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The main gate at Naval Air Station Pensacola is seen on Navy Boulevard in Pensacola, Florida [Handout-Patrick Nichols-US Navy-Reuters]

US grounds over 300 Saudi military aviation students

The Pentagon has announced that it is halting operational training of all Saudi Arabian military personnel in the United States until further notice after a Saudi Air Force lieutenant shot and killed three people last week at a base in Florida.

Reps committee visits Defence Headquarters

The Committee led by its chairman was received by the Chief of Defense Policy and Plans (CTOP), Air Vice Marshall Nurudeen Balogun, and taken to the office of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, while the other members of the Committee were taken to the conference hall where the meeting will take place.
A series of videos have surfaced in Mexico showing men and male teenagers appearing to mock a feminist anthem, sparking criticism in social and traditional media and among women's activists and allies.

Outrage in Mexico over videos mocking viral feminist anthem

A series of videos have surfaced in Mexico showing men and male teenagers appearing to mock a feminist anthem, sparking criticism in social and traditional media and among women's activists and allies.
The main gate at Naval Air Station Pensacola is seen on Navy Boulevard in Pensacola, Florida [Handout-Patrick Nichols-US Navy-Reuters]

Florida shooting: Saudi king orders cooperation with US officials

Saudi Arabia's King Salman told US President Donald Trump on Friday he has directed his security services to cooperate with US authorities investigating the deadly shooting at a Florida military base and assured him the "perpetrator of this heinous crime" does not represent the Saudi people, Saudi officials said.

Senate summons NIMASA chief over ‘N263.89 billion illegal services’

The Senate Joint Committee on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance on Wednesday, asked the Director-General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr Dakuku Peterside, to appear before it unfailingly on Thursday.

Operation Crocodile Smile: Security agencies undertake awareness walk in Ondo

No fewer than 300 soldiers and other security agencies on Tuesday undertook a 5.7km walk in Okitipupa as part of awareness creation for Exercise Crocodile Smile IV.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has revealed that President Donald Trump directly ordered him to halt disciplinary proceedings against an elite soldier accused of war crimes.

Pentagon chief says Donald Trump ordered him to let Navy SEAL keep his rank

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has revealed that President Donald Trump directly ordered him to halt disciplinary proceedings against an elite soldier accused of war crimes.

Nigerian Navy hands over smuggled rice, vegetable oil to Customs

The Nigerian Navy on Friday in Lagos handed over 35 bags of foreign rice and five gallons of vegetable oil allegedly smuggled into the country through the Badagry watere ways to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

Army, police, traffic and safety agencies unite against Lagos traffic

In a bid to address the notorious traffic congestion on Lagos roads, security, paramilitary, traffic and safety agencies have agreed to join forces.

Nigerian Navy arrests 13, impounds N65.7 million adulterated diesel

Okeke said on November 14, 2019, that his team carried out air surveillance of the base’s Area of Operations with focus on Jebbs Creek in Calabar South, Ikang, Tom Shot Island and Ibaka environs using Nigerian Air Force Eurocopter 135 Helicopter.
Rice and other contrabands seized by the Zone D Customs Zonal Command displayed at the Headquarters in Bauchi. PHOTOS BY- Balarabe Alkassim

Customs seize rice, other items worth N61 million

The Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command, on Thursday said it had seized some items including imported rice, as well as bales of Mobile Police, Immigration and Navy uniforms from smugglers.

Nigerian Navy promotes 140 senior officers

A breakdown of the promotion released showed that 65 Lieutenant Commanders (Lt.-Cdrs.) were promoted to the rank of Commanders, while 26 Commanders were promoted to Captains (Capt.)
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike giving a souvenir to the Acting Registrar of NECO, Abubakar Gana at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday.

Federal governor’s agencies dependence on states for funding unfortunate – Rivers governor

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on the Federal Government to take concrete steps to fund Federal Agencies across the country.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan

Anambra: Senate sends delegation to condole tanker fire victims

The Senate on Thursday resolved to send a delegation to commiserate with the victims and people of Anambra State over the recent tanker fire incident which claimed scores of lives. The upper chamber while reacting to the incident through a motion considered on the floor, urged the Federal Government through the Nigeria Fire Service to provide firefighting equipment in all major markets across the country. One of the sponsors of the motion, Senator Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North) lamented the incident which claimed many lives, especially that of a woman and her child after 16 years of childlessness. The lawmaker noted that between 2015 and 2018, fuel tanker infernos and accidents caused by vehicles have led to many deaths on Nigeria’s highway. Oduah recalled that in July this year, a motion on similar incident sponsored by Senator Orker-Jev Emmanuel Yisa (PDP, Benue North West) claimed many lives and destroyed property worth millions of naira. She called for strict enforcement of traffic safety rules by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and all relevant security agencies in order to ensure safer roads across the country. Accordingly, the Senate urged the NPF to work in conjunction with the FRSC to carry out a thorough investigation of the circumstances leading to the fuel tanker fire, with a view to prosecuting anyone found culpable. Meanwhile, the upper chamber on Thursday directed its Committees on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance to investigate the activities of Messrs OMSL limited and other security agencies at the Safe Anchorage Area in the Lagos Ports to determine the legality of their operations and revenue implications. The resolution was reached sequel to the consideration of a motion titled: “Illegal security activity by Messrs OMSL Limited at the Safe Anchorage Area of Lagos Ports and the need to investigate their excesses”. Sponsor of the motion, Senator George Thompson Sekibo (PDP, Rivers East), said that “a security company registered in the name of OMSL limited has since 2014 carried out provision of security of the Lagos Ports Safe Anchorage Area on fees from vessels without regard to the Nigerian Ports Authority. The lawmaker disclosed that “OMSL Limited charged every ship that anchored within the Safe Area $2,500 on the first day of anchorage and $1,500 on every subsequent day for the period any ship stayed at the anchorage area.” According to Sekibo, “it takes between 28 to 30 days for ships that anchor at the Safe Anchorage Area to exit, meaning that every ship pays as much as $46,500 for making use of the Anchorage Area within that period.” He added that, “OMSL in connivance with other security agencies are collecting a whooping sum of $133.28 million or N47.98 billion every year from 2014, meaning that over $733.04 or N263.89 billion have been collected by OMSL and its collaborators.” The lawmaker noted that by virtue of the Ports Act (1954), the Anchorage Area is an integral part of NPA statutory responsibility while NIMASA, Marine Police and Nigerian Navy have the sole responsibility to ensure safe and secure Nigeria territorial waters.

Organised labour carpets APC, PDP, advocates people-oriented party

The Organised Labour has blamed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the corruption and monetization of the nation’s polity and democratic process.
Members of the minority parties in the House of Representatives have faulted the suspension of the Minority Leader, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, and five other leaders of the caucus by the Peoples Democratic Party.

Rep Ndudi Elumelu appoints 125 constituents as political aides

Minority Leader of the Federal House of Representatives and member representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, Mr. Ndudi Elumelu, has appointed 125 youths and women drawn from across the constituency as his political aides.

Operation Crocodile Smile: Nigerian military moves to rid South West of criminals

The Nigerian Armed Forces have commenced training of personnel of security agencies in preparation for a massive military manoeuvre tagged EXERCISE CROCODILE SMILE 4, intended to caste an iron shield cordon on the country against criminal elements.
Migrants struggling at mid sea after boat capsizes

Moroccan navy rescues 329 Spain-bound migrants

The Moroccan navy said it rescued 329 Spain-bound migrants in the Mediterranean from Oct. 10 to Oct. 13.

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Police: 49 arrested during Kogi, Bayelsa polls

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, says 49 persons have been arrested for alleged involvement in election violence and thuggery in the just concluded elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states.
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Nigeria, WHO partner to stop medicalisation of female genital mutilation

The Federal Government in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners is harmonizing efforts to put a stop to the medicalisation of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
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Senate seeks legal backing for constituency projects in national budget

The Senate on Wednesday sought to provide legal backing to the provision of Constituency Projects in Nigeria’s annual budget by a minimum of 20 per cent.

NOC appoints Oba Elegushi as chairman, patrons forum

The Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) has appointed His Royal Majesty, Oba Saheed Elegushi, as the Chairman of the body’s patrons’ forum.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 4, 2019 shows the logo of the US social networking website Twitter, displayed on a smart-phone screen, in Lille, northern France. – Several features on Twitter were down on October 2, 2019, the platform said, with users from Japan to the USA reporting they were unable to log in, use the mobile app or see direct messages.”We’ve been experiencing outages across Twitter and TweetDeck,” the social media giant said in a statement, without giving a reason for the disruption. “You might have had trouble Tweeting, getting notifications, or viewing DMs. We’re currently working on a fix, and should be back to normal soon.” (Photo by Denis Charlet / AFP)

Twitter outlines plan for ‘open and decentralized’ system for social networks

Twitter plans to set up an independent research group to create an “open and decentralized” system for social networks, CEO Jack Dorsey said on Wednesday, which could relieve pressure on the company to appease critics of its content policies but also give rise to a new crop of competitors.