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Air force bombards terrorists’ camps
Mon, 26 Nov 2018

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commenced airstrikes on Boko Haram terrorists’ locations in Borno State.

A top military intelligence officer said the latest airstrikes had destroyed a convoy of vehicles linked to Boko Haram attackers involved in last week raid on the military base at Metele in Borno State.

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Insurgents had used rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and AK-47 rifles in raiding the military base where armoured vehicles were destroyed, and a number of officers and men of the Nigerian Army killed.

Scores of officers and men of the 157 Task Force Battalion were massacred in Metele, Borno State, on November 19 by Boko Haram insurgents. At least 118 soldiers were reportedly killed and 153 missing.

After initial denials, the military finally confirmed the attack last Friday night, five days after, but said reports of over 100 losses were untrue.

“The Nigerian Air Force is following the trail of the terrorists and has successfully destroyed about seven vehicles including gun truck and eliminated all the terrorists in the vehicles,” the military source said.

“The air force deployed the Mi-35M, multi-role combat helicopters, which delivers a more superior flight performance with high-precision weaponry in destroying ground targets.

“Meanwhile, the aircraft also crossed the border into a neighbouring country in hot pursuits where terrorists and stolen armored vehicles were destroyed.

“The airstrikes took place in Tumbun Rego, Kangarwa and Mainok. There were also similar attacks hours after the Sunday’s attack. We expect the Nigerian air force to release air strike footage soon.”

Indications have also emerged that most of the Boko Haram commanders and their foot soldiers who attacked the military base were non-Nigerians. Another intelligence officer told PRNigeria that the attackers were speaking Arabic, French and some foreign languages.

This came as military authorities announced it has begun recovering bodies of scores of the soldiers.

Daily Sun learnt that, initially, it was almost impossible for the military to access Melete, as the terrorists reportedly planted Improvised Explosive Device (IED), on the major routes to the area.

Daily Sun gathered that military authorities were having difficulties contacting families of the killed soldiers who were picked from various units and formations across the country to form the battalion unlike in the past when soldiers were deployed from a particular unit to operation areas.

Meanwhile, the military authorities have alleged sabotage on the part of its personnel, politicians and other high profile Nigerians who do not want the terrorism war to end.

To this effect, it has concluded plan to launch an investigation, this week, to unravel circumstances surrounding the attack described as “very embarrassing” and one of the deadliest in the history of the anti-insurgent fight.

Apart from the probe, the development has necessitated the suspension of the Chief of Army Staff annual conference scheduled to hold in Benin, Edo State.

A memo announcing the decision has been circulated to senior officers at the Army Headquarters, Defence Headquarters, Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), General Officers Commanding (GOCs) and independent Principal Officers over the suspension.

According to a top army officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, “this attack is not ordinary because we have done everything possible with the little equipment we have to contain the insurgents from operating freely like they used to. We don’t know whether it is sabotage, negligence or sell out. But the truth is that no matter what happened, lives of those soldiers are not worth sacrificing; and that is the most painful aspect of the whole attack.

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Things that so easily divide us
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Nothing divides us so easily in this country as the missile of misguided religion. If Christians are not fighting Muslims they are fighting among themselves Tony Iwuoma Nigeria is a story, a weird, twisted story of absurdities; smudged by tears and sorrow, where the scent of blood titillates. The more we strive for unity, the []The post Things that so easily divide us appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: PDP challenges Buhari to debate with Atiku
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Nigerians are aware that president Buhari has been mortally afraid of facing our candidate in a general debate organised by independent bodies. Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja Ahead of the 2019 general election, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a debate with its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on critical sectors of the []The post 2019: PDP challenges Buhari to debate with Atiku appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Nigerian politicians know God but
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Hallelujah, somebody! Let politicians continue to pretend. God cannot be mocked. Neither can all men be fooled forever. Michael Bush Without overemphasising the fact, let’s take off with an understanding of the whole picture. Our brothers and sisters who ply their trade in the premier league of politics know full well who God is and []The post Nigerian politicians know God but appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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In Plateau, calm gradually returns to villages invaded by herdsmen
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Gory memories of the incident during which herdsmen invaded the community killing children, women and the aged will remain green in the minds of the people Gyang Bere, Jos The wounds inflicted on Gashish, a community in Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State are gradually healing, even as some of the surviving victims still []The post In Plateau, calm gradually returns to villages invaded by herdsmen appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: Politics of restructuring may not attract electoral value ‘ Sani, ACF scribe
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Unless the specifics are spelt out to the understanding of ordinary Nigerians, politics of restructuring may not attract electoral value as envisaged by the proponents. Noah Ebije, Kaduna As the 2019 electioneering begins, the Secretary-General, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Anthony Sani, speaks on why he is rooting for President Muhammadu Buhari despite his obvious shortcomings. []The post 2019: Politics of restructuring may not attract electoral value ‘ Sani, ACF scribe appeared first o
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Atiku/Obi can’t stop APC in 2019 ‘ Onuigbo, party chieftain
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Is it Peter Obi now that will form the Igbo nation’ The answer is no. So, Obi is a businessman who sees politics as business. Magnus Eze, Enugu Chief Bounty Onuigbo is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State. He believes that former governor, Peter Obi as running mateto the Peoples []The post Atiku/Obi can’t stop APC in 2019 ‘ Onuigbo, party chieftain appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019: Nigerians won’t trade Buhari’s integrity for Atiku’s business acumen ‘ Bamisile, S’West Coordinator
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Where did Atiku get his wealth from’ Did he just wake up and become a billionaire’ Even a simple businessman will tell you that money makes business. Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Femi Bamisile is the former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly. He defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All []The post 2019: Nigerians won’t trade Buhari’s integrity for Atiku’s business acumen Bamisile, S’West Coordinator appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Lessons Nigeria should learn from China to grow economy ‘ Chukwudozie, Dozzy Group boss
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Dozzy Group started in 1980 as a very small trading company, that was into buying and selling of manufactured goods from within and outside the country. Amechi Ogbonna and Chinwendu Obienyi Dr. Daniel Chukwudozie, an astute businessman, is the founding Chairman, Dozzy Group of Companies which started as an indigenous company and metamorphosed into a []The post Lessons Nigeria should learn from China to grow economy ‘ Chukwudozie, Dozzy Group boss appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Kaduna gets N13.5bn SIP fund ‘ Minister
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
I have also been informed that the state has announced the expansion of the fund to N400 million in 2019, N800 million in 2020 and N1 billion subsequently. Uche Usim, Abuja Counting on the gains of the Federal Government’s National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, on Sunday disclosed that []The post Kaduna gets N13.5bn SIP fund ‘ Minister appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Collapsed 7-storey building: Wike orders arrest of owner
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Whoever is involved, from the owner or the contractor or the officials of the state, they will face the full weight of the law. Government. Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has directed the Attorney General and Justice Commissioner to set up a Commission of Inquiry, to ascertain the remote and immediate []The post Collapsed 7-storey building: Wike orders arrest of owner appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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WWI anniversary: Folly of Europe’s new nationalism
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
[Macrons] 20-minute speech on the occasion was unambiguous on the danger the new nationalism in Europe and America portends for humanity if not halted. Emma Emeozor The celebration of the centenary of the first World War which held in the French capital, Paris, and other cities of the world recently was an implicit commitment by []The post WWI anniversary: Folly of Europe’s new nationalism appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Still on Igbo survival in Nigeria
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
This same issue of Igbo survival also took the Deputy Senate President and some South-East governors to Aso Rock last week to meet with President Buhari. Casmir Igbokwe My piece last week entitled, ‘Igbo survival in 2019 and politics of 2023’, evoked a lot of mixed reactions, especiallyfrom the Igbo. Some called and engaged me []The post Still on Igbo survival in Nigeria appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Ode for the Nigerian soldier
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Four years ago, I wrote a tribute to a fine gentleman, officer and soldier Colonel Kabiru Salisu today it is Lt. Col. Sakaba and other gallant soldiers. Charles Dickson A man is wearing black, black shoes, socks, trousers, and lumper gloves. He is walking down a black street with all the street lamps off. []The post Ode for the Nigerian soldier appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019 elections: What about us
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
One is worried as the 2019 general elections inch closer by the day that the views of the so-called electorate may not count at the end of the day Ayo Oyoze Baje As Socrates, the Greek philosopher rightly identified, knowledge runs well with virtue. If knowledge can be taught and learned so can virtue. He []The post 2019 elections: What about us’ appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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GEJ’s finest hours and the rest of us
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
It would appear somewhat malapropos to describe those moments as transition hours but, instead, should be fittingly described as Jonathan’s finest hours. Sufuyan Ojeifo Former President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has somewhat proved a contemplative leader both in and out of office, although public appreciation of that elemental grace was lost in the haze of []The post GEJ’s finest hours and the rest of us appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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As Paul Biya holds on to the reins
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
If things go as they would likely to go, Paul Biya will rule till 2024. He will be ninety-two then and might retire or even contest for another term. Asikason Jonathan In the battleground of politics, Africa has a short list of successful strong men and considering the evolving political climate in Cameroon, President Paul Biya []The post As Paul Biya holds on to the reins appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Salient issues in the 2019 election
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
Clearly, as the 2019 general election draw nigh, there are many questions nudging for answers and many issues requiring urgent consideration. Gozie Irogboli Nigeria is in an electoral season and once again the atmosphere is fired up with uncertainties. In contrast with what is obtainable in advanced democracies, the usual things prevalentin Nigeria during this []The post Salient issues in the 2019 election appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Curbing illegal mining activities
Mon, 26 Nov 2018
The Federal Government’s plans to diversify the economy through solid minerals may not be realised if the activities of illegal miners across the country are not curbed. It is also disturbing that 80 percent of mining activities in Nigeria are illegal and have caused the country to lose billions of naira annually. The ugly development []The post Curbing illegal mining activities appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Today’s Vanguard Newspaper Headline, Monday 26th November 2018

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