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Army honours officers and soldiers who distinguish themselves in the war against Boko Haram

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Army honours officers and soldiers who distinguish themselves in the war against Boko. Haram

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In its efforts to recognize hardworking and commitment, the Nigerian Army has presented medals of Award to the officers and soldiers of the Operation Lafiya Dole for their oustsnding performance in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the theater.

Speaking at the Nigerian Army Medals Awards 2019 held in Gwoza, the headquarters of Gwoza local goverment area of Borno state on Monday, the Minister of Defense, Major General Salihi Magashi (Rtd) said “I urge all the recipients of the award to continue to work hard, as victory is surely coming in no  distance time ”

The minister who was represented by the the Director Army Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Mr. Sunday Attah said ” Let me express my appreciation to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General, Tukur Buratai for disseminating the insurgents and for the recignition of the gallantry and hardworking in the fight against insurgency”.

Also speaking, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said “It is gladdening to mention that the efforts of troops in Operation LAFIYA DOLE has provided enabling environment and support upon which the state government activities are thriving. I urge you all not to relent in your efforts until Borno State and the entire North East are secured.”.

“Let me restate the commitment of this administration to support troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE with logistics within the available resources of the state to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency. We shall continue to strengthen the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and the hunters to better support the efforts of troops.”, the governor added.

In his remarks. The Chief of Army Staff, ( COAS) Lt General Tukur Buratai said ” it is my honour to be with you here in Gwoza for Operation Lafiya Dole Medal 2019 . This occasion is to.bestowed .awards on.you for your sacrufues and service to your fatherland’.

Lt General Buratai said ” the awardwhich is carried out annually is to cellebrate our sucess and also assess our oerformance with a view to restrategizr in the coming year. Thete is no.doubt, as a result of your commitment in the theater we are going to revognize some officers and soldiers to spur you to do more. I want to assure you that your welfare and that your families in the barrack will remain our priority”.

In his goodwill message, the Chairman Senate Committee on Army, Senator, Mohammed Ndume said “I want to thank you for for librating my home town Gwoza, the people of Gwoza will not continue to thank you but pray that God will continue to bring more of such awards.. I also urge the COAS to give special promotions to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their sacrifices and hardworking”.

Senator Ndume who is also the Senator representing Southern Borno at the National Assembly said “I will like to use this opportunity to urge the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security to clear the Mandara mountain, Ngoshe, Ashigashiya, Madubbe, Bitta among other major villages in Gwoza for our people to go.back home”.

Also commenting, the chairman House Committee on.Army. Hon. abdurrazak Namdas assured the Army that the House is strongly behind them and that they will do everything possible to ensure the Army discharges it duties professionally and responsive.

 

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Labour suspends strike, as FG halts electricity hike for 2 weeks

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As a result of marathon meeting held and agreement reached between the federal government and the organised representatives of labour unions, the organised labour has suspended the nationwide strike action and protests billed to start today.
The meeting, which started at about 8:30 pm on Sunday and spilled over till Monday morning had Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo; Minister of State for Power, Godwin Jeddy-Agba and Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the NNPC.
READ ALSO: Governors, labour meet to avert mass action
A communiqué, read by the minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, after the meeting, disclosed that government agreed to suspend electricity tariff hike for two weeks pending when a committee set up would examine the justifications for the new policy in view of the need for the validation of the basis for the new cost-reflective tariff as a result of the conflicting information from the fields which appeared different from the data presented to justify the new policy by NERC.
He, however, noted that total deregulation in the downstream sector remains, adding that palliatives would be offered to Nigerian workers to cushion the effects of burden.

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Baga ambush; ISWAP/Boko Haram Killed 8 Policemen, 3 CJTF Members Killed, 13 Others Injured

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Baga ambush; ISWAP/Boko Haram killed 8 policemen, 3 CJTF members killed, 13 others injured.

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Members of the Islamic State of West African Province ( ISWAP),/ Boko Haram terrorist have killed eight policemen, 3 soldiers 3,members of Civilian Joint Tasks Force (CJTF), while 13 others injured in an ambushed near Cross kauwa few kilometers away from the Famous Baga fish town.

The Borno state Police command while confirming the incident, in a statement issued by ithe commands Public Relations Officer (PPRO),, DSP Edet Okon said ‘On 25th September, 2020 at about 12PM, the security convoy who were heading to Baga in respect of Government’s effort to relocate indigenes of Baga to their ancestral home came under heavy gun attack by Armed Men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists a few Kilometers from Cross Kauwa. The security convoy returned fire and successfully repelled the attack.”

The statement said ” in the ensuing gun fight however, casualties were recorded on both sides. Unfortunately, eight (8) Policemen and three (3) members of the Civilian Joint Task Force paid the supreme price. Thirteen (13) other persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to Hospital for treatment.”

The statement however, stated that the Commissioner of Police, Borno state Command CP Bello Makwashi assures members of the public that the Nigeria Police is determined to carry out its constitutional mandate of protecting lives and properties and will not relent in providing the needed security for the good citizens of Borno State at all times.

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Again, Boko haram ambushes Borno Government officials convoy near Baga

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Again, Boko Haram ambushes Borno government officials convoy near Baga

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Again members of the Boko Haram insurgents have ambushed the convoy of the Borno state government officials on their way to Baga along Monguno Baga road, in preparatory for today Saturday 26th September, 2020 resettlements

“Five policemen, 3 soldiers and 6 members of the Civilian Joint Task force (CJTF) were said to been killed, while
several others were injured in the ambushed”, a security source who does not want his name in print said.

The government officials were on their way to Baga for the official resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS), who were scheduled to return to Baga today Saturday , 26th September, 2020 by the governor himself.

The Boko Haram insurgents were said to have ambushed the government official convoy including some returnees IDPs few kilometers way from Multi National Joint Task Force ( MNJTF) check point near Baga..

The insurgents were said to have fired several shots at the convoy, injuring the security operatives some of the IDPs and other travellers on the convoy. It was not clear whether if the insurgents killed or injured any of the returning IDPs.

It could be recalled that the Borno state governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum had recently inaugurated a committee for the resetlement of IDPs from Maiduguri and Monguno back to Baga, a town business community about 158 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capitol

At the time of filing this report no official statement from the Borno state government or the military.

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