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Insurgency: Defence minister urges US to expedite fighter jets delivery

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Defence Minister Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd.) has pleaded with the United States of America to fast-track the release of the Super Tucano Aircraft procured by the Federal Government to boost military operations.

Magashi spoke when the Secretary of US Air Force, Barbara Barrett, led a five-man delegation to the Ministry of Defence in Abuja on Wednesday.

Special Assistant to the Minister on Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadri, announced this in a statement.

The minister said the quick delivery of the aircraft would help the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to demystify the criminal elements in their various hideouts in the forests.

He also said the Nigeria Defence Space Administration would be equipped technologically through a partnership with the U.S Space Force to enhance its capabilities to fight insecurity in the country.

He said efficient and effective space management was germane to the successful operations of the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies in the effort to defeat insurgency, banditry and kidnapping.

Magashi said Nigeria would continue to strengthen military cooperation with the US in the areas of shared interests, such as training, exchange programmes and procurement of weapons, in the nation’s bid to overcome security challenges.

Barrett said Nigeria was a destination of choice in Africa for partnership in harnessing space assets through the instrumentality of science and technology in national defence.

She added that the already established military cooperation between Nigeria and US would be taken to the next level to promote peace and tranquility in the country.

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Three officers killed as gunmen attack police station in Delta

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Gunmen have razed the Nsukwa divisional police station in Aniocha south LGA of Delta state.

The attackers were said to have invaded the police station at about 2am on Sunday.

Although the actual number of casualties is yet to be ascertained, three police officers were reportedly killed.

The assailant were also said to have burned down vehicles in the premises and carted away police ammunition.

Bright Edafe, police public relations officer in the state, did not respond to calls and messages sent to him by TheCable.

Lately, there has been a series of attacks on security and government facilities, in various states including Abia, Imo, Ebonyi, Akwa Ibom and other parts of the south-east and south-south.

Last week, two police stations were razed in Abia within 72hours.

On Tuesday, hoodlums burnt the office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NLDEA) in Amaekpu in Ohafia LGA.

Two days earlier, gunmen also razed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ohafia.

At least four police stations were attacked last weekend in various parts of southern Nigeria.

There is no confirmed cause of the attacks yet, but the killings in the south-east tripled after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) launched a security arm — the group denies any wrongdoing.

The federal government recently approved new security measures to be deployed to restore peace in the south-east and south-south

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IBB advises FG on security, wants soldiers properly trained, equipped

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Former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retd), has asked the Federal Government to train and equip soldiers with modern weapons in order to tackle insecurity.
IBB, who expressed concern over the state of insecurity, said he had been engaging and advising the government without making it public.
According to him, it is imperative for the citizens to support government and the military in order to bring an end to the security crisis.
When asked if those at the helms of affairs were playing the desired role in bringing an end to insecurity, he said, “There are many things they need to put right. If they agree to sit down and think over, I believe success will be achieved.”
While speaking further on what is expected of those in power, he said it was important to rally round the soldiers and other security agents.
“Provide them with all they require and let them know this is their country, they’ve no other better than this.”
“Nigerian soldiers need modern weapons and they also need to be trained on how to use the modern weapons, not to get weapons and just hand over to them. They should be trained,” he said.
He also spoke on how to end insecurity ravaging his country home, Niger State, saying he had been engaging the government on the matter.
IBB said, “We give advice as we can but we don’t make noise about it. We don’t announce that this is what we say. We should unite, we should support those in power, we are all working towards achieving the same goal. Between the leaders and citizens, we need peace and a harmonious relationship.
“This problem of insecurity, every government had its experience… but if we unite, I remember how we fought the civil war for 3 years, the people supported the government, the government did its best, bought what was necessary, those who fought were made to understand that this country is the best for them.
“It’s not only in Nigeria, many countries encountered this kind of problem, some had it for ten years but through concerted effort, they are out of it. I believe we can get out of this problem. Both citizens and those governing are trying, but we should know that it is not an easy task.”

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Restructuring: Okowa, Wike knock Senate president, insist on Asaba declaration

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and Nyesom Wike of River State have insisted that there is no going back on the nation’s restructuring resolution reached by the southern governors last week in Asaba
Senate President Ahmad Lawan had condemned the southern governors’ call for restructuring of Nigeria at their recent meeting in Asaba, Delta State.
He had challenged the governors to start restructuring from their states and asked them to avoid what he called regionalism.
In a response to Lawan and others opposed to restructuring, Okowa said elected officers who ignore the voice of their electors are undeserving of their offices they occupy, while Wike declared that the Asaba declaration is irrevocable.
Similarly, the South-south Study Group (3SG) described the Asaba meeting as a timely intervention which presents a “watershed moment as the nation becomes a contested arena between the progressive will of the people and the regressive whims and caprices of a few.”
Okowa, speaking at the empowerment scheme sponsored by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, on Saturday in Asaba, said it was wrong of anyone to vilify the southern governors for their stand.
He said leaders in the country could not afford to sit back and say nothing when the generality of Nigerians are daily voicing their concern.
“The things that we said are not new. It is just the voice of our people that we have continued to echo. But unfortunately, I read in the papers that somebody said being elected people, we ought not to talk about certain things,” Okowa said, without mentioning anyone by name.
He also said, “If the voice of your people has been heard loudly and they continue to talk, and you as an elected person shy away from giving further voice to their voices, then you ought not to be in the position that you occupy.
“Out of all the things that were discussed, nothing is against the unity of this country. We reaffirmed that as a people and elected governors, we believe in the unity of our country and went further to advance the need for certain things to be done in order to give strength to that unity.
“We talked about restructuring which has been on the table for so long. Both the PDP and APC have endorsed restructuring, and restructuring is all inclusive and all encompassing.
“We may have different views and different approaches to restructuring. But when we sit on the table in dialogue, we will be able to agree what is good for Nigeria and what is good for the component states.
“The conversations are obviously needed, because if we do not talk and we allow the voices of our people to continue to sink and the leadership shy away, then we are giving room for further crisis.
“So, I think it is time for other leaders across the country to thank the southern governors for giving a voice to the conversation, because it is only when these conversations come in at that level and is driven in the larger interest of majority of our people that we can have a fully united nation in which there is fairness, equity and trust amongst our people and amongst the leadership.”
On the cattle open grazing ban in the South, Okowa said, “It is not going to stop in one day. But an attempt must be made to take some actions at the national level. Those actions that will give hope that we have started a journey to stopping it.
“Today, the developing world is struggling to catch up with the developed world. Things are changing very fast, and until we are ready to begin to look futuristically, we cannot get ourselves out of where we are at the moment.
“There have been several grazing reserves in the country that have been abandoned. Why were they abandoned? We have asked the federal government to spend part of the national resources to help to plan new pilot schemes.
“Some of us in the south do support that some federal resources should be spent to start up some of these ranches and grazing reserves and put the necessary things in place in order to slow down and eventually put a stop to it in years to come.
“I don’t think this is a wrong decision, because it is in the best interest of our nation and the people. I believe that in such manner, our country will grow much bigger, must faster and much better, and people will suffer less.
“Apart from that, every insecurity associated with the farmers/herders clash will eventually be put a stop to. That cannot be said to be bad business.”
Governor Wike of Rivers also spoke on the southern governors’ resolutions saying they are irrevocable and deserve to be respected as no part of the country is inferior to another.
Wike spoke during a grand reception held in his honour by the Ogoni nationality in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the state.
The governor declared that he had already taken further steps to implement the resolutions reached at the Asaba meeting.
He said, “We have taken a position and no going back. Enough is enough. We are not second class citizens of this country. We also own this country.”
Wike urged the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) saddled with the responsibility of the cleanup of polluted sites in Ogoni to relocate its operational office from Port Harcourt to Bori, the headquarters of the Ogoni people.
He said, “You cannot talk of cleaning up a place and keep your office in another area. Bring your office from Port Harcourt and come and stay in Bori, so that you can hear and appreciate the feelings of the people.”

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