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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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President Muhammadu Buhari has travelled to London for ten days’ vacation, beginning from today.

 

President BuharI left Abuja earlier today after series of engagements yesterday, including holding a meeting with service chiefs and heads of security agencies, ahead of his departure.

 

Reports say the meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja lasted several hours and focused on ways of resolving the lingering security challenges in different parts of Nigeria.

 

Those in attendance at the meeting included the Minister of Defence, retired Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali, the Chief of Defence Staff General Abayomi Olonisakin, and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

 

Others were the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

 

The meeting comes after Amnesty International released a damning report on the government’s handling of the security situation in Zamfara State, due to attacks by armed bandits.

 

Amnesty International said a total of three hundred and seventy-one people have so far been killed in attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara State over the past seven months.

 

In a statement obtained by our correspondent, the United States-based group described the situation in Zamfara as Nigeria’s forgotten conflict due to failure by the authorities to act decisively.

 

The Director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, Osai ojigho, noted that inhabitants of several Zamfara communities have been left at the mercy of armed bandits, who have killed hundreds of people over the course of two bloody years.

 

He despite repeated claims by the authorities of tackling the situation, including a recent order by President Muhammadu Buhari for the deployment of one thousand-strong military force in Zamfara, it has not translated into protection for remote, vulnerable communities.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured supporters of the All Progressives Congress in Bauchi State of his commitment to work hard to surpass his campaign promises for a better Nigeria.

 

President Buhari told the APC supporters during a visit not to be disturbed by the recent defections in the party, saying God will continue to fish out the bad eggs within the party, as the 2019 general elections approach.

 

The President spoke at the commencement of the campaign rally for the Bauchi South Senatorial District bye-elections and the formal presentation of APC Candidate, Gumau Lawal Yahaya.

 

The President was accompanied by the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, as well as the Governors of Bauchi, Plateau, Kano and Imo states.

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The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has vowed to resist any attempt by the Federal Government to subvert the rule of law and denigrate the institution of the National Assembly.

 

National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, made the vow against the backdrop of an alleged attempt to reconvene the National Assembly.

 

Prince Secondus said the move was allegedly intended to impeach the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

 

 

Prince Secondus was speaking at the National Executive Committee meeting of the PDP at the Wadata House in Abuja.

 

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, also attended the PDP NEC meeting.

 

 

Reports say Senator Saraki was greeted on arrival at the National Secretariat of the PDP in Abuja with a loud ovation, with the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, on ground to usher him into the meeting.

 

One of the highlights of the PDP NEC meeting was the symbolic recognition of Senator Saraki as the leader of the opposition party, technically replacing Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, as the highest ranking public office holder in the party.

 

Senator Saraki later made a post on his Facebook page, saying it was great to be back at the Wadata House for the PDP NEC meeting, and that he felt very much at home.

 

Meanwhile; a former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume has alluded that the National Assembly could be reconvened under extraneous circumstances in the national interest.

 

Senator Ndume gave this indication while responding to questions during an interview on a television program monitored from Port Harcourt.

 

 

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The coalition partners involved in the formation of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, have set up a steering committee to drive the group towards realizing its objective of fielding a common candidate for the presidential election next year.

 

The CUPP coalition led by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and over thirty other political parties, also has the breakaway Reformed APC among the members.

 

Those who addressed the gathering at the inauguration of the steering committee in Abuja include the leaders of the R-APC, Buba Galadima, Chief Tom Ikimi and former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

 

There you heard some leaders of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP.

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