The Nigerian Army under ‘Operation Sahel Sanity’, Thursday night in a gun duel killed 21 bandits, lost three soldiers and rescued three kidnapped victims including an eight-month-old infant who have been in the custody of the criminals for more than 23 days.
Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier-General Bernard Onyeuko, in a press release issued on Friday from, said troops of Operation Sahel Sanity responded swiftly and immediately mobilized to the general area where they successfully cleared the village of the marauders to the admiration of the locals.”
“During the encounter, troops successfully neutralized 21 bandits while others escaped with gunshot wounds into the forest as evident by the trails of blood along the criminals’ escape route.’’
“In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, the gallant troops successfully rescued three kidnapped victims including an eight-month-old baby who have been in the custody of the criminals for more than 23 days. The troops also recovered one AK 47 rifle, one AK 47 magazine and three Motorcycles from the fleeing bandits.”
Onyeuko also confirmed that one officer and two soldiers were killed in the encounter while two other soldiers were wounded in the action and were receiving medical treatment in a military medical facility and responding positively.
He said the troops remained committed to the safety of lives and properties of the people in the North-West and urged them to continue to avail troops with timely and credible information that would assist in the conduct of operations to rout the criminal elements in the area.
FG names Nwabuoku to oversee Accountant General Office
The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).
This follows the ongoing investigation of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over N80 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary (Finance), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying this in a letter dated May 20, 2022.
The appointment will be pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
The statement also read in part, “Mr Anamekwe is expected to carry out his duty in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism expected of an officer working at his level.
“Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and presently he is overseeing the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”
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The appointment follows the demise of the former statistician general, Dr Simon Harry, on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year tenure.
A statement by Sufuyan Ojeifo, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said, “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”
“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics.”
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