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Terrorism: Nigeria won’t rely on foreign powers – military *Soldiers raid Abuja camps again



Another raid on parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and areas surrounding it, being marked as currently endangered by some foreign countries, has indicated the determination of security operatives to once again take the war to rid Nigeria of terrorists to the camp of perpetrators.

Soldiers were said to have combed an illegal mining site located at Tukashara Wasa, Apo, in Abuja Municipal Area Council of the FCT, according to Director, Defence Media Operations, Musa Danmadami, who told reporters at Defence headquarters, Abuja, on Thursday, that 60 suspected illegal miners were also arrested.

Danmadami, a Major General, explained that the troops of Guards Brigade raided the illegal mining site upon getting credible intelligence, adding that two trailers loaded with illegally mined items were impounded during the operation, adding: “The troops recovered four Dane guns, one locally fabricated gun, 14 cutlasses, four sledge hammers, 25 motorcycles, one vehicle and other items. Troops on the same day also arrested two trailers loaded with illegal mined items.”

Stressing how its troops repelled an attack jointly carried out by the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists at Wawa Cantonment in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State last Saturday, Danmadami, stated that the attack was repelled in coordinated land and air operations, and no fewer than six terrorists were killed while 18 of them were captured and their equipment destroyed.

He said: “Following the engagement, troops neutralised three terrorists, captured five and recovered one HK 21 gun, nine PKT gun, 598 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 676 rounds of 7.62 special, 3,902 rounds of AK49 ammunition, two RPG tubes, seven RPG bombs, one grenade and three cartons of Improvised Explosive Devices accessories.

“Other items recovered include two vehicles, two motorola radios, two radio chargers, cartons of drip, motorcycles, cell phones and other sundry items. Equally, a follow up and exploitation operation was conducted by troops in conjunction with vigilantes at Tungan Gagara and Damala villages where contacts were made with the terrorists. After a fire fight, 13 terrorists were arrested while several others jumped into the river.

“Consequently, similar operation was carried out on November 1 at Babusara village where troops neutralised three terrorists while other fled in disarray.”

On the terror alert by the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, the Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, said the Nigerian military and other security agencies were not relenting on their responsibilities to protect the citizens, adding that they were not oblivious of the security situation in the country, but that the country did not rely on any foreign power to safeguard its citizens.

He urged the media to support the military and security agencies in feeding the public with the right information as they emanated from the security agencies.


Nobody is funding my campaign – Obi *Why I can’t condemn IPOB



Two key issues were cleared by Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), on Monday, one dealing with his campaign financing and the other the current killings in the South East, attributed to the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the brain child of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Dismissing the story that he offered N40billion to Rabiu Kwankwaso, presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), for him to step down and join him as running mate, Obi, said: “I cannot be talking about being transparent about managing public money without starting with my campaign.

“I do not pay people to work with me. Nobody will say he is funding Peter Obi’s campaign. I am funding it myself. All those things happening everywhere are just that people believe in our cause and give whatever it is from their little resources. I am encouraged, and I assure them that they are doing it for the right cause and I will never disappoint them.”

Elsewhere, Obi refused to throw a blanket condemnation of the ESN on the ground that he had to understand the group, find out their culpability to the alleged campaigns and the reasons behind them.

Obi, told Kadiria Ahmed, host of The Candidates, a presidential town hall series, a programme aired on the Nigerian Television Authority, that agitations in parts of the country were a result of leadership failure, adding that he would adopt dialogue to address the issue.

“The first of our seven-point agenda is to ensure the security of the lives and properties of Nigerians, and to show a united and one Nigeria by ensuring that there is equity, justice, and doing things following rule of law. Everywhere in the country is full of agitation. It is the effect of leadership failure. There is nothing wrong with agitation. You dialogue and discuss with everybody.

“I can’t condemn ESN because I’m not sure who is doing what. You can only condemn people when there is a process in which they have said this person has done something.”

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Ikpeazu cries out, as DSS operative butchers PDP chieftain



The brutal attack on former Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Chinedum Elechi, has drawn the ire of Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, who described the incident as unacceptable, while calling for justice.

Expressing outrage over the brutal attack in which the former lawmaker, now Director General of the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Organisation reportedly received multiple machete cuts, the governor, pointedly accused personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The personnel of the secret police, were said to have carried out the onslaught last Sunday in Umuahia, the state capital, according to Ikpeazu, who in a statement dripping with anger declared that the attacker must not go scot-free.

The statement signed by his spokesman, Onyebuchi Ememanka, said: “The campaign director-general was attacked by an individual who is alleged to be an operative of the DSS in Ebonyi State Command with a sharp machete, leaving him with multiple machete cuts all over his body.”

Demanding “a thorough investigation into this inexplicable display of murderous barbarism,” the governor urged the Abia State Commissioner of Police “to ensure that the assailant is made to face the full weight of the law.”

Ikpeazu commended the courage of the members of the public and men of the Nigeria Police who helped to overpower the assailant and recovered the instrument of attack.

The spokesman of Abia State Police Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, who said the attacker was arrested immediately after the ugly incident and kept in police custody, assured the public that investigation has commenced to enable the police determine the next line of action.

Meanwhile Elechi has taken to his verified Facebook account to narrate his ordeal in the hands of his attacker, saying he escaped death by the whiskers.

According to him: “The DSS operative wanted to machete me to death yesterday at Azikiwe Road in Umuahia in a broad day light (and) his excuse is that I scratched his car, which is not true. He chased after me; blocked the car I was driving in, came out of his car, used the machete to break the glasses of my car and commenced to butcher me in this way.”

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Sexual harassment: Succour for ‘assaulted’ female police officer, as IG orders investigation



Succour may be coming the way of Bamidele Olorunsogo, the female Police Inspector, whose video has gone viral on social media in the last few hours, after she claimed to have been assaulted by Departmental Crime Officer (DCO), Ajayi Matthew, in Ode-Omu, area of the state, for refusing his sexual advances.

Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, ordered immediate investigation into the case, after the incident, in which the allegedly assaulted officer, displayed wounds and lacerations she sustained during her ordeal from her boss, who was said to have physically dragged her and even threatened to shoot her dead.

The IGP issued the order to the Commissioner of Police in Osun, Olaleye Faleye, after a video showing a hapless, dehumanised and tortured Bamidele went viral on social media, with the allegation that her ordeal started after she turned down the advances of the DCO, who had asked her be his girlfriend, on the ground that she was married.

Displaying her heavily bruised body, with what looked like fresh lacerations on her hands and chest, she said: “What is my offence? He started beating me to the extent, he stripped me. Look at my chest, arms, everywhere, there are injuries. He’s Ajayi Matthew. He asked me out, that I should befriend him. I said no, that I’m a married woman. He started blackmailing me, claiming that he’s my lover, which is not true.”

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), who said on Wednesday, that the Force Headquarters woud await a report of the investigation from the Osun State Command, and take necessary actions on the matter, explained: “We will await the report of the investigation from the Osun State Police Command before necessary actions are taken. We, however, assure the general public that justice will be done on this case, to protect the core values and ethics of the NPF.”

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