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Injured Soldiers vow not to give up until Boko Haram is defeated

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Some Soldiers of the Nigerian Army that were in wounded during various encounters with the Boko Haram insurgents vowed to return to the battlefield until the insurgents are defeated.

The Soldiers made this claim while being visited by Ali Ndume (APC-Borno), Chairman Senate Committee on Army, who paid a fact finding visit to the 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital in Maiduguri on Sunday.

Cpl. Abubakar Bukar, who received bullet wounds during an insurgents ambush on troops at Damboa Road in December 2020, said he was ready to return to battle field to join his colleagues to continue the fight.

“Well, I want to thank God to have survived the attack. But as a soldier, I am ever ready to go back to join my colleagues to continue fighting until we librate our country,” he said.

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Another wounded soldier, Cpl. Kolawole Omosheye, said they were attacked by the insurgents in Tunkushe on Dec. 29, 2020.

Omosheye said while engaging the insurgents in a battle which lasted more than 20 minutes, he was hit by a stray bullet.

“I am feeling better and in the next two weeks, I will be giong back to my location. We thank God and the GOC who came with reinforcement to repel the attack.

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Pte. Saidu Dahiru also recounted his near to death experience when the insurgents attacked his location with mortar bombs in Damasak in December 23, 2020.

“They attacked us with several guntrucks mounted with Anti Air Craft. While engaging the insurgents they unfortunately fired mortar bombs at us and the fragment hit me on my back.

“But now they removed the fragment and I am getting better and in the next two weeks, I will be going back to continue the fight,” he said.

Ademola Felix, who expressed the same feelings vowed to hit back at the insurgents when he returned to his base at Gamborun Ngala.

Felix said that he was wounded when their vehicles stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device, noting that his colleagues died in the incident.

“I will go back to my base to hit them back. I will hit them hard,” Felix said.

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In his remarks, Ndume said that the visit was part of efforts to encourage the army personnels who were wounded while fighting in various theatres of operation in the North East.

He said that the decision also followed recent publications by some news media alleging that wounded troops were neglected.

Ndume said such news can demoralise the troops who are sacrificing their lives to save the country.

“We have visited all the wards in the hospital and the medical care provided to the personnel’s were commendable.

“When we came, we were told that those that required additional care have been evacuated to 44 Reference Hospital Kaduna which is one of the best medical facilities on this nation.

“This country belong to all of us, we have the moral duty to encourage our fighting troops and to support them with all that they needed to execute the counter insurgency campaign.

“I want to tell the patient and the officers that we are all Nigerian, don’t be discouraged or demoralised. Just continue with your work. This work you are doing is not just a national duty alone but it is a Godly duty.

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“God will reward you for your sacrifices. The committee and the National assembly will continue to stand by you.”

Ndume also commended the GOC 7 Division, Maj.-Gen. Abdul Khalifa, for his commitment that has led to the successes recorded under his leadership.

“Your patriotism and commitment is what transcended down to your troops. May Allah continue to guide you and we could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Normally the end is the must difficult,” he said.

Khalifa pledged the Military leadership commitment towards the welfare of all officers and soldiers in the division.

“You have gone round and seen for yourself and you have also interacted with the wounded soldiers. We will continue doing our best to ensure that they are well taken care of,” he said.

Khalifa said that the troops had exhibited true spirit of professional soldiers and made great impact in the defence of the country.

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‘Using Hijab In Public Schools Would Expose Christain Pupils To Terrorists Attacks

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The Kwara State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has reacted negatively against the state government’s approval of the use of hijab by female Muslim pupils in public schools.

According to the association, the new policy would “cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorists to easily identify our children and wards”.

Kwara State government had last Friday closed down 10 Christian schools in Ilorin, the state capital, following tension on the wearing of hijab in the schools.

But while announcing the reopening of schools from Monday, March 8, 2021, in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Mamma Jibril, on Thursday, it said female Muslim students should be allowed to wear hijab in all grant-aided public schools in the state.

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The statement titled, ‘Position of Kwara State Government on the Hijab Question in Public Schools,’ read in part, ‘Sequel to recent developments in our state over the status of the hijab in public/grant-aided schools, the state government has consulted widely with thought leaders and leaders of both Muslim and Christian communities with a view to clarifying issues and reaching a consensus.”

However, CAN, in a reaction, disagreed with the government over the use of hijab in schools established by Christian missions.

It also accused the government of taking a decision on a matter that was still before the Supreme Court.

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The association’s reaction was contained in a communiqué after a stakeholders’ meeting attended by proprietors of grant-aided schools, heads of block and heads of different denominations, and jointly signed by its Secretary, Rev Reuben Ibitoye, and Publicity Secretary, Apostle Sina Ibiyemi.

It read in part, “The body condemns the use of hijab in Christian missions grant-aided schools as this will cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorists to easily identify our children and wards.

“Christian mission grant-aided schools should be returned to the owners promptly as most of these schools have churches besides them and unnecessary trespass may lead to the breakdown of law and order. Christian faithful should occupy all grants-aided schools.”

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Efforts to get the reaction of the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Olu Adewara, proved abortive as he neither took calls nor replied to a text message sent to him.

Kwara State defends decision.

However, Kwara State Government said it approved the use of hijab by Muslim female students in its public schools after consultations with stakeholders and relevant laws in the state.

It also said it recognised the right of every child in public schools to freedom of worship.

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JUST IN: Abducted Kagara Students Regain Freedom

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The kidnapped students and staff of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State have finally regained freedom from the armed bandits in Niger State.

A top official involved in the counter revealed that they have finally regained their freedom.

Recall that Bubble Reports had reported the abduction of the boarding students by the bandits who were dressed in military uniforms on February 17, 2021.

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A total of 27 students, three staff members, and 12 members of their family were abducted after the attack on the Kagara school in the early hours of Wednesday.

Details later…

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‘Any Attempt To Arrest Me Would Fail’- Sunday Igboho

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Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has said that any attempt by the police, the army and the Department of State Services to arrest him, saying any effort to arrest him on Yorubaland will fail.

He said this during an interview with Punch on Friday, while reacting to the clash between him and security agents around the Guru Maharaji bus stop along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The Yoruba rights activist, who has been in the news for serving a quit notice on Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the South-West, said he was never invited before they attempted to arrest him.

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Igboho, therefore, stated that he did not know why he was being targeted. He advised the Federal Government to focus on capturing Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and invite Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who has been meeting with bandits in recent times.

He said, “I was never invited. They just lay in ambush for me at Guru Maharaji and started shooting. They started shouting, ‘Where is Sunday Igboho?’ I identified myself and asked them what the problem was. They said I was under arrest and I said, ‘For what? On my father’s land? That was how it degenerated.

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“When they noticed how tense everywhere was, they fled. They came in four Hilux vans and a Toyota Land Cruiser. There are bandits operating all over the place but people like me who are defending our fatherland are the ones you want to arrest. Why?”

When asked if the police had invited him, he said, “I have not been invited. What have I done to warrant an arrest? Why do they want to arrest me? What have I done?”

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On whether he would honour a police invitation if invited, Igboho said, “Go and ask them to invite Gumi and Shekau first before disturbing me. Let them face the bandits instead.”

When asked if he would go into hiding, he said, “What for? I am in the neighbourhood. I cannot run.”

He added that he had returned to his base in Ibadan.

He also revealed that his bank account which was initially frozen has had the restriction lifted.

SOURCE: Saturday Punch

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Lagos State Police Arraigns Driver That Knocked Police Off A Bridge

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The Lagos state police command today arraigned the law offending driver who knocked a police officer off the bridge along the International airport road on February 24, before an Oshodi mobile court.

The video of the driver who was driving against traffic and trying to evade arrest from security agents surfaced online on Thursday, February 25. The driver in the process hit the police officer identified as David Zapania.

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The driver was arraigned before the court on six charges this morning which include Driving against traffic (one way), Resisting arrest, Reckless and dangerous driving, Driving with an invalid driver’s license, Assaulting a police officer, and attempted murder. The police say he will be arraigned in another court for the attempted murder charge.

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At the ruling, no bail or fine was given and he will be remanded in Badagry prison until March 26 for the next hearing.

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Gunmen Abducts Over 300 Schoolgirls In Zamfara

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Gunmen suspected to be bandits attacked the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Talata Mafara local government area of Zamfara State and abducted ‘300’ girls of the school.

According to gathered reports by Bubble Reports, the gunmen stormed the school premises in the early hours of today, Friday, February 26.

Zamfara Government confirms the abduction

The Zamfara state government confirmed the abduction through the state commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Dauran, said the number of students abducted is yet to be ascertained.

“I can confirm to you now that we have sadly received the report on the abduction of the students of GGSS Jangebe and right now, I am on my way to the school.

“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner said.

State Police gives report

Zamfara Police Commissioner, Abutu Yaro disclosed that about 317 girls were abducted.

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Yaro said a joint search and rescue operation is already underway with a view to rescuing the 317 students kidnapped by the gunmen. 

The police commissioner also disclosed that the Force Commander of 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 whisked to.

He appealed to everyone to be calm as joint efforts of the police and other security agencies will surely lead to a successful rescue of the students.

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Witnesses reports

One of the teachers at the school claimed that close to 550 students were abducted by gunmen.

The teacher who spoke to Daily Trust said out of 600 students of the school, about 50 were left behind.

The teacher said; 

“Initially, the school authorities prevented them from going with the remaining students but they grew angrier and began to pull down doors and windows of the buildings in the school and the school authority had to yield to their demands.

“When the gunmen laid siege, they attacked the soldiers stationed in the community before they gained entry into the school.

“Some people told us that they stationed vehicles at the outskirts of the school.

“Security operatives and the local vigilante groups are trailing the gunmen and dozens of other residents have volunteered to take part in the search.”

Another staff of the school who spoke on condition of anonymity said,

”The gunmen in their hundreds invaded the town around 2 am on Friday, shot sporadically in the air to scare the residents before coming into the school. After taking away most of the students, we rounded up those that escaped or hid from the bandits and conducted a census where we counted 54 students and we are still searching to see if we can get more.”

The abductors are yet to contact anyone with their demands.

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This incident comes barely a week after bandits attacked the Government Science College in Kagara, Niger state and abducted 27 students and 15 others after they had shot a student dead.

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