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Army 82 Division Wins 2022 Combat Swimming Championship



By Eric Elezuo

The 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Eungu, has emerged winners of the 2022 Inter-Formation Platoon Swimming Championship held in Lagos.

The 82 Division contingents were declared winners after scoring a total of 130 points from both the conventional swimming competition held at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, and the Combat swimming competition, which took place at the Badagry Beach, Old Slave Village, Badagry.

However, while the eventual winners, 82 Division Enugu were tied on points after proceedings with Division One, Kaduna, the defending champions, Division 82 were declared winners as they returned with a better time of 2 minutes 23 second and 24 micro seconds during the combat swimming competition.

Describing how the Enugu team managed to come out tops, the commanding officer, and Acting ADPT of the Division, Major BO Ewevapo, said that the team really trained well, and deserved the victory, mentioning with emphasis the timing of their return at the Combat swimming competition.

Major Ewevapo informed that his men and participants were camped in the Amphibious Training School (ATS) Calabar for intensive training, which lapsed six weeks to get them ready and fit for the competition, which they won. He maintained that with the ‘high moral’ of the participants, there is every likelihood they will defend the trophy next year.

Earlier in his address while declaring the tournament closed, the Chief of Army Staff, General Faruk Yahaya, who was represented by the Acting Director, Army Physical Training, Brigadier General OE Fawole, lauded the 81 Division of the Nigeria Army for hosting the event, as well as the participants for exhibiting for exhibiting high level of discipline and camaraderie throughout the weeklong fiesta, which started on Sunday November, 27, 2022. The COAS noted that ‘the precarious security situation in the country has presented the army the opportunity to of checking the activities the crimes perpetrated through continuous training of our officers and men’.

He added: “Let me this opportunity to congratulate the participants for the competitive spirit of sportsmanship you exhibited over these four days. Judging from the remarks of the chief judge and comments by the observers, it is evident that the various formations have made commendable efforts at preparing their various teams for the championship. I am therefore, impressed with the military bearing, stamina and endurance exhibited by you…

“Training, we all know is the bedrock of any fighting force. It is believed that the skills you have displayed would assist to improve your leadership traits, promote espirit de corps and boost your moral. As you all know, it is better to sweat more during peacetime so that you will bleed less during war. This event has proven the benefits of good training. I implore you to keep it up.”

The 2022 edition of the Inter-Formation Platoon Swimming Championship kicked off proper with the opening ceremony on Monday, where the eight participating divisions including One Division, Kaduna; Two Division, Ibadan: Three Division, Jos; Six Division, Port Harcourt; Eight Division, Sokoto; 81 Division, Lagos; 82 Division, Enugu and Army Headquarters (AHQ) Garrison were encouraged by the COAS and the host General Officer Commanding, Major General Obinna Ajunwa.

Among dignitaries, who witnessed the closing ceremony and award of trophies and medals were Representative of the GOC 81 Division, Brigadier General MB Wabili; Representative of the Akran of Badagry, High Chief Tunde Duro; the Mobee of Badagry and other senior officers in the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army.

The event however, recorded the loss of a soldier, who drowned during the rehearsals.

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Ban on Sales, Consumption of Sachet Alcoholic Drinks Still in Force, Says NAFDAC



Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Moji Adeyeye, has reaffirmed that the ban on the sale and consumption of sachet alcoholic beverages in the country is still in force.

Adeyeye announced this on Wednesday during a press briefing in Lagos.

She said: “The ban on sachet alcohol is a ministerial directive and the ban still remains until the ministers respond. The meeting last week Thursday is a continuation of the discussion.

“The outcome of the meeting is that the ministers should write a memo to the Speaker (of Reps) and the House (of Reps), and the Representative of the Speaker, Prof Jake Dan-Azumi then said we should continue the discussion after the recess of the House members in July. So, the discussion continues.”

The Deputy Spokesman for the House of Representatives, Philip Agbese, disclosed last Friday that the House and NAFDAC resolved to lift the ban on the sale and consumption of sachet alcoholic beverages.

Agbese said the resolution to temporarily lift the ban was reached after a meeting between the House Committee and NAFDAC officials.

He said the lifting of the ban would end when the economy fully recovers from its current strain.

On February 1, 2024, NAFDAC commenced the enforcement of the ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution, sale and use of alcoholic beverages in sachets, PET, and glass bottles of 200ml and below.

The NAFDAC DG said the decision was based on the recommendation of a high-powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, and the industry represented by the Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers, Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria, in December 2018.

However, the move to enforce the ban has generated repeated protests by distillers and labour unions, who said the ban would cost 500,000 workers their jobs, and ruin N800bn investments.

Meanwhile, medical experts warned that lifting the ban on alcoholic beverages will lead to acute health complications, increased road traffic accidents, increased risk of abuse of alcohol, liver problems, heart-related problems, and cancers, among others.

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Court Denies Suspended DCP Abba Kyari Bail



Justice Emeka Nwite of the Abuja Federal High Court has denied suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, bail.

In his ruling, the judge held that Kyari’s bail is at the discretion of the court in line with section 161 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

The judge ruled that Kyari had not shown any evidence to warrant the court granting him bail.

On May 22, the judge had granted the former boss of the Intelligence Response Team, IRT, temporary two-week bail to bury his mother.

However, the two weeks were extended by a week upon an application filed by Mr. Kyari for an extension of the bail.

On June 1, Kyari perfected the bail conditions and was released the same day.

At today’s proceedings, Justice Emeka Nwite refused to extend his earlier order but granted accelerated hearing in the case.

Kyari was detained following his arrest on February 14, 2022, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for alleged involvement with an international drug cartel.

He, along with four members of the Police Intelligence Response Team—Sunday Ubia, Bawa James, Simon Agirigba, and John Nuhu—was arraigned on March 7, 2022.

Two suspected drug traffickers, Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne, who were arrested at Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, were also charged.

While Kyari and the IRT members pleaded not guilty, Umeibe and Ezenwanne pleaded guilty and were convicted.


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Fubara Nominates, Swears-in 23 Caretaker Committee Chairmen



Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, is swearing in new caretaker chairmen for the 23 local government areas of the state.

The swearing-in took place at the Government House in Port Harcourt, amid tight security.

The first batch of 11 CTC chairmen took their oath of office first.

It comes a day after he forwarded the list to the state House of Assembly led by factional Speaker, Victor Jumbo.

Channels Television reported that the lawmakers had invited the nominees for screening as early as 8 am on Wednesday.

See the names of the caretaker chairmen nominated by Fubara below:

Abua/Odua LGA – Madigai Dickson

Ahoada East LGA – Happy Benneth

Ahoada West LGA – Mr. Daddy John Green

Akuku Toru LGa – Otonye Briggs

Andoni LGA – Reginald Ekaan

Asari Toru LGA – Orolosoma Amachree

Bonny LGA – Alabota Anengi Barasua

Degema LGA – Anthony Soberekon

Eleme LGA – Brain Gokpa

Emouha LGA – David Omereji

Etche LGA – John Otamiri

Gokana LGA – Kenneth Kpeden

Ikwerre LGA – Darlington Orji

Khana LGA – Marvin Yobana

Obia/Akpor LGA – Chijioke Ihunwo

Ogu/Bolo LGA – Evans Bipi

Okrika LGA – Princess Ogan

Omuma LGA – Promise Reginald

Opobo/Nkoro LGA – Enyiada Cookey-Gam

Oyigbo LGA – – Gogo Philip

Port Harcourt LGA – Ichemati Ezebunwo

Tai LGA – Matthew Dike

Channels Television

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