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This is the best time we ever had in the fight against insurgency – General Buratai

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This is the best time we ever had in the fight against insurgency- General Buratai

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Tukur Buratai has commended the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole under the leadership of Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, for the success achieved in the fight against insurgency, saying that this was the best time ever in the fight against insurgency from 2014.

The COAS represented by the Chief Training and Operations, Major General, Enogbong Udoh at the inauguration of Combato Tent at the headquarters of the theater Command on Thursday said ” this is the best time we ever had in the fight against insurgency from 2014 to date. I commend all of you for that achievements”.

” we have defeated Boko Haram what left is just a remnant of insurgents moving about to attack soft target. I believed very soon the remanat will be completely wiped out, so that we will go back to our barracks. I commend you and the theater commander for doing a good job, we are proud of you,” the General said ,

” in line with the vision of the COAS to have a professionally responsive Army, one of the cardial pillars is the welfare of the officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army . The welfate of the troops have always been his priority the COAS has recently introduced and approved you ” Habit and Cigarette alliances , where you will be given the sum of N200 daily”, he added.

He said ” what we are witnessing today, is to make your welfare enhanced and also to provide you with relaxation centre while you carry out your duties of fighting insurgency in the Northeast. I was told that the Combato Tent is not only for officers but soldiers inclusive. I commend the theater commander for always putting the welfare of his troops as his priority, inspites the operational challenges ”

Earlier, the theater commander Operation Lafiya Dole,Major General Olusegun Adeniyi said ” the cambato tent was introduced into the theater to bring relaxation centre to the officers and soldiers of the theater while at the front line. You know most of us spent the night in office and cannot have time to go out to do any exercise. The Combato tent will give us the opportunity to keep our body moving and at the same time go on with our operations.

The Combato tent materials were brought from Aba and the tent has computer games, televisions, sitelites computer set, canteen, gymns and other items for the recreation of both officers and soldiers, while at the same time carrying out their operations in the warfront “, general Adeniyi added.

He thanked the COAS for his leadership and also for approving the habit and cigarette alliances to the troops if the Nigerian Army and theater Operation Lafiya Dole in particular which has since been paid to the troops.

 

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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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