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By Capt Hashim Abdullahi
1. DEFENCE HQ, NILEST PARTNER ON MADE-IN-NIGERIA MILITARY BOOTS.
The Defence Headquarters is to collaborate with the Nigerian Institute of Leather Science and Technology, Zaria to produce “Made-in-Nigeria” military boots. The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Acting Director-General of NILEST, Dr Ekeria Ngozie-Oparah, on Tuesday in Zaria, Kaduna State. Olonisakin, who was represented by Commodore Onegbe Christopher-Obenta, Deputy Director, Sea System, said the Defence Headquarters sought to collaborate with the institute to promote the use of Made-in-Nigeria products. He expressed satisfaction with the facilities and staff at the institute.
2. AVENGERS: MILITARY DEPLOYS HELICOPTERS IN N’DELTA, DESTROYS OIL STORAGE.
Residents of Oporoza, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, and home town of wanted former Niger Delta militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, in the Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, were on Tuesday thrown into panic when they saw two military helicopters hovering round the community. It was gathered that the helicopters were first sighted by the residents at 10am and flown for about 30 minutes before leaving the community. The PUNCH gathered that the aircraft returned for the second time at noon causing residents, some of who feared that soldiers were coming to invade the community, to panic and flee into the swampy neighbouring bush for cover.
3. NIGERIAN AIR FORCE LAUNCHES SOPHISTICATED AIRCRAFT.
The Nigerian Air force has launched a modern day Aircraft into its arsenal, to increase air power, surveillance and fighting capabilities. The aircraft will also enhance Search and rescue operations and quick response to emergency situations in the ongoing war. TVC News Kolomi Dala reports that the ground breaking ceremony was held at the Tarmac of the 105 composite group airbase in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. It is one of a series of the newly acquired aircraft by the Nigerian air force which is expected to increase latitude in air surveillance and liaison within the theater of operations in the North East of Nigeria code named ‘ operation Lafiya dole’ The Bell 412 Helicopter is Equipped with the state of the art equipment, fixed with a camera for night and day surveillance, search and rescue, haulage of cargo, and can serve as a passenger aircraft to ground troops. The Nigerian Airforce chief of Operations and training at the Headquarters, Air vice Marshall Nurudeen Balogun, who commissioned the new aircrafts, is optimistic that the aircraft would be properly maintained by the highly trained Nigerian Airforce technicians.
4. BOKO HARAM: BURATAI WRITES TROOPS, REASSURES OF SUPPORT.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has sent a special message of assurance, encouragement and commendation to troops of the Nigerian Army engaged in various operations both within and outside the country. This is contained in a letter sent to various formations and troops’ Commanders, as well as Commanders of the various training institutions of the Nigerian Army. A statement from Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Rations on Monday, said Lieutenant General Buratai in the letter showered encomiums on the troops for the unflinching loyalty, perseverance, courage and dedication to duty which brought about the desired success in the fight against terrorism, insurgency and other criminal activities. “He also paid glowing tribute to those troops stationed outside the shores of our great nation. The COAS has also assured troops especially those on Operation LAFIYA DOLE of their welfare. “This is coming from the good news of the release of funds for the payment of operational allowances and logistics for the Third Quarter 2017 from the Ministry of Defence.
“He further stated that this would facilitate the payment of operational allowances owed to them for the last 2 months this week accordingly. The COAS while thanking them for their patriotism, patience and understanding, further reiterated that he will ensure that as usual, all funds meant for the troops and the Operation LAFIYA DOLE will always be paid promptly when received from the appropriate Ministries.
5. MILITARY, JTF FOIL SUICIDE BOMBERS’ INFILTRATION INTO MAIDUGURI.
There was panic in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Northeast Nigeria Tuesday as explosions were heard following the interception of suicide bombers by the Nigerian military and members of the Civilian JTF who tried to call infiltrate the town. According to Baba Shehu AbdulGaniu, the leader of the Civilian JTF, in Maiduguri, the explosions occurred in Kaleri area, in the outskirts of the town, known to be the birthplace of Boko Haram. Speaking to THISDAY on the phone, AbdulGaniu said four suicide bombers attempted to sneak into Maiduguri through Kaleri, adding that the military and members of the Civilian JTF that were guarding Kaleri prevented the move which led to the premature detonation of the bomb strapped on one of the suicide bombers. He said the other three were smoked out by the combined team of the military and CJTF who had to shoot them, adding that the first suicide bomber died a few distance from Maiduguri, while “the other three were killed within Kaleri general area”.
6. NAVY READY TO NEUTRALISE CRIMINALS.
THOSE threatening to plunge the Niger Delta region into another round of unrest should have a rethink, the Nigerian Navy warned yesterday. The Navy said that the military was not caught off-guard by the recent threat to resume hostilities by members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), assuring that nothing would be spared in the task of protecting the nation’s critical assets. Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas told reporters at the Nigerian Navy School of Engineering in Sapele, Delta State that the efforts of the Nigerian Navy to reduce sea piracy were yielding positive results. Vice Admiral Ibas, who was on tour of naval formations in Delta State in the company of other senior officers said the enhanced production level in the oil and gas industry was a testimonial to the success of the Navy’s strategies to curb criminal activities in the creeks. Reacting to the NDA threat to resume violent attacks on oil facilities and personnel, CNS Ibas said the Navy and the other arms of the Nigerian Armed Forces would brace to the challenge, saying that the Navy would devote its resources to protecting the nation’s assets. The CNS said: “Threat by Niger Delta Avengers, threat by kidnappers, threat by sea robbers, sea pirates and threats by all criminals are threats that the Armed Forces of Nigeria have a responsibility towards containing. We don’t wait until a threat comes from anywhere before the Navy acts.
7. AMNESTY: OVER 400 MILITANTS TO SURRENDER ARMS IN ONDO.
Over 400 members of a militant group in Ondo State, the United Sea Wolf Avengers, have announced plans to surrender their arms to the Federal Government. The group made the announcement in a statement yesterday in Lagos by its leader, “General” Deji Ehinmowo and General Secretary “General” Akinfemi Raymond. The Ondo State government, on October 23, announced that the Federal Government would, on November 9, incorporate ex-militants in the state willing to surrender their arms, into the Amnesty programme. The group said its over 400 members from five camps would use the second phase of the Amnesty programme to surrender their arms. The statement said: “We want to appeal to the Armed Forces and other security agents not to compromise standard in the coming Amnesty programme, scheduled for November 9 in Ondo State.
8. 42 SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBERS, CULTISTS ESCAPE FROM SARS DETENTION IN YENAGOA.
About 42 suspected armed robbers and cultists detained by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad cell in Yenagoa on Tuesday broke free from detention and escaped. A Policeman attached to the SARS, who was drafted to cordon off the facility, said that they were still taking stock of the number of inmates that had escaped. “The cell holds more than 50 suspects but it is empty, so it is difficult to give an accurate number until they check the records, but we hear that 42 criminals were being detained,” the Policeman said. The suspects broke through the back section of the cell and scaled into the Yenagoa Local Government premises. A police source said that one of the escapee suspects had been re-arrested while the search for others had begun.
9. NAF DESTROYS OIL BARGES OF STOLEN OIL PRODUCTS IN N’ DELTA.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has successfully destroyed some oil barges containing stolen oil products at Adokiakiri community in the Niger Delta. The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. According to Adesanya, the illegal oil barges and storage facilities were spotted by NAF EC-135 Helicopter during an armed reconnaissance mission on Nov.5. He said that the illegal barges were all destroyed. The director added that NAF remained resolute in making oil theft and illegal bunkering unprofitable for those concerned. (NAN)
10. SOLDIERS, HUNTERS KILLS 42 BOKO HARAM INSURGENTS IN ADAMAWA.
No fewer than 42 members of the Boko Haram insurgents were feared killed following a fierce battle between them and a combined Nigerian Military supported by hunters and vigilantes in Gulak, headquarters of Madagali local government of Adamawa state. The fierce battles lasted for more than three hours before the Nigerian troops supported by hunters and vigilantes pushed the insurgents back to their enclave. Members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect had in the wee hours of Monday launched a night attack, with heavy gun shots in an attempt to override Nigerian troops. In a telephone chat, Tuesday’s morning the state governor, Sen. Muhammadu Jibrilla confirmed that,’’ Nigerian Army supported by local hunters rolled back the invading terrorists in Gulak.
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