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DHQ denies mass retirement of army generals

The Defence Headquarters has said speculations that there is mass retirement of some generals in the Nigerian Army following the appointment of Farouk Yahaya as Chief of Army Staff (COAS), is not true.

JTF arrests 10 over killing of security operatives in Akwa Ibom

The Joint Task Force (JTF) conducting operations in Essien Udim local government area, Akwa Ibom State and its surroundings has arrested 10 men in connection with the killing of security operatives and burning of police facilities in the last few months in the state.

Abuja task force demolishes Fulani settlement

A Fulani settlement near the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, has been demolished by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Joint Task Force (JTF).
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

20 Generals may go as President Buhari appoints new army chief

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday appointed Major-General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff, with about 20 Generals of Regular Course 35 and 36 expected to proceed on retirement.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

Jubilations in Maiduguri as General Yahaya emerges new army chief

The announcement of Maj. Gen. Faruk Yahaya as the new chief of army staff (COAS) yesterday drew pulsating jubilations at the headquarters of Operations Hadin Kai in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
On Friday, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff, died in a plane crash in Kaduna.

List of officers likely to succeed deceased COAS

Following the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Atthairu, and other officers in a plane crash on Friday in Kaduna, President Muhammadu is expected to appoint a new Army Chief this week.
Some youth agitating for a Yoruba nation have stormed Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, calling for the breakaway of the ethnic group from Nigeria.

Rain, thunderstorm disrupt Yoruba Nation rally in Osogbo

The agitators under the aegis of Omo Oduduwa United, on Saturday stormed the streets in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, to demand for a Yoruba nation from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has dismissed reports making the rounds that the immediate past administration spent about N100bn for the construction of the state Airport.

Bayelsa warns gunrunners as crisis rocks community

Deputy Governor Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo gave the warning while addressing the chiefs and people of Peretoru community at a resumed meeting at the Government House in Yenagoa, a statement by his media aide, Doubara Atasi, said yesterday.
The state’s Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, who disclosed this during a meeting with traditional rulers from the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, said the review had become necessary to promote peace and development in the various communities.

Bayelsa government wades into communal crisis, warns against gunrunning

The Bayelsa State Government has read the riot act to those engaged in gunrunning in the state and warned such persons to desist from the unwholesome activity or they would face the full wrath of the law
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, said yesterday that the commission arrested more than 400 young Nigerians for internet related fraud in the first three months of 2021.

EFCC floats chemical laboratory to fight illegal oil bunkering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to establish a fully-integrated Chemical Laboratory in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, to combat the scourge of illegal oil bunkering in the South South zone.
Eight security operatives were killed in Rivers State between late Saturday and Sunday morning in what was suspected to be reprisal attacks by the Eastern Security Network, ESN, the armed wing of Biafra Secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Rivers: Eight security personnel killed in attacks on security checkpoints

Eight security operatives were killed in Rivers State between late Saturday and Sunday morning in what was suspected to be reprisal attacks by the Eastern Security Network, ESN, the armed wing of Biafra Secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Kaduna: Bandits raid university, kidnap 23 students

Rampaging bandits yesterday attacked Greenfield University, Kaduna, killed a staff, kidnapped another alongside 23 students, demanding N800 million ransom to free them.

NIS boss: Over 1.5 million people moved across Nigerian borders in 2020

The Comptroller General (CG) of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has said the total movements across the nation’s borderline in 2020 stood at 1,579,773.
The Ikot Akpan community in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has been deserted by natives fleeing for fear of being caught in the crossfire of reprisals after a soldier was killed by some gunmen.

Soldier killed, community deserted as ESN hoists flag in Akwa Ibom

The Ikot Akpan community in Edien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has been deserted by natives fleeing for fear of being caught in the crossfire of reprisals after a soldier was killed by some gunmen

JTF: 1,291 attempts to sabotage oil export pipelines foiled

The immediate-past Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, Rear Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade (rtd.), yesterday said the security outfit foiled 1,291 attacks on three crude export pipelines in the past two years.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. -Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has said that the Army will soon move against separatist agitators such as Sunday Igboho and Asari Dokubo.

COAS lauds Akwa Ibom governor on security, others

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for the level of security and peaceful co-existence in Akwa Ibom state.

Bayelsa community seeks military intervention to flush out criminals

Bilabiri community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa has called on the military Joint Task Force (JTF) to flush out criminals from its fold.
Seventy-five members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist groups have been killed by the military across the North East in the last six weeks.

Borno: Troops injured, ISWAP fighters killed in ‘deadly battle’

Some soldiers of the Nigerian military were feared ‘critically’ injured when terrorists belonging to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) sect, yesterday, ambushed their convoy in the North East.

Major shakeup rocks Nigerian Navy as 257 senior officers get new postings

The Nigerian Navy has announced the redeployment of no fewer than 257 senior officers, including 60 Rear Admirals, 123 Commodores and 74 Captains.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Nigerian Army announces new appointments, redeploys GOCs

The Nigerian Army yesterday announced the appointment of senior officers and redeployment of General Officers Commanding (GOCs).
Governor Nyesom Wike on Tuesday claimed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, spent the sum of N10 billion to fight him during the 2019 governorship election.

Ijaw communities beg Rivers governor to pay surveillance contractors

Ijaw communities under the auspices of the Movement for Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality (MOSIEND) have appealed to Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike to pay the companies he engaged as land and waterway surveillance contractors from 2018 to 2019.

Vigilance group, hunters arrest 10 ‘kidnappers’ in Kogi

The Joint Task Force on Kidnappings and Other Criminal activities in the Ofu Local government council of Kogi State has arrested ten suspected kidnappers in Achigili community.

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Naira appreciates at N493 to dollar in parallel market

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President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno State, assured citizens of the federal government’s presence in fighting terrorism to the end, and ensuring that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are fully returned to continue normal lives, commending Governor Babagana Zulum for resilience and relentless efforts in rebuilding the state.

President Buhar: We won’t rest until peace is fully restored in Borno

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno State, assured citizens of the federal government’s presence in fighting terrorism to the end, and ensuring that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are fully returned to continue normal lives, commending Governor Babagana Zulum for resilience and relentless efforts in rebuilding the state.
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