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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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Freedom At Last, as Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame are Release

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Two former governors Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye have been released by the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS).

They were serving jail terms for corruption allegations until they were granted a presidential pardon by President Muhammadu Buhari a few months ago.

The Council of State had approved the pardon alongside 157 other convicts in April this year.

The former governors were convicted by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal High Court, Abuja in 2018.

Dariye was convicted of stealing N1.16 billion while serving as Plateau governor from 1999 to 2007 and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. But his term was eventually reduced to 10 years by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, while his conviction was affirmed by the Supreme Court.

Nyame, who was Taraba governor from 1999 to 2007, was convicted of stealing N1.6 billion from the state’s treasury and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The judgment was also upheld by the Supreme Court.

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Former NARSDA Boss, Prof Seidu Mohammed Passes On

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Former Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NARSDA, and one-time governorship aspirant,  Professor Seidu Muhammed Ogah has been confirmed dead. It was gathered that he died in Abuja.

A statement by Agency disclosed that the former NARSDA boss died at Nisa Premier Hospital in the early hours of Monday. .

”It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Prof Seidu Mohammed Onailo, our former Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency, NARSDA which occurred on August 8, 2022, at Nisa Premier Hospital in Abuja,” the statement read.

The 62-year old former NARSDA boss,  a Professor of Space Science,  hailed from Abejukolo in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State and is survived by his wife, children and other relatives.

He was a visiting Professor of Remote Sensing and GIS, Kaduna State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Remote Sensing from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria in 2004, and received his M.Sc. degree in Soil Survey /Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System from International Institute for Geo-information and Earth Observation (ITC) Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands in 1993, where he studied as a European Economic Commission Scholar.

He also served as a senior lecturer in the department of Geology, University of Jos from 2007-2009. Over the years, he made significant contributions to the development of models for desertification assessment and predictions in the North West region of Nigeria. This model has been applied by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) as well as other Nigerian institutions in studying the menace of desertification in the country. The model is currently being used to study the green belt region in West Africa.

An erudite scholar prolific writer,  he had over 40 publications in applied space science. He has made tremendous contributions to the implementation of the space programme in Nigeria.

Under his leadership at NARSDA, Nigeria launched three satellites. He was the Chairman, Governing Board, African Regional Centre for Space Technology Education, Ile-Ife as well as the Chairman, Board of Directors, GeoApps + Limited.

He was also a Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Radio and Planetary Sciences, the Astronomical Society of Nigeria, the Nigerian Institute of Physics, the Cartographic Association of Nigeria as well as a fellow and board member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Meanwhile, reactions and condolence messages have been coming in, as the people mourn the demise the thoroughbred intellectual.

Reacting to the death of the foremost academic and researcher, prominent indigene of Abejukolo and Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation, Dr James Odaudu said the death was a great loss to the people of Omala Local government, Igala Kingdom, the Nigerian nation and the academic world.

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“Professor Seidu Mohammed was not only a leader of the people of Omala Local government, Kogi State and the entire nation, but an intellectual colossus whose academic works have been of immense benefit to scientific research, especially in the area of remote sensing”.

Director-General of the National Productivity Centre, Dr Kashim Akor in a message of condolence to the family and people of Kogi State described the death of the space and remote sensing expert who developed and advanced space technology across the continent, as a colossal loss to Nigeria.

He further described the space Professor as a rare gem who had distinguished himself both in the academic, administrative and space management across the world.

He said during his tenure he resolved alot of thorny issues in the country with the aid of space technology, as he was still rendering professional advises to the current handlers.

Also reacting, former Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris commiserated with the people of Kogi State, particularly Omala local government over the sudden death of Professor Seidu Onailo Mohammed who also served as Director General, Directorate of Rural Development DRD during his first term between 2003-2007.

Idris who expressed shock over the sad development, described his death as a great loss to Kogi State and Nigeria at large.

He recalled how he contributed greatly to the rural electrification efforts of his administration,  having served as Director General at that point in time, during his administration in Kogi State.

The former Governor stated that his death came at a time when his services were needed both at the state and national level, praying to Almighty God to forgive him his shortcomings while on earth.

His burial is expected to be held at Abejukolo in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State Tuesday according to Islamic rites.

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Hanifa : Court Sentences School Proprietor to Death

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Remember Hanifa the little girl who was abducted on December 4, 2021 on her way home from Islamiyya and subsequently discovered to have been killed by  her teacher and school proprietor, after demanding N6m ransom, at Dakata, Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State?

Well, Justice has been served as Kano State High Court on Thursday sentenced the Proprietor of Nobel Kids Academy and North West Preparatory School, Abdulmalik Tanko, the principal suspect who masterminded the kidnap and killing of the 5-year old school girl, Hanifa Abubakar, to death.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Usman Na’abba, sentenced him to death by hanging while delivering his judgment on Thursday.

Details later….

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