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NAF Air Strike

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Military airstrike neutralise many bandits on Kaduna-Abuja highway

The Defence Headquarters says the Air component of Operation Thunder Strike has neutralised several armed bandits at Chikwale Forest in the Mangoro area of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator Defence Media Operations, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday. Enenche said the operation was conducted on Saturday following credible intelligence reports indicating the significant presence of bandits in the area, about 20km West of the Kaduna-Abuja Highway.

”Accordingly, after series of confirmatory aerial surveillance missions, the Air Component dispatched an appropriate force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location. Overhead the target area, the NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft spotted scores of bandits, mounted on motorcycles and dressed in black attire, heading towards Niger State. The attack aircraft, therefore, took turns in engaging the bandits, who were seen firing at the attack helicopter as it strafed them,” he said.

Attack on Sarkin Fulani: My silence not cowardice— Gani Adams

Speaking against the backdrop of the threats by the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Adams, on Sunday, said his silence over the situation in the South-West doesn’t portray him as a coward, saying his bound by to act accordingly when the time is right. He also described the ACF and MACBAN as jokers.

Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, expressed concern about the security situation in the region, stating that threats of attack on the South-West can fuel further crisis in Ibarapa, Oyo and Ondo and will certainly affect the entire nation.

The Yoruba leader, however, stated that the situation in the two states truly justified the huge security challenges perpetrated by herders, that had on several occasions kidnapped and killed many Yoruba in their various communities, adding that Yoruba are too well aware of the looming crisis in the country. He maintained that he would not be stampeded into falling into a pre-arranged trap by the political elites.

Iwuanyanwu: IPOB endangering lives, properties of Ndigbo

Elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu says members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are endangering the lives, investments and properties of Igbos in Igboland and across Nigeria by their unguarded and provocative comments and actions.

Speaking when the leadership of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) conferred on him the award as its grand patron in Owerri, the Imo State capital, Iwuanyanwu decried the collateral damage done to the Igbos and their businesses over actions of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanunin recent times.

He lamented that most times, IPOB members had taken responsibilities for actions they knew nothing about, thereby endangering the lives of the Igbos.

APC has failed Nigerians — Dalung, ex-Sports minister

Former Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, said, yesterday, that All Progressives Congress, APC, has failed Nigerians.

Speaking in an interview with the Hausa section of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, Dalung said the government had not fulfilled its promises to Nigerians. He said despite being a member of the APC, it was his responsibility to speak out if things were not right.

Lamenting the high rate of insecurity in the north, the former minister said the situation was such that people fast and pray for days before embarking on a journey. According to him, farmers had to pay gunmen before going to the farm and nobody has ever experienced this kind of situation.

Blind political patronage denies Nigerians opportunity to see their common enemy — Nnamdi Kanu

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has alleged that blind political patronage has denied many Nigerians the opportunity to clearly see the one common enemy threatening the country, which he described as killer herdsmen, suspected to be mostly Fulani’s.

Mazi Kanu in a statement through IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, also alleged that the deceptive promise of keeping Nigeria one and Southern Presidency in 2023, has not helped the people to known the potentials and plans of that their particular common dangerous enemy.

The pro Biafra activist however, said that the combined effort of youths from the South and Middle Belt will tame the excesses of the common enemy threatening them and their existences.

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