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Over 100 Nigerian Soldiers Stranded In Mali

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Over 100 Nigerian soldiers, who served as part of the country’s contingent to the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), might be forced to do the over 2000-kilometre trip back home in army trucks as military authorities secretly conclude plans to transport them by road.

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Reliable defence sources, who asked not to be named, revealed that 10 officers and 99 soldiers remained stranded in Bamako, the Malian capital, after a Nigerian Airforce aircraft that airlifted 704 members of the contingent back home failed to return.

Sources said authorities now claim the aircraft, which made its last trip to Bamako on August 10, had been flown out for maintenance and would not be available to move the remaining officers and men back home.

Rather than make arrangement for alternative aircraft, the authorities are now working to move the soldiers back by road, with many of the soldiers apprehensive that they might come under attack during the trip as many of the border towns in Mali are still under the control of insurgents.

In January, Boko Haram insurgents in Kogi state killed two members of the contingent as they travelled by road from Ibadan to Abuja.

Many of the AFISMA troop members, who are now camped in a squalid camp in Bamako, fear that their superiors may have misappropriated the money provided for their airlift, our sources said.

It was learnt that the contingent’s Commanding Officer, Colonel T. E. Gagariga, who is presently in Mali and would not be doing the road trip with the soldiers, has not spoken to the soldiers in the last five days for fear of a possible showdown.

No explanation has been given  to the soldiers for the change in travel plans, our sources said.

“It’s against military practice,” said one source. “The army has ordered that troop members be airlifted but compliance here is borne out of personal gains. It is part of the plot to cheat and risk troops lives.”

According to reports, the troops are camped in squalor in Bamako without basic amenities.

According to one source, the troops survive on poor nutrition as food and other supplies are now in short supply.

Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, declined to comment without giving this reporter the chance of asking any question, saying he did not know him.

“You don’t expect me to talk to any man on the street,” he said and hung up.

Source: Premium Times

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  1. Anonymous

    August 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

    They said charity beggings at home, but our government have turn it to charity start away,
    how can you pretend that you have love to other countries but when is time to your people your love died.
    How can government sent our soldiers away to save other countries lives after sacrificing the

  2. Anonymous

    August 20, 2013 at 8:35 am

    They said charity beggings at home, but our government have turn it to charity start away,
    how can you pretend that you have love to other countries but when is time to your people your love died.
    How can government sent our soldiers away to save other countries lives after sacrificing their life
    what happened now they are now stranded,
    what a shame!

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Pretty Lady Who Recently Got Married Dies During Child Birth

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A beautiful Ghanaian lady simply known as Nadia has lost her during childbirth months after tying the knot in a glamorous wedding ceremony earlier this year.

Ghanaian social media activist, Inusah Kate Gyamfua broke the sad news via his personal Facebook page.

It was learnt that the baby survived and has been kept in an incubator.

Hundreds of comments and reactions poured in over the post as many social media users were shocked by the news of such a fresh marriage ending in an abrupt sorrowful end.

Gyamfua shared her photo with the caption;

Married 2020.
Died 2020💔
Baby in incubator
Hmmmm…. 2020💔😭
Such a Painful Death😭😭😭😭😭
RIP NADIA😭😭😭😭😭😭

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“Marrying Adesua is the second best decision I made in my adult life” – Banky W

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Banky W and Adesua Etomi-Wellington are marking their third wedding anniversary today and the couple left sweet posts on Instagram.

The singer shared a video from their wedding and spoke of their love journey.

He wrote:

3 years ago, Susu and I made the decision to love each other forever. But the only reason forever is even possible, is because we made the decision to make God our foundation. And while a foundation is the part of the house that people don’t see, it’s by far the most important.

Because you can fix cracks in the walls, refurbish the rooms and repaint the halls, but you can’t get the foundation wrong if you want any chance of the house standing at all. The structural integrity of a house requires a foundation that is built to last.

I recently heard a Pastor say that love can’t keep a marriage going… he said it takes God and commitment. I think maybe he had a bit of a misunderstanding of what love really means. Because… well, God IS love. And love is commitment. Without both, it certainly isn’t love and it definitely won’t work. People sometimes think Susu led me to God. But it’s not true. God led me to Susu. And He has kept us through it all.

Marrying @adesuaetomi is the 2nd best decision I made in my adult life. The best was re-dedicating my life to Christ.

Susu, I am thankful for you, and grateful to you. You are everything I want and much more than I deserve. You mean the world to me and I intend to spend the rest of my life proving it. I love you now more than ever.
3 years down, I’m looking forward to forever.

I love you. Happy Anniversary Shuga.

#BAAD2017 #BAAD2020 #BAADforever

“Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud…It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
– 1 Cor 13:4..8

“… and the rains descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
– Matt 7:26

Adesua shared the same video on Instagram and told Banky that apart from Jesus, he is the light of her life.

She wrote:

Three years? Seems like yesterday. Seems like forever.
Three years with my bestie.
Everyone knows you’re my husband but today I want to thank you for being my best friend.
The most attentive, loving, funny, caring, inspiring friend I have ever had.
I thought I knew how to love but omo, you have schooled me.
I never knew it was possible to be with someone this long and not have it be riddled with tons of fights. I’m glad for our low voiced intense conversations. Lol
You don’t make me feel crazy, I don’t have to yell before I’m heard. I don’t have to worry. I don’t second guess how you feel about me. I know I’m valued, as I should be.
Thank you bubz, for just being a correct human being. For the heart that you have. For being quick to be sorry when you’re wrong (whispers…even when you’re not. Lol) (I do the same sha)
For not putting your ego before us. For giving me a home that’s my safe haven. I’m grateful for the home we have built. I always look forward to coming home and it takes a lot to even get me out of the house. Lol.
God has done the most marvellous things these past 3 years. May he continue to be the 3rd cord in this threefold cord. As long as he lives and he shields and we keep him part of our lives, we will never be easily broken.
Apart from Jesus, you are def the light of my life.
May that light continue to shine brighter and brighter.
You, my darling are a force to be reckoned with and the world will remember your name.
@bankywellington I love you doesn’t seem to suffice anymore but I’ll say it anyway. I love you with every fibre of my being. Let’s do this till we’re old and grey and maybe in heaven too?
#BAADFOREVER

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Fans Of Yemi Alade Mocks Tiwa Savage For Not Making Grammy Awards Nominees

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Fans of Yemi Alade mocks Tiwa Savage for not making Grammy Awards nominees.

A Twitter page @YemiNews wrote;

“The moment Tiwa savage went to submit sulia album for world best album at the #Grammys”

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