Saturday, 31 December 2016

Army presents Buhari with Shekau’s flag (photo)


Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has been presented with the personal flag of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau by Army authorities. 

The flag was recovered by troops along with Shekau’s Qur’an during the capture of Boko Haram's Camp Zero fortress inside Sambisa forest.

Friday, 30 December 2016

God will humble Buhari in 2017

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Train splits truck into two at railway crossing in Kaduna (photo)

A Lagos-bound train on Wednesday rammed into a sugarcane laden articulated truck at the Kawo railway crossing in Kaduna, splitting it into two halves.

The Kaduna State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr. Francis Udoma, told the News Agency of Nigeria, that no life was lost in the accident which occurred around 3 a.m.,

Udoma said that the train ran into the truck belonging to W. A. Group of Companies when the driver insisted on crossing the railway line even with the train's horns blaring.

Blaming the truck driver for the accident, he said ; “It could be that the driver had problem hearing, because trains normally will blare their horns, but this driver, even with the horn decided to cross.

“This is abnormal. Nobody with normal hearing sense would take such a risk."

Aerial footage of the invasion of Boko Haram's Camp Zero

The Nigerian Army has released an aerial footage of the invasion of Boko Haram's Camp Zero by ground forces in Sambisa forest. The photo shows the insurgents fleeing their former fortress. 

Thursday, 29 December 2016

How government recovered 40 SUVs from Permanent Secretary - Minister

The Federal Government on Thursday disclosed that it recovered 40 new SUVs from a retired Permanent Secretary.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said in a statement that the former government official appropriated the vehicles to himself while leaving office.

He said that the feat was a result of the administration's well articulated anti-corruption strategy.

“The strategy has proven so effective and that it has led to, among others, the recovery of 40 brand new SUVs and other vehicles from one former
Permanent Secretary who single-handedly appropriated the vehicles to himself when he left office.”

He added that other measures had been perfected to strengthen the anti-corruption war including the establishment of the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery, the Assets Tracing Committee; the Assets Register, and the Whistle Blower Policy.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Boko Haram: Lai Mohammed goes praying

Since the fall of Boko Haram's Camp Zero fortress in Sambisa forest, Information Minister Lai Mohammed has been calling on Nigerians to rally round the soldiers with their prayers.

"Let's pray for our soldiers. Let's stay vigilant. But let's not panic, the worst is over," he said

Monday, 26 December 2016

N330b fine: MTN has started paying - FG

According to the Federal Government, mobile telecommunications services provider, MTN has paid N80 billion of the N330 billion fine imposed on it for failing to deactivate over five million unregistered SIM cards on its network.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu,said that the money represents the instalment for the first year.

MTN was initially fined N1.04 trillion for failing to deactivate over five million unregistered SIM cards but the fine was later reduced to N330 billion following appeals by the firm.

“For the first year, they paid N80 billion, after paying the initial N50 billion, and they will have to pay for three years until they will complete the N330 billion.

“MTN does not have a choice when the law was made, it said for every unregistered SIM card in use, the fine is N200, 000, the law never anticipated that one company will be in violation to the tune of millions of lines.

“It was inconceivable, so when the thing was added 200,000 times 5.2 million lines, it came to a trillion plus.

“When it happened, the MTN did four things; one they accepted that they were in default, two, they apologised for that and three they committed themselves never to allow such a thing to happen and number four, they asked for remission.

“Government had to look at a number of factors because if they have to pay this amount; they will pack up.

“We also knew that we invited the international community to come and invest and anything that will be done which will shake the confidence of international investors in Nigerian economy, we must avoid it.

“Consequently, we must not throw away the baby with the bath water, if they had packed up and left, let us assume all their staff are not more than 5, 000, it means all of those 5,000 will lose their jobs.

“Also those who made an investment, who bought shares will lose their shares and the Nigeria banking sector would go into crisis,’’ he said.

2 suicide bombers killed in Borno State

Two suicide bombers comprising of a male and a female died on Monday morning during an attack on the Kasuwan Shanu market in Borno State,

The incident was confirmed by Victor Isuku, spokesman for the Borno State Police Command in a statement issued in Maiduguri the state capital.

“One of the suicide bombers detonated an Improvised Explosive Device, IED strapped to her body, killing her and the accomplice whose IED vest did not explode instantly,” he said.

Sambisa Forest to serve as training ground for military - Buratai

Beginning from 2017, the former Boko Haram stronghold, Sambisa Forest will be used by the Nigerian Army as a training ground, says Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai.

Speaking in Damasak, Borno State while celebrating Christmas with troops of 145 Battalion, Buratai noted that mopping up operations were already being conducted in the forest.

His words:
“We are also opening up roads to Sambisa and Alagarno forest. Sambisa forest is going to be one of our training grounds.

“I have already directed that we should conduct Nigerian Army small arms championship in that forest next year.

“And we are going to use it also to test our fighting vehicles, other key equipment and weapons that require testing whenever we want to induct new weapons and equipment into the Nigerian army inventory.

“It will afford us very good ground for basic tactics and indeed advance tactics, including but not limited to tactics at the platoon, company, battalion, brigade and even division levels.

“We are going to make it more robust to make sure that these criminals do not come back to that forest again.”

NAN

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Read President Buhari's Christmas message to Nigerians

Dear Compatriots,

I heartily rejoice with all Nigerians, particularly our Christian brothers and sisters, on this year's celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

As we celebrate this year’s Christmas, I believe that it is very appropriate for us to reflect on the love of God aptly espoused in the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus Christ.
During his earthly sojourn, Jesus Christ repeatedly reminded his disciples and followers of peace that comes in the midst of trials and tribulations on earth.

There is no better time than now in our nation’s history to pray for divine guidance to get over our current challenges.

We can have peace in Nigeria if we all learn to tolerate and appreciate one another, respect constituted authority; and be our brothers’ keepers in word and deed.

During this period, we should remember to offer special prayers to God for all our heroic citizens who paid the supreme price to restore peace and security in the North East and other flash points in the country.
Let us also remember in our prayers the security forces in the frontline in the continuing battle to rid our nation of terrorism and violence.

We must not forget the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in our midst and those who have suffered untold hardship as a result of activities of insurgents and terrorists.

Our immediate priority is to alleviate the poverty of Nigerians by quickly stimulating the economy. I assure Nigerians that our government is doing its best to make life easier for all.

Let us therefore, renew our hope in the God-ordained unity, progress and prosperity of our great nation.

I wish all travellers safe movements and a memorable holiday as we celebrate with our family and friends.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
MUHAMMADU BUHARI
December 25, 2016.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Read Buhari's message to troops on the fall of Sambisa Forest

MY GOODWILL MESSAGE TO TROOPS OF OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE ON THE SUCCESSFUL CAPTURE OF BOKO HARAM ENCLAVE IN SAMBISA FOREST

I am delighted at, and most proud of the gallant troops of the Nigerian Army, on receipt of the long-awaited and most gratifying news of the final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave in Sambisa Forest.
I want to use this opportunity to commend the determination, courage and resilience of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at finally entering and crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents at “Camp Zero”, which is located deep within the heart of Sambisa Forest.
I was told by the Chief of Army Staff that the Camp fell at about 1:35pm on Friday, December 23, and that the terrorists are on the run, and no longer have a place to hide. I urge you to maintain the tempo by pursuing them and bringing them to justice.
I, therefore, call on all Nigerians to cooperate and support the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies by providing useful information that will expose all the terrorists hiding among the populace.
Further efforts should be intensified to locate and free our remaining Chibok girls still in captivity. May God be with them.
I also want to congratulate and commend the able leadership of the Nigerian Army in particular and indeed, that of the Armed Forces in general, for making this possible. This, no doubt, will go a long way in improving the security situation not only in the North East, but the country in general. But we must not let our guards down.
Once more, congratulations to our troops and all who, in one way or the other, contributed to this most commendable and momentous effort. May the Almighty continue to be with you.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a most rewarding and peaceful Year 2017 ahead.
MUHAMMADU BUHARI
PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
December 24, 2016.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

PMB, King Mohammed VI applaud as Nigeria, Morocco sign bilateral agreements (photos)

The state visit of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to Nigeria continued on Saturday with the signing of an agreement to construct a regional gas pipeline connecting Nigeria and Morocco at the State House, Abuja.

Photos show President Buhari and King Mohammed VI applauding as the agreement is signed by representatives of the two countries.

Buhari poses for photograph with King of Morocco in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari posed for a photograph with King Mohammed VI at the Presidential Villa, Abuja during one of his meetings with the visiting Moroccan monarch.

In the course of the meetings, Nigeria signed seven bilateral agreements with the Kingdom of Morocco including ;
1. Agreement between OCP Group and Dangote Group to develop the fertilizer business in Nigeria.
2. Cooperation Agreement between Dangote Group and OCP Group in strengthening the local blending capabilities and Agricultural Ecosystem.
3. Agreement on the Exemption of Visas for Diplomatic and Official/Service Passports.
4. Bilateral Air Services Agreement, BASA between Nigeria and Morocco.
5. Agreement on Marine Fisheries Cooperation.
6. Agreement in the field of Agriculture.
7. Agreement between Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy and its Nigerian Counterpart.

PMB hosts King Mohammed VI at Aso Villa (photos)

Oh Friday 2 December 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari  hosted a State Banquet in honour of the visiting king of Morocco, His Majesty King Mohammed VI at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

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