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Why I Dumped PDP – Dogara

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The immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has explained that he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party to join the All Progressives Congress because the mistakes the former administration in Bauchi State made are being repeated by the present administration of Governor Bala Mohammed.

Dogara, who represents the Dass, Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, in a letter to the Chairman of the PDP, Bogoro C Ward in the Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, dated July 24, 2020, said he was leaving the party because of the alleged mismanagement of resources in the state and the outsourcing of payment of workers’ salaries to private consultants.

The letter read in part, “Specifically, I intend to ask questions about the following: What has happened to LGA allocations since May 2019? What happened to our campaign promise to conduct LGA election within six months of the PDP government?

“What happened to the N4.6bn loan taken from a bank and paid directly into a private company’s account?

“Why are we segmenting salaries and why is payment of salaries of state workers outsourced to a private firm as consultants?

“Why are contracts inflated, awarded and payment of mobilisation done in violation of extant rules on procurement?”

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Zamfara Schoolgirls: We’ve Commenced Joint Search, Rescue Operations – Police

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The Zamfara State Police Command in Collaboration with the military have commenced a joint search and rescue operations with a view to rescuing the 317 students kidnapped by the armed bandits in Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara LGA on 26th February 2021 at about 0100 hours.

In a statement signed by Command’s PPRO, SP Mohammed Shehu ANIPR, the Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro fdc, the Force Commander Operations Hadarin Daji, Major General Aminu Bande, Brigade Commander 1 Brigade, Nigeria Army Gusau and other state government officials led a heavily armed Re – enforcement team to Jangebe to complement the ongoing rescue operation in the locations where the students were believed to have been taken to.

The CP, while interfacing with the Principal of the school and the parents, appealed to them to be calm as joint efforts of the Police and other security agencies will assurely led to the successful rescue of the students.

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OAU Postpones Post-UTME Screening, Changes Mode

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The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has postponed its post-UTME screening exercise expected to hold Friday, February 27, 2021.

This was contained in a press statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, titled, ‘change of date and mode of conducting the post-UTME exercise,’ on Thursday.

The statement read in part, “OAU after a careful review of recent happenings within and outside the campus, has decided to change the mode of conduct of this year’s POST-UTME screening to ONLINE VERSION. Consequently, the exercise will no longer commence on Saturday, 27th, February 2021 as earlier scheduled.

“Information on the new commencement date and other relevant issues will be available on https://admissions. oauife.edu.ng from Friday, February 26.

“Candidates who have registered for the screening are to please note these changes. We wish all candidates the best of luck.”
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Defence Miniater Seeks US Support for Establishment of Nigeria Army Aviation

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The Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) says a full fledged Nigerian Army Aviation is a critical component in the counter- terrorism and counter- insurgency campaigns in the country.

According to a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Minister of Defence on Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadri, General Magashi stated this when the Commander US Africa Command, General Stephen Townsend and his team paid a courtesy call on him at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

He said Nigeria will appreciate the US intervention to fully establish the Aviation Unit of the Nigerian Army as a force Multiplier in the on-going fight against ISWAP/terrorists in the country.

The Minister, on behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari thanked the United States of America for its technical and manpower training supports towards enhancing the nation’s capacity and capabilities to end insecurity bedeveling the country.

While recalling specific instances of US strategic supports to the Nigerian Military, he mentioned progress recorded in the supply of Super Tulcano aircraft, Thunder Boat for Maritime Operations and logistics to the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF for enhanced combat efficiency and effectiveness.

On human rights issues he told the delegation of the US Africom which include US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, Foreign Policy Adviser, Russell Schiebbel and US defence Adviser to Nigeria, Colonel Andrew Clerk that the Nigerian Military is adopting international best practices to reduce collateral damages in the fight against terrorism
For instance, he said the Fighting Forces are leveraging low kinetic modus operandi in the theatres of combats, which he said is in compliance with the Rules of Engagements.

On his path the Commander US AFRICOM, General Stephen Townsend eulogised the leading role Nigeria is playing in Africa Sub regional security matters and assured the government of support at all times.

General Townsend commiserated with Nigeria over the aircraft misharp that claimed the lives of seven crew members onboard the plane.

The courtesy call earlier began with a closed door session between the Defence Minister, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi( rtd) and the Commander US AFRICOM, General Stephen Townsend.

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