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2 NAF pilots, 3 crew die as helicopter crashes in Borno
Fri, 04 Jan 2019

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“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of the five crew members who were on board the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35M helicopter”

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced the death of two of its pilots alongside three crew members in a helicopter crash on Wednesday night. The helicopter, a Mi-35M, crashed while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion, Damasak, Borno State.

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President Muhammadu Buhari said the airmen and crew have paid the supreme price for the nation.

NAF director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, gave the names of the deceased as Flight Lt. Perowei Jacob (pilot in command) Flight Lt. Kaltho Paul Kilyofas (co-pilot), Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim (flight technician), Lance Corporal Adamu Nura (gunner) and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael (gunner).

Daramola, in a statement, said: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of the five crew members who were on board the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35M helicopter, which crashed in combat yesterday, January 2, 2019, while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion, Damasak, in Borno State.”

Disclosing that the remains of the deceased have been taken to Maiduguri, he added: “These gallant fallen heroes made the supreme sacrifice in the service of our fatherland, for which the NAF and indeed the entire nation owes them an unending debt of gratitude. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf all officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the families of the five fallen heroes and prays that the Almighty grants their souls peaceful repose.

“The CAS was in Maiduguri today, January 3, 2019, to convey the condolences of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, to personnel of the Air Task Force, Operation Lafiya Dole, over the unfortunate loss. While in Maiduguri, the CAS also received a condolence visit from the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Buratai.

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I’ll be watchman during elections ‘ Obasanjo
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
My role in Nigerian politics would be that of a watchman who is expected to be vigilant and raise the alarm whenever it isnecessary.’ Okwe Obi, Abuja As Nigerians prepare to vote in next month’s presidential election, a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said his role would be that of a vigilant watchman, who would []The post I’ll be watchman during elections ‘ Obasanjo appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2019 budget: Presidency to spend N45m on sewage evacuation
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Isaac Anumihe, Abuja The presidency has said that it would spend N45, 418,735 million to evacuate sewage at the state house. This was contained in the 2019 Budget proposal by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma. FG invests $9.25 bn in manufacturing sector ‘Udoma Udoma also said office stationeries/computer consumable []The post 2019 budget: Presidency to spend N45m on sewage evacuation appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Power sector gets low-performance score
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Desmond Mgboh, Kano Managing Director of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (Kedco), Dr Jamilu Isyaku Gwamma, has scored low the performance of the power industry in Nigeria, Speaking during a chat with newsmen at the company’s marketing retreat in Kano, recently Gwamma acknowledged that the power sector has a lot of challenges bedeviling its operations He []The post Power sector gets low performance score appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Channel resources to cooperatives, FG urged
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Uche Henry The Cooperative Rating and Award Society of Nigeria (CRASoN), has called on federal and state governments as well as other investors to invest their financial resources and technical know-how into cooperative ventures. Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer, Victor Oyegoke, told journalists that CRASoN is focused on monitoring []The post Channel resources to cooperatives, FG urged appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Stock investors lose N246bn in 2 days
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Chinwendu Obienyi Following sell-offs in banking stocks, proceedings on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) recorded second consecutive loss as N246 billion was shaved off in two days. The All-Share Index (ASI) dropped 0.96 per cent to close at 30,771.32 points while Year-to-Date (YTD) performance extended to -2.1 per cent. The market capitalisation, []The post Stock investors lose N246bn in 2 days appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Total begins 200,000bpd oil production at Egina field
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Adewale Sanyaolu Total has commenced oil production at its Egina field located in around 1,600 meters of water depths, 150 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria. The Egina field will produce 200,000 barrels of oil per day, which represents about 10 per cent of Nigeria’s production. The Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit used []The post Total begins 200,000bpd oil production at Egina field appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Standard Gauge rail lines’ll end Apapa gridlock ‘Amaechi
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, says the ongoing construction of Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge rail lines will end the lingering chaotic Apapa gridlock, when completed. Amaechi made the disclosure yesterday while inspecting construction works at the various sections of the projects at Ijoko, Kajola, Papalanto and Odeda on Ogun and Lagos states axis. According []The post Standard Gauge rail lines’ll end Apapa gridlock ‘Amaechi appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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IPMAN seeks way forward after legal battle
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria(IPMAN), Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo is expected to deliver the keynote address to declare the maiden Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the body today. According to the Public Relations Officer of the association, Alh Yakubu Sulaiman, the Awka meeting would brainstorm on the way forward after []The post IPMAN seeks way forward after legal battle appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Nigeria drops in ease of doing business report
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Uche Usim, Abuja Nigeria again dropped from third to 14th position (out of 161 countries graded in Africa) in ease of doing business ranking, a 2019 analysis by Forbes revealed Thursday. Forbes is an American family-controlled business magazine well known for its listings and rankings features original articles mainly on finance, industry, investing, and marketing []The post Nigeria drops in ease of doing business report appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Nepotism” As was Obasanjo, so is Buhari
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The allegation against Obasanjo was that his son was involved in lifting oil and grabbing federal contracts all over the place under his father’s administration. Duro Onabule Throughout the eight-year tenure of former President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, I was (and still remain) his most strident critic. But not []The post Nepotism’ As was Obasanjo, so is Buhari appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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2023 presidency is a matter of right for Igbo
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
To say the least, the Igbo have the right to the 2023 presidency and the right to vote for whoever they choose this year. Onuoha Ukeh South East members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on December 30, 2018, made what could pass for a lamentation. Rising from a stakeholders’ meeting, which had in attendance []The post 2023 presidency is a matter of right for Igbo appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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When IPC charted ways to empower female politicians in North-East
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Billy Abel, Yola In Nigeria today, rarely do women occupy the front seats of the political train. Rather, they are reserved to the very sidelines, where they serve as onlookers or cheerleaders. It is in view of this misfortune that the International Press Center, IPC, a center traditionally reputed for the training journalists, decided to []The post When IPC charted ways to empower female politicians in North-East appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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How to fund N30,000 minimum wage, by clergy
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Abdullahi Hassan, Zaria Rev. Isaac Gbadero, of First Baptist Church, Sabongari, Zaria, Kaduna State, has advocated a slash in political office holders’ remunerations to comfortably accommodate the N30,000 minimum wage demanded by the organized labour. He made the call in a message to Christian faithful shortly after Christmas service in. He said the appeal became []The post How to fund N30,000 minimum wage, by clergy appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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When NUJ, media partners parleyed on reversing Africa’s narrative
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Chukwudi Nweje The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos Council, recently organised a workshop for journalists and educators in Lagos. The programme was held in collaboration with Journalism in Global Context (JiGC), Eric-Brost Institut, the African Media Initiative (AMI) and Africa Positive at De Rembrandt Hotels and Suites, Lagos. The event was aimed at re-orientating []The post When NUJ, media partners parleyed on reversing Africa’s narrative appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Presidential poll: Atiku insists on Card Readers
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
At N143 billion, it is safe to say that more than enough funds were appropriated for the INEC to acquire and distribute Smart Card Readers Ndubuisi Orji., Abuja Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has expressed concerns over the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use incident forms in the conduct of next []The post Presidential poll: Atiku insists on Card Readers appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Yoruba prefer restructuring, not 2023 presidency ‘ Afenifere
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
In October 2018, Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and PANDEF indicated their resolve to mobilise support for the candidate of any party ready to restructure Nigeria Chinelo Obogo The pan Yoruba organisation, Afenifere, has said that the South West would prefer to vote for a presidential candidate who would push for the restructuring of the country, over []The post Yoruba prefer restructuring, not 2023 presidency ‘ Afenifere appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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INEC under fire over Buhari’s niece
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The PDP, the APGA and the ADP rejected the choice of Zakari, believed to be niece to President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the APC. Romanus Ugwu and Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has come under a barrage of attacks over its appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari, as chief collation officer in an []The post INEC under fire over Buhari’s niece appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Lagos-Abeokuta rail line: FG issues contractors two weeks ultimatum
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Lagos-Abeokuta part of the project, which is almost nearing completion from Agbado to Abeokuta, has stagnated from Agbado to Iju. Romanus Ugwu In line with its resolve to complete the Lagos-Ibadan railway line ahead of the three-year scheduled period, the federal government has read a riot act to the contractors handling the project, directing []The post Lagos-Abeokuta rail line: FG issues contractors two weeks ultimatum appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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My prophecies for 2019
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
I have always believed that prophets old and new simply derive their ‘prophecies’ from observing trends and using this as a basis forforecasting future events.’ Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi For those who may not know, I have a thriving business on the side. I am an acclaimed Prophetess with a remarkable track record of success. If you []The post My prophecies for 2019 appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Why Buhari should be re-elected
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
President Buhari most serious challenge in his re-election bid has been the economy and it is not because he has not done much or even well Charles Onunaiju By the groundswell of popular support and grand expectations that swept President Muhammadu Buhari to power in 2015, his performance in office is mediocre even as his []The post Why Buhari should be re-elected appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Needless confusion over 2023
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Confusion in APC over 2023 is needless The APC is double-speaking on which of the Southern zone will clinchthe presidency in 2023 Robert Obioha Recently, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, was quoted as urging his Yoruba ethnic group to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the February presidential poll so that the presidency will []The post Needless confusion over 2023 appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Yuletide blues in Nigeria
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
How do you celebrate Jesus, the Friend of the poor, when at Yuletide a great number of His friends fare even worse on His birthday than at other times’ Banji Oyewale In a Nigerian State, a crowd of excited citizens at a motor park clusters around a bus revving to take them to a holiday []The post Yuletide blues in Nigeria appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Unraveling the Zamfara conundrum
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
It was commendable effort that the police repelled attacks from armed bandits at MahangaForest in Birnin Mogaji LGA of Zamfara State. Ayo Oyoze Baje He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done. Leonardo da Vinci As it has been with embattled Nigerian states such as Plateau, Bornu, Adamawa, Yobe, Taraba, Benue []The post Unraveling the Zamfara conundrum appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Christmas in the North
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Churches organized Christmas carols in which their choristers rose to the occasion by rendering soul touching and inspiring tunes Desmond Mgboh, Kano; Ola Timothy, Maiduguri; Sola Ojo, Kaduna; Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo & Billy Abel, Yola, Jalingo It was yet another exciting Christmas.The celebration was characterized by a feeling of joy, care and love among members []The post Christmas in the North appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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Before Zamfara violence escalates
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The recent upsurge in banditry in Zamfara State is alarming and unacceptable. From minor disturbances some years ago, the crisis have assumed a monstrous dimension, so much so that it is being equated with the spiraling insurgency in the North-East states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. There is a general belief that the response of []The post Before Zamfara violence escalates appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.
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