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NSCDC inaugurates Female strike Force to secure Abuja schools

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The FCT Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Olusola Odumosu, has inaugurated the agency’s Female Strike Force to protect schools in the territory.

A statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Samuel Idoko, on Thursday in Abuja, said the inauguration followed the completion of a three-day training for the personnel.

Mr Odumosu said that the primary responsibility of the strike force was to ensure the safety of all schools in the territory.

He said the training had equipped them with the needed skills and capabilities to carry out their duties.

According to him, the training is a follow-up to the recent meeting of all FSF Unit Commanders with the Commandant General, Ahmed Audi.

Mr Audi had charged them to be up and doing, given the reported cases of kidnapping in some parts of the country.

“The training is imperative to ensure compliance with the CG’s directive on the mandate of securing schools for the safety of students and staff.

“Cases of abduction in schools must come to an end, that is the primary purpose of this training.

He therefore called on schools in the FCT to register with the National Safe School Response Coordination Centre, so that they could be added to the system.

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Army to Provide Personal Homes for Troops Fighting Insecurity

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The Nigerian Army says arrangements are in top gear to provide befitting personal homes for all soldiers fighting various forms of insecurity in the country. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, made this known at the opening of the First Quarter Chief of Army Staff Conference 2024 in Abuja on Tuesday, April 16.

The three-star general, stated that the Nigerian Army is implementing new welfare initiatives to boost  the morale of troops, noting that premiums paid to beneficiaries of various insurance schemes to cater for troops’ dependents in any eventuality have been doubled without any corresponding increase in contributions.

The army chief said the Affordable Home Ownership Option for All Soldiers (AHOOAS) is one of such measure, aimed at alleviating the hardship soldiers faced in securing personal accommodation during post-service life.

He also disclosed that he had directed the Post-Service Housing Development Limited (PHDL) to set aside five per cent of the AHOOAS Scheme in each estate for allocation to soldiers with operational-related disabilities.

While emphasizing that this is a way of making the scheme inclusive and sensitive to the plight of soldiers with such challenges, the Chief of Army Staff added that the Nigerian Army will cover all the housing expenses at 100 per cent for the soldiers.

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Troops Deal Heavy Blows to Terrorists in Borno, Zamfara Operations

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Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the Nigerian Army have struck hard against terrorist groups, resulting in the elimination of top leaders and the disruption of their activities in Borno and Zamfara States.

According to a statement released by Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet, the Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, the Air Component of “Operation Hadarin Kai” (OPHK) carried out airstrikes on April 13, 2024, targeting the hideouts of ISWAP terrorists within Kolleram village, situated along the shores of Lake Chad. The precision airstrike led to the elimination of over 30 terrorists, including senior commanders such as Ali Dawud, Bakura Fallujah, and Mallam Ari. Additionally, the strike destroyed terrorists’ vehicles, motorcycles, and logistical assets, severely crippling their operational capabilities.

Meanwhile, in Zamfara State, troops of the Nigerian Army conducted clearance operations in Maru local government area. Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, reported that acting on credible intelligence, the troops dismantled a suspected terrorists’ operational base. In a fierce gun battle, the troops neutralized 12 terrorists and captured 10 operational motorcycles. The remaining terrorists were forced to flee, signaling a significant setback for their activities in the region.

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Fulani Group, Miyetti Allah Demands Release of President from Custody

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The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a prominent Fulani socio-cultural organization in Nigeria, has fervently called for the immediate release of its president, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, currently held in custody by Nigeria’s Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA).

In a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja, Engineer Saleh Alhassan, the group’s Secretary, voiced deep concern over Bodejo’s detention, emphasizing its adverse effects on the journey towards fostering harmony, understanding, and reconciliation among Nigeria’s diverse ethnic groups. Alhassan highlighted the invaluable contributions and wisdom Bodejo could offer to constructive dialogues and the resolution of existing tensions in the country, underscoring the urgency of his release.

“His release is not merely a matter of justice; it signifies a crucial stride towards cultivating an atmosphere of reconciliation, tolerance, and mutual respect among all communities,” explained Alhassan.

The detention of Bodejo traces back to his arrest on January 23 at the Miyetti Allah office in Karu LGA of Nasarawa State, in connection with the unveiling of a vigilante group in the state. Since then, he has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on a three-count charge related to terrorism.

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