BOKO HARAM KILLS CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF, OLONISAKIN’S COUSIN, 19 OTHERS STILL MISSING

The Nigerian Army on Friday said 16 soldiers were missing after an operation to clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Gongon village in Alagarno General Area of Borno State. Major General Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, stated this while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Irabor added that 16 soldiers and three civilian JTF members were also wounded during the operation. He said: “On July 20, troops with some Civilian JTF conducted clearing operation at Gongon village in Alagarno general area. “Own troops…

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KIDNAPPERS OF LAGOS OBA EXPLAIN WHY THEY NEED 500MIL RANSOM MONEY

One week after the kidnap of the Oniba of Ibaland, Oba Yushau Oseni, his abductors have demanded N500m for his release, Saturday PUNCH learnt. The kidnappers did not fail to offer a reason for the kidnap. One of the monarch’s sons, Saheed Oseni, who confirmed that the kidnappers had made contact, told one of our correspondents that they said they could not longer make money from pipeline vandalism. Saheed called on the state government to rise to the family’s help and rescue their father. He said, “Even if you sell…

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TOMPOLO WRITES BUHARI AGAIN STATING THAT HIS RELATIONS AND ASSOCIATES ARE BEING HARASSED WARNS OF DIRE CONSEQUENCES

Tompolo Laments Harassment, Intimidation Of Family, Associates by Military *Says Buhari not fair to him Again, wanted ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, on Friday complained bitterly about the continuous harassment and intimidation of his family members and associates by security agencies. He lamented that the harassment and intimidation of his family and associates was getting to a worrisome dimension, noting that the situation was deteriorating by the day. In an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, which he personally signed and said would be his last, Ekpemupolo noted…

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WE ARE NOT TALKING WITH BUHARI GOVT, HE’S NOT SINCERE SAYS AVENGERS

WARRI- NIGER Delta Avengers, NDA, in a swift reaction to President Muhammadu Buhari claim on Thursday that the Federal Government was talking to Niger Delta militants through the oil companies and security agencies, said there were no such peace talks. The militant group in a statement by its spokesperson, self-styled Brig Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, asserted: “Our attention has been drawn to media report that the President is in touch with Niger Delta agitators, including the Niger Delta Avengers, but the truth is that we are not aware of any peace…

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ABDUCTORS OF LAGOS OBA CONTACT HIS FAMILY ASK FOR N500MIL RANSOM

Barely a week after the abduction of Oniba of Iba Town, Oba Yushau Oseni, his abductors have contacted the family and demanded for about N500 million ransom before his release. Oniba of Iba Town, Oba Yushau Oseni. It will be recalled that the 73-year-old monarch was abducted last Saturday, July 16, 2016 and shot five persons including the wife of the monarch. While three of the victims are dead, two others are recuperating at different hospitals. Some of the victims were identified as 25-year-old, Riliwan Rasak, an artisan, Sunday Okanlawon,…

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ABRACDABRA; POLICE DETAIN COMPLAINANTS, ASK OTHERS TO TAKE THIEF CAUGHT RED-HANDED TO HOSPITAL

Residents of No. 79 Bajulaye Street, Somolu, Lagos State, have recounted with shock and disgust, how the former Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Alade Police Station, bullied them into paying for the medical bill of a suspected thief, who was attempting to steal from them. The young thief, Ismahim Timiriyu 23, was said to have sustained injury on May 7, 2016, while attempting to scale the fence of a building to steal. Timiriyu was caught by residents and handed over to Alade Police Station. The DPO, identified as…

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BUHARI CONFIRMS NEGOTIATIONS WITH AVENGERS

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday confirmed that his administration was currently engaging the Niger Delta militants in talks in order to end the spate of destruction of crude oil facilities in the region. He said the talks were being done through oil companies and law-enforcement agencies and were meant to find a lasting solution to insecurity in the region. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke while granting farewell audience to the outgoing Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mr.…

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UNBELIEVABLE! AGRIC MINISTER AUDU OGBEH SAYS FARMERS ARE NOW TO PAY PROTECTION LEVY TO ENJOY PROTECTION FROM HERDSMEN & OTHERS

The Federal Government is making a security arrangement whereby farmers in the country will pay fees for protection from kidnappers while in their farms. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, dropped the hint yesterday in Abuja while speaking with State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting. Ogbe, who was responding to a question on the perennial attacks on farmers by suspected Fulani herdsmen, said he and the Minister of Interior had met and were considering the security situation in the agriculture sector. He said…

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ROBBERY GANG LED BY A LADY ENGAGES ANAMBRA POLICE IN SHOOTOUT, 5 DIE

A robbery gang headed by a female on Tuesday engaged the police in a gun duel in Anambra State. Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, laid ambush on the robbers following a tip off from an arrested robbery kingpin. The state Commissioner of Police, CP, Hosea-Hassan Karma, told newsmen that the operation lasted all through the night on Monday till the early hours of Tuesday. The police accosted the criminals at their hideout and shot sporadically. While some of them escaped, about five of them were shot dead. Confirming…

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READ THE AVENGERS LATEST WARNING TO FOREIGNERS AND NIGERIAN OIL WORKERS, IT IS SERIOUS

By Emma Amaize, Egufe Yafugborhi & Perez Brisibe WARRI—NIGER Delta Avengers, NDA, has denied claims by the Nigerian Navy that it arrested the group’s logistics supplier, saying its operatives were intact adding that the militants were winning the war. The militant group in a statement by its spokesperson, self-styled Brig. General Mudoch, said: “The news that the Nigerian Navy has arrested Niger Delta Avengers’ logistics supplier is the biggest joke of the 21st century. “The Nigerian Navy cannot arrest any of our operatives until we bring down the economy of…

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