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Why We Raided Ex-Militant Leader’s P/Harcourt Residence – Army

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The Nigerian Army on Tuesday explained that its operation in Yeghe community of Rivers State was largely aimed at flushing out ex-militant leader, Solomon Ndigbara.

It would be recalled that there was heightened tension in the community following a prolonged exchange of gunfire between suspected militants guarding the residence of the ex-militant leader and soldiers on Monday.

But addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt, the State capital yesterday, the Commander of the 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Brig.-Gen. Stevenson Olabanji, said there was no loss of life during the encounter.

“Around 12 noon on Monday, we received reports of gun fire in Yeghe community, Gokana Local Government Area and I immediately dispatched my Commanding Officer to investigate the incident.

“On reaching the house of Solomon Ndigbara, who had been declared wanted by the army for gun running, some hoodlums fired at the commanding officer.

“The attack on the commanding officer led to a gun battle between our forces and hoodlums which resulted in them (hoodlums) being chased out from the community.

“We learnt that the hoodlums, who fled Yeghe community, later went to Bori community in Khana Local Government Area and burnt down a campaign office belonging to APC”, he said.

Mr. Olabanji said the command had assessed the situation in Bori and was currently “conducting a stabilisation operation with focus on arresting criminals who committed that heinous crime”.

“No soldier was killed or sustained gunshot injury nor was there anybody (civilian) killed during the operation”, he said.

Mr. Olabanji also denied accusations that the army was being used by some powerful individuals and groups to influence political interest in the state.

The accusation, he said, was propaganda as no personnel in the brigade would be involved in such activities.

Mr. Olabanji also paraded seven suspected cultists accused of masterminding the killings of civilians a fortnight ago in Omoku community in Onelga Local Government Area of the state.

He said the vehicle used by the suspected cultists had been recovered, adding that they had provided useful information to aid further investigation.

The army commander further said that his officers recovered arms and ammunition during a two- month mop-up operation in the state.

“During our two-month operation against illegal bunkering and other criminal elements, we recovered 10 AK-47 rifles, three G3 rifles, eight pump action rifles, 14 dane guns and nine locally made pistols.

“We also recovered one sub-machine gun, two Berretta pistols, 1,073 assorted live ammunitions, two boat engine lines, several military camouflage uniforms among others.

“Several suspects were also arrested during the period and handed over to other security agencies for further investigation and prosecution”, he said.

He gave assurance that the state would no longer be a safe haven for criminals as the brigade would hunt down perpetrators of crime.

Mr. Olabanji, however, called on members of the public to provide information to security agencies that would lead to the arrest of criminals, adding that their identity would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

(NAN)

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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