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Manchester City’s appeal to CAS over FFP rejected



Manchester City’s appeal to CAS over FFP rejected

Manchester City have lost their attempt to block a UEFA investigation into financial fair play violations.

City had asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] to throw out the financial fair play case that had been brought against the club by UEFA.(Skysports/NAN)

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Insurgency: CAS tasks troops to sustain fight against Boko Haram



The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Saturday tasked personnel of the Air Task Force (ATF) Command, Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD), to sustain the tempo of operations against the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast.

Abubakar gave the charge during a special Eid-el-Kabir feast organised for the front line troops at the Nigeria Air Force (NAF), 105 Composite Command, Maiduguri.

Represented by AVM Isiaka Amawo, the Chief of Policy and Plans, NAF Headquarters, Abubakar urged the troops to maintain high level of alertness and combat readiness.

He said that he was in Maiduguri to celebrate with the troop at the front line to boost their morale and foster comradeship.

“The essence was to also fill in the gap created for those of us that are in the front line and did not have the opportunity to celebrate with our families, to enable them have a sense of belonging during Eid-el-Kabir festivities.

“I commend the ATF Commander for his efforts in ensuring that the activities of the unit in the northeast are running smoothly and the tempo of the operation is being maintained.

“On the general note, I wish to thank you all for all your contributions in the successes recorded in the operations.

“However, we are all aware that too much is as stake for us in this war. As such, we cannot allow our selves to be taken unaware.

“I wish to remind you all that we are still at the frontline so we should not loose sight to the fact that we could come under attack at anytime.So let us continue to maintain vigilance,” he said.

Abubakar noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had demonstrated commitment, provided support and resources required to enable the Service discharge its duties.

He said: “We can only show appreciation for the President support by redoubling our efforts and also remaining as a discipline force.

“We are expected to exhibit a high level of professionalism in all our actions.”

The CAS enjoined the personnel to maintain vigilance and combat readiness to guarantee the security of the people  during festive period.

Also speaking, the ATF Commander, AVM Precious Amadi, lauded the CAS for his commitment to the welfare of troops and execution of viable projects in the command.

Amadi noted that the gesture would go a long way to motivate the troops.

“Your presence was not only a source of motivation but also a strong indication of your commitment to the welfare and morale of the personnel  at ATF Command, Maiduguri.

“We shall replicate the gestures by remaining focus, committed and highly professional in the execution of air power in support of the counter insurgency campaign in the northeast,” Amadi said.


Edited By: Yakubu Uba (NAN)

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NAF to eliminate remnant of terrorists in northeast – CAS



The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Saturday says the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will be focus in its determination to rout out remnants of Boko Haram insurgents hibernating the northeast region.

Abubakar stated this during the special Eid-el-Kabir feast organised for the front-line troops at the NAF Base, Yola.

Abubakar represented by AVM Paul Dimfwina, NAF Chief of Communication and Information System, expressed satisfaction with the combat readiness and high spirit demonstrated by the troops.

He said: “We are committed to the total elimination of insurgency in our country and the race to add value to our societies as well as secure our communities, there is no finishing line.

“The essence of the Eid-el-Kabir get together is to help fill the void created by not being able to celebrate with our families because you are deployed at the front line.

” It also aim to foster comradeship and give us the opportunity to commend ourselves for our efforts in the fight against insurgency.”

Abubakar commended the Commander, Air Task Force (ATF), Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD), for his doggedness at ensuring that the Service units in the northeast remained undaunted and committed to the counter insurgency campaign.

He also commended the Service personnel for their contributions and sacrifices to the restoration of peace to the restive region.

The CAS noted that the Service would not allow room to be taken unawares because of the enormous responsibility in its strive to ensure one indivisible country.

“Procurement of the additional platforms such as the Super Tucano Aircraft and other platforms would certainly be a game changer for our operations.”

Abubakar lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his support to the Service,  adding that NAF would remain discipline and professional in the discharge of its constitutional mandate.

Also speaking, Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State, applauded NAF for its active contributions to peace and security in the state.

Fintiri, represented by his deputy, Mr Crowther Seth, reiterated commitment to support the Service in the counter insurgency campaign.


Edited By: Yakubu Uba (NAN)

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Arotile: Senior female Police Officers visit to NAF



A delegation of senior female officers of the Nigerian Police from the Force Headquarters Abuja, has condoled with the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, over the demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, who made this known in a statement in Abuja, said the delegation was led by Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Aishatu Abubakar.

Daramola said that the delegation was received on behalf of the CAS by the NAF Chief of Administration, AVM Mohammed Idris, who led the team to the NAF Memorial Arcade where they laid wreaths and signed the condolence register.

Arotile, NAF’s first female combat helicopter pilot died on July 14, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.

He said the AIG, while signing the register, wrote: “Your life was so short but very well spent. You have opened lots of opportunities for other young women in this field. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

Daramola said the other female senior officers on the visit were: CP Christy Cookey, the Commissioner of Police Investment and DCP Margeret Ochalla.

Others were Force Gender Coordinator & Adviser to the Inspector General; DCP Rabi Umar, Director of Education; ACP Grace Longe, Director of Research, National Institute of Police Studies; and SP Imoh Itah.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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NAF buries 1st female combat pilot in Abuja with full military honours



The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Thursday buried the remains of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, the Service’s first female combat helicopter pilot, at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

Flying Officer Arotile, who died on July 14, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna,was buried with full military honours.

Arotile, a Squadron Pilot at the 405 Helicopter Combat Training Group (405 HCTG) Enugu, was attached to the Air Component of Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna,having recently completed her Promotion Examinations.

She was in Kaduna awaiting deployment for her next assignment, before her demise.

Speaking at the funeral ceremony, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Sadique Abubakar said that  Arotile would be greatly missed by the NAF.

Abubakar said that even at this moment the NAF was still in shock and grief because it has lost a heroine whom the Service has so much confidence in.

He noted that the NAF’s expectations were caught short as a result of her sudden demise.

The air chief who eulogised Arotile, noted that her short stay in the Service was highly impactful, as she was a committed, confident officer in her service in the North West and North Central missions.

He noted that Arotile’s demise had affected the NAF and the nation whose sovereignty she protected.

Abubakar thanked late Arotile for adding value to national security, saying the NAF and the Country would always remember her contributions to nation building.

Speaking earlier in his sermon, Group Capt. Dogo Gani, the Director Chaplaincy. Protestant Nigeria Air Force,said the death of Arotile was a  difficult thing to comprehend.

He said Arotile was a young woman of passion, and courage who took up the challenges of fighting evil, “is now gone.”

Gani commended the CAS for taking up the boldness in putting resources together to realise Arotile’s dreams.

He called on political, religious leaders to raise young men and women like Arotile to defend the Country.

Speaking on behalf of the Arotile’s family, Mrs Damilola Adegboye, sister to the deceased noted that Arotile had dreamt to fly a plane as a child.

She said her sister was passionate about her job and family.

Adegboye thanked Abubakar, and the entire nation for their prayers Conde,emcee and love shown to the family since the demise of Arotile.

Present at the ceremony were the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen.Gabriel Olonisakin, the Minister of Defence Maj.- Gen. Bashir Magashi who was represented by the Permeant Secretary, of the ministry, Mr Sabi’u Zakari.

Others were the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, among other dignitaries.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the family was presented with the national colours by the air chief.

Also there the laying of wreath and the firing of volley by the Burial Party.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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