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Army Reinvigorates Fight against Terror, Appoints New Commanders
Fri, 07 Dec 2018

In a renewed bid to regain lost grounds, the Nigerian Army Thursday effected a massive reorganisation of its operational commands just as troops of 117 Battalion, 28 Task Force Brigade, Operation Lafiya Dole engaged and pushed back suspected Boko Haram terrorists in a hideout, along Yachida, Korongelen, Bombula and Forfor axis of Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Those affected by the new posting and appointments, according to the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, include some staff officers and commanders at various levels.

Specifically, the newly promoted Major General OT Akinjobi, Head of the Operations Monitoring Team at the Office of the Chief of Army Staff, has been appointed Commander, Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole while Major General MG Ali, Commander 9 Brigade has been appointed Commander of the newly created Nigerian Army Special Forces Command; Brigadier General BR Sinjen, Commander, Integrated Fire Support and Brigadier General FO Omoigui, have been moved from 2 Division Nigerian Army to Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations and appointed Director of Operations.

Brigadier General TA Lagbaja is to take over as Commander 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army; Brigadier General OR Aiyenigba, Director Land Warfare at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College is to move to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Head of Operations Monitoring Team; while Brigadier General AU Kuliya is to take over as Director Land Warfare at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

Similarly, new Brigade Commanders have been appointed for some of the Brigades at Operation Lafiya Dole. These include Brigadier General EF Oyinlola, 22 Brigade; Brigadier General VU Okoro, 25 Task Force Brigade; Brigadier General AB Mohammed, 26 Task Force Brigade; Brigadier General AO Oyelade, 27 Task Force Brigade; Brigadier General MT Usman, 28 Task Force Brigade; and Brigadier General MG Kangye, 37 Brigade; while Brigadier General AS Ishaq has been appointed as Coordinator, Nigeria Police Force for Operation Lafiya Dole.

New commanders have also been appointed for the various Army Headquarters Logistics Commands at the theatre. These include Brigadier General AG Ibrahim, Brigadier General PN Okeson and Brigadier General OA Aminu for Logistics Base I, II and III, respectively. Similarly, the posting has affected several commanding officers of the various units in Operation Lafiya Dole amongst others.

The Chief of Army Staff also directed that all those affected by the posting in the theatre, must remain committed and fully in charge until they are properly relieved in line with standard operating procedures and military professional ethics.

Meanwhile, during the encounter, one of the Boko Haram terrorists was neutralized; two were arrested while several other terrorists fled with gunshot wounds.


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APC Intrigues Persist as Okorocha Urges Buhari to Caution Oshiomhole
Fri, 07 Dec 2018

The intrigues in the All Progressives Congress (APC) persisted yesterday with Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to rein in the party’s National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, who he said had become a loose cannon, attacking everyone within his range.

The Imo State governor said the party’s national chairman’s verbal attacks on many prominent Nigerians in recent times were unguarded and could put the APC in bad light.

Oshiomhole had on Wednesday tongue lashed Okorocha and his Ogun State counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, telling a group of women who visited him in Abuja that the party would win their states in spite of the belligerence of the duo.

The APC boss also lashed former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, saying God would punish him for supporting the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Okorocha in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said, “Since Muhammadu Buhari became President he has never used any foul language on any Nigerian, low or high, and that is the best way to go.

“And Oshiomhole should borrow a leaf from the president. One of the reasons the PDP lost in 2015 was the abuses the handlers of the party then were heaping on the APC presidential candidate then, and the president today, Muhammadu Buhari. Oshiomhole should be advised not to tow the 2015 PDP line.”

He said Obasanjo deserved everyone’s respect because of his status as a former president of the country.

“And no matter the provocation or his political activities this time, Oshiomhole should have considered his status as the former president of the country in talking about him, and should have exercised caution in addressing him,” he said, adding, “Saying that God would punish the former president was never advisable. This should not be the language of APC.”

He referred to the most recent attack on him and some other governors of APC extraction by Oshiomhole, stating, “We won’t take the pain to begin to talk about all the abuses, but to humbly plead with President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the leader of the party, to call Oshiomhole to order.

 
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Nigeria Loses over $1bn Annually to Medical Tourism
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Segun James and Martins Ifijeh The Group Medical Director of the Reddington Hospital Group, Dr. Olatunde Lalude, has stated that Nigeria loses over $1billion yearly to medical tourism, as a result of the country’s poor healthcare system. Lalude said this yesterday at the inauguration of Nigeria’s first state-of-the-art integrated surgical and intensive care facility, the []The post Nigeria Loses over $1bn Annually to Medical Tourism appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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SDP Dissociates Self from Consensus Presidential Candidate
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Peter Uzoho The Director General of the Presidential Campaign Council of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher, has distanced the party from the claim that it was among the opposition parties that have chosen the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, as their consensus candidate in the forthcoming 2019 Presidential []The post SDP Dissociates Self from Consensus Presidential Candidate appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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Abdulsalami Urges Politicians to Refrain from Promoting Religious, Ethnic Sentiments
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
John Shiklam in Kaduna A former Head of state, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd), has urged politicians to refrain from campaigns laced with religious and ethnic sentiments. Speaking yesterday at the launching of a book on the late former governor of Kaduna State, Mr. Patrick Yakowa, who died in a helicopter crashed in Bayelsa State in []The post Abdulsalami Urges Politicians to Refrain from Promoting Religious, Ethnic Sentiments appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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Catholic Bishops Condemn Altercation Between Obi, Mbaka
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Ezigbo Bishops of the Catholic Church in Nigeria have deplored the altercation between Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, and Rev. Father. Ejike Mbaka, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu on the issue of the forthcoming 2019 presidential election. The Bishops said the Church []The post Catholic Bishops Condemn Altercation Between Obi, Mbaka appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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Imo Speaker, 18 Other APC, PDP Lawmakers Defect to Action Alliance
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Nineteen out of the 27 lawmakers of the Imo State House of Assembly Thursday joined the Action Alliance (AA), denouncing their memberships of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) respectively. The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, who read the notice of defection signed by the lawmakers []The post Imo Speaker, 18 Other APC, PDP Lawmakers Defect to Action Alliance appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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FG, Oil Marketers Sign Agreement on Unpaid Subsidy Claims
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja Top federal government officials and oil marketers met in Abuja Thursday and agreed on the settlement of outstanding claims, with an assurance that operations at all depots and petrol stations will continue until further notice. At the end of the meeting, the marketers expressed satisfaction with the arrangements being made by []The post FG, Oil Marketers Sign Agreement on Unpaid Subsidy Claims appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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2019 Elections Result will Reflect People’s Will, Buhari Reassures
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja said he understood the yearnings of Nigerians and strongly believed in the collective dream for a greater country, assuring that all would be done to ensure that results of 2019 elections reflected the will of the people.He made the remark while receiving the Letter of Credence from Ambassador of []The post 2019 Elections Result will Reflect People’s Will, Buhari Reassures appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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Kachikwu: Nigeria to Take Decision on Refineries’ Upgrade December 15
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Chineme Okafor in Vienna, Austria The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Thursday disclosed that the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will on December 15, hold further discussions with investors to decide whether to continue with the planned upgrade of the country’s refineries in Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna, []The post Kachikwu: Nigeria to Take Decision on Refineries’ Upgrade December 15 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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Nigerian Military Needs N9bn Annually for Shoes, Boots, Says Bureau
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Buratai transfers promoted officers to North-east Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja The Director General of the Defence Research and Development Bureau, Abuja, Jumo Osahor, has said the Armed Forces of Nigeria need about N9 billion to provide military boots annually to meet soldiers’ kitting needs. This is coming as the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. []The post Nigerian Military Needs N9bn Annually for Shoes, Boots, Says Bureau appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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