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Jihadists Open Fire On Military Convoy In Yobe, Kill 13 Nigerian Soldiers

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Thirteen soldiers have died in an ambush by jihadist fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province group in volatile northeastern Nigeria, two army sources told AFP on Monday.

Heavy gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades hit a military convoy in Gazagana village, 30 kilometres from Yobe state capital Damaturu on Saturday.

“We lost 13 soldiers in this ambush, and several were injured,” an officer said.

The convoy was headed for a military base at Buni Yadi, another 20 kilometres from Damaturu, said the second army source, who gave the same death toll.

“It was a fierce battle, and the terrorists also suffered casualties,” he said, without giving a figure.

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The ISWAP group carries out regular attacks in Buni Yadi region on soldiers and travellers, with the violence spilling over into Borno state.

Since 2009, the jihadist campaign in northeast Nigeria has focused on Borno where the Boko Haram group is also active.

ISWAP split from Boko Haram in 2016 and rose to become a dominant group.

The violence has spread into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the militants.

At least 36,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which has displaced about two million from their homes since 2009.

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Soldiers Dancing Over Removal Of Buratai As Chief Of Army Staff (Video)

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Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday, were seen jubilating over the removal of Tukur Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff in Maiduguri. As shared by Omoyele Sowore on Twitter.

See soldiers rejoicing over the removal of Tukur Buratai as the Chief of Army staff of
@HQNigerianArmy
imagine what’s #Nigerians will do when his incompetent boss
@MBuhari
is also retired permanently from #Nigeria’s political space. imagine it! #RevolutionNow

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Buhari Signs Regulations To Make Wearing Facemasks Mandatory

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has signed the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection 2021 which made the use of face masks in public places mandatory among other measures to curtail further spread of COVID-19.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday that the President signed the document on Tuesday.

He said the President signed the document in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010.

Part 2 of the regulation stipulates that no person shall be allowed within the premises of a market, mall, supermarket, shop, restaurants, hotels, event centres, gardens, leisure parks, recreation centres, motor parks, fitness centre or any other similar establishment “except he is wearing a face covering that covers the nose and mouth, he washes his hands or cleaned the hands using hand sanitiser approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, and his body temperature has been checked. Any person found to have a body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius shall be denied entry and advised to immediately seek medical attention.”

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Part 1 which deals with restrictions on gatherings stipulates that at all gatherings, a physical distance of at least two metres shall be maintained at all times between persons.

It added, [b]“Notwithstanding the provision of Regulation 1, no gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50% capacity of the space.

“All persons in public gatherings, whether in enclosed or open spaces, shall adhere to the provisions of Part 2 of these Regulations.”

Part three, among other provisions, stipulates that persons confirmed to have tested positive to COVID-19 by an NCDC accredited laboratory, may not refuse isolation and or admission to a designated health establishment for management of the disease .

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Part four which, deals with penalties, stipulates a fine or six months imprisonment or both for violators.

It read, “Any person who contravenes the provisions of these Regulations commits an offence.

“Any person who, without reasonable cause, contravenes a direction given under Parts 1 and 2 of these Regulations commits an offence.

“Any person who, without reasonable cause, obstructs an authorised official from enforcement of these Regulations commits an offence.

“An offence under these Regulations is punishable, on summary conviction, by a fine or a term of six months imprisonment or both in accordance with Section 5 of the Quarantine Act.”

Part 5 which deals with enforcement and application read “Personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, and other relevant Local Government, State and Federal Government agencies are hereby directed to enforce the provisions of these Regulations.

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“Any officer of the enforcement agencies who fails, neglects, or refuses to enforce the provisions of these Regulations shall be subject to disciplinary action by the disciplinary body of his respective agency.”

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We Do Not Take Your Sacrifices For Granted – Ekwunife

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….As Biafran War Veterans Pay Her A Visit

The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Senator Uche Ekwunife (Iyom) on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, received the leadership of the Biafran war veterans who visited her constituency office in Awka.

Biafran war veterans were military men who fought on the Biafran side during the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War. They were led to the Senator’s office by their Nationwide Commander, General Osita Osai.

Senator Ekwunife who had been interfacing with her constituents for the better part of the week, received the veterans who came to appreciate her for positively addressing their letter which sought her intervention on their request from the Federal Government.

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Speaking during the meeting, General Osita Osai, appreciated Senator Ekwunife for standing tall in the National Assembly and representing her people effectively. He stated that the veterans were thankful over the steps she had taken towards addressing their request from Government and appealed to her to give them the necessary support in their struggle to be paid the benefits due to them.

Also re-echoing the same concern, the Spokesman of the group, Major General Peter Igboka said that the veterans have put in so much efforts to see that they receive the money meant to settle their gratuities and pension from the Federal Government without much success. He lamented that some of their counterparts in other geopolitical zones have received the Five Million Naira approved by the United Nations for each surviving soldier of the Nigerian-Biafran Civil War except soldiers from the South East. A situation he stated has brought untold hardship to their colleagues, sending many to their early graves.

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Reacting to their visit, Ekwunife reiterated that even though her responsibility as a Legislator is to make laws for peace, order and good governance, she consider it necessary to utilize the opportunities available to her office to impact on human lives. She stated that the government has a responsibility to take care of the veterans most of whom are aged and are in need of proper medical care.

Speaking further, the Federal Lawmaker stated that she was very much committed to pursuing the cause of the veterans whom she noted deserve to be taken care of by both the Federal and State governments. She assured that she will rally her colleagues from the South East to speak with one voice over their predicament.

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Other members of the group present include, Major Gen Obiefuna Paulinus and Lieutenant Gen. Micheal Akonobi.

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