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Logistics hampers army’s nationwide Python Dance
Sat, 05 Jan 2019

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Despite its avowed declaration to begin the much-trumpeted Operation Python Dance nationwide on January 1, 2019, the Nigerian Army could not live up to its promise, as the first month of the year gradually winds down.

Aside a very few places, such as Ondo and Bayelsa, where the military kickstarted the programme, it is evident that the Nigerian Army is yet to deploy its men for the operation in many communities visited by our correspondents across the country, as there were no visible signs of the soldiers or other uniformed personnel just as the people were waiting for the arrival of the combatants.

As of today, there are still expectations in many communities across the nation, though with mixed feelings, awaiting the arrival of the men in Khaki uniform. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, had last week in Maiduguri, through the Chief of Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, set the commencement of the programme for the first day of the year.

However, checks by the Saturday Telegraph have revealed that the Nigerian Army failed to launch the project because of the lack of personnel to carry out the task. Highly placed military sources confided in the Saturday Telegraph that the Nigerian Army is presently overwhelmed with the Boko Haram insurgency, as such, could not deploy personnel for the nationwide operation. One of the top officers that spoke with our correspondents queried the timing of the announcement while revealing that the military is lacking human resources to carry out the project.

“How can we be putting soldiers on duty nationwide when the North East is still boiling? We don’t have enough hands, we even need more soldiers to back up the operations going on up North. “It is not possible to start Python Dance nationwide because the recent attacks on Baga and other areas really affected our operations. The announcement was done in a hurry, they should have tarried a while.” Another source further revealed that those who were to be deployed for the operation had been drafted into the war against insurgency after the recent attacks, living few hands to handle the others security units.

Explaining that the number of fallen soldiers in recent times had reduced the capacity of the military, the second source hinted that there is still need to draft more people into the insurgency war. “The entire military, not just the army, is overwhelmed with the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists, so, it is a difficult task to deploy any soldier for the nationwide operation at this moment.

“And the truth of the matter is that the military cannot do anything now, we have to wait, because doing otherwise would be tantamount to belabouring these soldiers. They also need some rest, they are humans”, the other officer said. “Are you not aware that we were even looking for a backup from the police? The story was all over the news when some of the police cadets escaped from the military camp they put them.”

Notwithstanding the failure of the Nigerian Army to carry out its mission, the absence of the soldiers had not stopped the fears associated with such deployment. Checks by our correspondents revealed that there is still apprehension in many parts of the country. Many of the people spoken with are of the opinion that the project be put on hold but they are still expecting the soldiers to invade their communities in readiness for the operation.

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Aisha Buhari gets 4+4 tattoo for Buhari
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
The wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari, has got a tattoo on her hands to signify her support for her husband’s re-election campaign. She showed off the tattoo, according to an online news portal, TheCable, during the inauguration of the APC Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, in []The post Aisha Buhari gets 4+4 tattoo for Buhari appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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2019: Buhari’s victory is sacrosanct, says Abia APC
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Some stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State yesterday blasted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led state government for failing to deliver dividends of democracy to the people. Speaking with a crosssection of journalists, after a two-hour closed door meeting at the Igbere residence of the former Governor of Abia State, Dr. []The post 2019: Buharis victory is sacrosanct, says Abia APC appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Agony of a rural woman
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
I can’t go through the rigors of birth registration again ‘Olaniyi Birth registration is supposed to be free and with ease but an encounter with Mrs Onyinye Olaniyi at her Kosofe-Ketu resident explains the bottlenecks faced by the rural dwellers with respect to birth registration. ISIOMA MADIKE reports In Nigeria, birth certificates, []The post Agony of a rural woman appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Nigerians pay tributes to pilot who died 25 days after wedding, 4 others
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Deceased paid tribute to wife for ‘staying home alone hours before death Following the death of five officials of the Nigerian Air Force in a helicopter crash on Wednesday during an air operation against Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, Nigerians have continued to pay tributes to the fallen heroes. The air force []The post Nigerians pay tributes to pilot who died 25 days after wedding, 4 others appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Meet one of the officers who may succeed IGP if
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Buhari meets Idris, mulls IGPs tenure extension With expiration of the tenure of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday, there is palpable anxiety in the polity, over the rumoured extension by President Muhammadu Buhari, especially as the elections draw closer. While many stakeholders expected Idris to have []The post Meet one of the officers who may succeed IGP if appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Customs generate N168m in Adamawa, Taraba commands
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
The Adamawa/Taraba States Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), yesterday said it generated N168,294,227.83 from January to December, 2018. The state’s Comptroller of the command, Mr. Kamardeen Olumoh, who disclosed this while addressing journalists, said this was as against the N168,113,181.28 generated in 2017. Olumoh also hinted there was a shortfall of N29,007,408.16 []The post Customs generate N168m in Adamawa, Taraba commands appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Abia North: Kalu campaign organisation distributes buses
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Ahead of the forthcoming general election, the campaign organisation of former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has unveiled buses, cars and motorcycles for electioneering. According to the organisation, the distribution of the branded buses to party stalwarts in Bende, Arochukwu, Ohafia, Isuikwuato and Ummuneochi Local Government Areas, was borne out of []The post Abia North: Kalu campaign organisation distributes buses appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Boko Haram: Stay in your communities, Gaidam tells residents
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has called on the communities affected by the recent Boko Haram attacks not to leave their ancestral homes, assuring them of protection and safety. In a statement signed yesterday by his Director of Press, Mallam Abdullahi Bego, which was made available to journalists, said security agencies were working very hard []The post Boko Haram: Stay in your communities, Gaidam tells residents appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Ganduje mourns death of ex-Kano MILAD, Abdullahi
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday condoled with the family of the former military governor of old Kano State, Air Vice Marshal Hamza Abdullahi (rtd), who died days ago in Germany after a protracted illness. A statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, said Ganduje also []The post Ganduje mourns death of ex-Kano MILAD, Abdullahi appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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denies endorsing Sanwo-Olu
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
The Aare Gani Adams-led Oodua Peoples Congress ( OPC), has dissociated itself from the recent move by the late Dr. Fredrick Fasheunled group, to endorse the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as its candidate in the state. Speaking against the backdrop of the recent move by the Fasehun []The post ‘ denies endorsing Sanwo-Olu appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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The President Nigerians elected missing in action ‘Ralphs Nwosu
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
The National Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralphs Okey Nwosu, spoke on sundry issues. OLALEKAN OSIADE brings excerpts What are the chances of the ADC in the 2019 elections’ The current position of ADC as the most credible alternative is not in contest. We have 118 elected persons; five senators, []The post The President Nigerians elected missing in action ‘Ralphs Nwosu appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Ibiyeye-Adisa: Hatred for Saraki binds Kwara opposition
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Mrs. Bolaji Iyabo Ibiyeye-Adisa was the Chairman, Transition Implementation Committee, for Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State. She spoke with BIODUN OYELEYE on the Offa robbery incident. Excerpts What is your view on the opposition to the Senate President in Kwara State, particularly from Offa’ I make bold to say that members []The post Ibiyeye-Adisa: Hatred for Saraki binds Kwara opposition appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Only restructuring can end Nigeria’s crisis ‘General Ikponmwen
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
General Don Ikponmwen Idada (rtd) is a legal practitioner and former Provost Marshall of the Nigerian Army; he is also one of the founding fathers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview with OJIEVA EHIOSUN, he spoke on sundry issues. Excerpts What is your take on General TY Danjuma’s comment about the []The post Only restructuring can end Nigeria’s crisis ‘General Ikponmwen appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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2019 Sports: Great expectations, huge challenges
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
In sports and other areas of life generally, the culture of planning seems not to be a Nigerian thing. Rather than getting it right with adequate planning from the start, the country is used to what is called fire brigade approach to so many aspects of life. We are used to rushing preparation generally. []The post 2019 Sports: Great expectations, huge challenges appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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I like Kim Kardashian’s style ‘ Makanjuola
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Funke Makanjuola is the CEO of FunFash Haven and the pioneer of ankara shoes/bag. In this interview with Deborah Ocheni, the highly innovative fashion designer whose passion for fashion is a function of her family background spoke about her fashion philosophy, the gap she hopes to fill in fashion industry and sundry issues. What []The post I like Kim Kardashians style ‘ Makanjuola appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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I want to build Africa’s Happiest Place in Nigeria
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Private partnership, solution to Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit Biola Lawal, the C.E.O. Ashton & Dave travels and holidays limited, a holiday and Logistics services organization, is a dyed-in-the-wool professional with experience of over 25 years traversing oil and gas, hospitality and tourism. His retail travel company, FlyBoku, was recently rated Best in Nigeria by []The post I want to build Africa’s Happiest Place in Nigeria appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Terry G: I had to run away from the house when I switch to secular music
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Im not in a hurry to marry my baby mama Clearly one of the major players in the Nigerian music terrain over the last 13 years, Terry G, apart from the band of Ajegunle-bred musicians, is among those those who popularized street music. The man, born Gabriel Amanyi, spoke to Adedayo Odulaja on a []The post Terry G: I had to run away from the house when I switch to secular music appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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The sassy high low maxi
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
TIPS The main plus of this trend is that maxi dress outfits look incredibly feminine. High low maxi is a super cute choice for those who want to wear versatile clothes. Vertical stripes are a staple for maxis skirts. You could go with a similar design in any colour and match it with []The post The sassy high low maxi appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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ACCESSORIES TO LIVE FOR: Punch up your feet with fringe shoes
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Fringe is predicted to have good time this season, interestingly, shoes are a great way to have fun with fringe and not go overboard. If you find yourself constantly pulling out the same pair of black shoes for every occasion, you may be stuck in a style groove. While black shoes are undoubtedly easy []The post ACCESSORIES TO LIVE FOR: Punch up your feet with fringe shoes appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Pastor Oyakhilome helped me discover my gift ‘Sinach
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
One of Nigeria’s most sought after gospel acts, Osinachi Kalu, otherwise known as Sinach, recounted her foray into the music industry in this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA. Did your instinct tell you fame and fortune was in gospel music from the outset’ I didn’t even think singing was a career. When I joined the []The post Pastor Oyakhilome helped me discover my gift ‘Sinach appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Step boldly into the year with regal purple living room
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Purple is making a comeback in the decor world. To be ahead of of your interior game, ensure you use it in your dcor colour schemes this year. Proud and regal or soft and sweet, purple ranges from vibrant violet to pale lavender. Whether you blanket a whole living room with the colour or []The post Step boldly into the year with regal purple living room appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Celebs react as DJ Xgee commits suicide after Instagram farewell note
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Some notable Nigerian celebs are having their say after a Lagos-based disc jockey, DJxgee, commited suicide. Reports that the DJ, born Seun Omogaji, had killed himself after leaving farewell note on social media platform, Instagram, emerged on Wednesday, just the second day of the new year. Following his demise, several celebs, among them some of []The post Celebs react as DJ Xgee commits suicide after Instagram farewell note appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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African giant’ trends following Burna Boy’s complaint over Coachella
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
If you were active on Twitter on Thursday, chances are you would have noticed African giant was one of the top trending topics. Nigerian music star, Burna Boy, was the reason for that as he used the phrase while expressing his displeasure over the font size with which his name was written on the Coachella []The post African giant trends following Burna Boys complaint over Coachella appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Shame on those who watched Davido slap my manager, Kizz Daniel fumes
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Elegant and the velvet-voiced songster, Kizz Daniel, has apologised to his manager, Tumi Lawrence, after a fellow pop star, Davido, allegedly slapped and threw a glass of drink at him at Eko Atlantic, Lagos, during a concert. Words raced to town recently that Davido slapped Kizz Daniel’s manager backstage immediately after he (Davido) finished performing []The post Shame on those who watched Davido slap my manager, Kizz Daniel fumes appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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