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Crashed aircraft victims on mission to rescue kidnapped Kagara students — Reps



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Seven personnel of the Nigerian Air Force that died in a plane crash that occurred in Abuja on Sunday were on a mission to rescue kidnapped students of Kagara College in Niger State.

Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Air Force, Shehu Koko, disclosed this while commiserating with the Nigerian Air Force, families of the ill-fated NAF Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft that crash-landed six minutes after taking off from Abuja airport en route Minna, Niger State.

This came as the Nigerian Air Force released the names of seven personnel who died in the aircraft.

In a statement on Sunday, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Shehu Koko, said, “We also commiserate with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We highly regret the loss of our gallant officers who apparently were on a mission to rescue the kidnapped students of a secondary school in Kagara community in Niger State.”

The lawmaker representing Maiyama/Koko Besse Federal Constituency in Kebbi State noted that the committee under the leadership of Femi Gbajabiamila was deeply saddened by the development and would work with the Chief of Air Staff to unravel the remote cause.

He also said, “While mourning with families of the deceased, we urge Nigerians to remain calm and await the outcome of the investigation.”

Koko also prayed to God to comfort the bereaved family and grant the departed souls eternal rest.

Meanwhile, NAF spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, has released the names of the dead personnel in a statement.

The NAF listed the deceased officers as:

Haruna Gadzama, flight lieutenant who was the captain

Henry Piyo, co-pilot and flight lieutenant

Micheal Okpara, a flying officer and airborne tactical observation system (ATOS) specialist

Bassey Etim, a warrant officer (ATOS Specialist)

Olasunkanmi Olawunmi, a flight sergeant (ATOS Specialist)

Ugochukwu Oluka, a sergeant (ATOS Specialist)

Adewale Johnson, an aircraftman (onboard technician).

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Flaunting wealth in public a serious security risk, DSS official warns



An official of the Department of State Services (DSS) has warned that the public display of wealth constitutes a great security risk.

Paul Oduh, the deputy director, security enforcement, DSS Kwara command, gave the warning on Friday in Ilorin, capital of the state.


He said the deliberate exhibition of affluence and a flamboyant lifestyle attract kidnappers, bandits, and other criminals.


The comment comes in the wake of the extravagant display at the much talked about funeral of the mother of Obinna Iyiegbu, the nightlife promoter popularly known as Obi Cubana.

The DSS deputy director said given the security challenges in the country, Nigerians should avoid showing off in public.


“People must adopt moderate lifestyles, so as not to fall prey to these criminal elements,” Oduh said.


Oduh said a boastful attitude and maintaining a “habitual daily routine” can also make people prone to attacks.

“The country is ravaged by insecurity on daily basis. However, people should not despair, security should be concern of all people and they must be enlightened on it,” he said.


“Security can never be 100 percent everywhere in the world. People should be knowledgeable enough on those things they can do to protect themselves.


“Security denotes free from danger and protection of lives and property where individuals can pursue their lawful activities.


“There is need to accept that threats exist and people are targets of these threats. This is why people should put in place measures to safeguard themselves from such threats.”





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I don’t need your cheques, Buhari tells contractor



President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday charged contractors who have enjoyed government patronage as well as other privileged citizens to use their resources to support less privileged members of society.


President Buhari gave the charge when he paid a visit to the Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar.


He said passing gifts and ‘cheques’ to people in authority or already comfortable to buy favour is not the right approach.


According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari challenged beneficiaries of government patronage to go to their respective communities and engage in corporate social responsibilities.


The President said: “I don’t want your cheque. Go and assist our communities” instead of trying to return kickbacks to public officers, including his office.


“We don’t want cheques from anyone or organisation as returns or influence of any kind. Let them remember their Corporate Social Responsibilities,” he said.


The President noted he would love to visit Daura more frequently but for the high cost of presidential movements and exposing security personnel to the weather, assuring his heart remains with the people.

“We are known for farming and I have my farm here. I could come every two weeks and no one can stop me.

“But the cost to the movement is high. I would rather that it be used to better our schools, clinics and hospitals,” said the President.

The President said the grace of God had kept Nigeria together as a country in spite of differences that led to a 30-month civil war


“We want to thank God always for keeping us together as a country. From January 15, 1966, the country was thrown into political crisis. We had a 30 months civil war that resulted in the loss of about a million lives.


“We still thank God for keeping us together. We remain grateful to all those who showed interest in our unity and progress. May God continue to bless them,” he added.


The President, who recalled fond memories of visiting the Palace as a military Head of State, expressed happiness that the warmth and hospitality of the traditional institution had been sustained over the years.


At the meeting, the Emir publicly announced conferment of the title of Talban Daura on Yusuf Buhari, son of President Buhari.


He said a date would be announced for the turbaning ceremony of the President’s son, which might likely be before his marriage.


The Emir also announced creation of a District in the community of the President, with headquarters in Dimurkol.

He said the turbaning of younger Buhari and creation of the District was to further extend and deepen the long relationship between the Palace and the family.


He said the decision was in agreement with the kingmakers in Daura Emirate Council.


During the visit, the Palace used the opportunity to clarify the difference between two titles, Talban Hausa, given to Alpha Conde, the President of Guinea and Talban Daura designated for Yusuf, the President’s son.


The Palace explained that Daura, as the linchpin of the Hausa society had conferred titles that have bearing on the Hausa Kingdom and those that are specific to the Emirate.

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