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Military allays fear of massive terrorists attacks after May 29 handover



The Defence Headquarters on Thursday dismissed rumours of potential massive terrorists attacks in North West Zone particularly in Zamfara State after May 29 handover date.

Unverified local intelligence sources have raised the alarm that terrorists are plotting to launch massive attacks in the zone immediately after the handover date.

Director of Defence Media Operations, DMO, Major General Musa Danmadami
alley public fear while fielding questions during the biweekly media briefing. He said that public apprehension about imminent terrorists attack after the handover is misplaced because the situation is not real.

He said that even when the US issues an alert and advisory on insecurity in the country nothing happened till now. ” We (military) are not resting on our oars to ensure that peace and security is sustained in this country .

” I equally assured Nigerians that intelligent agencies and the military are working around the clock. Military operations are ongoing and arrests are being made on daily basis of people who are at verge of committing crime.”

” People who are moving ammunition and weapon from one point to another to commit havoc are being arrested every day.” He assured that the military is well prepared to deal ruthlessly and appropriately to any threat.

“So there is no need for apprehension over the handover or any other threat of calamity “

He advised Nigerians to go about their normal duties and to report criminals to appropriate security agencies.
Major General Danmadami also said that a report that soldiers posted to a trouble spot in Benue State had refused to take action against terrorists, was false. “It is a lie”, he said.

The Director of Media Operations said that more than 54 terrorists were neutralised in encounter with troops, 117 other terrorists arrested while 501 terrorists and families surrendered between April 6 and 20, 2023.

Danmadami who disclosed this during the biweekly media briefing on the operational activities against insurgents and other criminals in the country, said that 501 terrorists and families surrendered between April 6 and 20, 2023.

He said that 14 AK-47 rifles,2 AK49 rifle, 1 AK56 rifle, 1 GPMG, 1 RPG tube, 1 PK MG, 2 RPG bombs, 732 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 77 rounds of 7.62mm special, 19 rounds of 7.62mm x 29mm special, 16 rounds of 7.62mm ball metal links ammo, 1,000 rounds of 7.62mm NATO (belted), 243 round of 7.62mm x 54mm special ammo, 89 rounds of 5.56mm x 45mm special, 16 AK47 magazines, 7 dane guns and the sum of One Hundred and Three Thousand, Five Hundred and Five Naira (N103,505.00) only and other sundry items were recovered by troops in North East zone of the country.

According to Defence Media Operations spokesman troops of Joint Task Force, Operation HADIN KAI in the North East zone of the country have sustained the aggressive posture against the Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists through “intense aerial and ground patrolling of logistics routes and mobility corridors”.

In furtherance to this, troops conducted operational activities at identified Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists camps and enclaves at high grounds, villages and forests within Gwoza, Bama, Jere, Nganzai, Damboa, Askira Uba, Kaga, Kuzamala and Monguno Local Government Areas of Borno Stat as well as Gulani and Bade Local Government Areas of Yobe State, he said.

He said that on 9 April 2023, troops acted on credible information and raided suspected terrorists enclaves within Askira Uba, Gwoza and Damboa Local Government Areas of Borno State.

In these operations troops made contact with the terrorists and neutralized 4 of them while others escaped with gunshot wounds. Troops destroyed their camps and enclaves and that further exploited the surrounding bushes where they discovered and rescued 136 civilians comprising of 46 adults females and 90 children.

Troops further recovered 2 AK47 rifles, 4 dane guns, 6 AK47 magazines, 5 rounds of 7.62mm special, 6 bicycles, 96 rustled cattle, 2 pairs of Boko Haram Terrorists uniforms and 4 solar panels among other sundry items, he added.

Equally, due to troops intensive onslaught against terrorists, 8 Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and their families comprising of 2 adults males, 2 adult females and 4 children surrendered to troops at Gwoza in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State. The terrorist surrendered with 3 Ak47 rifles, 1 AK56 rifle, 5 AK47 magazines, 68 rounds of 7.62mm special and 19 rounds of 7.62mm x 29mm special ammo.

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BVAS fails to transmit Presidential election results, INEC’s ad-hoc staff tells Court




The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) deployed for February 25 general election failed to transmit the results of the Presidential election, two INEC’s ad-hoc staff told Presidential Election Petition Court.

Mr. Friday Egwuma and Grace Timothy the two ad-hoc staff who served as Presiding officers in polling units in Abia State and Plateau State told the court on Thursday that presidential election results were not transmitted from polling Units after the results were recorded, snapped, and entered,

Both of them testified under subpoena as Atiku witnesses. They further told the court that the BVAS machine allocated to them developed a system error immediately after the results of the Senate and House of Representatives held same time and venue were transmitted.

In their subpoena evidence, the two workers of the electoral body explained that they had to resort to other means of getting the results through when it became clear that the BVAS machines would not help them.

Egwuma was a Presiding Officer in a polling unit in Abia State while Grace Timothy served INEC in Plateau State.

Apart from the failure of the BVAS machines to transmit the presidential election results, the two witnesses admitted that voting went smoothly in their respective places of work.

They were led in evidence by Atiku’s lead counsel Chief Chris Uche, SAN. However
under cross-examination by Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud SAN who stood for the electoral body, Egwuma explained that he resorted to the offline system in place of the BVAS machines.

In her own, Grace Timothy told the Court that the greatest challenge she experienced during the election was the uploading of the presidential election results into the I- rev portal.

The witnesses were also cross-examined by Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN who stood for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN who represented the All Progressives Congress APC.

Early yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Bola Tinubu, and APC had vehemently kicked against the bid by Atiku to have the INEC ad-hoc staff testify in the petition challenging the declaration of Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election.

Tinubu’s lead counsel Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN objected to the tendering of statement on oath of the witnesses at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in aid of Atiku’s petition.

The respondent argued that the statements of the ad-hoc staff were not front-loaded at the time of filing their petition

He asked the Court to reject the witnesses and discountenance their statements on the grounds that they violated the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.

Tinubu’s arguments against the subpoenaed witnesses were adopted by Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN who stood for the APC and Abubakar Mahmoud SAN who appeared for INEC.

Atiku’s lead counsel, Chris Uche SAN asked the Court to dismiss the objections on the grounds that they were utterly misplaced and misconceived.

Uche argued that the objections by Tinubu, APC, and INEC were deliberate ploy designed to delay proceedings.

The senior lawyer insisted that the statements of the subpoenaed witnesses could not have been front-loaded along with the petition because they have not been summoned at the time of filing the petition.

He asked the Court to discountenance the objections of the three respondents and hold that they are not regular or additional witnesses envisaged in the law cited by Olanipekun. The council said that it would be a denial of a fair hearing to bar a witness under subpoena from testifying when the respondents have the right to cross-examine the witness.

The presiding Justice Tsammani stood down the matter for a ruling but on resumption, Justice Tsammani announced that ruling in the objections had been reserved till the judgment date.

The court directed the petitioner’s lawyer to proceed with his subpoenaed witness testimony.

Meanwhile, further hearing in the petition has been shifted to June 9

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Two Reasons I’m Supporting Akpabio to be Senate President – Ndume



Ali Ndume has revealed why he’s supporting Senator Godswill Akpabio to become the next Senate President. Ndume who represents Borno South, spoke during an interview on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, on Wednesday. Ndume said it is because Akpabio is the preferred candidate of President Bola Tinubu. Tinubu has also asked Ndume to lead Akpabio’s campaign and ensure he becomes the number three citizen.“There are so many that contributed to my reason to stand for Akpabio, because one the president had interest and had Akpabio as his preferred candidate and number two, he had the confidence of asking me to lead the campaign.“Most importantly, it is about justice, about equity, about the constitution and doing what is right and standing for what is justful for this country,” Ndume said. Even though the All Progressives Congress (APC) has chosen Akpabio to be senate president, the likes of Abdulaziz Yari, a former governor of Zamfara, and Orji Uzor Kalu, chief whip of the senate, have insisted on contesting the position.

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Democracy Day: FG Declares June 12 Public Holiday



To commemorate Democracy Day, the Federal Government has declared Monday, June 12, 2023, a public holiday.In a statement issued Thursday in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated all Nigerians on the occasion.She said; “Nigeria’s democratic journey has, like in many other climes, encountered both stormy and smooth sails, but the ship of State, it’s institutions and most importantly, the Nigerian people have remained steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance.“On this memorable occasion therefore, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are invited to appreciate the progress that has been made, celebrate the milestones covered and look forward to a better future for the country’s democracy.“The Permanent Secretary wishes all Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration”.

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