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Army to bury Attahiru 10am today in Abuja

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The Nigerian Army has announced that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Late Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, and six other senior officers who lost their lives in a plane crash in Kaduna on Friday, will be buried today, Saturday, 22 May 21.
A statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig General Mohammed Yerima said, the burial proceedings “will commence at the National Mosque and National Christian Centre, Abuja by 1000hrs
“Consequently, the internment for the late COAS and six other senior officers will take place at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja today by 1300hrs (1pm).”
Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi, described as a rude shock and unfortunate, the death in a plane crash of the 21st Chief of Army Staff Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru barely four months in the saddle.
General Magashi in a condolence message said the crash that claimed the lives of the Chief of Army Staff and other senior officers and his aides was a huge national disaster.
While condoling the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, the military and the Nigerian Army in particular as well as his immediate family and Nigeria in general he described late General Attahiru as a gallant, dogged, disciplined and dedicated officer who died in the line of duty to his fatherland.
He recalled his unblemished track records of service to the nation as Director Army Public Relations,(DAPR), Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole and as General Officer Commanding, GOC which culminated in his elevation to the three-star status as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) in January this year.
He said his emergence as Army boss at such a critical time in the nation’s efforts at surmounting its internal security challenges was symbolically strategic but impactfully shortlived in the anal of the service.
Magashi noted that although the late General died when his service was needed most, his short but eventful tenure as the Chief of Army Staff and over three decades of dedicated, selfless and patriotic service would never be forgotten.
He prayed Almighty Allah to forgive Late Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and to grant him Alijannat Firidaus.

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PAN Nigeria, Air Force War College discuss technology partnership

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L-R Mr Husseini Abubakar (DDG PAN Learning Centre), Mr Bawo Omagbitse (G.M Planning and Strategy, PAN) Air Vice Marshal I.T Ali (Commandant, Air Force College), Ms. Taiwo Oluleye, FCIS (Acting MD PAN Nigeria Limited), Mr Abdulkadir Yinusa (Group Head, Corporate Services PAN), Mr Oladapo Ojo (Head of Industrial Operations), during the Air Force War College team's visit to PAN Nigeria.

PAN Nigeria Limited has hosted participants of the Air Force War College at its plant in Kaduna, where issues of technology and knowledge sharing partnership were discussed.
PAN is Nigeria’s foremost automobile manufacturing plant, assemblers of Higer buses and ambulances, Chery vehicles and Peugeot cars.
The visit to the auto company was part of the institution’s training programmes on national security, defence architecture and inter-agency cooperation.
The programme involving tours to institutions of strategic relevance to the nation was led by the Commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshall I.T. Ali.
A statement by the Group Head, Corporate Services, PAN Nigeria Limited, Abdulkadir Yinusa, said PAN Nigeria was selected as one of the key institutions to be studied due to the importance of its industry to national development and employment.
Acting Managing Director of PAN, Ms Taiwo Oluleye, stated that despite various challenges confronting manufacturers in the country, such as rising foreign exchange rates and shortages, Insecurity and contracting purchasing power, that PAN had continued to invest in critical areas that meant much to users of the company’s product range as a way of sustaining its operations.
The areas she listed included deepening customers service and after-sale support.
The Commandant, Air Vice Ali, acknowledged the role PAN had played over the years in rolling out products that met local and international quality standards.
He said College would be readily available to collaborate with PAN in areas of technology, especially in knowledge sharing.
The commandant urged PAN Nigeria to ensure product quality sustainability while assuring the Company of support and patronage.

 

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15 Tegina Islamic school abductees escape from captivity

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About 15 people abducted by bandits from an Islamic school in Tegina, Niger State, last month have reportedly escaped from the bush while their abductors slept off after being drunk.
The escapees are said to be adults abducted alongside 156 pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamic School in May.
The news of the escapees has raised hope that the 156 children also picked by the bandits will soon regain their freedom.
Sources in the area said the abducted adults were separated from the children and taken to a forest in Zamfara State.
It was however gathered that the victims tactically opened the door of a house in which they were kept in the forest when their guards fell asleep after drinking.
The escapees went in different directions in order not to fall into the hands of other bandits in the forest.
An escapee who got to Tegina first informed the people, prompting Niger State government to begin working toward assisting other victims.
The escapee is said to be hospitalised for treatment.
Further information revealed that three other victims among the escapees arrived at Tegina in the early hours of Sunday, while one of them who was rescued was brought to Minna where he is receiving treatment.
Other escapees are said to be in Zaria.
Security operatives have been reportedly sent to the Tegina-Birnin Gwari road to await the remaining 10 escapees.
The source said they would be brought to Minna for proper attention.

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FG to begin rehabilitation work on part of Enugu-Onitsha Expressway

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The Federal Controller of Works in Enugu State, Olufemi Oyekanmi, has said the ministry will soon begin the rehabilitation of the dilapidated Ugwu-Onyeama portion of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.

Mr Oyekanmi said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Friday, saying the project would ease the plight of motorists plying the road.

He said the ministry had awarded to RCC Nigeria Ltd, the contract for the rehabilitation of the 15km stretch of the expressway from 9th Mile to Enugu.

He said the contract also included the construction of a state-of-the-art bypass to take care of the perennial traffic gridlock at 9th Mile during Yuletide.

The remedial work at Ugwu-Onyeama would start on June 21 and run to the end of the year, while the second contract would begin after the rains in October, Mr Oyekanmi said.

He said he had informed the leadership of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Petroleum Tanker Drivers and other interested groups in the area about the federal government’s plan to fix the road.

He said he had informed the leadership of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Petroleum Tanker Drivers and other interested groups in the area about the federal government’s plan to fix the road.

According to him, major repair work will start on the most critical areas of the road on Monday. “As a matter of fact, we will start moving equipment and materials to that place.

“The planned palliative will solve the problem of accidents that are not related to recklessness around Ugwu-Onyeama.

Reacting to the development, the Chairman of IPMAN, Enugu Depot Community, Chinedu Anyaso, thanked the Federal Government for its “timely intervention” on the road.

The Enugu depot community is in-charge of Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi states.

Mr Anyaso said his leadership had a meeting with Mr Oyekanmi who assured them that remedial work would soon begin on the Enugu-bound lane of the dual carriageway.

He expressed the hope that the repairs would bring relief to oil marketers and petroleum tanker drivers in the South-east.

According to him, oil marketers and tanker drivers have suffered huge financial losses as a result of road accidents on the road.

He said since the beginning of the year, over 20 product-laden tankers had fallen on the road, resulting in spill, fire and vehicle damage.

Mr Anyaso said the association was planning a protest to show its bitterness over the situation before it learnt about the federal government’s planned intervention.

“You know we rely on other depots for supply because Enugu depot has not functioned for about 15 years.

“So, good roads are important to us because it will reduce our business risks and save the lives of millions of people,” the IPMAN chairman said.

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