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Boko Haram allegedly kill one person in Borno

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One person was confirmed dead when suspected Boko Haram militants attacked Molai, outside Maiduguri, Borno state, on Monday, military and witnesses said.

The attack, which occurred in the evening, was repelled by government forces.

As soldiers fought to minimise damage, hundreds of villagers, mostly women and children, fled their communities during the dark hours into the state capital.

According to some of the returning residents of Molai who spoke with newsmen on Tuesday, the gunmen arrived in large number shooting from guns mounted on the back of pickup trucks.

Most of the villagers said they were able to escape. They said only a mentally unstable motor park worker, popularly known called Goodluck, was shot and killed.

Returnees walked over hundreds of empty shells of AK47 and AA bullets that littered the highway.

“We have not seen such terrible incident in a long time,” said a young man in his mid 20s who identified himself as Bashir.

“The Boko Haram gunmen came heavily armed; most of them were carrying AA(antiaircraft) rifles and shooting sporadically. We all took to our heels. I never knew most of us could survive it. Only one man, a Fulani guy who is not that mentally stable but works here at the park as tout helping to get passengers for taxis. He never knew the attack was big so he came out to the roadside only to be shot by the insurgents,” he said.

The corpse of the victim had not been evacuated as it was covered with sac and left by the roadside at the time PREMIUM TIMES visited Molai.

A military truck that was obviously hit by some explosive from the insurgents, was seen standing on its side in the middle of the road leading to Molai, while a burnt motorcycle belonging to the insurgents was also spotted some metres ahead.

The theatre commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Rochas Nicholas, said the attack was effectively repelled by soldiers and no life was lost.

He said the insurgents were out to steal food from the civil populace.

The statement by Mr. Nicholas, a major general, which was issued on Monday night, said “No lost of lives to own troops and normalcy has since been restored. Meanwhile troops have been on the trail of the remnants of the terrorists. Unfortunately, during their retreat, they set two vehicles on fire and some thatched houses at the outskirts of the city gate.

“Both ground troops and the Nigerian Air Force are on hot pursuit and interdicting the fleeing terrorists that are now in disarray.”

On the way out of Molai, soldiers of the Nigeria army and operatives of the Civillian-JTF were sighted trying to push the destroyed truck off the middle of the road.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Buhari Approves Emaimo’s Re-Appointment

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Buhari Approves Emaimo’s Re-Appointment

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Dr. John Emaimo, as Rector, Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu State.

The appointment was made known in a letter signed by the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora on behalf of President Buhari.

Dr. Emaimo’s re-appointment takes effect from Nov. 27, 2020.

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Speaking on the re-appointment, Mamora stated that Emaimo was found eligible for a second term based on his assessment.

The minister urged Emaimo to continue to work with his team because whatever achievements he had made in his first term could not have been done alone.

He reminded him of the enormous responsibilities of his office and the expectations of the government and people towards efficient service delivery.

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WTO: Launch Diplomatic Offensive Against Trump, Obiano Tells Buhari

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WTO: Launch Diplomatic Offensive Against Trump, Obiano Tells Buhari

Governor Willie Obiano

Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy all diplomatic moves to ensure Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerge as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Obiano urged President Buhari not to allow US President Donald Trump to frustrate Okonjo-Iweala’s emergence.

Obiano said this in a statement titled, ‘WTO DG: A Call on President Buhari and African leaders to step up diplomatic offensive’, signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, in Awka, on Thursday.

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He asked Buhari to mobilise African and European Union leaders to back Okonjo-Iweala.

“All that is needed is a great diplomatic offensive before the formal announcement of the winner on November 9,” he said.

“The people and government of Anambra State, therefore, call upon President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders to immediately set in motion the machinery to get the United States to do the right thing by supporting the most qualified and the most popular candidate,” p[art of the statement read.

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BREAKING: Lagos Panel Of Enquiry Visits Lekki Toll Gate

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BREAKING: Lagos Panel Of Enquiry Visits Lekki Toll Gate

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As the hearing of cases of police brutality in the State continues, the Lagos State judicial panel of inquiry is currently at the Lekki Tollgate.

The panel’s visit is believed to be aimed at understanding the Lekki Toll Gate shooting that left some protesters dead and injured on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

The panel is reportedly led by the Chairman, Retired Justice Doris Okuwobi.

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According to reports, the panel is interrogating Lekki Tollgate officials about the condition of their cameras and other equipment.

The Managing Director of Lekki Concession Company, Mr. Yomi Omomuwansa reportedly took the panel round the facilities.

Mr. Omomuuwansa stated that most of their equipment were damaged as they were set ablaze by hoodlums following the shooting of EndSARS protesters at the toll gate.

Also with the panel during the inspection of Lekki Tollgate is Rinu Odulala and Temitope Majekodunmi, the youth representatives on the judicial panel.

 

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