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The Nigerian Army has announced the arrest of a wanted Boko Haram commander inside a camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Borno State.

 

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu said troops deployed under Operation Lafiya Dole arrested the suspect identified as Maje Lawan at an IDP camp in Banki.

 

Brigadier General Chukwu disclosed in a statement obtained by our correspondent Maje Lawan is believed to be number ninety-six on the list wanted Boko Haram terrorist earlier published by the Army.

 

The Army spokesman said the suspect was apprehended after he infiltrated into the IDP camp in Banki, and is currently undergoing preliminary investigation before he would be handed over to the appropriate authority for further action.

 

Before then, another set of troops of 222 Battalion under Operation Lafiya Dole had ambushed and neutralized two Boko Haram terrorists around Malari village in Borno State.

 

Elsewhere; Brigadier General Texas Chukwu said troops deployed for Operation Whirl Stroke in the North-Central states have dislodged a group of armed militias along Gbajimba-Akor axis in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

 

Brigadier General Chukwu said soldiers encountered the armed men at a camp, with large herds of cattle, and subdued them through a superior fire power.

 

He said an unspecified number of the armed militia men were killed by the troops, while others escaped into nearby bushes with gunshot wounds.

 

Items recovered during the operation include an AK 47 rifle, two AK 47 rifle magazines, sixty rounds of special ammunition and five motorcycles.

 

The Nigerian Army has announced the arrest of a wanted Boko Haram commander inside a camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Borno State.

 

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu said troops deployed under Operation Lafiya Dole arrested the suspect identified as Maje Lawan at an IDP camp in Banki.

 

Brigadier General Chukwu disclosed in a statement obtained by our correspondent Maje Lawan is believed to be number ninety-six on the list wanted Boko Haram terrorist earlier published by the Army.

 

The Army spokesman said the suspect was apprehended after he infiltrated into the IDP camp in Banki, and is currently undergoing preliminary investigation before he would be handed over to the appropriate authority for further action.

 

Before then, another set of troops of 222 Battalion under Operation Lafiya Dole had ambushed and neutralized two Boko Haram terrorists around Malari village in Borno State.

 

Elsewhere; Brigadier General Texas Chukwu said troops deployed for Operation Whirl Stroke in the North-Central states have dislodged a group of armed militias along Gbajimba-Akor axis in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

 

Brigadier General Chukwu said soldiers encountered the armed men at a camp, with large herds of cattle, and subdued them through a superior fire power.

 

He said an unspecified number of the armed militia men were killed by the troops, while others escaped into nearby bushes with gunshot wounds.

 

Items recovered during the operation include an AK 47 rifle, two AK 47 rifle magazines, sixty rounds of special ammunition and five motorcycles.

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The fate of the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Moses Ekpo, is shrouded in speculations, as defections and counter-defections hit the two major political parties in Nigeria, ahead of the 2019 general election.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria circulated a report yesterday, suggesting that Moses Ekpo has dumped the People’s Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress, but that has not been confirmed or denied.

 

The agency’s report made reference to a twitter post by an APC affiliated platform and a local online site, suggesting that EKPO’s move was part of the speculated defection of the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, from PDP to APC.

 

Our correspondent learnt from a Government House source in Uyo that the Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor travelled to the United States of America to represent Governor Udom Emmanuel at an event, while his Chief Press Secretary cannot be reached on phone.

 

However; another contact close to our correspondent in Uyo indicated that at least six aides of Governor Udom, who are thought to be loyal to Senator Akpabio, have already signalled their resignations.

 

Meanwhile; Senator Akpabio has visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London where he is spending ten days on vacation.

 

However; there are no details of Senator Akpabio’s reason for visiting President Buhari while on vacation, but the development has sparked speculations of an impending defection of the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State from PDP to APC.

 

Before travelling to London, Senator Akpabio is also reported to have held a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, as well as visited the APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in Lagos.

 

The rumour was reinforced through a statement credited to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, signaling that Senator Akpabio would be received into the APC on Wednesday this week.

 

In the meantime; Senator Godswill Akpabio is reported to have lost the services of at least four of his personal aides on account of the rumour about his planned defection from PDP to APC.

 

They include Senator AKPABIO’s Senior Legislative Aide, Utibe Nwoko, as well as Chief Moses Akpan, Kufre Ini-Ima, and Prince Ukandu Ukpe.

 

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Emmauel Udom, Aniekeme Finbarr, disclosed in a post on his Facebook that the men announced their resignation during a meeting of PDP stakeholders of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, which was held in Abak.

 

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The training of legal officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has moved to Enugu State.

 

The training on prosecution of election offences, which also covers personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, is holding at the Nike Lake Resort today and tomorrow.

 

The first set of training of INEC legal staff and police personnel was held in Lagos State last week, as preparations intensify for the 2019 general election.

August 03 2018 0
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Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has secured a formal term of office after being declared winner of the presidential election on Monday.

 

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced that with results of all ten provinces declared, Mnangagwa polled fifty point eight percent of votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the main opposition MDC alliance, Nelson Chamisa, who scored forty-four point three percent.

 

However; the result has been rejected by the MDC, while President Mnangagwa posted on twitter that he was humbled by his victory and promised a new beginning.

 

Reports from the capital say police were called in to remove opposition officials from the electoral commission stage when they rejected the results.

 

There has been rising tension in Zimbabwe after the results for parliamentary elections were declared and the presidential election results initially delayed, which triggered violence, with troops deployed on the streets and six people killed.

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is visiting the North West to assess the ongoing operation against armed bandits that have been attacking villages in Zamfara State, with scores of people killed.

 

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar reportedly arrived in Katsina to see the progress being made by troops deployed under Operation Diran Mikiya in a bid to obtain firsthand information on the status of troops, aircraft, ground support equipment and logistics support.

 

He was accompanied by other senior officers from Headquarters of Nigerian Air Force, while the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, Air Vice-Marshal Samson Akpasa was on ground to receive the delegation at the Umar Musa Yar’adua Airport in Katsina.

 

Meanwhile; Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola has replaced Air Vice-Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya as Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force.

 

This followed the redeployment of Air Vice-Marshal Adesanya to the Nigerian Foreign Mission where he is expected to resume as Defence Attaché in Russia.

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