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Troops kill 14 insurgents, recover weapons in Niger, Kaduna

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Troops from the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army carried out synchronized operations in Kaduna and Niger states, resulting in the elimination of 14 insurgents, the rescue of kidnapped individuals, and the confiscation of weapons. The information was conveyed in an official statement on the Nigerian Army’s X handle, signed by Lieutenant Colonel Musa Yahaya, the acting Deputy Director of Army Relations for 1 Division Nigerian Army, on December 24, 2023.

As outlined in the statement, the troops engaged insurgents in Madawaki, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, on December 23, 2023, neutralizing two insurgents, while others escaped with gunshot wounds. The operation led to the recovery of 2 AK rifles, 2 AK rifle magazines, and 1 motorcycle. Subsequently, the troops proceeded to the camp of the insurgents’ leader, Ali Kachalla, rescuing 13 kidnap victims and uncovering items, including an international passport believed to belong to a high-profile associate of the insurgents. The camp was dismantled, and the rescued victims received medical attention before reuniting with their families.

The troops continued to another insurgents’ camp led by Alhaji Laye, which was found deserted. However, a search yielded 4 AK 47 rifle magazines. An insurgents’ storehouse in Madawaki containing various beverages, bottled water, liquid milk, energy drinks, a generator, and other food items was also discovered and subsequently destroyed on-site.

Yahaya further reported that on December 23, 2023, troops neutralized three insurgents in Maidaro, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, recovering one AK 47 rifle, one AK 47 rifle magazine, one dane gun, and two motorcycles. In the Kidandan-Yadi general area of Birnin Gwari, troops destroyed an insurgents’ camp, neutralizing five insurgents and recovering 12 motorcycles.

The statement detailed additional operations, including an ambush in the Kachia axis on December 21, 2023, resulting in the neutralization of three kidnappers, the recovery of items, and the rescue of an abducted person. It also mentioned an ambush at Kwanar Batero in Kaduna State on December 24, 2023, where one insurgent was neutralized, and items such as an AK 47 rifle, one magazine, 5 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 3 motorcycles, and one Baofeng radio were recovered.

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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PHOTO: Gov Makinde Host Nigeria Police Games

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1: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) and Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

2: From left, Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Barr Bayo Lawal; Governor Seyi Makinde; Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun and his wife Elizabeth, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

3: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) take a salute from the Police Mascots, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

CREDIT: Oyo Gov Media 

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