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Pentagon grounds global fleet of F-35s after fighter jet crash

•US, the UK and Israel to carry out a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine of the F-35 aircraft.   The US Department of Defence grounded its global fleet of F-35 stealth fighters on Thursday as a result of the first-ever crash of the costliest plane in history. Israeli soldiers

AFD @ 10: French devt agency releases special report on Lake Chad region

•Commits €1.5bn for devt projects across Nigeria    Senator Iroegbu and Godsgift Onyedifu   The French Development Agency (AFD) is set to release a special report on the Boko Haram terrorists' ravaged Lake Chad region as part of activities to mark it's 10 years anniversary in Nigeria. This AFD Country Director, Mr.  Pascal Grangereau, announced

Nigeria, African countries struggling to contain terror groups–report

Ibrahim Ahmed A youth leads a group of hard-line Islamist al-Shabab fighters as they conduct military exercises in northern Mogadishu's Suqaholaha neighborhood, Somalia, Jan. 1, 2010. Amid a decline in terror incidents worldwide in 2017,  Nigeria and other African countries are struggling  to prevent the expansion of terror groups in parts of

Facebook is launching fact-checking tools in Africa—but WhatsApp is its real problem

Abdu Latif Dahir Facebook will begin flagging fake news stories with the help of users and third-party fact-checkers in Kenya, in a bid to improve the quality of news people find on its platform. The company announced today (Oct. 3) that it would work with independent fact-checking organization Africa Check along with the French

VOA sacks 15 Hausa Service staff over ‘brown envelopes’

David Jones and Dan Joseph The Voice of America (VOA) announced Thursday it has fired or proposed to terminate more than half the members of its Hausa language service following an investigation that found the individuals had accepted improper payments (regarded as brown envelopes) from a foreign official in West Africa. Amanda

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army court-martials three officers, two soldiers

Jude Johnson The Nigerian Army has court-martialed three of its officers and two soldiers involved in the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorist in the North East. Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu, on Thursday stated that the five erring personnel were on Tuesday, October 2, 2018,

Army promises ‘handsome cash reward’ on whereabouts of missing Gen. Alkali

•Clarifies on number vehicles recovered from Du pond  Senator Iroegbu      The Nigerian Army has promised a handsome cash reward  to anyone with useful information on the whereabouts of the missing  Maj-Gen.  Idris Alkali (rtd) whose vehicle was recovered in a pond in Lafendeg Du, Plateau State, North Central Nigeria. This is even as

2019: Ortom the real Miyetti Allah, failed to address herdsmen killings- Benue Group

•Says candidacy worst political decision by PDP •Asks voters to reject governor at the poll   Jude Johnson        As the Benue State  Governor, Mr. Samuel Orton gears up for the 2019 election following his victory at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary, a coalition of civil society group has asked electorate in his

Nigeria needs Ned Nwoko in the Senate-ALGON President

•Appeals to ALGON reps, others in Delta North to vote for him  Senator Iroegbu    The National President of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Hon. Gambo Tanko Kagara has called on the association’s members in Delta North Senatorial District and other delegates to overwhelmingly throw their full weight behind the candidacy

Reflection on regimental sergeant majors’ convention 2018

Col. Sagir Musa For any organization to be professionally effective in the discharge of its statutory responsibilities, training and retraining of personnel is necessary. Consequently, in line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, which is, - “To have a Professionally Responsive Nigerian

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