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Multinational JTF Records Multiple Achievements in Lake Chad Region

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The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has significantly stepped up its clearance operations within the Lake Chad basin, according to a statement signed by the Chief of Military Public Information, Lt. Colonel Abubakar Abdullahi, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP).

The statement observed that the act is aimed at strengthening free movement as well as rejuvenating economic activities across the region.

“This initiative has led to an encouraging trend, with multiple terrorists surrendering and the interception of a major arms haul meant for insurgents’ use. From 10 to 20 February, all the 4 Sectors of MNJTF recorded various successes which portrayed the surge in troop’s effectiveness through surrender of terrorist elements, offensive operations and curbing of arms smuggling.

“Consequently, troops of Sector 1 MNJTF in Mora, Cameroon, triumphed in a notable engagement at the locality of Soueram. This offensive resulted in the neutralization of 2 Boko Haram terrorists and the seizure of 92 of linked ammunition belts, enhancing the safety of the area and disrupting the terror group’s supply lines,” the statement noted

Complementing the success of the operations, on 10th and 19th of February 2024, 2 Boko Haram members each surrendered to troops in Sectors 2 and 3, stationed in Litri, Chad, and Doron Baga, Nigeria respectively, the statement further clarified, adding that items recovered from the four repentant insurgents included a collection of arms and ammunition, significantly consisting of an AKM Rifle, an AK-47 Rifle, 3 magazines, and 29 rounds of 7.62 millimetre Special Ammunition.

The MNJTF’s persistence in offensive campaigns brought additional victories, with notable operations conducted by the troops of Sector 2 Bagasola, Chad. During a high-impact offensive at the locality of Tchokou, a Lake Chad Island, the troops inflicted casualties on Boko Haram elements and recovered 3 “teke-teke” canoes among other terrorists’ logistics items. Furthermore, in separate operations on 19 February 2024, troops recovered 5x 155 millimetre High Explosive Shells used for making Improvised Explosive Devices, debilitating the operational capabilities of the terrorist factions in the region.

In a concurrent strategic move, the Chadian Air Force, guided by reliable intelligence, conducted a successful air strike on 20th February 2024. The mission targeted Boko Haram strongholds along the southern rim of Lake Chad, near the Chad-Cameroon-Nigeria border, resulting in the neutralisation of several terrorists and destruction of terrorist equipment on water ways. Several terrorists were seen jumping into the Lake from their boats and are believed to have died.

In Sector 4 Diffa, Niger Republic, capitalizing on precise intelligence, the troops effectively disrupted an arms smuggling attempt north of Nguigmi near the Niger-Chad borderline on 10th February 2024. Their timely intervention led to the confiscation of a substantial arms cache comprising 6 x AK-47 rifles, 11x magazines, and 50 x rounds of 7.62 millimeter ammunition, dealing a substantial blow to the clandestine network supporting the insurgency.

However, the statement also noted a sad to the successful operations as two soldiers, each from Nigeria and Chad paid the supreme price while three others sustained various degrees of injuries.

“We commend their gallantry and pray for the souls of the deceased to rest in peace. The MNJTF remains devoted to its mandate of restoring peace and security while fostering the conditions necessary for economic growth and the free movement of people within the Lake Chad basin. These recent achievements underscore the task force’s resolve and effort in confronting the challenges posed by terrorist activities. The MNJTF will continue its comprehensive approach, combining military action with collaborative efforts to support affected communities in overcoming the threats to regional stability,” the statement concluded.

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AI Ignite Africa Hosts Groundbreaking Summit in Lagos

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The AI & the Content, Marketing & Communications Revolution in Africa Summit is set to take place on July 26, 2024, at The Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos by 11 AM.

This groundbreaking event hosted by AI Africa in collaboration with Global Tech Africa will bring together industry leaders, marketing technology experts, and innovative content creators to explore the transformative power of AI in marketing, communications, and content creation across the African continent.

The summit will feature insightful panel discussions including “The Future of Customer Engagement: AI Applications in Marketing,” which will delve into how AI reshapes customer engagement strategies and drives innovation in the marketing sector. Moderated by Ifeoma ‘Oma Areh, Principal Consultant/Founder WildFlower PR, the panel will include esteemed panelists such as Oye Akideinde, GM of Digital Innovations at Airtel; Chuka Obi, Director of Innovations at Glo; Rukevwe Toka, Marketing Manager for West Africa; and Fred Akinmuyisitan, Head of Portfolio Strategy at The Heineken Company.

The second panel, “AI for Content Creation: Productivity, Revenue, and Ethics,” will explore the impact of AI on content creation, highlighting how AI tools enhance productivity and generate revenue while addressing ethical considerations. This discussion will be moderated by David I. Adeleke, Africa Editor at Rest of World, and will feature prominent stakeholders in the content creation and management space such as Abuch Ugwu, CEO of Chocolate City/Humanz, acclaimed tech content creator Tobi Ayeni, also known as Ms. Techy; and communications leader, Adedoyin Jaiyesimi, Co-Founder of The Comms Avenue.

In addition to the panel discussions, the summit will unveil and showcase AI-driven products designed to revolutionize marketing, influencer marketing, and PR workflows. The summit will highlight AI-powered tools like Maxxiti and Palet. This product showcases promise to offer attendees a first-hand look at innovative solutions that can significantly enhance their marketing and content strategies.

“AI isn’t just a buzzword in marketing, content, and communications in Africa; it’s a catalyst for innovation and growth. The AI Ignite Africa Summit is where we ignite that spark, bringing together visionaries and changemakers to harness AI’s power for a brighter future.” – Ifeoma ‘Oma Areh, Organizer, AI Ignite Africa Summit. We’re not just discussing the future; we’re shaping it with AI. This is where Africa’s brightest minds converge to unlock AI’s revolutionary potential for marketing, content creation, and beyond,” she added.

The first AI Ignite Africa is organized in partnership with the prestigious Global Tech Africa; a collaborative platform where key players in the African and international tech scene come together to drive growth opportunities and build a thriving tech landscape across the continent. Register for the summit here.

“We are excited to collaborate with AI Ignite Africa,” explains founder Dr Inya Lawal. “Our collaboration underscores the vital role of AI in driving innovation and transformation across sectors. This summit will serve as a platform for industry leaders and experts to share insights and explore new frontiers in customer engagement, marketing strategies, and content creation. We are excited to see the impact of these discussions on the future of AI in Africa,” she added.

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Ondo Man Attacks, Stabs Lawyer for Helping Wife Divorce Him

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A 40-year-old lawyer, Abayomi Oladire, was reportedly attacked and stabbed by the husband of his client in Ondo town, headquarters of the Ondo West local government area of the state, for handling the legal duty of the suspect’s wife.

The suspect, Kunle Kuteyi, was said to have used a broken bottle to stab the lawyer after beating him to stupor, alleging the lawyer was holding brief for his wife in a divorced suit.

It was gathered that the incident happened around 4 pm in Ondo town when the suspect met the lawyer on the road and stopped him, accusing the lawyer of having an affair with his wife and taking up her divorce suit against him.

The development led to an argument between the suspect and the victim when the suspect rained beating on the lawyer before breaking a bottle and stabbed Oladire severally before he was rescued and rushed to a private hospital

According to an eyewitness, the suspect ran away immediately after stabbing the lawyer and said, “We saw the two standing together, and later the suspect hugged the victim and pushed him away.

“The next thing we saw was the suspect bringing out a broken bottle and started to stab the victim.

The victim, while speaking on the ordeal, said, “The wife of the suspect brought a judgement to me and said her husband was ordered to pay N2 million by the court to a complainant in a case instituted against them.

“On checking the judgement, I saw that both the husband and wife were asked to pay N2 million each, and I explained this to her.

“She went to the complainant’s lawyer and paid the said amount. Then, she later asked me to prepare divorce papers because her husband had lied to her about the case.

“I prepared the divorce papers, but she later came back to me, saying she was no longer interested because her husband’s family had begged her to forgive him.

“I told her that I would inform the judge on the next adjournment date. On the day of the incident, I was going to my sister’s baby naming ceremony when I saw the suspect. He said he had been looking for me because I prepared divorce papers for his wife.

“He accused me of dating her and of preparing a divorce letter for her. But I explained to him that his wife had told me she was no longer interested in the divorce and that we were going to withdraw the case on the next adjournment date.

“The suspect hugged me and bit me on the jaw, then brought out a broken bottle and started stabbing me. All I could do was guard myself to prevent him from stabbing me in the neck or other dangerous parts of my body.

“In the course of performing my legal duty by preparing a divorce for his wife, the suspect attempted to kill me by stabbing me viciously.

“He is now walking freely in the town, and all the police stations in Ondo can’t arrest him.”

Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Funmi Odunlami, said the command has been after the suspect and needed more enforcement to arrest him.

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Two Friends Die in Fight over One Woman in Delta

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Two friends have reportedly died tragically following a violent altercation over an alleged affair with one girl. The incident happend in Ogume community, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State on Tuesday, leaving the community in shock.

One of the deceased, identified as Igala, was reportedly stabbed to death by his friend Pedro. Pedro was subsequently killed by a mob in reprisal attack.

The Delta State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Bright Edafe, confirmed the killings on Wednesday, July 17.

According to sources, the deceased were from the Ogbe-Ogume and Igbe Ogume quarters of the community and worked as commercial motorcyclists, commonly known as Okada riders.

“The two boys are friends and they are commercial motorcyclists. Pedro had problems with his girlfriend, and Igala tried to resolve the issues. In the process of doing that, Pedro suspected that Igala had started having an affair with the girl, which led to a confrontation,” a local source told Vanguard

He continued; “The confrontation escalated, resulting in Pedro stabbing Igala to death. Following Igala’s death, a mob retaliated, killing Pedro in a violent reprisal attack.”

The incident has heightened tensions in the community, with residents mourning the loss of the two young men. Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the clash to prevent further violence.

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