The Nigerian Navy (NN) has said a joint naval exercise between African countries will begin in the first quarter of 2014, as efforts to stop criminal activities in the Gulf of Guinea continues.
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, made this disclosure in an interview with journalists during the ceremony held in Lagos to welcome Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Thunder from a four-month trip to Australia.
NNS Thunder had with its 164-crew sailed to Australia to attend the international fleet review and came out tops in the different exercises held, especially the tug-of-war, which they won.
The vessel which arrived the jetty of the Western Naval Command (WNC), Apapa, Lagos, was received by the CNS’s wife, Mrs. Vivian Ezeoba; the Chief of Engineering, Rear Admiral Emeraku Ijioma and the General Officer Commanding, 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Obi Umahi.
Others were the Flag Officers Commanding WNC, Eastern Naval Command and Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC), Rear Admirals Ibok-Ette Ibas, Joe Aikhomu and Goddy Ayankpele, respectively, amongst other serving and retired senior officers.
The CNS, who was represented by the Chief of Plans Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor, said the forthcoming exercise would kick off with a diplomatic visit of NN warships to countries within the West African Coast.
He also added that the fleet would from 2014 commence its diplomatic duties by conducting flag showing exercises within West Africa countries including Cameroun, Togo and Ghana.
He said, “The trip made by Thunder was in line with the CNS’s Strategic Guidance 01 which is to ensure that the force’s traditional roles are fulfilled.
“We have just spoken about Strategic Guidance 01 and Strategic Guidance 02 is out and in this it stipulates that all the country that we have not visited for a while, we will begin to visit them in 2014,” Ezeoba said.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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