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Allow para military personnel deployed to Northeast to caryy Anti Aircraft Gun, sophisticated weapon, Gov. Zulum urges FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has appealed to the Federal Government to allowed Para military personnel. deployed to the Northeast to handled Anti Aircraft Guns and other sophisticated weapons to fight Boko Haram.

Governor Zulum who made the appeal when members of House Committee on Defense paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday said ” when I was in Niger Republic, I saw Nigerian police carrying Anti Aircraft guns . I call on the Federal Government to allow para military personnel in the Northeast to carry A A sophisticated weapons for sometime. “.

” I also call on the Federal government to recruit about 100,000 soldiers to address manpower deficits, in Borno state we have over 50,000 able youths, that can be recruited on ad hoc basis and they can be disengaged after the insurgency, as it was done during the Civil war”, he added.

He said “the military should take the war to the fringes of Lake Chad (Tumbus) and Sambiza . We know the hudesout of the insurgents. The military knows, the theater Commanders knows. I am ready to say the truth. We all know, the military should take the war to the Boko Haram”.

Governor Zulum said ” the military has done well in 2015 when President Buhari assumed office uptil 2019 but from Mach 2019 to date we expireinced horofic and continues attack on daily basis. I therefore appeal to the Federal government and the military to revisit the strategy they adopted in 2015″.

He thanked the House committee on Defense for their condolence over the recent Auno attacked and for their facts finding visit to the state with a view to finding a lasting solution to the ongoing fight against insurgency in the Northeast.

Earlier speaking, the chairman House Committee on Defense. Hon Babajimi Benson said ” we are here to condole you over the recent Boko Haram attack on Auno, we are also here on facts finding and oversight function with a view to find the chslleges of the military in the counter insurgency fight with a view to addressing them.

” we are here to meet with the military, Borno state government and other stakeholders with a view to profer solution, on the best way to ending the insurgency in the Northeast.

While at the Operation Lafiya Dole theater commander, Hon. Benson said “we are here to see you, know your challenges and how we can make Borno, home of emerging peace to regain it name as Home of Peace and the whole Northeast.”.

The theater Commander, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi while briefing the House Committee said “I want to thank you for your zeal and quest to finnd a better ways to assist the military in ending the insurgency.

 

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Coronavirus: Pangolins found to carry viruses related to Covid-19

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A trafficked pangolin in Kuala Lumpur: The animal is a suspect in the outbreak
Pangolins smuggled into China have been confirmed to contain viruses closely related to the one sweeping the world.

Sale of the animals in wildlife markets should be strictly prohibited to minimise the risk of future outbreaks, says an international team.

Pangolins are the most-commonly illegally trafficked mammal, used both as food and in traditional medicine.

Bats are thought to be the original viral source, with another species playing a role in human transmission.

In a new research paper, published in the journal Nature, researchers say their genetic data suggests “handling these animals requires considerable caution, and that their sale in wet markets should be strictly prohibited.”

Further surveillance on pangolins in the wild in China and Southeast Asia is needed to understand their role in the emergence of coronaviruses and the risk of future transmission to humans, they add.

The ant-devouring scaly mammal, said to be the most widely trafficked mammal in the world, is threatened with extinction. The animal’s scales are in high demand in Asia for use in traditional Chinese medicine, while pangolin meat is considered a delicacy by some.

 

 

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Operation Lafiya Dole arrests 8 suspected Boko Haram, ISWAP logistic suppliers, destroys 6 vehicles loaded with logistics

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Operation Lafiya Dole arrests 8 suspected Boko Haram, ISWAP logistic suppliers, destroys 6 vehicles loaded with logistics

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Operation Lafiya Dole theater Command has arrested 8 suspected Boko Haram insurgents and ISWAP, logistuc suppliers and destroyed 6 vehicles belonging to them loaded with food and assorted provision in its efforts to block all its logistic chain.

Briefing newsmen shortly before the destruction along Gubio Road Maiduguri yesterday,, the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim.said “the vehicles we are going to destroy today were intetcepted base on intelligence reports. We had an information that some unpatriotic element supplied food and non food items from the hinterland and take it’s to the Boko Haram, ISWAP” in the bushes.”

General Ibrahim who is also the commander sector 1 of the Operation Lafiya Dole said ” we cary out diligent nvestigations before we carry out the destruction, it may be nteresting to know that some of the suspects were arrested before and in the cause of investigation we released them but you can see that we rearrested them again. We do dilegent investagions, if not you can see vehicles moving on the road, we would have arrested them and say they are insurgents logistic supplies.

“So we do thorough investigations before their vehicles are destroyed to serve as deterant to those still engage in this illicit bussines of logistic suppliers to the Boko Haram Investigation is still on going and they be soon charged to court,, the GOC stated.

” We have been warning the general public through jingles and press releases of the danger of this illicit and illegal bussinesd but they choose to remain adamant . it was clear in our investigation that they are taking items to the insurgents in the Bush. We are destroying these vehicles to serve as deterrent to others who engage in this act,” General Ibrahim added.

He said ” the vehickes which were intercepted about three weeks ago carrying contrabanned items which includes foodstuffs, fish, milk, mattress, spare parts . Cooking oil among other items to the Boko Haram and ISWAP in the Bush. ”

According to him, 10 peoples were arrested in connection with illigal business and that investigations have so far revealed that 8 people are involved in the illegal business, where the insurgents gives them money to supply the items for them, while investigation on two others are still ongoing.

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Covid -19 ; UMTH developed hand sanitiser, antiseptic

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Covid-19: UMTH developed hand sanitiser, antiseptic

By Askirama, Maiduguri

The University of Maiduguri Teching Hospital (UMTH) has developed hand sanitizer and antiseptic for its local use in the hospital as part of sanitary measures to check risks of Covid-19 and Lassa fever.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Ahmed Ahijo, made this known on Friday in Maiduguri.

Ahijo said that the development had saved the hospital a lot of fund used to be spent on imported sanitisers, particularly with the outbreak of Lassa fever and Coronavirus.

“Following the outbreak of Lassa fever and Coronavirus, we realised that we have to buy a lot of water sanitisers in the hospital and the cost is very much to us.

“So, I called the pharmacists and say why not we produce our own. I looked at the Act that established the hospital which gave us the backing of the law to do so.

“We have produced for our local consumption for now. We are thinking maybe we can extend it to the society and other institutions,” Ahijo said.

The chief medical director assured that with time the hospital would take steps to patent the product as prescribed by law.

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