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Military eliminates over 50 terrorists, captures others in one week – DHQ

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Major. General John Enenche.

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The Defence Headquarters has disclosed that combined troops of the armed forces had killed over 50 terrorists and other criminals across theatres of operations in the country.

The Coordinator, Directorate of Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the operations of the military in the last one week.

Enenche said troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, which comprised the land, air and maritime components, recorded a lot of successes in different theatres in the week under review.

He disclosed that the troops, in encounters with Boko Haram terrorists, successfully repelled an attack at Yamteke in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno, killing four terrorists and recovering three AK47 rifles, two hand grenades and one Tecno phone.

Enenche said that attempted attacks by Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) was also successfully repelled by hunters at Sabon-Gari village of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa.

According to him, two terrorists were killed in the encounter while one AK47 rifle was recovered.

“Similarly, troops of Sector Four Multi-National Joint Task Force successfully repelled Boko Haram Terrorists’ attack at Tumour in the Republic of Niger.

“During the attack, 48 terrorists were invalidated while four others were captured by the troops,’’ he said.

In Operation Safe Haven, Enenche disclosed that the multi-agency troops killed two gunmen at Kurgwi along Namu – Chibdai road in Quan Pan Local Government Area of Plateau on March 19.

He added that one AK 47 rifle was recovered among other items from the criminals.

According to him, four suspected Sara Suka gang members were arrested during a cordon and search operation on the same day.

“Seven cutlasses, three knives and substances suspected to be illicit drugs and charms were recovered from them.

“The general public is hereby commended and requested to continue to provide credible information to the troops so as to sustain this trend among other successes achieved by troops of the Nigerian military and other security agencies.

“Meanwhile, the armed forces of Nigeria, as you were informed, can be involved in exercises that can transmute into real life operation.

“In this regard, during the week, the Nigerian Navy commenced Exercise Treasure Guard 2 at the Western Naval Command Area of Responsibility to increase confidence of the global shipping community.

“The exercise was approved to transmute to Exercise Obangame Express 2020 (which was supposed to be a multi-national exercise) which was cancelled due to global health concerns.

“The overall objective of the exercise is to ensure collective security and protection of our maritime assets,’’ he added.

Enenche however disclosed that the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin has reassured the public of the total commitment of the armed forces toward the protection of lives and property across the country.

He pledged to ensure timely and accurate update on military operations across the country to ensure that Nigerians were properly and regularly informed about its operations.

Enenche urged the media to always consider national security interest and consider information released from the directorate as authentic.

He assured Nigerians that the military would not suspend any operation because of the outbreak and spread of Coronavirus.

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open

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Against the usual practice of picking from the top echelon of the Civil Service,  Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi on Tuesday threw the position of Head of Service (HoS) of the state open, asking civil servants on Grade Level 14 and above to apply within two weeks.

Umahi, in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, said civil servants across the 13 LGAs of the state are qualified to apply within two weeks.

“The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi requests applications from Civil Servants from Grade Level 14 and above to fill the vacancy of the Head Of Service (HOS), who shall be bowing out of Civil Service on 30th June 2021 after a meritorious and selfless service to the government and people of Ebonyi State,” the statement read in part.

The Governor further directed the civil servants to forward their applications to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG): “All applications are to be addressed to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, and submitted with all relevant credentials no later than 30th June, 2021.

Umahi added that “In replacing the outgoing Head of Service, the Government will be looking for the best for the State to continue the good work that the outgoing Head of Service began.

He applauded the loyalty, committed efforts and selfless service rendered by the out-going Head Of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, in the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Federal High Court Issues New Practice Direction For Filing Of Processes As Workers Resume

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The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (FHC), Justice John Tsoho, has issued a new practice direction on exemption of payment of default fees for filing of processes.

The development, according to a statement by Catherine Oby-Nwandu, Chief Information Officer of FHC, on Friday night, followed the resumption of work after the two-month strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) was called off on on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUSUN had, on April 6, shut down all courts nationwide to demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary at the state level.

Although the industrial action was called off on Wednesday, June 9, the workers union directed all its members to resume work on Monday, June 14.

Justice Tsoho, in the statement, therefore ordered that notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the court rules, 2019, on computation of time for filling of court proceedings as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time, the period covering the JUSUN strike action would be exempted.

The statement reads: “Following the resumption of work after the strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June 2021 which affected court proceedings and filling of processes, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, the essential need for a new Practice Direction on EXEMPTION OF PAYMENT OF DEFAULT FEES FOR FILING OF PROCESSES computation of time for the payment of default fees for extension of time for filing processes in the Federal High Court of Nigeria for the above period.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on him, he thereby issues the following Practice Directions:
“COMPUTATION of Time for filing of court processes and payment of default fees for extension of time;
“Notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 on computation of time for filling of court proceedings or doing an act as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period covering the JUSUN strike action, being from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June, 2021, is hereby exempted.

“APPLICABILITY; These practice Directions shall, save to the extent or as may be otherwise directed by the Chief Judge, apply to both criminal and civil causes and matters in the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“CITATION; These Practice Directions shall be cited as the Federal High Court (Exemption of Payment of Default Fees for Filing of Processes) Practice Directions (No. 2) 2021.

“The Practice Directions take effect from Tuesday, June 15, 2021.”(NAN)

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BUHARI REMOVES ARMSTRONG IDACHABA, REPLACES HIM WITH SHEHU ILELAH AS NBC DG.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, as the new director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the appointment in a statement made available to NAN in Abuja on Friday.

The statement said Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.

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It added that Ilelah is a veteran broadcaster.

Ilelah takes over from the acting director-general of the agency, Armstrong Idachaba, who had been acting since the removal of Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the esthwhile director-general who was removed over alleged corruption last year.

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