating, Lance Corporal Jimoh Adesoye…

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Soldiers, Police clash with Road Safety Officers

There was pandemonium yesterday at Area Seven, Wuse District of Abuja as some soldiers and policemen clashed with officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) over enforcement of environmental regulations within the city. The soldiers and policemen were part of the Joint Task Force constituted by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCDA) to enforce the regulations of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, ( AEPB) in the nation’s capital. The Joint Task Force, ( JTF) also has the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and civilians as members.   The…

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Soldiers kill A’ Ibom most wanted criminals

Troops of 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army yesterday killed the leader and members of a notorious killer squad terrorising Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo local government areas of Akwa Ibom State. Assistant Director, Public Relations, 2 Brigade, Uyo, Major Umar Shuaib, told journalists that the gang leader, Akaninyene Uko alias Isoakpaefid, and his members were killed when troops invaded the hideout of the gang at Ikpe village in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area and engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle. Shuaib explained that the troops also killed two members – Aniebet…

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Curbing inter-security forces violent clashes

Last week, a soldier and three anti-riot policemen reportedly died during a shootout between members of the two security forces. Several others on both sides received gunshot wounds in the encounter that took place in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. Some of the critically injured were said to be battling for life at the General Sani Abacha Hospital in Damaturu. Several civilians were hit by stray bullets in the clash which lasted over an hour. Residents said it was not the first the two had been engaged in clashes. According…

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Rivers: Defections drive APC to the edge

EMMANUEL MASHA reports on the gale of defections among chieftains and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State since after the National Assembly rerun elections in the state in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged victorious   A few months before the legislative rerun elections in Rivers State, the camp of a senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was bubbling as party leaders expressed optimism about the party’s chances in the election. But, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the result, it…

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When a federal minister overreaches

People who do not know me erroneously think that it’s possible for any hirelings or whosoever to stop me by any means – whether through abuse or attack or howsoever – from talking or writing about my state and community of birth. No, it’s not possible. The more they abuse and attack me, the more I know that I’m making a valid point. Today, I’ll talk about an arrogant and despotic brother, his Hobbesian disposition, unlawful trespass to land, and illegal arrests and detention of innocent youths from our town…

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