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Elevation of CDS to 4-Star General, well deserved – Group



Elevation of CDS to 4-Star General, well deserved – Group

A civil society group, Nigeria Reawakening Initiative (NRI), has described the elevation of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa to a Four-Star General as well deserved.

The group in a statement by the Convener, Bashir Bello, on Tuesday in Abuja, said the decoration was also a call to duty.

Bello expressed confidence in the ability of the defence chief to leave up to the task ahead, saying his leadership concept unveiled recently gave hope that security challenges facing the country would soon be a thing of the past.

He said that synergy, which was one of the concepts was already playing a big role in the successes been recorded across the various theatres of operation.

According to the group, the various services have keyed into the leadership concept of the CDS, hence criminals across the country are having it rough.

He said that several terrorists loyal to the notorious terrorists’ kingpin, Alhaji Nashama, were recently eliminated by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji.

According to him, similar airstrikes were also conducted on terrorists’ enclaves at Hanawanka and Palele, a village on the borders of Shiroro and Munya Local Government Area of Niger State.

Bello said the recent air strikes conducted by the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai on terrorists’ hideout in Bama Local Government Area of Borno were notable.

In the North West, he said the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji also neutralised no fewer than 16 terrorists in the enclaves believed to belong to terrorist Kingpin Dankarami in recent operations.

According to him, just recently, troops of 181 Amphibious Battalion of the Nigerian Army in 6 Division, in conjunction with other security agencies uncovered and invaded a major illegal oil refining site at Owahwa community in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta.

The group said the Air Component of Operation Delta Safe also conducted air interdiction missions at Degema and Krakrama in Rivers where active illegal refining sites were engaged with rockets, damaging some equipment.

He said the troops also destroyed 42 illegal refining sites, 36 wooden boats, 68 storage tanks, 77 ovens, 19 dugout pits, four speedboats and five outboard engines.

According to the group, troops recovered 498,650 litres of crude oil, 168,145 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, and 4,400 litres of dual purpose kerosene during the operations.

“Troops are also making sure there is peace in the South-East. Troops of Operation UDOKA raided camps/hideouts of suspected Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network gunmen at Oroma, Umuemu and Umuewelum villages in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State.

“Similarly, troops raided gunmen hideouts in Mmiata Anam Forest in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State. And, Garki and 9th Mile in Enugu East and Udi Local Government Areas of Enugu State.

“All these and several others not mentioned coming just a few weeks after assumption of office by the CDS and the service chiefs is an indication that they are up to the task ahead of them.

“We, therefore, urge Nigerians to give the Armed Forces of Nigeria maximum support to tackle the security challenges,” the group added.


NEDC distributes palliatives to people with disability in Borno



The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has commenced distribution of palliatives to people living with disability in Borno.

During the exercise on Saturday in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, the Managing Director of the commission, Mr Mohammed Alkali, said the gesture was in line with the commission’s mandate.

Alkali, who was represented by the NEDC Coordinator for Borno, Mr Mohammed Umaru, said the exercise started with the people with disability in Maiduguri metropolitant and would be extended to their members in the 26 LGAs of the state.

“What we are doing here today will also be done in remaining 26 LGAs of Borno.

“It has also commenced or has been done in other north east states as part of measures to ensure that everyone is given a sense of belonging in line with the NEDC mandate.”

Responding, the Chairman of people living with disability in Borno, Mallam Mohammed Abubakar, thanked the commission for the gesture and assured of the leadership’s commitment to ensure fairness in sharing the 50 bags of rice and 50 cartons of spaghetti to its members in the metropolis.

Abubakar urged other organisations to emulate the gesture by the commission in reaching out to vulnerable groups in their support to victims of insurgency at this critical period.

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Customs boss charges 81 cadets on integrity, professionalism in conduct



The acting Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, has charged the Basic Course I/2023 Cadets to uphold the highest level of integrity and professionalism while discharging their lawful duties.

The Ag. CGC delivered this charge in statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adeniyi congratulated the cadets on their successful completion of training and welcomed them into the service.

He expressed the hope for a better service, equip them with knowledge and skills, and urged them to make a meaningful difference in the nation.

“You should attach importance to discipline, good conduct, and the highest level of integrity in your actions, and you should represent excellence in the Nigeria Customs Service.

“There is significant enhancement to the service’s training and development framework, and officers within the superintendent cadre, starting from those graduating today will undergo a mandatory refresher course every five years,” he said.

The Training College Commandant, Deputy-Comptroller Haniel Hadisson, advised the cadets to maintain the high standard of discipline they experienced during their compulsory six-month training while executing their duties.

He expressed gratitude for the support provided by the Acting Comptroller-General and his team.

As a reward for excellence, awards were presented to outstanding cadets who had distinguished themselves through dedication and hard work.

In total, 81 Cadets successfully completed their training and passed out of the Training College after six months of rigorous preparation.

The event was attended by the Deputy Gov. of Gombe State, Manasseh Jatau, a retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, senior officers of the service, and representatives of sister agencies, among others.

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