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FG to recruit more police officers

The Federal Government yesterday assured Nigerians that more police officers will be recruited to deal with problems associated with internal security adding that such provision was already capture in the 2018 budget. President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday at the Passing out Parade ceremony of Cadet ASP course at the Police Staff College in Jos that his administration would also improve the welfare of police officers who constantly put their lives on the line for Nigerians to live and move around peacefully and freely. Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd) said “on assumption of office, I directed for the recruitment of a total of 10,000 eligible young graduates and able bodied school leavers into the Nigeria Police Force. I am...Read More

Troops captured 220 Boko Haram insurgents in North-East

The Nigerian Army on Friday said its troops had captured 220 Boko Haram insurgents in various clearance operations in the northeast region. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri. Nwachukwu said that troops  captured 167 insurgents after raiding their enclaves in Lake Chad Basin while 53 others were captured in northern parts of Borno State. He disclosed that troops also extricated 67 women and 173 children, who were family members of the insurgents. Nwachukwu said that the troops have intensified offensive to clear remnants of the insurgents in the region, noting that the operation has yielded positive results. “Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have intensified offensive on Boko Haram ...Read More

Many killed in clash between police, illegal miners

IN NIGERIA Many people have lost their lives in a clash between illegal miners and the police at a mining field in Mayo Sine area of Mambilla Plateau, Taraba State. Daily Trust gathered that the incident occurred yesterday afternoon when a team of armed policemen stormed the field to dislodge the miners but met resistance. It was further gathered that the miners, about 10,500 in number and mostly from neighbouring west African countries, had been carrying out illegal mining in the area for the past 10 years. Daily Trust also learnt that the police on arrival destroyed temporary structures used by the miners as their houses and confiscated items used by the miners to dig out the precious stones. The field where the illegal mining activities was taking place had been earlier allocated to a m...Read More

Arms purchase not the magic in the war against Boko Haram

A retired officer who does not want his name mentioned said purchasing arms should not be an exclusive priority. “I can tell you that most of the arms currently being used by Boko Haram in the northeast belonged to our troops. The terrorists stole them after attacks on army formations and ambushes. “We must, therefore, put a strategy on the ground to stem this tide by renewing our approach to guerrilla warfare and arms handling,” the retired military chief said. “And I am really not convinced that we are prioritising our actions. It is not just about arms procurement but intelligence gathering,” he said. According to the officer, going by the recent deadly attacks in places like Mubi, Biu and other locations in Borno and Adamawa states, something is fundamentally wrong. Another security ex...Read More

Boko Haram still with us – Experts 

Some retired military officers also said yesterday the governors’ approval for $1 billion for arms is government admittance that the terror group is still powerful. Salihu Bakari, a retired army officer, said it was good that the civilian authorities admitted that the Boko Haram is still a national threat. “I may sound naïve but this singular approval is an admittance of the obvious by our political leaders, that the Boko Haram is still deadly,” he said. He said it was good news that the governors were probably briefed by Nigeria’s security chiefs on the security architecture of the country and therefore resolved to do the needful. “I am sure that they were briefed and that was why they agreed that such huge money should be used. Constant procurement of arms by serious countries is a legit...Read More

Govs approve $1bn for Boko Haram war – Daily Trust

In Nigeria The Nigerian Governors Forum yesterday approved $1 billion (N362 billion) from the Excess Crude Account to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast. This is coming at a time the Nigerian authorities and military hierarchy severally declared that the anti-insurgency war has ended and the Boko Haram terror group defeated. There was no official statement on what the $1 billion would be used for last night. Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said they approved the fund to “support the effort” of the federal government in the anti-terror campaign. However, multiple military and defence sources told Daily Trust last night that the money would be used in purchasing military hardware that includes anti-mine tanks and fighter jets. The money was approved by the governors during a meet...Read More

Zimbabwe coup latest updates: Robert Mugabe ‘fate uncertain’

ZIMBABWE’s army has seized power in Harare and placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest. Here is the latest news and live updates. Courtesy of  ExpressNews 7.47am: Gunfire heard in Harare Gunfire and explosions broken out in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare overnight following a warning by a military chief that the armed forces are ready to ”step in” to the political row, witnesses have reported. After storming a state television station soldiers made a statement claiming they have intervened to target criminals around Mugabe. Zimbabwe’s military chief said the army wanted to deal with people who “were committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country”. He added: ”As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to ...Read More

U.S. flies bombers over Korea – MSN

In Seoul/Washington The U.S. military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met top defense officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea. North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test in recent weeks as it fast advances towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. The two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers were joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday. After entering South Korean airspace, the two bombers carried out air-to-ground missile drills in waters off the east coast of South Kor...Read More

Cameroon’s separatist movement gains ground

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya is facing one of the biggest threats in his 35 years in power as a separatist movement in the country’s English speaking regions gains ground. Soldiers shot dead at least eight people and wounded others in the two English-speaking regions on Sunday, the anniversary of Anglophone Cameroon’s independence from Britain

Central Barcelona in total gridlock as thousands rally after Catalonia referendum

Thousands of protesters caused gridlock on the streets of central Barcelona on Tuesday morning, as they gathered in front of Placa de la Universitat to demonstrate against the Catalan independence referendum crackdown. COURTESY: RT’s RUPTLY video agency

Military Operations In South East Constitutional – Army

In Nigeria The Nigerian Army declared yesterday that its ongoing operation in the South East is in line with what the constitution has empowered it to do and as such, it is not in any way under any pressure from politicians or any political party. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, who stated this said now that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been proscribed, the federal government will take appropriate steps to declare leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, wanted. According to Buratai: “The Nigerian Army is poised to confront evolving internal and external threats in order to guarantee the sovereignty of our dear country. Therefore, the need for regular improvement on existing capabilities of the Nigerian Army to be able to deal with present and future security threats ...Read More

What to do about the North Korean crisis? – AlJazeera

North Korea’s actions have once again put the region and the entire world on edge. Pyongyang has launched another ballistic missile across Japan – for the second time in as many weeks. Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its biggest nuclear test. And there’s another meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the crisis. But will another diplomatic meeting do anything to help ease the fears and concerns over North Korea’s Nuclear programme? Video Credit: (Al-Jazeera)

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