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Buratai charges troops on loyalty, sacrifice

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has tasked troops of Nigerian Army in Maiduguri to ensure that loyalty, obedience and sacrifice, were constantly observed in their operational conducts.

Buratai made the call during a visit to the 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital, Maiduguri to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir with the wounded troops at the hospital.

He was represented by the Army Chief of Training and Operation, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, at the occasion.

“We must continue to subordinate ourselves and act professionally in support of civil authorities whenever we are called upon to do so.

“That is a veritable way to justify the confidence which Nigerians repose in the Nigerian Army and ensure continued support for the Service.

“We must bear in mind that obedience to lawful orders is a hallmark of discipline and discipline remains the bedrock of the military.

“Therefore, discipline and courage must remain our watchwords in our personal conduct as well as during operations, as we seek to defeat the remnants of ISWAP threats in the Northeast and security challenges in other parts of our country,’’ he said.

The army chief said that the army had lived up to expectations and remained ahead of the threats bedeviling the country in spite of some daunting challenges.

He added that its commitment to the collective peace and security as well as the stability of Nigeria remained resolute and unshaken.

Buratai said: “Eid-el-Kabir festival holds special place for us as individuals and collectively as an army.

“It provides a unique opportunity for us to reflect and redouble our efforts towards fulfilling our roles and justifying the confidence reposed in us by Nigerians.

“This is further amplified by the support and cooperation the Nigerian Army receives from President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I must say that so far, we have performed creditably well and I commend all your efforts, though a lot still needs to be done especially in the face of emerging contemporary security challenges,’’ he added.

The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Benson Akinroloye, said that the occasion was a pointer to the fact that the army authourities cared about the recuperating officers and soldiers in the hospital.

Akinroloye said that the celebration would also ginger the officers to recover fast and rejoin their colleagues in the fight against the Boko Haram in the North East.

He enjoined them to be strong, adding that their continuous commitment and courage would assist the army to win the war soon.

The theatre commander commended Buratai for his support for the troops and officers at the war front to continue to fight on and win the war.

Similarly, the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Maj.-Gen. Bulama Biu, said that the division had on Sunday feasted with the troops at the battle field at the Mulei super camp.

Biu said that the army authorities decided to celebrate the 2019 Eid-el-Kabir with both the troops in the theatre of operations and those in the hospital in order to encourage them to recuperate fast.

One of the wounded officers at the hospital, Maj. Yakubu Katuka, thanked the Chief of Army Staff for his love and care for the troops by ensuring that they celebrated sallah like others.

Katuka said that the privilege of being served with food by a superior officer was a rare opportunity for the soldiers and other junior officers.

He also commended the hospital for the care being given to the wounded and sick officers in ensuring that they were fit in order to return to their duty posts.

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NSCDC promotes 74 officers in Ondo

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ondo State decorated no fewer than 74 newly-promoted officers with new ranks on Friday in Akure.

Performing the decoration ceremony, Mrs Christiana Abiakam-Omanu, State Commandant, NSCDC, said that the promotion was a yearly exercise to motivate and encourage the staff for better service delivery.

She stressed that the promotion would enable the officers to surmount security challenges in the country.

“For those who are not promoted now, it is not that they are not qualified but sometime, promotion is subject to availability of vacancies.

“You should not be discouraged or deterred but I want you to be rest assured that you will definitely get promoted soon.

“Another examination is coming up soon. Everybody cannot get promotion at the same time,” she said.

The commandant, therefore, urged the newly-promoted officers to see their promotion as higher responsibility and to be more diligent in their services to the nation.

“To the newly-promoted, the elevation is a call to higher responsibility. It is often said that the reward for hard work is more work.

“There is no better way to appreciate the Commandant-General than to be more diligent in your work,’’ the commandant said.

Two of the newly-promoted officers, Chief Superintendent of Corps Samuel Oladapo and Principal Inspector of Corps Okunoye Olutoye, appreciated the Commandant-General for counting them worthy to be among the promoted officers.

The duo appealed to their colleagues who did not get promoted to exercise patience and be more focused and dedicated to duty, saying their time would soon come.

 

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Police recover bus snatched from nuns, parade 130 suspects in C/River

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The Cross River Police Command has recovered the Toyota Hiace Bus belonging to nuns of the Nativity Convent, snatched at gun point in Benue state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Austin Agbonlahor, made this known while briefing newsmen on Friday in Calabar on the successes recorded by the command from March till date.

Agbolanhor said that 130 suspects have been arrested in connection with various crimes including murder, kidnapping, militancy, armed robbery among others from March till date.

He said that the branded Toyota Hiace bus marked APP 786 AS Lagos, belonging to the Catholic nuns in Okwunga-Ugbokolo village in Benue, was snatched at gun point.

“Following a report that some Rev. Sisters of Nativity Convent Okwunga-Ugbokolo were attacked by armed robbers and their branded Toyota Hiace Bus was stolen, the police started investigations.

“Operation Puff Adder Team swiftly swung into action and carried out thorough stop and search and they were able to detect and arrested two suspects.

“They thought by cleaning the inscription from the bus our men will not be able to get them but we are thorough and meticulous in discharging our duties.

“The suspects have both confessed to the crime and will be charged to court soon,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the command also arrested 128 other suspects and recovered 21 firearms, 27 ammunitions, eight vehicles as well as N67,000.

Agbonlahor further said that the command was committed to collaborating with all law abiding citizens and other sister agencies in policing and maintenance of law and order in the state.

He appealed to residents in the state to partner with the police for a peaceful and safer Cross River.

According and CP, the command had zero tolerance for any form of criminality and break down of law and order in the state.

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Police in Enugu investigate death of woman in a farm

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The Enugu State Police Command has directed for a full scale investigation into the alleged murder of a woman in her farm in Emene community near Enugu.

Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, gave the directive in a statement by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu in Enugu on Friday.

The commissioner said that a thorough investigation would establish what actually happened and persons involved as well as their motives among others.

“The Command is advising members of the public to continue to be law abiding and avoid anything that will truncate the existing peace and security in the state.

“Security operatives will leave no stone unturned towards unmasking those behind the dastardly act,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the corpse of the deceased woman had been deposited at the hospital mortuary of the Annunciation Hospital, Emena for autopsy.

It would be recalled that the mutilated corpse of Mrs Pat Ngwu, from Nchatancha axis of Emene community, was on Thursday found by a stream.

She went missing the previous day in her farm, which was her last known destination.

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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Police in Enugu investigate death of woman in a farm

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The Enugu State Police Command has directed for a full scale investigation into the alleged murder of a woman in her farm in Emene community near Enugu.

Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, gave the directive in a statement by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu in Enugu on Friday.

The commissioner said that a thorough investigation would establish what actually happened and persons involved as well as their motives among others.

“The Command is advising members of the public to continue to be law abiding and avoid anything that will truncate the existing peace and security in the state.

“Security operatives will leave no stone unturned towards unmasking those behind the dastardly act,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the corpse of the deceased woman had been deposited at the hospital mortuary of the Annunciation Hospital, Emena for autopsy.

It would be recalled that the mutilated corpse of Mrs Pat Ngwu, from Nchatancha axis of Emene community, was on Thursday found by a stream.

She went missing the previous day in her farm, which was her last known destination.

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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Gov. Dickson reiterates commitment to security, welfare of corps members in Bayelsa

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Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has reiterated his commitment to the security and welfare of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in the state.

The Governor, represented by Mr Anthony Ikhobo, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, however charged the Corps Members on the need for nation building.

He described the NYSC scheme as veritable symbol of ‘unity’ for the country.

““I want to make it clearer again that my government is highly committed to your (Corps Members) security and welfare.

“I have appointed a Senior Special Assistant on NYSC Matters to oversees all your activities in the state.

“We will continue to support the management of the scheme in the state to achieve the objectives of the NYSC.” the Governor stated.

In her welcome address, the State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Ojugo Iyowuna, thanked the Governor, government and the people of Bayelsa for the huge support to the Corps.

Iyowuna urged the Corps Members to fully participate in all the orientation activities carefully packaged to prepare them for the ideals of leadership.

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