The Nigerian Army has promoted three Captains to the rank of Major in recognition of their exploits in the battle against Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen.Olajide Laleye announced this in Abuja, on Friday, while briefing newsmen on the activities lined up for the 2014 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference, which will hold in Uyo, Akwa Ibom next month.
The gallant officers, according to Laleye are Captains IA Manga, AH Ali and Y Micah.
“It is my pleasure to announce the elevation from the rank of Captain to Major of three brave officers who have shown aggressive posture and uncommon gallantry in the face of the enemy particularly in the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East,” he said.
Commenting on the State of Emergency, which expired at 12 midnight on Thursday, and is yet to get lawmakers’ approval for an extension, Laleye said it was undergoing due process.
“It is a political issue in which the Nigerian Army or the Armed Forces will only play its part.
“We are under directives, whatever directives that come from the civil authority they will be obeyed by the Nigerian Army,” he said, promising Nigerians however, that the army would not leave any territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the hands of terrorists.
Laleye also spoke about the upcoming 2014 COAS conference. He said that it will hold from Dec. 1 to Dec. 6, and will give the Army leadership to reassess its preparedness to discharge its constitutional roles.
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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