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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Nigerian Troops Eliminate ISWAP One Eye General " Kennami "

Nigerian Troops Eliminate ISWAP One Eye General " Kennami "

 Nigerian troops of Operation Hadin Kai have eliminated another top commander of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Amir Kennami.

Kennami also known as ‘One Eye General’, was confirmed dead hours after a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) strike hit the sect’s logistics commander, Modu Sulum.

Kennami had sustained serious wounds during a gun duel with the troops of 134 Special Forces Battalion.

Lt. Col. Ishaya Aliyu Manga led the offensive carried out along the Gubio-Magumeri axis of the Northern Lake Chad area.

The operation took out other ISWAP fighters but those who survived helped Kennami to escape after bullets hit his lap and stomach.

The terrorist later died and was secretly buried by close aides at Gudumbali, the headquarters of Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno.

Kennami gave orders to other dreaded commanders like Ba-Lawan, Modu Sulum and Amir Modu Borzogo.

An intelligence source told PRNigeria that Kennami terrorized Magumeri, Nganzai and Gubio axis and led many attacks to dislodge military bases and formations.

The one-eyed kingpin supervised territories where he carried out atrocities: Damboa LGA – Bugadam, Talala, Ajigin, Mungusum Gwagwari, Abulam, Ajigin and Doksa villages.

Others were Gujba LGA – Lamisuri, Bijur and Dalari villages; Kaga LGA – Borgozo, Alagarno, Goniri Marguba villages, and Konduga LGA – Jewu Lamboa and Limlim villages.

“Over the years, he grew in influence in the ISWAP territorial base on the banks, islands of Lake Chad, and was known for the deployment of so-called spiritual warfare tactics during attacks”, the officer said.

Seven Killed In Ekiti Car Crash

Seven Killed In Ekiti Car Crash

Seven persons have died in a road accident in Ekiti State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident, said that a coaster bus had collided with a hummer bus along the Ilumoba Ekiti axis killing the hummer bus driver and six others.

Several others sustained different degrees of injuries.

According to the PPRO, a team of Police Traffic Personnel and some men of the Federal Road Safety Corps were immediately mobilised to the scene to rescue the survivors who are now receiving treatment at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.

Ebonyi Loses Another Conmissioner, Second In One Month

Ebonyi Loses Another Conmissioner, Second In One Month

 Ebonyi State Government has confirmed the death of one of its Commissioners 

The State Governor, David Umahi, confirmed the death of the State Commissioner for Infrastructural Development, Hon Fidelis Nweze Kings, making it the second death in the last month.

Nweze died barely one month after the state commissioner for housing passed on.

According to the governor, Nweze died on Tuesday morning at the Turkish Hospital Abuja after he sustained injuries in an auto crash earlier in the week.

My Involvement In Drug Trafficking Started In Chibok..Ex Soldier

My Involvement In Drug Trafficking Started In Chibok..Ex Soldier

 Ibrahim Musa, an ex-Soldier arrested with 12.167 kg of Arizona (cannabis sativa), 4 grams of cocaine and 25 grams of flunitrazepam, has narrated how he got the contact of his drug suppliers while serving in Chibok, Borno State.

Chibok shot into limelight after Boko Haram insurgents abducted female students in the community in 2014.

In a statement, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said the 52-year-old ex-Soldier, who was apprehended in Ilorin metropolis on Thursday, worked in the maintenance department at Abati Army Barracks, Lagos, from where he was deployed to 117 Battalion in Chibok, Borno, before he deserted the Army.

He had reportedly arrived Ilorin in company of his wife, Basirat Musa, in his Honda Accord car with registration number JJ 707 BL Lagos, which was seized with the exhibit.

Under interrogation, Ibrahim reportedly revealed that while at Chibok, he got the connection of a supplier of Arizona (Cannabis) and other drugs whom he immediately contacted when he deserted the Army in October 2020.

He said he decided to go into the illicit drug business to enable him fend for his two wives and three children.

The suspect revealed that the latest journey was his second trip to Ilorin to deliver the drugs and decided to travel with one of his wives who was not aware of his mission to Ilorin.

Also, a medical doctor, Jane Chioma Ofoma, allegedly operating an online catering service through which she “sells drugged cookies and biscuits”, has been arrested.

Spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said following intelligence and surveillance, narcotic officers of the Edo State Command of the agency stormed Ofoma’s base at Auchi, Edo Sate, on Saturday.

He said she was arrested and 94 pieces of cookies produced with cannabis sativa were recovered.

“Chioma, 26, who is a graduate of medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka recently completed her housemanship at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. She has confessed to baking the cookies with skunk in her statement while under interrogation,” Babafemi said.

Reacting to the arrests, Chairman/CEO of NDLEA, Brig-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the Edo and Kwara state commands of the agency for their vigilance and commitment to the goal of ridding Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse.

He charged the commanders, officers and men of the two commands and their counterparts across the country not to relent in the discharge of their responsibilities while assuring them that he will continue to make their welfare a priority.

 Buhari Appoints Buratai, Olonisakin As Ambassadors To Benin,  Cameroon

Buhari Appoints Buratai, Olonisakin As Ambassadors To Benin, Cameroon


A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (retd.), has been named Ambassador to the Benin Republic.

A former Defence Chief, Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (retd.), was named the Head of Mission to Cameroon.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, according to a statement by the Information Officer in the ministry, Kimiebi Ebienfa, presented letters of credence to the ex-service chiefs, during a brief ceremony in Abuja.

He said, “The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama today, June 22, 2021, presented Letters of Credence to the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Cameroon, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (retd.), and the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Benin, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Retd.).

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs during the brief ceremony congratulated the immediate-past service chiefs on their appointment by Mr. President and called on them to deploy their wealth of experience to promote Nigeria’s interest during their tour of duty in countries of accreditation.”

The statement was, however, silent on the posting of the other former service chiefs – former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok- Ette Ibas (retd), ex-Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd.); and former Chief of Defense Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Usman (retd.).

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had on February 4, 2021, appointed the ex-service chiefs as non-career Ambassadors.

The President appointed the ex-service chiefs in 2015 and refused to bow to the pressure to relieve them of their duties until they “voluntarily resigned”.

Before their “retirement” there were widespread calls for their removal over failure to contain insecurity.

Their appointment as Nigeria’s ambassadors to foreign countries sparked public outrage, with calls on the Senate to reject their nominations.

Despite the outrage, the Senate, on February 23, 2021, confirmed their nominations.

ECOWAS Court Restrains FG From Prosecuting Nigerians, Media Houses For Using Twitter

ECOWAS Court Restrains FG From Prosecuting Nigerians, Media Houses For Using Twitter

The ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja in a landmark ruling on Tuesday “restrained the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and its agents from unlawfully imposing sanctions or doing anything whatsoever to harass, intimidate, arrest or prosecute Twitter and/or any other social media service provider(s), media houses, radio and television broadcast stations, the Plaintiffs and other Nigerians who are Twitter users, pending the hearing and determination of this suit.”

The ruling followed the suit filed against the government by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 176 concerned Nigerians arguing that “the unlawful suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, criminalization of Nigerians and other people using Twitter have escalated repression of human rights and unlawfully restricted the rights of Nigerians and other people to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom in the country.”

The court gave the order after hearing arguments from Solicitor to SERAP, Femi Falana SAN, and lawyer to the Nigerian government, Maimuna Shiru.

The ECOWAS court held that “The court has listened very well to the objection by Nigeria. The court has this to say. Any interference with Twitter is viewed as interference with human rights, and that will violate human rights. Therefore, this court has jurisdiction to hear the case.

“The court also hereby orders that the application be heard expeditiously. The Nigerian government must take immediate steps to implement the order.”

The suit and the ruling followed the suspension of Twitter by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed after the social media giant was banned in the country for deleting President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) also ordered TV and radio stations to “suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately”, and told them to delete ‘unpatriotic’ Twitter.

The substantive suit has been adjourned to July 6, 2021, for hearing of the substantive suit.

It would be recalled that SERAP and the concerned Nigerians had in the suit No ECW/CCJ/APP/23/21 sought, “An order of interim injunction restraining the Federal Government from implementing its suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, and subjecting anyone including media houses, broadcast stations using Twitter in Nigeria, to harassment, intimidation, arrest and criminal prosecution, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”

The suit, read in part “if this application is not urgently granted, the Federal Government will continue to arbitrarily suspend Twitter and threaten to impose criminal and other sanctions on Nigerians, telecommunication companies, media houses, broadcast stations and other people using Twitter in Nigeria, the perpetual order sought in this suit might be rendered nugatory.

“The suspension of Twitter is aimed at intimidating and stopping Nigerians from using Twitter and other social media platforms to assess government policies, expose corruption, and criticize acts of official impunity by the agents of the Federal Government.

“Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and the full enjoyment of this right is central to achieving individual freedom and to developing democracy. It is not only the cornerstone of democracy but indispensable to a thriving civil society.

 “The suspension and threat of prosecution by the Federal Government constitute a fundamental breach of the country’s international human rights obligations including under Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.

Football Legends, Nollywood Giants,Popular Musicians,Confirm Their Participation In This Weekend's ACTDF Talent Hunt In Bauchi

Football Legends, Nollywood Giants,Popular Musicians,Confirm Their Participation In This Weekend's ACTDF Talent Hunt In Bauchi

 The African Children's Talent Discovery Foundation’s (ACTDF) talent hunt and mentoring programme holding between 26th and 27th in Bauchi has continued to receive huge endorsement from Nigerian and other African celebrities.

The Engr. Noah Dallaji Legacy Project, billed to discover footballing talents between ages 16 and 18 who would be mentored by big names in Nigeria’s soccer history, has received the full endorsement of international and national celebrities.

Amongst those who have confirmed their presence in Bauchi from June 26 are Emmanuel Babayaro, Daniel Amokachi, Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo, Austin Eguavoen, Tijani Babangida, Garba Lawal, Austine Eguavon, El Hadji Diouf of Senegal, Stephen Appiah of Ghana and Lomana Lualua of Congo Democratic Republic.

Apart from these sporting giants, participants will also have the chance to run shoulders with superstars like Peter P Square, Kaffy, Ricardo Banks, Bolanle Ninalowo and many more."

 The city of Bauchi is already bustling with expection as these legends would soon be stepping into town for the epoch-making event. 

Chairman, Planning Committee, Daniel Amokachi and ACTDF Ambassador, Tijani Babangida, have affirmed that the ACTDF TALENT Hunt would help the youths develop their talents and launch them into a fulfilled life.